Cars that get up Mt Washington get a bumper sticker with bragging rights. The road is 7-8 miles up and steep with switchbacks. Most of us heard they were opening the road to horses for the first time in forever and thought it would be cool until you realized how much conditioning it would take to fairly do this with your horse. I'm thoroughly impressed by the folks that did this with horses in good shape at the end.
Impressed by you guys if you do this sort of driving too.
Looks great in the pics, but I'm way too much of a height wimp to really enjoy this type of drive.
OMG! I have been up Mt Washington several times (car and cog rail) and there is no way I would attempt that. Of course I am afraid of heights and prefer to have my eyes shut the whole journey.
I have climbed many Mt.s in the white Mt range and have always avoided Mt Washington. So bravo to the horses for making it, that is not an easy climb. And you never know what the weather will be like on the summit.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill
I used to live in North Conway and looked straight at Mt Washington on my way to work at Carroll Reed Ski Shops every day. Never climbed it but did take the 'stage' up several times. I really, really wish I could've gotten there to drive my girls up but it's just too far away now - and with my dislocated shoulder I haven't been driving for the past couple of months
Do hope they offer this again when it IS feasible for us as we still have friends with a home in Jackson and a place to keep the ponies
Somehow missed this. Have to agree with the others about the WOW factor in height and degree of difficulty for the horses! That would take some serious conditioning to be well prepared. Thanks DriveNJ for the links to photos. Must have been a great outing, fun for those on the drive. And weather appeared to cooperate as well, making for an excellent drive.
I have ridden in the mountains, both on the roads and doing trails after cattle. The thought of DRIVING mountains in carriages is rather daunting! When I did Wagon Train stuff, the police escorted us down the Interstate which was STILL pretty steep. Brakes on the big wagons were "iffy", styled on antiques, so many of the wagons dragged car tires behind to increase friction and save the horses' necks from holding back the load. With a multi-mile downhill road, you can use up the horses fast, sore them badly, if you don't help with something to hold back the wagons. And those wagons were not often even carrying much of anything! Gave me a real different look at "pioneer life" struggles and what ESSENTIALS you MUST pack to make that new start miles from anywhere. Wagon Train horses got good hay and grain every night, unlike those old pioneer horses.
Think I will stick with ridden horses for the mountain excursions!
Pat, how nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your shoulder, hope things mend well. I miss your posts.