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Sarah A.

Location:

North Adams, MA
Hometown: Duxbury

Member since:

June 26, 2011

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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 started hiking in Northern California just after college, and have hiked sporadically over the last fifteen years, but several years ago started going more regularly - trying for at least once a month. Most of it has been desert hiking, but I've also hiked Arizona & New Mexico national forest land, Texas hill country, Florida pine forests, South Carolina swamps, Alabama's highest peak, and a few small pieces of the Appalachian Trail. I prefer trees & ridgelines over lowland, ups and downs over straight ups. Favorite hikes = Austin Creek (Sonoma County, CA), Lost Maples (Texas hill country), Lincoln National Forest (outside Ruidoso, NM). Most memorable hikes = 10 miles straight up the Bright Angel Trail (Grand Canyon - ugh!), Cupcake Mountain (Mojave Desert - last two miles was straight up rock scramble), Arizona Hot Springs (just outside Vegas - awesome soak in natural hot springs by the Colorado River), Mount Charleston (northwest of Vegas - hiking on top of 4-ft of snow).

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

day hiking while camping nearby, so you can spend the day hiking without carrying a big pack, but still enjoy coming back to camp for a cookout, campfire and a night under the stars. I've only backpacked (overnighter) once, but would definitely like to try it again. I went by myself and enjoyed it, but think it'd probably be wise (and more fun) to learn the ropes on a trip with more experienced backpackers. I like trails more than bushwhacking (which was a lot of desert hiking) - I have a tendency to get lost :) Lucky for me, my dogs are pretty good at leading me back to the trailhead :)

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

no real goals - just something that i enjoy and that my dogs absolutely love! I like being outside and I love the feeling of accomplishment after a long day on the trail. Plus there's just nothing quite like the view from the top of a mountain.

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

Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon. 10 miles straight up. In the summer. After a week rafting down the Colorado and a night finishing up all the beers we'd taken on the rafting trip (can't let beer go to waste!) over the campfire with 10 awesome friends. Most difficult hike, but also pretty amazing.

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

Possibly. I (currently) work for myself and have no real plans for the summer, so I have time on my hands :) I just haven't done all that much hiking in New England, so don't really know where all the good spots are yet.

Introduction

Just moved back to the Boston area after a 15+ year absence, hiking and camping my way cross-country for six weeks with my two dogs. Looking forward to exploring New England and meeting new people.


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