Ascent of Equinox Mountain on 2020-09-20

Climber: Sandra Roginski

Date:Sunday, September 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Equinox Mountain
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

#100 - Both Joe and I completed our #100 of the NE Hundred Highest on this beautiful day! We hiked with Robert and Gordon Simpson. Gordon was six years old at the time, and it was their #97. Gordon will be the youngest to complete the HH when he finishes on Horn in a couple weeks.
Gary Kozinski and Laura hiked ahead of us to coordinate a fantastic summit celebration, including my parents - dad, 85 and mom who drove to summit along with sisters, Sue Ann, Patrice, and Christine. My son Matthew also drove to summit with Baloons and flowers! We had quite the celebration with THREE bottles of champange and homemade corn muffins and blue berry muffins among other treats!

This day meant so much to me for so many reasons - surrounded by family, faith, friends, pushing through an MS diagnosis, and having a partner that pushed to finish with me. It all came together today in one enomorous envelope of love and gratitude. I chose Equinox to finish on so that my parents could drive up for the celebration. My dad had been the one to give me the love of nature by hiking as a young chilc, and then reigniting that passion when he retired and wanted to hike Washington again. There were so many hikes leading up to that but it was a goal of his and that Washington summit photo with my dad and sister is just the best. The was also a time when I was not sure if and how I could hike again after having been diagnosed with MS, but with grit and determination and the support of my dad and sister, I found a way to push through. That Washington summit meant I knew I could do more. However, it wasn't until we went on a hiking trip to Peru when I saw my dad really push up through the high elevations of the Andes Mountains and see that he was living out one of his dreams, that I intentionalized hiking goals for myself. He was 73 at the time we trekked to there up an over the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu and the experience was so incredible. But it was his determination combined with his love and curiosity of the world around us that really made it so incredible. Everyone who meets my dad whether they are tough or unapproachable ends up being touched by his smile, his kindness, his humor. It really is amazing to see and be a part of. And, so with this experience, I came back to the White mountains of New Hampshire with the goal of hiking or continuing on to finsih hiking the 48 4000 footers. And doesn't that start it all on the Hundred Highest journey? Now, my husband is another story. My dad, my sister and I were on these hikes and he thought we were just going for a 'walk in the woods' and without really admitting it until later, that he thought that hiking was not really excercise. He was 'an athlete' and 'walking in the woods' did not really meet the bar.
WHAT a PERFECT DAY!! That evening Joe, Matthew and I went to the Equinox Marsh Tavern for a lovely celebration dinner!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2883 ft / 878 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2883 ft / 878 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2883 ft / 878 m
    Loss on way in:2883 ft / 878 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
Descent Statistics

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