Diane M.


New England Hiking Meetup Organizer


Claremont, NH
Hometown: Claremont

Organizer since:

March 29, 2007

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?

Skilled but slower paced hiker. 8 mile 2500 ft elevation gain is about my comfort effort for a day hike. Mostly NH. At age 61, I take more breaks, hike slower than "AMC Book Time", but can take the distances in favorable conditions. I'd love to hike more, but my schedule limits me.

What is your favorite trail adventure experience and greatest challenge?

my first hike. I was falling to my knees I was so tired. I was having so much fun, I was back the next week for more. Greatest experience: 5000ft summits and I always I forget how hard it is to get up there.

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

All season hiker, love winter . Not crazy about rainy hikes- Gear: MSR snowshoes, short and full crampons, overnight camping gear. xskis, All weather clothing layers and more. This 59 year old body that hikes slower than I wish. Respect your limitations and enjoy the hike!

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

To have a good time and live to be 100! Talus is usually a dirty word for me. Enjoy the day and share it. I got my NH 48 summit patch 2009. I'm very pleased with that. I enjoy a big hike, but I respect the mountains and will wait for fair weather conditions -If you can walk, your hiking.

What days of the week do you like to hike ?

Sundays. I work 5-6 days a week,- some schedule! So hike days I take my time and enjoy the day. Local afternoon hikes are nice too on Mt Ascutney- give me a call It's nice to get away for an overnight camp out too.


Every climb is a challenge, summit vistas are priceless. Think positive! my NH[masked]ft list is finished mixed summer and winter. I love a good hike, a little bit of a challenge & good conversation. Favorite hikes: Windy Mt Washington & Bondcliff

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