Yesterday we attended a training course on winter hiking (Winter Hiking Series) and then spent the night in Glen. The plan today was to knock off our 20th 4,000 footer in the last 14 months (my first 4k was August 2010) by hiking Middle Tripyramid via the Sabbaday Falls trail. Alas, it was not to be.
After a good nights rest we went to a local breakfast establishment and we were the first customers at their 7:00 AM opening time. A couple of omelets later we were on our way. We traversed from Glen to the Kanc (Kancamagus Highway for those who don't know the slang) via the Bear Notch Road. A beautiful morning drive! We left the trailhead at 8:15 AM for what was planned to be a 9-mile trip. The temp was 45 degrees - balmy for a late October morning in the Whites.
By 9:45 AM we were back at the car. Either we have vastly quickened our hiking pace or something went wrong.
Sue has celiac disease and though we did not know it at the time of this photo, apparently she had something at breakfast that was about to make her ill, very ill. We only made it a little over .8 of a mile into this hike before it abruptly ended. Sue had an allergic reaction to something consumed at breakfast and she was cramping badly. We tried to press on but she became light-headed and dizzy and needed to sit. It was now clear she could not go on. We decided to head back to the car and then home.
There was one consolation. Though we had already made one difficult water crossing, we were standing at another that was going to be even more challenging when Sue had to stop and we made the decision to head back. C'est la vie. At least I didn't get wet doing this second crossing.
Sue was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 25-years ago and in all that time I have seen little she has eaten make her a sick as she was today. At least it has been a long, long time since I've seen her this bad. Though I was sad we had to cancel this hike, I was much more hurt by watching her suffer.
We did at least get to see the Sabbaday Falls which are really beautiful. Sabbaday Falls is a tourist attraction in the summer and can be reached with a short 1/4 mile walk on a nice gravel path eventually leading to the stairs shown in the photo below.
We will take a shot at this hike again next year. I think we will write it off for this season.