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Winter Hiking Safety Tips

Snowshoeing up the Polecat Trail

Winter can be a dangerous time to hike or camp in the backcountry, but with planning and proper preparation, a winter hike can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Please keep the following in mind when planning an outing: For safety, never hike alone in winter. The potential consequences are …

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The Rest Step – Winter Hiking Footwork

The Rest Step

When I go hiking in winter, I’m frequently climbing a mountain and carrying 2-4 times the amount of gear by weight that I carry the rest of the year. On top of that, I wear double plastic boots that weigh 5lbs per pair, plus crampons that weigh nearly 3 lbs …

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Mt Willard in Crawford Notch

Crawford Notch in Winter, seen from Mt Willard

I was back in the White Mountains hiked Mt Willard in Crawford Notch. Crawford has snow and I actually got to break trail in snowshoes on my ascent up Willard. Breaking trail is hard work, but I like the feeling of solitude. My original plan was to bag Willard and …

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Hedgehog Mountain

Mt Hedgehog Summit from Eastern Ledges Don't underestimate Mt Hedgehog (2,532 ft). Despite being the lowest elevation peak on the New Hampshire 52 with a View peakbagging list, this mountain has great views, lots of open ledge, and some steep climbing. Mt Hedgehog is uniquely situated next to Mt Passaconaway, …

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