July 22, 2007
I'd say I am experienced. I've done the 67 4K peaks in New England. My hardest hikes were 1) Bailing out down 6 Husbands in a storm on a backpacking trip. 2) Hiking 12 of the New Hamsphire 4K peaks in a day - covering 38.5 miles, including the Pemi Loop and side trips to North Twin, Galehead, Zealand and West Bond. Organized: many hikes, several backpacks informally and for meetups and the AMC.
Favorite: Backpacking the 100 mile wilderness with my son and celebrating his 13th birthday on the trail. Greatest Challenge: Hiking the Long Trail 17 months after a major injury. My journal of that trip: http://www.trailjournals.com/pedxinglt Greatest single day challenge: The Pemi Loop + 4 nearby summits.
Yes. I'm well equipped for anything that is not technical. Have snowshoes and crampons.
The winter NH 4Ks and N.E 100 highest are on my radar. I would also like to have my dog, Loki, finish the NH 48 (she's done 46). If a hike helps with a list that's a bonus, but a good hike is motivation enough. I also try to have one long (150 - 300 mile) backpack trip every summer. I usually go solo, but am open to joining with others.
Generally Monday, Wednesday and Friday work best.
I'm an avid backpacker, but have succumbed to the peak bagging bug. I'm always happy to share rides. My best carpooling spots are Porter Square and the I-93 Park n Ride lots. My dog is usually in the car with me.
A great, very active group.