February 26, 2012
I've hiked each of them two or more times, most but not all in winter as well. I love the Bonds, all the above tree line ridges as well as backpacking the Kilkenny Ridge and have done some great bushwhacks. My biggest 4K challenge was a hike that took me across the summits of 12 4K peaks in a day. The hike consisted of the Pemi Loop with excursions to 4 neighboring peaks (Galehead, North Twin, Zealand and West Bond) and covered 38.6 miles with 10,800 feet of elevation gain.
Ultimately, I'd like to visit the 48 in each season and finish the New England 100 highest. I'd like to hike the Wapack Trail, Presi Traverse and Pemi Loop at least once a year for as long as I physically can. This spring or summer, I'd like my dog to finish the 48 with my dog (she is missing Jefferson and Adams. I'm tracking (but not actively pursuing) the grid (NH 48 peaks X 12 months) and have done less than 1/3.
Anything that promises more hiking time than driving time (I'm in the Boston area) is interesting to me. Especially weekday hikes.
Yes - though for a meetup, I see myself more as an organizer and social facilitator than a leader. While I am now a 3 season leader with the AMC and have done some work to develop relevant skills and a knowledge base - I see the AMC leader role as different than the role of an assistant organizer for meetups and see meetup hikers as mutually and equally responsible for each other.
I'm an avid backpacker and four season hiker.
Good group - I hope it continues to grow.