#42 & 43 South and North Moat: Excerpt

Tough Cookie tackles the big slabs near the summit of North Moat.

I stand there, irritated, waiting for Janelle to catch up. Despite the long day and the big miles, I know she can move faster. I need her to move faster, but I’m running out of ideas to motivate.

“Look ahead of us,” I tell her. We are about a mile from the car, the trail is flat and we’re warm. But, we’ve already hiked nine miles, and the Moats beat both of us up. Now, deep erosion grooves cut through and around the trail leaving deep sitting water in our path. Leaves cover any obvious tracks. Blazes are far and few between. We have 20 minutes, tops, of daylight left. “Can you find the trail?”

She peers into the trees for a moment. “I have no idea,” she grumbles.

“What will we do, here, if it gets dark?” I ask. “Imagine how much harder this will be for us.”

Janelle takes a deep breath and I can see the lines of concern. She understands it’s important for us to step it up, but she’s tired. There’s no tears, no early teenage frustration. She’s just tired and lowers her head.

I close my eyes for a moment and try to re-focus.

“Ok, listen,” I lift her chin up, “we have headlamps, we have food. I know how strong you are. Can you hurry for the next five or ten minutes and help me find our way through all this water? Things will get better after this.”

She nods and offers a weak smile. “Ok.” We set off into the darkening unknown.

South and North Moat mountains (10/27/12)

Heights: 2,770 and 3,196 feet

Location: North Conway. Route 93 north to Exit 23 to Route 104 east to Route 25 northeast to Route 16 north to West Side Road north (for 0.7 miles) to Passaconaway Road west (for 3.2 miles). We spotted a second car at the other end of the ridge at the Diana’s Baths parking area trailhead.

Our trailhead: Moat Mountain Tail, from south to north.

Distance: 9.7 miles.

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6 thoughts on “#42 & 43 South and North Moat: Excerpt

  1. Nancy

    Now, see, this is where I’d be pouting big time, whining, wanting some magical unicorn or whatever to come along & whisk me off the mountainside! (lol) Good for both of you, digging in & getting it done!! High 5’s all around!!

  2. I hope there is still time to stop and smell the flowers. It’s the journey, not the destination! We’re routing for you!

    • Thanks Beth… every quest has its difficult moments. I sometimes think it’s getting over the bad moments where the real growth is attained.

  3. Aunt Margie

    Dan, you have to remember that Janelle is a child still. She has shown extroidenary patience, fortitude, determination and perservience during this whole adventure. Where else would you find a young woman like her. She is to be admired. I am so proud of her accomplishments! Even in the face of a darkening day she pulls herself together and and strives to make your goals without the whining and crying of another person her age. Give her a big pat on the back and pass on my encouragement. Love to you all.

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