September 24, 2007
I've been an avid backpacker since 1999, getting out for trips between 100 and 300 miles almost every summer, in addition to many shorter trips. Over the past 5 years, I have been doing more day hikes.
Backpacks are my favorite. I'm coming to love winter hikes. I've also recently developed an appetite for longer (>20 mile) hikes and for bushwhacks.
My primary goal is to get out more often and have fun. Lists are a great source of ideas for what to hike. The New England 100 highest is on my radar (I've done the 4K peaks, but am missing about a dozen of those under 4K), I'd like to eventually do the NH 48 in every season. My dog has 46 of the NH 48 - so finishing that is a priority for 2014. I'm also tracking my progress on the grid, but will probably never complete it.
Most strenuous: Either the Long Trail (272 miles + access trails) in 2013 in 17 days, or the AT Monson to Pinkham Notch with side trips and bushwhacks to peak bag (210+ miles in 13 days). Difficulty was due to mileage on rugged trail with a full pack day after day. Most difficult: Long Trail in '05 while recovering from a serious injury. Biggest day hike thus far: One day Pemi Loop + 4 neighboring peaks (12 4K peaks and 38.5 miles). My journals for The Long Trail: http://www.trailjournals.com/pedxinglt
Yes - It's great to see how Random has progressed, it's a model for other groups to emulate and would be great to be a part of.
I'm a four season hiker. I live in Cambridge in the Porter/Davis area. I'm looking to share rides to the mountains. Carpooling is more fun, better environmentally and cheaper. My dog Loki is my regular hiking companion.
This is a great well organized group that keeps getting better.