An alpine start to Thanksgiving and the holiday season

Some Thanksgiving traditions include meeting at the bar, playing flag football or even shopping. For the past 5 years my favorite tradition has been a 6 mile traverse of the Seven Sisters before sunrise on Thanksgiving morning. Getting up early isn’t fun but this hike brings together my friends and family to do an activity […]

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Mount Chocorua Trip Report

Mount Chocorua is not your typical 3,500 foot mountain. This dramatic peak has steep pitches, an exposed summit and a hiking experience that you expect from mountains that are several thousand feet taller. It is no surprise that this is one of the most hiked mountains in the Whites.  I recently climbed it on a […]

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Mount Mansfield and fall’s last gasp

My father and I recently climbed Mount Mansfield to take on Vermont’s highest peak and to experience the last foliage that fall had to offer. This is a mountain that has it all with huge trail diversity and an exposed ridge traverse just outside the picturesque town of Stowe, VT. Mount Mansfield might be better […]

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Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams on the edge of winter

Mount Adams (5,794 ft) and Jefferson (5,712 ft) are two of my favorite peaks in the whites. These are the second and third highest 4000 footers and they have none of the summit development that you will find on Mount Washington. I recently took on both these mountains during an epic day hike in conditions […]

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Alpine Spring Perfection on the Franconia Ridge

Springtime hiking in the White Mountains typically means monorail trails, mud, black flies and other non-fun stuff but this year Spring came and the snow remained. When I saw a weekend forecast that called for bluebird skies and moderate temperatures I knew that the mountains were inviting me for a weekend of hiking perfection and […]

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The Unplanned Awesome at Greeley Pond

Sometimes the best adventures are found without a plan or a trail. My friends and I recently bushwhacked through a thick White Mountains forest to climb an unnamed slide near Mount Osceola. We didn’t reach a summit but we did experience an ascent that few, if any, people have climbed this winter. Our original goal […]

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A Tuckerman’s Ravine Ascent Via Left Gully

My friends and I recently decided to kick off the winter hiking season with a trip to Mount Washington. The weather forecast looked gloomy and we had no idea what to expect so we packed enough gear to be ready for everything from vertical ice to hanging out at camp all day. Thankfully the weather […]

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The Semi Presidential Traverse

My friends and I recently attempted to end the fall hiking season in epic fashion with a semi-presidential traverse. The Whites dished out plenty of epic in the form of unpredictable weather which kept us from our goal but still created an unforgettable alpine experience.         The presidential traverse is one of the most legendary […]

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Mount Rainier Trip Report

Getting started, photo by Melissa Kelley The crunch of snow under my crampons, the sound of rock and ice falling, climbing as a rope team and feeling like crap from the altitude are just a few reasons why my recent attempt to climb Mount Rainier was one of the best experiences of my life. Team […]

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