Romney (Won’t) Take A Hike…Literally

Aug 15, 2011 12:51pm

ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:

UPDATE: Romney’s hike has been cancelled after the road the campaign would have used to descend the mountain was washed out by the rain.

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The Mitt Romney presidential campaign is taking a hike.  Literally.

Romney will hike New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington tomorrow and will hold a media availability atop the peak, which at 6,288 feet, is the highest in point in New England.

The former Massachusetts governor will be joined on the 9-mile roundtrip trek by New Hampshire State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, as well as some of Bradley’s friends and family.

The campaign told ABC News that the hike is a way to highlight the tourism industry in the Granite State while also partaking in an activity Romney genuinely enjoys.

Romney and the Bradley clan will follow the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail and the Crawford Path. While the trails are some of the more commonly traversed, reviews of the trails note a “rather long section that is steep, rocky and usually wet.”

The hike will take place “weather permitting” according the campaign, which might be a problem:  Mt. Washington is famous for his terrible – and downright dangerous – weather conditions. Mt. Washington earned the title of being “Home of the World's Worst Weather,” according to its website, due to the “combination of extreme cold, wet, high winds, icing conditions and low visibility.” The mountain’s peak is also located in center of three major storm track and often takes the “brunt of passing storms.”

And until fairly recently, Mt. Washington held the world record for surface wind speed after a gust of wind was clocked at 231 mph.

Also not going unnoticed: Mt. Washington one of several peaks in the portion of the White Mountains referred to as the “Presidential Range.”

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