Steve M

Location:

Lancaster, MA
Hometown: Westborough, MA

Member since:

July 24, 2013

What is your hiking experience ? Would you rate yourself as beginner/intermediate, moderate, experienced? pace is slow, average, or fast? Your hardest hike was....? Have you ever organized or lead a group hike?

Fairly experienced with 25+ years of hiking in New England. I completed a Long Trail thru-hike in 2011, taking 24 hiking days to go from Canada to Massachusetts. In 2013 I backpacked the 220 miles of the John Muir Trail in 13-1/2 days. ending at 14,500 feet at the summit of Mt Whitney. The JMT trip would have to be the hardest to date. I have not organized/lead any group hikes.

What is your favorite trail adventure experience and greatest challenge?

Many years ago I ran into a bull moose early one morning in the Pemi Wilderness. We stood on the trail only 15 or 20 yards apart and watched each other for several minutes until he got bored and ambled off into the woods. They look much bigger when there's no fence between the two of you. :-) My greatest challenge was my Long Trail thru-hike. The logistics of arranging transportation/food for a 3-1/2 week backpack were new to me. Hiking ~12 miles a day for 3+ weeks, up and down the Green Mountains challenged me mentally as well as physically. I made a new best friend - Vitamin I (Ibuprofen).

Do you hike all seasons ? What gear do you own and know how to use?

I hike in all four seasons. I have snowshoes, microspikes and crampons, although I leave the technical climbing to others. I am comfortable with a compass and map.

Do you have a hiking goal, such as reaching all NH 4000ft peaks? NE100 highest?

I have finished the NH4000 footers and am kind of leisurely working my way through the NE4000 and NE100 lists. Not sure that I'll live long enough to complete The Grid.

What days of the week do you like to hike ?

Still gainfully employed so weekends is when I usually find the time.

Introduction

Born and raised in Massachusetts, with a short stay in Georgia for college. Been hiking in New England, mostly NH and VT, for 25+ years (with a break to raise kids). I make my living writing technical documentation in hi-tech.


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