Mike and his Wild Oasis Tarp

Bushwhack Bailout

Mike and I were cold and wet when we reached the pond. We’d both gotten soaked on the bushwhack up to Mount Anderson (3740′) and had decided hike back down to Norcross Pond and camp out instead of continuing deeper into the backcountry. It was the prudent call. We’d received much more rain than the […]

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Bushwhacker Ken at Gordon Pond below Mt Wolf

Canister Fever: Wolf Cub and North Peak, Blue Ridge Mountain

My right leg sank knee-deep in the black sulfurous mud before I completely toppled into the stuff. As soon as my friends got a whiff, they backed away from me to escape the stench and put some distance between themselves and my mud coated clothing. I can still pick up a whiff, a week later at home. We’d just […]

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Southern Presidential Range from Mt Rosebrook

Climbing Mt Rosebrook

If you tell a White Mountain peakbagger that you’ve just climbed Mt Rosebrook (3004′), they’re likely to look at you funny and ask where the heck that is. Mt Rosebrook is the main peak of the Bretton Woods Ski resort across the Mt Washington Hotel. Chances are they’ve driven or hiked past it dozens if not […]

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Off-Trail with the Paradox Packs Unaweep Backpack

Paradox Packs Unaweep 3900 Backpack Review

One of the areas of the ultralight backpacking market that has long been underserved are lightweight (3-4 pound) durable backpacks for heavy loads exceeding 40 pounds and ranging up to 60, 70, or 80 pounds or more. Built using modern lightweight yet durable fabrics, with more streamlined UL-style designs, such packs would be ideal for backpackers, climbers, […]

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The Captain

Climbing The Captain

The Captain is a remote 3540 foot mountain named for its resemblance to El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Located between South Hancock Mountain and Mount Carrigan in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it’s a rugged off-trail bushwhack on the New Hampshire Hundred Highest peakbagging list.  Climbing the Captain is a long hike because there are […]

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