Peaking at ninety

Richard Dreselly first hiked to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in 1941. He has since hiked the 6288 foot summit seventeen times. Now at 90, he climbed for what he says will be his last time. Globe photographer John Tlumacki captured his three day arduous journey amid the stunning mountain views. | READ: ‘Because I may not have this chance again.’
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Ninety year-old Richard Dreselly from Topsham, Maine caught his balance while traversing large boulders on Crawford Path on the first day of the hike up Mt. Washington on Sept.7. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly dunked his head into a cool stream to cool off from the 90 degree temperature at the start of the hike. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly took another break three hours into the first day on the hike on the Crawford Path. “I’m realistic. I know I’m slowing down because of my age, and you adapt to it, but I’m going slower. Even though it’s relatively a short hike, it’s
the limit of my abilities.” (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly walked across boards laid out in a wet area on the Crawford Path. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly took a quick nap in his bunk after arriving in the late afternoon at the Mizpah Spring Hut where he spent the night after the first day of his hike. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly wrote an entry into the guest book at the Mizpah Spring Hut. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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The entry in the guest book at the Mizpah Spring Hut that he wrote in 2014 at the age of 89. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly got a breath of fresh air outside the Mizpah Spring Hut at dusk. The hut is at the 3800 foot elevation. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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He prepared his backpack at 8 a.m. holding a flashlight in his mouth as he sat on his bed at the Mizpah Spring Hut. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Three hours into the second day of the hike on Crawford Path, the walk got a little wet on the feet. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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On the second day of the climb, the weather was foggy and cool as he traversed difficult rocks up the steep section of Crawford Path. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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He almost lot his balance on his second day of the hike, two and a half hours into it on the Crawford Path. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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He took a break against a rock cairn. "My God I’ve been incredibly lucky.” (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly hiked through rock formations on the Crawford Path. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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He laid down on the rocks in the water at the Lakes of the Clouds and dipped his head in to cool off after arriving exhausted in the late afternoon. He stayed overnight at the hut . (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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He called his wife, Margery, after arriving at the Lakes of the Clouds hut. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Dreselly at the Lakes of the Clouds after arriving exhausted in the late afternoon. “The reasons I hike the mountains are…there are a lot of reasons: It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s beautiful. It goes back to my teenage years. I sort of became infatuated with the mountains.” (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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With the summit in view, he sat on a boulder to talk to hikers making their way up on the third day of the hike on Crawford Path. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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An hour and a half into his third day of the hike on Crawford Path, Dreselly was close to the 5500 foot elevation, with Lakes of the Clouds hut barely visible behind him. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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Jubilant, Dreselly raised his arm to celebrate as other hikers took his photo at the exact summit height of 6,288 feet on Sept 9. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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