਀㰀䠀䔀䄀䐀㸀 New Hampshire 2001਀㰀䴀䔀吀䄀 一䄀䴀䔀㴀∀搀攀猀挀爀椀瀀琀椀漀渀∀ 䌀伀一吀䔀一吀㴀∀䠀椀欀椀渀最 椀渀 琀栀攀 圀栀椀琀攀 䴀漀甀渀琀愀椀渀猀 椀渀 匀攀瀀琀攀洀戀攀爀 ㈀  ㄀∀㸀 ਀㰀䰀䤀一䬀 栀爀攀昀㴀∀⸀⼀一攀眀─㈀ 䠀愀洀瀀猀栀椀爀攀─㈀ ㈀  ㄀开昀椀氀攀猀⼀攀搀椀琀搀愀琀愀⸀洀猀漀∀ 爀攀氀㴀䔀搀椀琀ⴀ吀椀洀攀ⴀ䐀愀琀愀㸀 ਀㰀⼀䠀䔀䄀䐀㸀 ਀㰀䈀伀䐀夀㸀

Assault on Washington, September, 2001

A trip I’ll never forget, for reasons both good and terrible.

Bobby drives up to Larchmont on Thursday, September 6 after work, getting in ਀愀琀 愀 爀攀愀猀漀渀愀戀氀攀 栀漀甀爀⸀ 圀攀 瀀愀挀欀 甀瀀 漀甀爀 猀琀甀昀昀 愀渀搀 氀攀愀瘀攀 漀渀 䘀爀椀搀愀礀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㄀  愀⸀洀⸀ 椀渀  separate cars in convoy. It is unseasonably warm and actually seems to get ਀眀愀爀洀攀爀 愀猀 眀攀 最漀 ጀ†猀漀漀渀 䤀 搀攀挀椀搀攀 琀漀 爀甀渀 琀栀攀 䄀䌀Ⰰ 猀漀洀攀琀栀椀渀最 䤀ᤀ瘠攀 渀攀瘀攀爀 搀漀渀攀 戀攀昀漀爀攀  at this time of year. We arrive in North Conway around 5, buy some groceries and ਀挀栀攀挀欀 椀渀琀漀 䘀漀爀攀猀琀 䜀氀攀渀⸀ 䨀漀攀 䨀愀挀欀 愀渀搀 倀攀最最礀 愀爀爀椀瘀攀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 㜀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀椀爀 昀爀椀攀渀搀  Tripp from Vermont. Tripp has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but you hardly ਀欀渀漀眀 椀琀 漀渀 洀攀攀琀椀渀最 栀椀洀 ጀ†昀爀椀攀渀搀氀礀Ⰰ 漀戀瘀椀漀甀猀氀礀 椀渀琀攀氀氀椀最攀渀琀Ⰰ 猀栀漀眀椀渀最 渀漀 洀漀爀攀  problem than I have in keeping track of people’s names and conversations. I ਀最甀攀猀猀 栀椀猀 瀀攀爀猀漀渀愀氀椀琀礀 栀愀猀 挀栀愀渀最攀搀 昀爀漀洀 眀栀愀琀 椀琀 甀猀攀搀 琀漀 戀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀Ⰰ 洀攀攀琀椀渀最 栀椀洀 昀漀爀  the first time, I am unaware of this. His condition becomes more apparent when ਀栀攀 栀愀猀 琀漀 搀漀 猀漀洀攀 猀瀀愀琀椀愀氀 猀椀洀甀氀愀琀椀漀渀Ⰰ 氀椀欀攀 爀攀愀搀椀渀最 愀 洀愀瀀 漀爀 昀椀最甀爀椀渀最 漀甀琀 栀漀眀 琀漀  put on a shirt, or other abstract operations.

We plan on all fitting into my room at Forest Glen – fortunately, I have been ਀愀戀氀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 漀渀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 氀愀爀最攀爀 爀漀漀洀猀Ⰰ 眀椀琀栀 攀砀琀爀愀 昀氀漀漀爀 猀瀀愀挀攀⸀ 吀栀攀渀 䴀愀爀琀栀愀 愀爀爀椀瘀攀猀  after we get back from Boston with dog Jack. Dogs are verboten, so Martha and ਀䨀愀挀欀 最攀琀 琀漀 猀氀攀攀瀀 椀渀 栀攀爀 挀愀爀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀栀攀 爀攀猀琀 漀昀 甀猀 瀀椀氀攀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 爀漀漀洀 ጀ†䈀漀戀戀礀 愀渀搀  I in the swing-down bed, Tripp in the fold-out couch, Peggy in a cot and Joe ਀䨀愀挀欀 漀渀 琀栀攀 昀氀漀漀爀⸀㰀⼀倀㸀 ਀㰀倀㸀圀攀 最攀琀 甀瀀 爀攀愀猀漀渀愀戀氀礀 攀愀爀氀礀 漀渀 匀愀琀甀爀搀愀礀Ⰰ 最爀愀戀 愀 戀椀琀攀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 昀爀椀搀最攀 愀渀搀 猀瀀攀渀搀  a while going through our packs and coordinating supplies. Then Bobby drives me ਀愀渀搀 吀爀椀瀀瀀 甀瀀 琀漀 䌀爀愀眀昀漀爀搀 一漀琀挀栀㬀 䴀愀爀琀栀愀 琀愀欀攀猀 䨀漀攀 䨀愀挀欀 愀渀搀 䨀愀挀欀⸀ 匀栀攀 椀猀 瀀氀愀渀渀椀渀最  to hike with Jack and the AMC has made it clear Jack is not welcome at the huts, ਀戀甀琀 猀栀攀 眀椀氀氀 猀琀愀礀 眀椀琀栀 甀猀 昀漀爀 ㄀봀 搀愀礀猀 戀攀昀漀爀攀 爀攀琀甀爀渀椀渀最 琀漀 䌀爀愀眀昀漀爀搀 一漀琀挀栀 愀渀搀  rejoining Peggy. We get on the trail just before 11 a.m. – not as early as ਀瀀氀愀渀渀攀搀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䤀 愀洀 氀漀漀欀椀渀最 昀漀爀眀愀爀搀 琀漀 愀 渀漀琀ⴀ琀漀漀ⴀ琀漀甀最栀 搀愀礀⸀ 圀攀 愀爀攀 瀀氀愀渀渀椀渀最 琀漀 搀漀  the section of the AT from Route 302, up to the summits of Webster and Jackson, ਀猀琀漀瀀瀀椀渀最 琀漀 挀愀洀瀀 愀琀 䴀椀琀稀瀀愀栀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 渀椀最栀琀 愀渀搀 琀栀攀渀 挀漀渀琀椀渀甀椀渀最 甀瀀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀最攀  to stay at the hut at Lakes of the Clouds for the second night. On the third ਀搀愀礀Ⰰ 眀攀 眀椀氀氀 猀挀愀洀瀀攀爀 甀瀀 䴀漀甀渀琀 圀愀猀栀椀渀最琀漀渀 愀渀搀 琀栀攀渀 搀攀猀挀攀渀搀 瘀椀愀 吀甀挀欀攀爀洀愀渀 刀愀瘀椀渀攀  to Pinkham Notch.

Piece of cake, no? Well, no! The trail is rough and steep going up to the top ਀漀昀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀最攀Ⰰ 愀氀漀渀最 琀栀攀 挀氀椀昀昀猀 琀漀 琀栀攀 猀甀洀洀椀琀 漀昀 圀攀戀猀琀攀爀⸀ 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 渀攀瘀攀爀 昀攀氀琀 猀漀  hot before in the White Mountains – indeed, we find out later that it was 68 F ਀漀渀 琀栀攀 猀甀洀洀椀琀 漀昀 䴀琀 圀愀猀栀椀渀最琀漀渀Ⰰ 愀 渀攀眀 爀攀挀漀爀搀⸀ 圀攀 猀眀攀愀琀 氀椀欀攀 挀爀愀稀礀 愀渀搀 琀愀欀攀 漀甀爀  shirts off. I confuse the trail with the Webster-Jackson loop and keep looking ਀昀漀爀 琀栀攀 眀愀琀攀爀昀愀氀氀 愀渀搀 猀琀爀攀愀洀 ጀ†戀甀琀 眀攀 搀漀渀ᤀ琠 爀甀渀 椀渀琀漀 愀渀礀 眀愀琀攀爀 愀琀 愀氀氀⸀ 㰀⼀倀㸀 ਀㰀吀䄀䈀䰀䔀㸀 ਀㰀吀䐀㸀㰀䤀䴀䜀 猀爀挀㴀∀一攀眀开䠀愀洀瀀猀栀椀爀攀开㈀  ㄀开昀椀氀攀猀⼀䨀漀攀开䨀愀挀欀开愀渀搀开䴀愀爀琀栀愀㈀⸀樀瀀最∀ 䄀䰀䤀䜀一㴀挀攀渀琀攀爀㸀㰀⼀吀䐀㸀 ਀㰀⼀吀刀㸀 ਀㰀吀䐀 䄀䰀䤀䜀一㴀挀攀渀琀攀爀㸀㰀䈀㸀䨀漀攀 䨀愀挀欀 愀渀搀 䴀愀爀琀栀愀㰀⼀䈀㸀㰀⼀吀䐀㸀 Martha, Joe Jack, Tripp and Me਀㰀⼀吀刀㸀 ਀

After a while, we start coming out onto ledges that afford lovely views of Crawford Notch. On one such, we stop for lunch. We continue to toil and sweat and water runs low. I declare we have made it on to the top of Webster at the site of a large cairn but am later disillusioned – just a local bump. We are fully loaded and in the heat we go a lot slower than I had expected, so the trip to Mitzpah ends up taking 8 hours rather than the 5 I had figured. Everyone starts out strong, especially Tripp who is generally hiking near the front with me. But as the day goes on and we get dehydrated, we get stretched out – Joe Jack and Martha going strong, Tripp flagging a bit and Bobby in his usual position in the rear. By the time the light starts to wane, we are within striking distance of Mitzpah and Martha strides ahead, reserves us a tent site, fills up all the water bottles and dashes back down the trail to succor the wounded. Man, that water tastes good! Tripp feels nauseous and has some trouble slugging down enough water to get him hydrated again. Most of us get cramps. But we recover, cook dinner on my stove, which is also dragging a bit, but which Joe Jack fixes by unclogging the jet. The sky is clear and full of stars and things start looking up. The nearby AMC hut gives us easy access to all the water we need and we have completed the toughest and least interesting part of the hike. We sleep, although I have some difficulty after my nasal passages seize up. (Martha’s do the same.)

We feel vastly better the next morning. We make a fairly early start and, after more scrambling for about an hour, we get above the tree line. The sun is still pretty brutal, but we get some breezes and it feels more pleasant. Up Pierce (no big deal), then over to Eisenhower (more of a slog), where we admire great views and say goodbye to Martha and Jack. She will see about hiking up from Pinkham Notch on Monday to join us as we descend from Washington. We cross Franklin without being sure even where the summit is. Still a bit dehydrated in the record-breaking heat, we arrive, after skirting Monroe, at the Lakes of the Clouds AMC hut by 5:30 p.m., in plenty of time for dinner. After stuffing ourselves, we all pile back out of the hut to watch the sun go down.

਀ ਀㰀吀刀㸀 ਀㰀吀䐀㸀㰀䤀䴀䜀 猀爀挀㴀∀一攀眀开䠀愀洀瀀猀栀椀爀攀开㈀  ㄀开昀椀氀攀猀⼀吀爀椀瀀瀀开愀渀搀开洀攀⸀樀瀀最∀䄀䰀䤀䜀一㴀挀攀渀琀攀爀㸀㰀⼀吀䐀㸀 ਀㰀吀刀㸀 ਀㰀吀䐀 䄀䰀䤀䜀一㴀挀攀渀琀攀爀㸀㰀䈀㸀吀爀椀瀀瀀 愀渀搀 洀攀㰀⼀䈀㸀㰀⼀吀䐀㸀 ਀㰀⼀吀䄀䈀䰀䔀 ਀㰀倀㸀䈀爀攀愀欀昀愀猀琀 漀渀 䴀漀渀搀愀礀 椀猀 愀琀 㜀 愀⸀洀⸀ 愀渀搀 眀攀 琀漀猀猀 搀漀眀渀 氀漀琀猀 漀昀 栀攀愀爀琀礀 昀愀爀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 眀攀愀琀栀攀爀 椀猀 猀琀椀氀氀 眀愀爀洀 愀渀搀 猀甀渀渀礀 眀椀琀栀漀甀琀 愀 挀氀漀甀搀 椀渀 猀椀最栀琀⸀ 吀栀攀渀 眀攀 瀀愀挀欀 甀瀀 愀渀搀 猀攀琀 漀甀琀 愀最愀椀渀Ⰰ 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 䈀漀戀戀礀 椀猀 爀攀氀甀挀琀愀渀琀 琀漀 氀攀愀瘀攀 倀爀椀渀挀攀猀猀 䰀攀椀愀Ⰰ 栀椀猀 渀攀眀 氀漀瘀攀Ⰰ 眀栀漀 椀猀 琀栀攀 礀漀甀渀最 爀攀猀椀搀攀渀琀 渀愀琀甀爀愀氀椀猀琀 愀琀 琀栀攀 栀甀琀 眀栀漀 戀愀眀氀攀搀 甀猀 漀甀琀 礀攀猀琀攀爀搀愀礀 昀漀爀 猀椀琀琀椀渀最 漀渀 琀栀攀 最爀愀猀猀 愀渀搀 眀椀琀栀 眀栀漀洀 栀攀 攀砀挀栀愀渀最攀搀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 挀漀爀搀椀愀氀 眀漀爀搀猀⸀ 䈀甀琀 攀愀猀礀 挀漀洀攀Ⰰ 攀愀猀礀 最漀Ⰰ 猀愀礀 䤀℀ 㰀⼀倀㸀 ਀㰀吀䄀䈀䰀䔀㸀 ਀㰀吀䐀㸀㰀䤀䴀䜀 猀爀挀㴀∀一攀眀开䠀愀洀瀀猀栀椀爀攀开㈀  ㄀开昀椀氀攀猀⼀䈀漀戀戀礀开愀琀开栀甀琀⸀樀瀀最∀ 䄀䰀䤀䜀一㴀挀攀渀琀攀爀㸀㰀⼀吀䐀㸀  ਀㰀吀刀㸀 ਀㰀⼀吀刀㸀
Waiting for sunset
Bobby at the hut

We take the Crawford path, branch off on to the Cutoff trail to Tuckerman Junction where we dump our packs. Now we see wispy clouds chasing across the summit, presaging a change in the weather. With just wind shells and water bottles, we trudge from rock to rock up to the summit of Mt Washington, to mingle with the tourists from the cog railway and auto road. We watch Breakfast of Champions, fill up the water bottles and check out some of the displays. By now, the summit is socked in and there are no views. We finally make cell phone contact with Martha, who is starting up Boott Spur trail, planning to take the cut-off to Hermit Lake where we will meet. Back down to our packs and over the lip of the Tuckerman headwall. The trail is rougher than I remember and there is some evidence of rockfall at one point. Near the top, Tripp stumbles and slips head-first down the trail – not far and he is not hurt, but he ends up in an awkward position and has trouble getting back up. We quickly haul him upright, but the footing is still treacherous and he is a bit spooked. Joe Jack takes his pack and Bobby stays with him to guide him down the steep part. After a while, I offer to take Tripp’s pack from Joe Jack and sling it over my right shoulder. No problem – I am full of energy! After a while, however, we are still picking our way down and my right arm is getting tired, so I shift it to my left shoulder. Joe Jack points out that there is a risk to doing that, since the drop-off is to my right and if I bump the pack on a rock, I could take a long fall. I reply facetiously that we are most of the way down, so I don’t have so far to fall, but a few minutes later I do indeed bump the pack, lose my balance and topple to the ground – Joe Jack grabs for me and I stay on the trail, uninjured but feeling rather foolish. Joe Jack retakes the pack.

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At this point, I don’t know what the politicians are going to come up with although I do know that I fear the consequences of our responding unwisely a lot more than I fear bin Laden. I am desperately hoping that it will not turn out to be the start of a Vietnam-type morass or a rallying call for all Moslems (over 1 billion of them world-wide) to hurl themselves onto the US. That leaves such actions as an ineffectual token bombing followed by a declaration of victory, which I think might be just fine but which doesn’t sound macho enough for the current national mood.

Although I don’t have a clear idea of what the smartest direction might be, I am quite ready to consider more unconventional approaches. Perhaps we should pass a law requiring all U.S. citizens to become followers of Islam? That might at least give the holy war crowd a moment of confusion. Sometimes, I think the U.S. should attack Britain, since it is after all Britain’s fault that the first lunatic step was taken to carve Israel out of Palestine. I do think that some curtailment of individuals’ rights to privacy is called for, allowing us to use some of the high-tech terrorist-sniffing tools we have been developing. This does, however, go against my grain and I don’t really think that such proposals will get very far politically. Perhaps the only useful solutions will the ones that follow naturally from people’s actions, not from government fiat – a tendency for concentrated financial centers to be replaced by a more geographically dispersed power structure.

Anyway, as Tripp says, better dead than looking bad!


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