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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Factory Tour

Hyperlite Mountain Gear CEO, Mike St. Pierre

Hyperlite Mountain Gear is an ultralight backpacking gear manufacturer in Biddeford, Maine, a short drive from my favorite hiking and backpacking haunts in New Hampshire. I paid them a visit last month to check out their operation and to talk to Mike St. Pierre, their CEO and head gear designer about …

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Cold River Camp in Evans Notch

South Baldface Summit

Cold River Camp is a rustic, family style camp run by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the Evans Notch on the border between New Hampshire and Maine. It’s unique among the AMC lodging facilities because it’s managed entirely by volunteers, although there is paid croo (crew) on-site to cook and maintain the …

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The Summerhouses at Mohonk Mountain House

Summerhouse overlooking Mohonk Mountain House Inn

  Mohonk Mountain House is one of the last great inns in the Hudson River Valley, just 90 miles north of New York City. It’s a special place for me because I rediscovered my love of hiking there amidst the Shawanagunk Mountains and nearby Catskills Mountain Range. Resembling Harry Potter’s …

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Munroes Family Restaurant: A White Mountain Hiker Feed

Munroe's Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

Munroe’s Family Restaurant in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire is a mandatory stop if you want to fuel up before or after winter recreational activities. A family style restaurant, it’s a great place to get strong coffee, huge omelets, pancakes, or waffles before you venture into the cold for winter hiking, …

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Catskills Backpacking: The Escarpment Trail

The Escarpment Trail

One of my favorite multi-day backpacking trips in the Catskills of New York is The Escarpment Trail, which is notable for it’s open vistas and fine views of the Hudson River Valley. This 23.9 mile hike is moderately challenging and is best spread over a 3 day trip, including shuttles, …

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