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Philip Werner

Philip Werner quit his corporate job in 2010 to become a full time hiker, guide, and outdoor writer. Since then he's hiked a couple of thousand miles, written over 1000 articles for SectionHiker.com, and had stories published by Backpacker Magazine and Stackpole Books. In 2014, SectionHiker.com was nominated by USA Today as one of the top 10 outdoor blogs on the Internet.

Climbing Black Mountain in Winter

View of Mt Washington from Black Mountain (Jackson)

Black Mountain (2757′) is a 52-with-a-View peak located in Jackson, NH with good views of Mt Washington on a clear day. The trail up to the summit follows the Black Mountain Ski trail and passes the Black Mountain Cabin, just below the summit. This is a primitive log cabin managed …

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Montane Alpha Guide Jacket Review

Montane Alpha Guide Jacket

The Montane Alpha Guide Jacket is designed to insulate your core while giving greater freedom of movement for your arms. It is insulated with Polartec Alpha, a highly breathable and compressible insulation that was designed for soldiers to eliminate the need of shedding or adding layers while on the move. The jacket …

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Climbing Jennings Peak in Winter

William, Gail, and John at Jennings Peak overlooking Sandwich Dome

Jennings Peak (3440′) is a 52-with-a-View mountain in Waterville Valley at the top of Acteon Ridge. It has a great view of massive Sandwich Dome Mountain (shown above) which at 3993′ is just seven feet shy of being a 4000 footer. I climbed in on a frosty day with four …

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Pacerpole Dual Lock Trekking Poles

Pacerpole Dual Lock trekking poles are three section, adjustable carbon fiber hiking poles with a top lever lock.

Pacerpole Trekking Poles are now available with a lever lock and pin (dual lock) system in addition to the twist-lock system available previously. I’m a huge fan of Pacerpoles, which have a unique angled pistol-style grip that eliminates wrist fatigue and force you to hike with a more erect and energy-efficient posture. …

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