Saturday, July 11, 2009

View from the Mountaintop

With a height of 3,165 feet (965 meters), Mount Monadnock is said to be the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world, after Mount Fuji in Japan. Located in southwestern New Hampshire (USA), on a clear day, one can see 100 miles (160 km) from the mountaintop. What makes the views so spectacular is the bare rock summit above the treeline and in the midst of unique alpine vegetation.

It’s been years since we climbed, so we returned to Mt. Monadnock on July 5th. It was a perfect summer day, sunny and not too hot. But the climb (1,000 feet or 305 meters) and descent were a little tougher than we remembered. Come to think of it, it was probably about 20 years since our last climb! That could be why.

Well, the views and pictures were worth the wear and tear on our leg muscles!

The path to the peak starts out as an easy walk through the woods:

Hikers climing with the summit in sight. This was about 1.5 hours after we started hiking.

Near the summit, a view of miles around:

A disc markes the top of Mount Monadnock:

Hikers rest from their climb at the mountaintop. A nice breeze kept the temperature perfect.

View of vegitation near mountaintop:

Views from the mountaintop:


Manz said...

Definitely worth the effort and the pain - that's an amazing view!

I love the shot where everyone is taking a rest... if only you could get to that kind of outlook with a little less effort ;)

sami said...

nice post... i have never tried hiking or mountain climbing.. but i love to try it.. i like the pictures you posted especially the mountain top views.. very relaxing.. :)

bingkee said...

Oh I thought it was Mt. Everest and not Mt. Fuji. I've seen Mt. Fuji when I was 16 years old on a trip to Japan. I don't know where did my pics go. Because in the last few years, before I went to the US, we moved too much.
I want to learn how to rock-climbing---just to satisfy my whims of mountain climbing. But the classes are so expensive.