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The Fire Tower on North Keararge Mountain is open to the public and had fine 360 views including the Presidential Range

Fire Tower Hike to North Kearsarge Mountain

The hike up to the fire tower on North Kearsarge Mountain is a surprisingly steep climb, gaining 2600 feet of elevation in a mere 3.1 miles. But the climb is well worth it, with jaw-dropping 360 views of the White Mountains, including views of the Presidential Range and Carter Notch, Evans Notch and the Baldfaces, Mount […]

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Upper Greeley Pond (frozen) in Mad River Notch

Greeley Ponds Snowshoe Adventure

While I haven’t completely given up on hiking 4,000 footers since finishing the White Mountain 4000 footers (in winter) last year, the main reason I hike the higher peaks is social, to hang out with my friends who are working on their own peakbagging lists. When I hike by myself, I enjoy exploring more remote […]

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John and June layered up for winter hiking

Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List

When gearing up for winter day hiking in the northeastern United States including the White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, Vermont, and Maine, you want footwear, clothing and traction aids that can be used across a fairly wide range of: Temperatures: from 40 degrees down to 20 below zero (Fahrenheit) Wind speeds: from 50 mph […]

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A winter fire made from batoned wood

Winter Fire Building Practice – Twice Makes Right

I headed back into the winter woods to practice building a winter fire, a survival skill that I want to master in case I ever need an emergency fire. (see Winter Survival Fire Lighting Skills – Why Don’t We Teach Them? and  Winter Fire Building Trip.) The objective of this practice session was to see if […]

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