June 2, 2010
I am an intermediate hiker. Finished my White Mountain 4,000 footers on 07/17/11. 7 NE100 peaks (all in NH). 9 winter peaks this past season. I'm not a fast hiker, but I can do long distances. Hardest hike: Mt. Madison just three weeks into my "getting back into" hiking. A little too soon for that. I lead hikes frequently these days.
I'm not sure about my greatest "adventure experience" - trails with water are most appealing. Greatest challenge is increasing my pace. Ike via Crawford in the freezing cold (with a head cold) was probably my biggest winter challenge! 3-Day, 2-Night backpack along Moriah/Carters/Wildcats as my 2011 summer kick-off hike was pretty challenging too!
I am officially now a winter hiker - did it for the first time last season! Even used the snowshoes (finally!) on Ike! Got poles and crampons (though whether they are the right ones is debatable), now working on finding a better pair of winter gloves that will keep my hands warm on Crawford!
I've finished my White Mountain 4,000 footers with both dogs - almost exactly one year from when we started and without any in winter. Now I'd like to start working on the remaining NH points on my NE100 list (Vose Spur, Scar Ridge, PATN and Nancy), finish visiting all the NH fire towers & do some of the non-AMC 4000+ foot peaks in the Northern Presis (like JQ Adams and Boott Spur). While I love the motivation that the lists give me, my main goal is to meet amazing "trail people" and get my myself and my dogs some outside exercise.
Weekends and some Fridays, if I am available. Sometimes I can squeeze in a weekday hike, usually a shorter hike to a fire tower.
Moved back to NH from MD in 2009 and had to get moving & get into some true green space! Becoming increasingly addicted to mountain views and time on the trail. Have always been addicted to the smell of pine and balsam fir!