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Climb Every Mountain

Posted by bruce on July 12th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

We’re well into the heart of New Hampshire. We just summited Mount Moosilauke, which is a 4,800-footer. It’s been a long time since we’ve summited a good-sized mountain; I think this is the first 4,000-footer we’ve done since Mount Rogers in Virginia.

We’ve been enjoying the crystal-clear, blue sky and beautiful weather. A high pressure system is giving us great visibility, and we made it to the summit of Mount Moosilauke at a good pace. We’re on our way down now, and it’s a precipitous drop-off. All the hikers coming in the opposite direction are saying it’s a difficult climb down.

We’re about a day away from Franconia Notch, where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be. This was a rock formation that looked like the profile of an old man, and it was a state symbol of New Hampshire until it collapsed in 2003.

We’re about six days away from Mount Washington if the weather holds up. We’re playing close attention to the weather; we’re not going to head into the Presidential Range in inclement weather.

We’re making good progress and are enjoying seeing family members as we head north. We’re looking forward to seeing our niece, Nicole, who is here doing a summer internship. She’s going to help us get into town and resupply.

Please keep us in your prayers. The mountains are definitely more difficult now that we’re in New Hampshire. We pray for all of you every morning, and we’re looking forward to being able to celebrate victory and to seeing you all probably in four weeks. We’re going to spend a few days at my mom’s house after we’re done, and then we’ll head home. God bless you all.

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6 Responses to Climb Every Mountain



  2. Wow – your progress is amazing and it is hard for me to believe you are so close to the end of your hike. I hope you were able to get the rest you needed to get you through this last stretch. I am so excited for you both. It sounds like you have your work cut out for you for the next 4weeks, but I have every confidence you will make it through without any trouble. Good luck on the home stretch!

  3. Paul Tobias |

    We’re keeping you in our prayers also.. We’re very proud of you .. Godspeed my friends.. Carry On…

  4. Hi Bruce & Paula,

    My brother (Tom Sadd) from CC@GF plugged me into your Blog. Have just finished reading every post and viewing every photo/video so I’m up to date and ready for the final 500 miles. I’ll be following your journey vicariously.

    A month ago, I was in Hanover for my 50th Reunion and I’ve got a great photo of me atop Mount Moosilauke a few years back so you’re in familiar territory.

    Back in the ’90s, I hiked 100+ miles of the AT in MA, VT and NH. Dartmouth classmate and I attempted to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine but we had to bail out after he slipped and badly sprained his ankle. Carrying 10 days of food was a real challenge. Wanted to eat most of it the first few days. Also spent several weeks doing trail maintenance near Mt. Greylock and in the Whites. Arduous work but very satisfying.

    God keep you safe. Maybe I can meet you when I am in Sewickley in late September.

    Bill Sadd
    Fredericksburg, TX

  5. Marcia Casey |

    Keeping you in my prayers. May God spread His comfort and protection over you as you close out this amazing journey for Him and His.

  6. Francie Lucas |

    Bruce and Paula,

    Thinking about both of you and praying for you!! You inspire me! Thanks for keeping us informed with the Blog Posts. Everyone at WORD FM is curious to hear from you. Give us a call!!

    Love and Blessings,


  7. This is a journey I intend to take with my son when he is old enough as a part of this grander journey of a human lifetime. You have both been in my daily prayers for a long time, and I pray for all of His Blessings to continue as you make the last part of this great trek!