By Lloyd Jones, Conway Daily Sun
August 13, 2014
Scott Brown took a break from the campaign trail to hike another trail and cross an item of his bucket list Monday.
The Republican from Rye, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hiked Mount Washington for the first time on a picture-perfect day. He made the trek with former congressman Jeb Bradley, of Wolfeboro, who was making his 20th climb of the largest mountain in the East.
"This was on my bucket list," Brown said by phone Tuesday. "I had driven by the mountain so much as a kid and I'd look up there, see the weather station, and think someday I'd like to climb this. I always wanted to get up, but never had the time or anyone to do it with.
"It was perfect," he said of the climb. "The views were breathtaking. It's something I would do again. (Mount Washington) is one of the great natural resources of the state."
Brown, who competed in a triathlon in Atkinson on Sunday, sad he enjoyed climbing with Bradley and loved the banter with the folks on their trek.
"(Bradley) was a slow and methodical climber," Brown said. "He knew what he was doing. We had about eight or 10 people with us and we joked and cracked up each other. (Laughing) I'd say to Jeb, 'Come on, dad, let's go!'"
"It was a great day," Bradley said. "For me it was my 20th time climbing the mountain and for Scott it was his first and he charged up the hill."
Bradley said a lot of people were surprised when they saw Brown on the mountain Monday.
"A lot of people recognized him and he's just an extraordinarily nice guy and took time to speak with everyone," he said. "Scott's a good guy and a live free or die kind of guy."
Brown will be back in the area on Thursday for a Republican Senatorial Debate at the North Conway Grand Hotel from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the MWV Economic Council, Brown will square off against Bob Smith and Jim Rubens, with George Epstein as the moderator.
"I'm looking forward to it," Brown said. "I'm happy to do them. I want to connect with as many people as possible. We've got a town hall meeting (in Manchester this Monday); this is a true grassroots campaign."