February 11, 2010
Recently finished the NE Hundred Highest and the NH4Ks in winter. I'm an AMC 4 season leader and also like to backpack including a 3 day 40 mile AT section in ME with 8 4ks, a 50 miler in Olympic National Park , Rocky Mountain NP, several 5 day backpacks in the Sierras. Years ago I was lucky to be able to do a 12 day trek in Nepal to Annapurna Sanctuary and basecamp. All amazing places! But the Whites are awesome too! I try to hike every weekend if only in Blue Hills. I get to the Whites as often as I can but usually twice a month, and sometimes more frequently. I am currently working on Trailwrights and the Terrifying 25 and have some interest in red-lining and NH 100 HH.
Those that meet my hiking goals, long backpacks in beautiful places, hikes with a great group of people. I'm in the bushwhacking is fun camp.
Trailwrights, terrifying 25, 52 WAV, maybe red-lining or NH 100? More long backpacking trips, maybe even a long trail?? Would love to do the JMT. Climb Raineer, and maybe other big peaks.
The Olympic backpack was the hardest because it rained every day. The first day we got a very late start and had to do 9 miles and 2,000 ft with two beginners following me (I had advocated for starting the day before and was over ruled by Dad). We had pretty heavy packs including bear canisters and 5 days of food. It was cold near the end (40s) and raining. It was getting dark and I had to wait a lot for the others. We were drenched and shivering. It was my first time as a "leader" even though I was really a newbie myself and I was getting pretty anxious about getting to shelter. My brother fell in at a river crossing and got even more soaked. We managed to get the tent up quickly and I got hot drinks into everyone quickly so things were fine soon enough. But we definitely had mild hypothermia. I've never been so cold! We had a couple of other long days, including more rain, but all in all it was a great trip!
AMC 4 season leader. AMC Adventure Travel leader. WFA and AWFA.
I love to hike and backpack. I just fell in love with the mountains and can't wait to get back to them! I enjoy sharing this passion with old and new friends.