Sunday, September 25, 2005

New Hampshire Backpacking

I took the past few days off to do some backpacking in New Hampshire with some current and former IBM employees. It was a nice change of pace to spend some time away from computers, cell phones, TVs etc. and to enjoy the great outdoors.

The group successfully completed a twenty-seven mile, four day, three night hike of the Pemigewasset Wilderness area which is located in the white mountain region of northern New Hampshire. At 45,000 acres, this area is one of the largest roadless areas in the eastern United States. The group stayed at three huts operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC): Zealand, Galehead and Greenleaf. Staying at a hut rather than a pitching a tent affords the opportunity to reduce the amount of gear and food that we need to carry and also reduces the risk when the weather is bad - particularly in the fall when the weather starts to get cold and can be unpredictable. The weather was unseasonably warm for this time of year and the clear skies afforded some spectacular views.

It's back to work on Monday!

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