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Jeffrey D.

Location:

Athol, MA

Member since:

December 11, 2011

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 off and on for fourty of my fifty-three years, off and on. Very much so the last 6 years, hiking at least one and often two or three times a week. I don't do flat, I am a peakbagger. I am not about lists, but I do keep track, and I rarely do a hike that doesn't involve tagging a peak. I have done all the NH 4's, but only half in winter so far. Got out to Colorado this last July and climbed 7 14'ers including Elbert, Blanca, Little Bear, and Long's Peak. I plan to return next July. I spend a lot of time on Monadnock, try to get up to hike in the Whites at least once a month, do Greylock and Cardigan farly regularly. Acadia generally one weekend a year. Would like to work on the Daks. Don't know what my limits are... I would like to develop into a mountaineer.

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

Open to a good bushwack, and I am getting back into backpacking more. I do like a nice steep challenging climb, love scrambles and more technical routes like Huntingtons. I am up to things like Bonds Traverses in a day and that scope. Love a nice ridge with views!

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

Not sure of my ultimate, but working on the winter 4's in NH, the NE111 would be nice to complete. I would like to continue hiking Colorado, though if I don't do all 54, as long as I get the most 'infamous' ones. Mexican volcanos (Orizabel) someday, and Rainier is on the list. Others that I'd like to get to would be Shasta, Hood, Baker, Batchelder (Cascades) and Whittier. Would love to hike the John Muir trail for a week or two. Alps anyone?

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

Maybe Long's Peak. 5500' elevation and 15 miles at high altitude (14,000+), tough due to distance, elevation gain, and some scrambling and exposure. Also as the first 14'er of the trip aclimation was still a work in progress.

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

I might be at some point in the future.

Introduction

I'm always looking for good hikes. I am a four season peakbagger, I hike Monadnock a lot as I live near it, and I am working on my winter 4's in NH.

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