Not all owls are cute!

September 22, 2020
If you're attempting to reach the summit of all New Hampshire's 4000 footers, at some point, you'll need to hike Owl's Head. I've heard that many people wait to do it last. I've heard to just do it and get it over with. I've heard "ugh, I'll never do that one again". I've heard, "there are no views, and you'll hate it, but you gotta get it done at...
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Muggy and buggy for #27

September 22, 2020
On July 2nd, with a forecast that seemed plenty good enough to commit to making the trip, I reached peak #27 out of 48 by summiting Mt. Whiteface in the Sandwich Range. I primarily use Mountain-Forecast for deciding what to expect on the peak I'm planning on hiking. This site is updated constantly, as the weather in the mountains changes so freque...
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Working overtime for #26

September 22, 2020
Around this time last year, I had just summited Mt Adams, and Mt Madison via the King Ravine Trail. (read that blog post here) After showing some friends the photos and telling my story of that hike, a few of them instantly said they would love to try it, and asked me to take them up there and I promised them I would. On this seemingly insane quest...
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A classic February hike... in April

September 22, 2020
On Saturday, April 21st, I attempted to summit my 25th New Hampshire 4000 footer. I say 'attempted' because I didn't officially reach the summit. I decided to take a less-traveled, unmarked route via the Fire Warden's Trail because it was supposed to be more scenic. I have nothing to compare it to, but with all the fresh snow from the last two nigh...
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It's all downhill from here! (plus a LOT more uphill)

September 22, 2020
It's official. I have successfully summited 24 of the 48 peaks on the list of New Hampshire's 4000 footers. On Saturday, March 24th, after reaching the summit of Mt. Waumbek, I had exactly as many peaks remaining, as I had now previously stood on. This is an unusual time of year in the White Mountains. If you were to look anywhere around you, ther...
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Solo hike to Mount Hancock and South Hancock

September 22, 2020
Entering 2018, I needed to summit 28 more peaks in order to reach my goal of hiking all 48 of New Hampshire's 4000 footers, before turning 50 in March of 2019. I successfully summited the smallest of the peaks, Mount Tecumseh, in January, and on this day, my sights would be set on Mount Hancock, and the unofficially named "South" Hancock peaks. As...
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Sharing the experience

September 22, 2020
This past Sunday, October 1st, I reached my 20th New Hampshire 4000 foot peak. For more than half of these peaks, I have reached the summit while on a solo hike. For the other half, it was with other hikers who were as, or much more experienced, than myself. Sunday would be different. For the last few months, a few friends have asked to join me on...
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Puffin adventure on Machias Seal Island

July 22, 2018
(Warning, this blog is very picture heavy.) About two years ago, I had read a story about photographing puffins off the coast of Maine somewhere. After a little research, I discovered that there's only one US charter that can take you to this specific island, and actually get you on the island, for the real up-close experience. The tour is so popu...
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When your 19th is also your first

August 28, 2017
On Sunday, I hiked my 19th New Hampshire 4000' peak. I now officially have under 30 peaks remaining to complete all 48. However, this hike would be notably different than all the previous ones. On this day, my daughter, and her boyfriend, joined me for her very first 4000 footer. We started out at the Lafayette Campground, on the Lonesome Lake trai...
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Patience pays off for #17 and #18

July 23, 2017
Since my last hike, I’ve had my mind made up that my next hike was not only going to be Mt Adams and Mt Madison, but I would be ascending via the King Ravine trail. An above tree line hike, by way of one of the more difficult trails in that area. I canceled my plans for this hike the last four consecutive weekends due to risky, or downright dangero...
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