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Phillip R.


Boston, MA

Member since:

June 6, 2011

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.)

My detailed hiking blog: I got serious a few years ago. I started with the Blue Hills and the Middlesex Fells (I still hike, and love, both) and then fell in love with the Whites. Have done some backpacking out in the Sonoran desert in Arizona, and am looking foward to exploring Acadia, the Rockies, and the Smokies, among many. I thruhiked the AT in 2013/14, SOBO.

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

Multi-day backpacks, ridge walks, any trail I haven't seen before.

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

PCT is my next big one, Ouachita trail is on the list, and I seriously need to get up to Acadia.

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

One-day Presidential Traverse summitting Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Pierce. 20 miles and 9000' of gain. Outside of that, a 35 mile day on the AT from the Pen-Mar border to (almost) Harper's Ferry was pretty taxing.

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

I'd like to take a leadership class first with the AMC, but yes.


I'm a Southern transplant living in Somerville MA. I love biking, hiking, backpacking, and generally being outside. I finished the NH 4000 footers in October 2012, and thruhiked the AT Southbound from June '13 to May '14.

What Phillip R. is saying about this Meetup Group

I definitely feel like I tangled with a Cannonball! It was a great hike, very challenging. Great group, Heather and Fred did a good job organizing/running the hike. I'm usually very cautious about night-hiking, and there wasn't much of it, but we did hike out for maybe 30 minutes with headlamps. Glad to do it in a group, it makes it less daunting, and now it won't be as indimidating when I have to go it alone. Also, I'm still fairly new to cold-weather hiking and got a lot of good tips from folks about it. All in all, I feel like I learned some things, pushed myself, and met some great folks!

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