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Ragan M.


Cambridge, MA
Hometown: Boston

Member since:

November 20, 2012

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.)

Dad took us up Mt. Monadnock at 8 or 9 and I was hooked. Climbed Washington x3, twice in winter in HS. Used to climb, hike, winter backpack and backcountry ski camp in Oregon during my college years. Finished the Adirondak 46er a bunch of years ago in my summers and still go up there every summer. I like to row, which helps get me up mountains. Having a great time getting back into weekend outings, love to climb even in rough conditions and difficult terrain.

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

I like adventures, unusual trips, bushwacking, rough terrain, elevation, above or at the tree line. Like overnight trips, but not multiple days without a hut or warm shower at some point.

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

Getting back out and up in elevation. Regaining some conditioning and endurance. Getting above it all, while getting close to others. Friendships.

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

In college we did a backcounty skiing, winter traverse of the Three Sisters in Oregon. 50lbs backpack on skis, two nights 20-30 miles in heavy Oregon oatmeal snow. Lots of terrain and occasional faceplants, which are hard to recover from with the pack driving you down.

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

Yes, in college, in the ADKs, but I don't know the Whites well enough yet. Need to follow for a while.


Father of two boys, psychotherapist in Cambridge, love to get outdoors!

What Ragan M. is saying about this Meetup Group

This is simply the Best Meetup of it's sort. From every standpoint you can't do better than hike and climb and eat and socialize with this group. The trip hosts are extremely experienced, humble and delightful people. They manage to attract and keep a very loyal and connected following.

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