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Matt D.


Natick, MA

Member since:

May 29, 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 on-and-off for 15+ years, mostly in New Hampshire. Nearly 6 full rounds of the NH48 (almost 2 in winter), NHW4K, NE4K & NEHH finisher. I've hiked and backpacked a bit in California and Arizona as well (Mount Whitney, Grand Canyon, etc)

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

I mostly do dayhikes, but like to do short backpack trips when possible. I've done a few bushwhacks, depending on the mood I can enjoy them ;) I typically do around 10-15 miles with 3-5k elevation gain per day (both days of a weekend normally), makes the drive worth it.

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

I'm always up to something. I try to do a full round of the NH48 each year, add some red lining, and am trying to do more weekend backpacking. I have no problems repeating hikes/peaks but do love hiking new areas/trails.

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

Full moon night-time Presidential Traverse (Madison->Pierce), which was also the best hike I've ever done!

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

I currently lead for another hiking Meetup group.


I'm a 4-season hiker who loves to get out into the mountains.

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