Hiking

Climbing Denali

The Cookiedoughs

“Myself, Trav and Melissa pictured with the sign at Wonder Lake, the starting point of our climb up Denali. We took the Muldrow Glacier route, so the first week of the 30 day climb was spent ferrying gear, food and fuel across the tundra which my dad was kind enough to help with. From there on we were on our own, taking the next twenty days to reach the summit, and three more to get out.”

Joe Stylos has a great flickr set on his climb of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska. Amazingly, he carried a Canon EOS 5D and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens up there.

What a fantastic adventure. I’ve been on this mountain (never got to the top) and it’s one of the most spectacular (and dangerous) places on earth. Well done Joe, Trav, and Melissa.

The Final Push

“Climbing by a massive cornice on the summit ridge.”

Reflection in Paradise

Pre-fall reflection

Brook on Paradise Lane, Bear Mountain, Connecticut. We hiked up Bear Mountain yesterday to check out the water flow in local streams but in fact, they were all back to just a bit above normal. Just not enough drainage above this area to cause an extended heavy flow like in southern Vermont where there are hundreds of miles of rivers feeing bigger rivers.

Still, the pre-fall tree and leaf reflections were beautiful as was the top of Bear. Very clear after the big rain.

Rattlesnake on Schaghticoke Ridge

Dave shooting a rattlesnake

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. We’ve been hiking this section of the AT between Bull’s Bridge and Rt. 341 for three years now, done the hike dozens of times all year round and have never seen a single rattlesnake. This ridge is sometimes called “rattlesnake ridge” because of the number of snakes on it. Everyone seems to see snakes but us.

Well, today we saw one and not anywhere near where we thought we’d see one. Dave came close to walking into it and backed off as it rattled. We took some pictures and it crossed the trail and went into the woods. I’d say it was between 3 and 4 feet, Dave thinks maybe a two year old animal.

It scared the shit out of both of us.

Rattlesnake