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Philip on the Summit of Mount Jefferson (5712')

Adams and Jefferson in High Wind and Freezing Rain

I went on a challenging day hike on Saturday climbing Mount Adams and Jefferson, the second and third highest 4,000 footers (both above 5,000′) in the White Mountains. We knowingly hiked up into a heavy mist layer which had settled over the northern Presidential peaks, but by noon the weather turned a lot fiercer than […]

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Martin Approaching Mt Jefferson on the Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire

Mount Washington and the Northern Presidential Loop

My friend Martin from England is a serious hiker and backpacker with many big UK walks under his belt. Having just finished hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness together (which as epic), I decided that I’d take him for a jaunt up Mt Washington (6288′) and around the Northern Presidentials (Jefferson, Adams and Mount Madison.) What better […]

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Mount Jackson, White Mountains

Mount Jackson

A bunch of us hiked up Mount Jackson this week, taking advantage of a narrow weather window before a big freeze and high winds hit the region. Wind speeds were predicted to reach sustained 100 mile an hour winds later in the evening with gusts reaching into the triple digits and temperatures (not including wind […]

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Bondcliff, White Mountains

The Pleasures of Peakbagging

I became a peakbagger sort of by accident, but I am a full fledged convert and climb a lot of mountains year-round on day hikes and backpacking trips. It all started when I hiked the New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail. That 160 mile stretch of trail runs over dozens of high peaks and I […]

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Mount Hale and South Hale Bushwhack

Mount Hale and South Hale Bushwhack

The first day of winter (yesterday) is a big deal in the White Mountains because it means that peakbaggers can finally start counting winter climbs against their Winter 4,000 footer lists. This peak list is much more difficult to complete that the four season 4,000 footer list because of the dreadful weather and limited daylight […]

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Mt Field and Surounding Peaks

Climbing Mt Field – Trip Report

In addition to climbing Mt Cabot last weekend, I bagged a second Trailwrights 72 peak, another 4000 footer called Mt Field, in wintry conditions with about 6 inches of loose, unconsolidated snow. I hiked this one solo, starting from Crawford Depot at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, and hiking 6.4 miles round trip […]

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