Michael B.



Pepperell, MA
Hometown: North Adams, MA

Organizer since:

November 22, 2010


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 have climbed all of the 115 summits in the Northeast over 4,000 feet, have climbed 96 of the New England Hundred Highest, have completed six rounds of the NH 48, and have done the NH 48 in Winter. I am an instructor with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Hiking & Backpacking and Outdoor Leadership Programs, including Mountain Leadership School. I am certified in Wilderness First Aid.

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

I can pretty much go up, down, and across anything and maintain an average pace of about 2.0 MPH. While I enjoy hiking on maintained trails I don't mind a good bushwhack every once-in-a-while. I have all of the necessary clothing, gear, and equipment to hike/backpack year-round. During the winter I prefer to use a sled to get back down the mountain - it's a bit more fun than walking.

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

In 2013 I am looking to climb each of the New Hampshire 48 (perhaps even the New England 67) in each season and finish the New England Hundred Highest (96/100). I also hope to put a serious dent in both the Catskill 35 and the Winter Adirondack 46. It would be nice to finish in the top five in our age group at the Great Race, Josh Billings, Greeenway Challenge, and Tully Lake Triathlon.

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

There have been more strenuous/difficult hikes but Isolation via Rocky Branch Trail was the most frustrating. Two failed attempts to reach the peak - both attempts were foiled by snow-covered trails and raging rivers. One in late fall and one in early spring. Was not going to let this trail beat me again so returned with a small group of determined hikers - Monica, Jeff, Pete, and Rebecca. Attempt three was in the summer - the snow was gone and the river crossings were easy. Finally got to the top on Friday the 13th. What took us hours before took us minutes - we SHATTERED book time for this climb, which is 10 hours and 32 minutes for the 14.5 miles. We did it in only 5 hours and 54 minutes. We then returned in winter to conquer the same route - there was enough snow on the ground to take the bushwhack to avoid most of the river crossings - the wind chill was minus 50 at the summit but the group made it there and back.

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

Um, sure. That sounds like fun


I am a four-season hiker that organizes hikes and backpacks for the Random Group of Hikers and the AMC.

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If you're looking to get outdoors with fun and knowledgeable people than this is the group for you.

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