Chris L.

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Location:

Woburn, MA
Hometown: Woburn

Member since:

January 20, 2012

What is your hiking experience? (e.g. how long have you been hiking, how often do you get out , where are some of your favorite places, etc.)

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.

What type of hikes do you like best? (e.g. day hikes, overnight backpacks, hikes that may involve off-trail "bushwhacking", etc.)

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.

What are your hiking goals? (e.g. just like hiking, enjoy being outdoors, looking to finish one of the "lists", etc.)

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.

What is the most strenuous/difficult hike that you have done? What made it so tough?

Most strenuous hike? The Appalachian Trail. Specifically? The first three days of the 100 mile Wilderness (I *loved* Mahoosuc Notch, though).

Do you have any outdoor leadership experience? Would you be interested in organizing and leading your own events with the Random Hikers??

Yes, eventually. I've led trips for other outdoor organizations.

Introduction

I like to hike. A lot.


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