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Michael B.

Organizer

Location:

Pepperell, MA
Hometown: North Adams, MA

Organizer since:

November 22, 2010

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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've finished the New Hampshire 4,000 Footer Grid and have climbed all 115 of the 4,000 foot summits in the Northeast and the New England Hundred Highest in both summer and winter. I've also climbed 28 of the 14,000 foot summits in Colorado. I'm an instructor with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Hiking & Backpacking and Outdoor Leadership Programs, including Mountain Leadership School. I'm certified in Wilderness First Aid.

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

I can pretty much go up, down, and across anything and maintain an average pace of about 2.0 MPH. While I enjoy hiking on maintained trails I don't mind a good bushwhack every once-in-a-while. I have all of the necessary clothing, gear, and equipment to hike/backpack year-round. During the winter I prefer to use a sled to get back down the mountain - it's a bit more fun than walking.

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

I like to hike - I also like to plan where I'm going and keep track of where I've been.

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

There have been more strenuous/difficult hikes but Isolation via Rocky Branch Trail was the most frustrating. Two failed attempts to reach the peak - both attempts were foiled by snow-covered trails and raging rivers. One in late fall and one in early spring. Was not going to let this trail beat me again so returned with a small group of determined hikers - Monica, Jeff, Pete, and Rebecca. Attempt three was in the summer - the snow was gone and the river crossings were easy. Finally got to the top on Friday the 13th. What took us hours before took us minutes - we SHATTERED book time for this climb, which is 10 hours and 32 minutes for the 14.5 miles. We did it in only 5 hours and 54 minutes. We then returned in winter to conquer the same route - there was enough snow on the ground to take the bushwhack to avoid most of the river crossings - the wind chill was minus 50 at the summit but the group made it there and back.

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

Um, sure. That sounds like fun

Introduction

I'm a four-season hiker that enjoys hiking to the top of tall things. In 2016 I became the 69th person to complete the New Hampshire 4,000 Footer Grid (every one in each month). I'm also a field instructor for the AMC's Mountain Leadership School.

What Michael B. is saying about this Meetup Group

If you're looking to get outdoors with fun and knowledgeable people than this is the group for you.


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