My Journey, and what it meant to me.

September 22, 2020
It was December of 2014, and it started as a New Year's Resolution. I remember exactly what I said to my friend. "I want to go on an alpine hike." I'm not sure why the word 'alpine' got in there, or what it even meant at the time. I think it was my way of differentiating a hike to a mountain peak from a hike in the woods. My good friend has hiked a...
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And then there was one.

September 22, 2020
On Sunday, March 17th, myself and my two friends that have joined me on several past hikes including all-but-one of my six winter hikes this season, made the long ride to the Rocky Branch Trailhead in an attempt to hike to the summit of Mt. Isolation. This summit is very aptly named, as it is one of the most remote peaks of the NH 48 and the second...
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All the way up for #45

September 22, 2020
On Saturday, March 9th, I successfully summited Mt. Cabot, my 45th peak on the New Hampshire 4000 footers list. However, this trip would start on Friday, as Mt. Cabot is the northern-most of all 48 peaks on the list. Without traffic, the trailhead is just shy of 4 hours away for me. For this hike, I decided to stay overnight at the Top Notch Inn in...
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Winter hiking perfection on the Carters

September 22, 2020
On February 23rd, I reached the summits of Carter Dome, South Carter and Middle Carter. These three peaks represented numbers 42, 43 and 44 in my quest to hike all of New Hampshire's 48 4000 footers. I would reach these peaks with the same friends that I've now completed the last three hikes with. In December, we hiked North and Middle Tripyramid,...
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Magic on Moriah

September 22, 2020
It had been over a month since my last hike. This was mostly due to weekend weather forecasts being in the form of either wet, white or dangerously cold with double-digit below zero wind chills. Finally though, this past weekend appeared to be as I referred to it 'a good enough' forecast. The day was not off to a good start. I opened my eyes, and...
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Appreciating the accomplishment

September 22, 2020
This past week, I hiked Mt. Carrigain for peak #38 out of 48 in my quest to summit all of New Hampshire's 4000 footers. From on top of the fire tower on the summit of Mt. Carrigain, you get 360 degree views and you can actually see 43 of the 48, NH 4000 footers. The forecast called for 'cloudy' conditions, which does not automatically translate to...
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I think I can, I think I can...

September 22, 2020
On Sunday, October 14th, myself and three friends made the ride up to take on Mt. Monroe and Mt. Washington. I had been putting this one off due to so many mixed feelings and comments regarding Mt. Washington. The experience and views and sense of reward can and should be second-to-none for hiking the tallest peak in the northeastern United States.
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A fist full of peaks

September 22, 2020
In April of 2016, a friend and I went on my first backpacking trip to ‘The Bonds’. We summited my 4th and 5th 4000 foot peaks by reaching Mount Bond Cliff, and Mount Bond. However, due to an extreme drop in temperature after we had eaten and set up our tents, we spent the entire night shivering (literally) and not sleeping. A slow, late and cold st...
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Go west, young man

September 22, 2020
Flash back a little under two years ago, a friend and I were talking about the fact that before we know it, we'll both be turning 50, and we should do something really special. Vegas? Nah, been there, done that. How about a hunting trip? Sure.... but where, and for the what type of game? Deer hunt? Nah, we do that all the time. Mule Deer hunt? Mayb...
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Two for thirty!

September 22, 2020
On Sunday, September 2nd, I continued with my quest to hike all of New Hampshire's 4000' peaks by summiting Wildcat D and Wildcat A, peaks number 29 and 30 out of 48 for me. Along the route, I also reached the peaks of Wildcat E, C and B, but only the A and D peaks count as official 4000 footers. When choosing which trails to take and which route...
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