On Saturday, the annual event of Seek the Peak took place which is a fundraiser for the Mt. Washington Conservatory. Mtn Center set up a tent and tables to stretch sore hikers after they summited and returned to the bottom and made their way to the base of the Auto Road. The event is a 'pick your own adventure (trail) to the top of Mt. Washington' and then eat food, mingle with local businesses/vendors and get stretched out all for a great cause.
The event went well with one curious fact. I spent a few hours stretching many brave souls who all seemed to have hiked ONLY up to the top of the mtn - not down. Most of the hikers were from out of the area and were very happy that there was an option to drive/ride down. Many explained that they wanted to take advantage of this rare, seemingly, frivolous and decadent option which most summits do not provide. I was a bit taken a back, in my mind, a hike is up and down. Granted the down is usually more punishing than the up and I find myself wishing for a paraglider, bike or skis when down hiking. But I see their point and I pleasantly found very few tight, sore quads.