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Waltham, MA
Hometown: Waltham

Member since:

November 10, 2013

Which aspects of mountaineering and backcountry sports are of most interest to you? -- (Hiking) (Backcountry Skiing) (Ice Climbing) (Rock Climbing) (Backpacking & Camping) ?

I am interested in completing the 4000 footers. However, I hike slow and steady. I can climb 1000' in 1:15.

What is your level of mountaineering experience or other backcountry skills? -- (Novice) (Beginner) (Intermediate) (Advanced) (Pro)? (Feel free to add some specifics):

Probably Intermediate to advanced. For example, I climbed Mt. Garfield this last Saturday Nov 9, 2013. I hit ice at 2800' and had to put on crampons.

What is your greatest achievement in the the mountains as of today?

Mt. Hood in Oregon was a challenge. We started out at Midnight with ice axe and crampons and reached the summit at 615 AM to catch the sunrise and spectacular views.

What is you "next" greatest goal? Touch some summit? Backpack a trail?

Goals: Complete the New England 4000 footers. On the bucket list is to hike the AT, probably section hiking. I would also like to try another assault on Mt. Adams in Washington some summer.

What was your most epic, trip that gives you the cold sweats in the middle of the night?

Being stupid - I was up on Washington once with light rain, in the 40's with a 30 kt wind and I notice I've got a stumbling gait. I can speak, but my words are slurred. RED ALERT - Hypothermia is on the way. Fortunately, I had the gear for it and put it on.


I'm a New Englander and have climbed in the Whites since a kid in scouts. I am also a retired Paramedic, which can be a useful skill on the mountains.


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