4000 Footers

The Winter Route up Mt Carrigan

Katie at the Mt Carrigan Summit Tower

The route up Mt Carrigan (4681′) in winter is one of the longest, but most rewarding, scenic hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Fourteen miles in length with 3800′ of elevation gain, the winter climb up Carrigan is one of those hikes …

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Frostnip on Mt Moriah

Guthook, Hikerbox, and Pam

It took less than a minute for my fingertips to freeze, but I could tell I had a problem right away from the pain. We’d stopped to put on goggles and facemasks when we encountered strong easterly winds and blowing snow on Mt …

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Thanksgiving on the Kinsmans

Lonesome Lake and the Northeast CannonBall

As we neared treeline on North Kinsman, Mr Bunny paused to admire the rime ice that coated the stubby spruce trees near the mountain summit. It had taken on a curious orange glow instead of crystalline white, diffusing the glare of the waning …

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Heavy Lifting on Mt Liberty

High Capacity Granite Gear Nimbus Trace 70 Backpack on Mt Liberty

What do bowling pins, 15 pound bags of rice and charcoal, cases of beer, TV sets, and water reservoirs have in common? They’re just some of the crazy ass things that hikers load into their packs to train for backpacking trips where …

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Missing Cairns on Mount Moosilauke

Mount Moosilauke

Mount Moosilauke is the first big mountain that Appalachian Trail northbounders encounter when they climb through the White Mountains. The 10th highest four thousand footer in the White Mountain 48, it has a very different profile and personality than most of the other …

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