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Breaking Triail to Mount Carrigan

Philip at Carrigan Summit - Don't try Walking Backwards Wearing Snowshoes

Climbing Mount Carrigan (4700′)  in winter is an ambitious quest requiring 14 miles of hiking or snowshoeing and 3900 feet of elevation gain. Route finding and bushwhacking skills are also useful, as the trail reroutes resulting from Hurricane Irene washouts are poorly …

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Mount Osceola and East Osceola in February

Open Avalanche Slide on East Osceola

Mount Osceola (4340′)  and its subordinate peak East Osceola (4156′) are always a challenging climb in winter.  Scarred by avalanche slides and ice encrusted cliffs, it is hard to comprehend how rugged these mountains are until you need to carry full winter …

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Mount Monroe and Mount Washington in February

Hikers on Monroe with Washington Behind

I have always admired the long sweeping ridge between Mount Washington (6288′) and Mount Monroe (5372′) and wondered what it would be like to hike it in winter. While I have hiked the route a half dozen times during the warmer months …

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Mount Field and Mount Willey in February

Webster Cliff from Mt Avalon, Crawford Notch

My friend David and I popped up to New Hampshire mid-week to hike two winter 4,000 footers, Mount Field (4340′) and Mount Willey (4285′) in Crawford Notch. While I’ve climbed these peaks many times, I’d never climbed them during the winter peakbagging …

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