White Mountains

Boot Spur – Gulf Peak Loop

Mount Bootspur, a subsidiary peak of Mount Washington (rear)

I’ve spent so much time hiking above treeline this year that I will soon qualify for a pilot’s license. I’ve got the bug bad. Standing among the cairns in the howling wind under brilliant blue skies, dwarfed by immense piles of rock and dust, there are few …

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Mount Moosilauke and South Moosilauke Loop

Mount Moosilauke from the South Peak

My friends Claudine, Marlene and I co-led an Appalachian Mountain Club hike up Mount Moosilauke (4802′) on Saturday, the westernmost 400o footer in the White Mountain 48. Climbing this peak has a special significance for me because it’s the first 4,000 footer …

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A Presidential Solstice

Mount Adams from the summit of Mount Madison

On Sunday, I co-led a mega-hike called a Presidential Traverse for the Appalachian Mountain Club. This is a very long one-day hike, on or close to the summer solstice for maximum daylight, that is started before dawn and usually ends after sunset. …

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Bondcliff, Mount Bond, and West Bond

The Bonds - West Bond, Mt Bond, and Bondcliff (left to right)

Have you ever had a perfect day in the mountains? I had one of those days yesterday, on an epic 23 mile day hike to Bondcliff (4265′), Mount Bond (4698′), and West Bond (4540′). The weather was so fine, with bright sunshine and …

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Scaur Peak and The Fool Killer

The Fool Killer Summit

I am really good at finding summit signs and canisters on trail-less bushwhack peaks. I have an uncanny ability to find herd paths, clear water sources, and even parking spaces in Harvard Square. I’m not sure if it’s attitude or karmic alignment …

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