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Tiurned 52 yesterday - decided to kick off the year with a couple uphill hikes (quite the metaphor for heading towards retirement, eh?) - so off to Catoctin park near Thurmont MD -
Weather - in the 20's, wind in the 40's - wearing Danner Mt. Lights, some nice fleece + a softshell on top, really cool hat my eldest daughter bought me, fingerless gloves and jeans (yeah, I know, cotton kills, but it hasn't killed me yet) - ancient North Face day pack on my back, treking poles in my hand I started my "tripple traverse" -
Cat rock trail- nice, steady 1.5 mile uphill (followed by a steady 1.5 mile downhill) - sort of a warm up - REALLY windy when I topped out - headed back down and took the Wolf Rock trail - opposite side of the road (headed North rather than South) - significant water ice (frozen springs) covering portions of the trail demanded care (and forced me to do the first split I've done in years) - when I topped out hung out on the lee-ward side of the cliff and had lunch - then headed to the Cunningham Falls trail - about 6.5 miles round trip - the falls are spectacular when they're frozen - more so when there's some dude climbing them free-solo - whole trip took about 5 hours - loads of fun - hit the Jeep at the end of the trail and wished the batteries in my digital camera hadn't been deader than a door nail but hey - Colin Fletcher once opined that the memories last longer than the photographs if I recall correctly -
Salient point of this rather small scale adventure - it's damn good to be alive - get out there and HIKE!