Two New Hampshire girls hike the 500-mile Camino de Santiago to raise money for women around the world.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Second 4K Hike with Full Camino Packs. Galehead, Dec. 6, 2012

A note on bedbug prevention -- I hear the albergues in Spain sometimes play host to bedbugs. Folks on this Camino forum recommend spraying clothing and sleeping bags with permethrin. I have bought Sawyer's Premium Insect Repellent and will treat our clothing, bags, and backpacks a few days before we leave for Spain.

As promised, here are the photos from yesterday's hike. We ascended Galehead Mountain, one of New Hampshire's highest peaks. This was Alex's third visit and Sage's second visit to Galehead (both girls have hiked all 48 of New Hampshire's highest mountains -- see our main blog, Trish, Alex and Sage, for details).  

We enjoyed a crisp and beautiful day; I'll let the pictures tell the story.

View from the porch at Galehead Hut (closed for the season) --

Galehead Hut (closed for the season) --

Galehead Mountain from Galehead Hut --

Summit of Galehead --

South Twin from the lookout ledge near the summit of Galehead --

Back at the hut --

We made decent time -- 10.2 icy mountain miles (2450 feet of elevation gain) in seven and a half hours (including breaks) carrying full Camino backpacks. 

Tomorrow, Sage and I are going shopping for a lightweight kid's pack.  Sage doesn't mind the pack she's been wearing, but that one is heavier than it needs to be and it doesn't have a waist belt.  I'm sure we can find something lighter and more appropriate for multi-day trekking.  I want the girls to be as comfy as possible during our Camino.