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Top 5 Beginner Winter 4000 Footers In New Hampshire

Not long ago, A friend of mine asked which 4000 footer should he tackle as his first winter 4k peak. He already had his winter equipment figured out from local lower elevation hikes like Mount Monadnock (Read more about winter gear selection here). He is also a decently experienced “fair-weather hiker” looking to extend into the winter months….

Franconia Ridge Traverse – Fog, Rain, and Sunshine

August 21, 2016- I spent the week leading up to today anxiously trying to choose a “something good” to hike. It’s always an indecisive internal struggle! My initial thought was to go with a WCM (Wildcat, Carter, Moriah) traverse. However, timing and the 3+ hour drive one-way would have meant leaving my house at midnight and starting…

Mt Chocorua Via The Piper Trail

A couple weeks ago I had planned to head up to the Presidential Range to hike up the steep Huntington Ravine Trail. However, the weather had other plans. While approaching the Mt. Washington Valley on Rt. 16 I could see the clouds looming over the higher peaks. Huntington Ravine isn’t a great option in wet…

The Bonds – My Favorite Place In The White Mountains

Today Conan and I decided to make a trip to the Pemigewasset Wilderness and visit my favorite place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Bonds! Three peaks: Bondcliff (4,265′), Mt. Bond (4,698′), and West Bond (4,540′) all classify as New Hampshire 4000 footers.I have been up here twice before. However, it would be a first for Conan. It would also be my first time visiting the bonds by approaching in and out via Lincoln Woods. The Bonds are incredible peaks that are as isolated as it gets in the White Mountains. From the summit of Bondcliff you cannot see another man made structure (unless you squint and see the fire tower on Mt. Carrigain.).Bondcliff is known for it’s exposed rocky ledges and cliffs. It is an amazing sight to see in person and I was excited to get back there!

North And South Hancock – Another Icy Day

Sunday, April 10thWe got a late start today and didn’t get on the road until 9AM. So I decided that we’d head up to the Hancocks as it’s a shorter drive than most of the White Mountains from Massachusetts. We parked at the Hancock Hairpin turn off of the Kancamangus highway and hit the trail by 11:45… Late start! The scariest part of this hike might be crossing the highway to get to the trail head!

Video: Why I Do It

I decided to try something different. I was browsing through my gigantic library of images and video’s from over the past few years. Instead of creating some long dragged out video you’d lose interest in I decided to smash it all into a 3 minute video. Here’s the result… Let me know what you think…

Icy Day On Mt Moosilauke!

With the milder spring weather rolling in it was time for my dog Conan to join me on the trails. I decided we’d go for Mt Moosilauke today. Mt Moosilauke… or Moose as it’s nicknamed by hikers, skiers and climbers, is the western most 4000 footer. Standing at 4,803′ feet tall it is known as the “other above treeline peak” in the White Mountain National Forest or New Hampshire.  It’s bald exposed summit is commonly shrouded in clouds and beaten by whipping wind gusts. The last time I was up here I experienced the highest winds I’d ever personally hiked through with gusts topping 70MPH.

Trip Report: Cannon to South Kinsman Loop

As a last minute decision on Saturday November 14th I decided to go for Cannon Mountain. This would make #46 in my quest to complete all 48 4000+ footers in New Hampshire. After doing a little research it appeared this would be a relatively short trip. So I decided to spice it up a bit and add some mileage since my car ride is 4 hours round trip… I hate to drive more than I’m hiking!I had been talking with a new friend, Nate who decided he’d like to join in. Our plan  was to head up Cannon first, then over the Cannon Balls to North and South Kinsman. Then descend back down past Lonesome Lake creating a large 13+ mile loop with a little under 5000 feet in elevation gain. We’d summit three “official” 4000+ footers and North East Cannon Ball which is part of New England’s 100 Highest list! These notoriously rugged trails would surely provide a burly long day hike!

Owl’s Head – A Bushwhacking, Water Crossing, High Mileage Adventure!

Owls Head, located in the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a remote peak standing 4,025′ in elevation. Due to Owl’s Head 4,000+ stature it makes the cut and joins the “New Hampshire 4000 footer” list. This mountain has a bad reputation due to it’s extremely long approach, higher than average mileage, steep rock slide climb, and difficult (at the wrong time)  water crossings. Owl’s Head (right) viewed from Mt. GarfieldI set out with my buddy Conan (he’s a dog)… with slight hesitation. Conan is spooked by some larger water crossings and I had no idea how steep the “slide” portion of the trail would actually be. He’s a tough dog and has completed some very difficult hikes with me, so I figured we’d go for it.

Single Day Presidential Traverse – July 2015

Lucky me, I got July 3rd, 2015 off of work as my “observed holiday”. What better way to spend a free day off than in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  I  didn’t decide on this until 48 hours before my intended start time. Initially worried that the “July 4th crowds” would ruin the experience… I decided to just go for it. The plan? a single day solo Presidential Traverse!

Final Winter 2015 Peaks: North And South Hancock

March 15th, 2015 – Today I hiked North and South Hancock. These two peaks make #24 and #25 on my New Hampshire 48 4000 footers list! Finally past the half way point. Having once turned around and bailed out on this exact same trip before… I was eager to scratch these two off my list at last.I woke up at 4AM to get a head start on the day. Packed my gear, food, water and hit the road. It was raining and about 37 degrees in Massachusetts not a great indication of what weather would look like up north. As I got closer to the Kancamagus Highway exit on 93 North the temperatures plummeted into the high 20’s and ice had formed on most roads. I arrived at the “Hairpin Turn” outlook parking area at around 7:15 AM. I took a stroll over some of the nearby packed snow in bare boots to get a feel for what the trail would be like. It had been packed down by hikers but had about 2″ of fresh powder on top of it.