White Mountains

Franconia Ridge in Winter

Franconia Ridge in Winter, New Hampshire

This was the big one: Franconia Ridge, including a pair of five thousand footers, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette. All of the White Mountain hikes and training I’ve been doing this winter have been in preparation for this traverse, one of the …

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Climbing North and South Hancock in Winter

Arrow Slide, North Hancock

My friends Alex, Jessica, and I climbed North and South Hancock on Sunday, two 4,000 footers on the southern border of the Pemigewasset Wilderness that are often hiked together. The two peaks are linked by an adjoining ridge, so it’s possible to …

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Mount Waumbek – Winter Instructional Trip

Mount Starr-King, New Hampshire

I co-led an instructional trip on winter hiking over the weekend up Mount Waumbek, a White Mountain 4,000 footer, in New Hampshire’s north country. All the trip participants had gone through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Winter Hiking Program that I helped teach …

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Mount Lethe Bushwhack

Middle Carter - Above Treeline

Last weekend I climbed two 4,000 footers, South and Middle Carter Mountains, in near perfect weather. I repeated that same route yesterday, but we added in two bushwhacks, one to Mt Lethe, and another on lower down on the mountain across the …

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Middle and South Carter

Middle Carter Mountain, New Hampshire

I bagged another two winter 4,000 footers over the weekend on a 10 mile hike over the Carter Range in the eastern White Mountains in New Hampshire, with a respectable 3600 feet of elevation gain. This hike was a homecoming of sorts: …

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Mount Moosilauke in Winter

Mount Moosilauke

I celebrated First-Hike yesterday by climbing Mount Moosilauke (4,802 ft), the westernmost 4,000 footer in the White Mountains. This was a 3,300 foot climb from the trail head up the Glenncliff Trail, which I haven’t been on since 2007 when I climbed …

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Mount Jackson

Mount Jackson, White Mountains

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 …

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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 …

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