Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hike up Mount Washington

As part of a group that attended a nearby economics conference, I hiked up Mount Washington on an off day this summer in New Hampshire. Economics and Mt Washington go together since this is near the site of the famous Bretton Woods conference which set up the postwar monetary system that lasted until 1971 when the US got off the gold standard. Anyway, at 6,288 feet, Mt Washington is the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. This beautiful lake and view of the White Mountains is about halfway up the mountain and all I can remember at this point is intense pain and exhaustion, with another 2 hours to go. That hike was about the hardest thing I have ever done, yet some people run the trail on a weekly basis. Love the picture, don't know if I would do it again without significant training!!!