January 20, 2012
I've been hiking since 2001. I try to get out as often as possible. I'm working on my Winter 48 in the Whites. In 2009, I thru-hiked the AT, and in 2011, I completed 652 miles of the PCT and another 1000 miles in 2012. LOVE the Whites. Anything on the AT is a win. There's Wachusett, and the Pioneer Valley when I can't get all the way north. My favorite companion on the trail is my chocolate lab, Madison. She also functions as a tent warmer.
I like day hikes and overnight and/or multi-day backpacking trips (for the record, hiking a long distance trail is just stringing together multi-day backpacking trips for about 6 months. Easy.). I like feeling as though I've accomplished something when I'm finished with my hike, whether it's a challenging trip or a great view.
Hiking goals: My dog is hoping to finish her 48 this winter. As for me, I'd love to redline the WMNF (go on every trail). That will probably take a while. I will finish the PCT. And I know that I won't be able to do 2 out of the 3 - so the CDT is somewhere on the (distant) horizon. The Long Trail is also on the list. Why do I hike? I like the challenge, I like being outside, I like the challenge of being outside even when conditions aren't 65* and sunny.
Most strenuous hike? The Appalachian Trail. Specifically? The first three days of the 100 mile Wilderness (I *loved* Mahoosuc Notch, though).
Yes, eventually. I've led trips for other outdoor organizations.
I like to hike. A lot.