Winter in 10 Photos

January 2: Short days, long shadows January 7: A splash of color on the pond January 21: Early morning ski in Maine’s 100-mile wilderness January 28: Skiing through snowflakes in the County February 5: High noon in Tuckerman’s Ravine February 11: Blue bird day on Isolation February 20: Skiing in Baxter State Park February 22:Continue reading “Winter in 10 Photos”

#45, 46, 47, 48 – Winter Hiking Goals

For my 40th birthday, I treated myself to the Appalachian Mountain Club New Hampshire Chapter’s Winter Hiking Series. I had felt a pull towards snow-covered peaks for years, and I wondered—could I do it? Did I have what it takes to hike high peaks in the winter? Was I brave enough to stretch my comfortContinue reading “#45, 46, 47, 48 – Winter Hiking Goals”

Full Moon Presi Traverse

This summer I set out with my friends Denise and Molly to hike the Presidential Range under the Buck Moon. Our plan was to begin at 4 o’clock in the afternoon so that we could make it up to Madison or Adams for sunset, hike through the night under the moon and stars, and watchContinue reading “Full Moon Presi Traverse”

My 16-year-old and His Friend Hiked Vermont’s Long Trail…By Themselves

This story was originally published on #GoEast. As I watched my 16-year-old son and his friend walk into the woods at the Massachusetts/Vermont border to begin their northbound thru-hike to Canada—alone—I fought the urge to run up the trail with them. Despite my beaming smile and outward excitement, I was still conflicted about whether orContinue reading “My 16-year-old and His Friend Hiked Vermont’s Long Trail…By Themselves”

New England 67

New England is home to 67 high peaks (mountains that top off at 4,000 feet or more). For the past several years I’ve been backpacking and day hiking to the top of each one. Along the way, I’ve encountered soft forest paths that spring underfoot and unforgiving granite; views for miles and socked-in peaks; swelteringContinue reading “New England 67”

The AMC Winter Hiking Series Leads to New Adventures

This article was originally published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Mountain Passages. In the pre-dawn hours of Christmas morning, my sons are leaving their warm beds, not to creep downstairs to check their stockings but to don their hiking clothes and collect their pillows to prepare for the trek to Grafton Notch StateContinue reading “The AMC Winter Hiking Series Leads to New Adventures”

Grafton Notch

This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Wilderness Matters. Grafton Notch Loop Adventure: How I Discovered the Appalachian Mountain Club Grafton Notch is one of our favorite places. My husband and I visited the area in the summer of 2015 and summited our first 4,000 footer – OldContinue reading “Grafton Notch”