Wilderness Heals

Thank you for visiting the Wilderness Heals blog. Wilderness Heals is an all-women, three-day annual pledge hike that benefits the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH), a Boston-based emergency shelter, transitional housing program, and therapeutic community that provides services to women and children who are escaping violence and overcoming trauma. By encouraging hikers to set challenging physical, emotional, and financial goals, Wilderness Heals mirrors the experiences of hundreds of women who have sought help from the Stone House. Committing to hike is a way to grow personally while simultaneously standing in solidarity with women of the Stone House and women everywhere who are working to overcome the effects of violence in their lives.
Wilderness Heals 2011 will take place July 15-17, 2011. Registration materials may be downloaded here.
Go here to view the 2011 routes, and visit our Who's Who page to meet this year's team leaders and Recruitment Committee members.
Want to learn more? Visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Contact Erika Whyte, Wilderness Heals event coordinator, at 781-726-0551 or ewhyte@elizabethstone.org.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Tale of Two Mountains

On June 10, 2007, second-year Wilderness Heals hiker Jocelyn Gould attended her first training hike of the season: the classic 9-mile loop over the 5,089-foot Mount Lincoln and the 5,260-foot Mount Lafayette. Many Wilderness Heals hikers cite this loop as their favorite hike in the White Mountains because it features lovely stream crossings, waterfalls, alpine vegetation, two 4,000-foot peaks, gorgeous views, a ridgewalk, and a stop at Greenleaf Hut. Above: Jocelyn stands at the summit of Mount Lincoln.

The Falling Waters Trail is aptly named.

Danielle climbs through a rocky crevice.

Shortly before reaching the alpine zone, hikers came to Shining Rock, which can be accessed from a spur trail off of the Falling Waters Trail.

Shining Rock gets its name from the water that constantly trickles down its steep cliffs. The cliffs can be seen glistening from the highway far below.

The gnome pictured in the photograph above is Larry, Jocelyn's traveling pirate. Larry is a wooden bank that Jocelyn takes on all of her hiking trips. Here is Larry, shortly after he entered the alpine zone.

Here is Larry atop Little Haystack, the first summit of the day. From there, hikers made their way across the ridge to Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette.

Hikers climb up the Franconia Ridge Trail.

Mount Lincoln is seen from the ridge.

Jocelyn's feet are firmly planted at the summit of Mount Lafayette.

Larry sits at the summit of Mount Lafayette.

Before heading back to the trailhead via the Old Bridal Path, hikers stopped at Greenleaf Hut to rest, eat some snacks, and refill their water bottles.

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