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The Finale

This was our final peak this season and we didn’t let the rain stop us!

Greylock!

Great mountain, great weather, no bugs and very few people. It was a great day on Greylock

Fall hike

Great fall hike, other than the slippery leaves.  The view from the fire tower were spectacular.

Most adventurous grand finale!

Beautiful fall day to hike. Last chance to get my sixth peak done. And what a mountain to choose! Whew! The trail is the most…

Hike@Bear Mountain

Took paradise Trail on the way up and Appalachian trail down. The loop is advisable to do counter clockwise as the last 0.4 mile portion…

Almost There

SO Crowded! Spent last mile up being told “almost there!” every 5 seconds. Brought along little sister, whose excitement about the adventure made everything OK.

Bear Mountain

Beautiful day ! Hiked counter clockwise – was a bit strenuous on the way up ( that’s why we do this right) but super easy…

Monadnock’s Most Magnificent Cairns

The most beautiful fall weather. The hike is as follows: small warm-up, steep, steeper, a bit of a reprise on wooded pathways, going down hill…

Cloudy days in VT

For some reason this trail always seems to take forever. It’s like it just keeps going. It’s not difficult, or particularly long. It’s just one…

Fall hike

Wonderful sunny fall day, last 1/3 mile was tough with some scrambling thrown in. GreT alternative.

Mansfield

Perfect hike! Loved this mountain!

Huntington Ravine – again

I love this trail so much. It was definitely sketchier than the last few times I’ve been there, due to heavy rains a few days…

Better with Buds

Brought friends for maximum festivity! Always cool to introduce folks to the AT.

Fall hike

1st thanks for the recommendation to hike the trail counter clock wise.  With the changing leaves was a lovely hike.

Fav Finisher to Six Pack Success!

Beautiful day to FINALLY finish the New England Six Pack.  Got derailed the last few years, but feels good to put this one in the…

Another classic!

Love this one for finishing  the Six Pack! Another leg day, constant ups but you can treat yourself at the summit with fresh coffee and…

Greylock

Nice flat trail, no scrambles. Added mileage by taking a side trail down that circled back to the main trail.

Another summit day!

Forrest, boulders and 360 views! A scramble up over roots and boulders but well worth it!

The one with a view!!

Monadnock has amazing 360 views at the summit! Many trails lead to the top, one of the more crowded hikes and well worth it!

Extra Stage Bonus Round

What an epic hike. This was my last NE highpoint that I needed to knock off. I spent 2 nights in the park and was…

On Top of Vermont!

We went CCW from Underhill State Park taking the CCC Road to Maple Ridge Trail (rock slabs & a “leap” but nothing too crazy if…

Hike@Mt Greylock

Ascend with Bellows Pipe Trail and Descend with Appalachian – Gould Trail. Ascend had lot of muddy patches. Foggy conditions. Descend had few muddy patches…

Clouds around Chocorua

Absolutely amazing views. We were surrounded by the clouds and the weather was perfect.

Greylock for #3

Another trip to the top of Greylock from Belo South Trail and down Thunderbolt. Trail is in good condition oh, more overgrown than it was…

Hike@Mt Monadnock

Fabulous Weather. I took the White Dot Trail on Ascend and White Cross Trail on Descend. Foggy and windy at the summit Started the hike…

Views for days from Welch-Dickey!

This Six-Pack hike was all about facing some fears. Two fears, in particular: Steep, open rock faces Ghosts Earlier in 2021, I spent a month…

Mount Monadnock

Nice fall hike, trail was very busy with the triathlon going on.  Weather was wonderful.

Mount Monadonock!

The weather was beautiful but the rocks were wet from the night before. This trail is mostly rocks with some good size scrambles so the…

The Never-ending climb up the Hump

Weather was looking iffy all week, but we were determined to get our VT trek done Labor Day weekend.  Figured if we get there by…

Leg day!!

Only one word for this – up!!! Constant up on huge boulders over two peaks and the down is the same lol! Awesome hike great…

The classic one!

Love this one – 4th time hike up and always beautiful!!

The new one!

And up it goes! Great views and boulders after boulders!

Proud

It was a tough day on the legs,  the  weather was clear but windy at summit not really any clouds. The only downfall of the…

Room without a view on Mansfield

4th time hiking this in the challenge – no views this time but you can still have fun!! Hiked down the Long trail – do…

Mt Washington

Misty fog all the way. Plenty of water, sometimes flowing down the middle of the trail but river crossings were easy & safe. We had…

Hump Day!

Always great views on the Hump!

Greylock… more like grey skies

I almost didn’t hike Greylock today. As some of you know, I hiked Bear Mountain yesterday, and that was after two months of pretty much…

Monadnock Sunset Hike

Trail is soggy in spots but nothing too unavoidable. Humid day and fog rolled in as we got to the top so no view from…

Well, it’s been a while!

Did y’all miss me? (Is anybody reading this, anyway?) Well, with five hikes done in the SoCal Six Pack, my life took a turn for…

Solo Hike to Mount Washington NH

Ascend with Ammonoosuc Ravin Trail and Descend with Gulf and Jewell Trail. Absolutely Gorgeous weather with full visibility and sunshine 🙂

Codename: Avalanche

Beautiful Day for a climb! Wispy clouds blew across the table lands, making the knife edge seem more ominous. Great views, serious climb.

Mt Washington!

Trail conditions were great and the weather could not have been better. Hiked the Jewel trail up and down as part of a Hike for…

day light hike

First night hike, was hoping to summit for sunrise, but was slower than anticipated.

#11 – Katahdin

Steep like others, but not wet like others.  Great scrambling until the “slog” at the top, which reminded me of the final push to the…

Notched another one in Franconia

GET THERE EARLY!!  They warn about parking being limited one weekends in the Trailhead parking.  We thought 8 am was early enough …. NOT!  Overflow…

#10 – Washington

Rained a bit ascending, but cleared up before Tuckerman Ravine, which was gorgeous.  Above the ravine, cold and cloudy, no visibility, but no rain, except…

Franconia through the mist

I’m a glutton for punishment so I did an already difficult loop in the rain and mist. It was so much fun and I’m glad…

#9 – Old Speck

Scrambly in a few spots- wet as was typical of previous New England hikes.  Someone was camping at the peak, which was covered in trees…

Franconia Ridge Summer 2021

So great! View was amazing, bugs were scarce, water flowing but trail dry. Not too crowded. Perfect day in the Whites! This was my 3rd…

#8 – Lincoln

Holy cannoli, the whole hike was beautiful, but the initial trail of the loop traverse, the “Falling Waters Trail”, was absolutely gorgeous!  I took videos…

#7 – Chocorua

Lots of incline, lots of scrambling.  LOTS of bugs at the top, but they weren’t too too bad.

#6 – Welch-Dickey

“Rest Day” hike- still pretty freakin’ steep!  Early, low visibility, alas.

#5 – Mansfield

Ascent to the “forehead” was the toughest yet!  Didn’t feel the need to get the “adam’s apple” 🙂  Lots of regular folks at the top-…

#4 – Camel’s Hump

Early hike = beautiful summit views above the clouds.  Also at the summit, I met two ladies on opposite ends of the age spectrum, both…

#3 – Monadnock

Sprinkled ascending, light rain descending.  Thunder!  Slipped and fell only a few times.  At times, easy to lose the trail.

#2 – Greylock

Good inclines, not too long, great views at the top!  Had my first slip on the wet ground/rocks on the Thunderbolt Trail down…

Summit of Camels Hump

August 7th I started my way up to summit Camels Hump in Huntington/Ducksbury, VT via the Monroe Trail. This would be my sixth summit for…

Bear Mountain

This was a really fun hike. It was a hot and humid day which slowed us down a little bit but overall this is a…

Sunset Summit of Mount Mansfield

August 6th I started my way up to summit Mount Mansfield in Stowe, VT via the Eagles Cut Trail working counterclockwise where as the last…

#1 – Bear

My first New England hike- pretty steep in some sections!  I would learn later how steep some of these hikes could go…I went counter-clockwise so…

Monadnock Mayhem

Went hiking with my 12 year old niece. It was her first long hike in some time but she was a trooper. I myself was…

Best Hiking Partner

Best hiking partner ever, finally got my wife to accompany me. Beautiful day weather-wise especially for the middle of summer. The trail however showed the…

Rainy day hike

Was a cool rainy day.  Should have not believed the weather man, trail was slippery due to the rain and no view due to the…

Hurricane Winds

Presidential Traverse. Started at Appalachia trailhead. Overnight at The Perch. Crossed Mount Washington today in heavy rain and 60-70 mph sustained winds.

Hiked the Dickey

Beautiful humid day, I got bit by a black fly – WOW that hurts!! This loop was so much fun – lots of rocks to…

A River Runs Through It

Very wet.  Trail was actually a stream due to heavy rain for the last few days. Staying dry was unavoidable but made for a few…

Mount Monadock

I so very much under rated the challenge of this hike.

Chocorua and Middle sister

This was a tough choice for our first hike this year, we started late! It was a nice loop, beautiful views, a bit overcast so…

Into the mist

This was a really fun hike. Lake of the Clouds Hut is an incredible place. We got frostbite during the last mile, glad for warmth…

Two Old Guy Meandering

2nd Best of the NH Hikes. Love the trail, I will say the State of NH could mark it a bit better. But the upper…

Bear Mountain

Is was a nice day to hike and not very strenuous for my first of the challenge.

Camels Hump

Another amazing hike – I would say that I enjoyed this peak more than mount Mansfield . I thought the views were amazing ! We…

3 mountains for the price of 1

Started out strong. What a beautiful day for hike. The hike up wasn’t to bad besides falling into the River ????. Once we started down…

I left my legs at green leaf hut

Let me first start by saying this hike was absolutely beautiful and grueling at the same time the ridge was absolutely amazing ! Started at…

Mt Greylock

Beautiful day – great day for a hike

Mount Mansfield

Great weather – enjoyed the top .  First VT hike for me .

Mt Monadnock !

A little warm today but nice breezes throughout the day, sun was hot – not alot of tree cover after the first mile or two…

Mount Monadnock Summit

June 18th we started our way up to summit Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH via the Birchtoft Trail. This would be my fourth summit for…

Tallest Peak in MA

Great hike up to the top! It was a little bit muddy from recent rains but nothing unmanageable. Bugs weren’t bad at all, although I…

Franconia Ridge

Park Ranger talked us into going counter clockwise, had done clockwise before. Falling water had beautiful views and once done you are about a third…

Barely a start at Bear Mountain

Rain forecasted on this day weeks leading up to this challenge.  Mother nature blessed us with perfect hiking conditions.  Starting at the Undermountain trail head,…

Bear sitting on National Trail Day

Great hike! Trail conditions were good just a little soggy from the recent rain. The warm temperature made the hike a bit more challenging. The…

Mount Monodnock

This was a great do-over for me since the last time I hiked it I had to turn around before the top because my son…

I almost died

This was my first big hike of the season and let me tell you, it kicked my ass! I went with a friend who is…

Wet Memorial Day hike

Rain rain and more rain. Did I mention rain lol. Wet hike 1st one of 6. So happy that I made it to the top.

Very wet memorial day hike !

Hiked during a rain storm .  Gould trail held up well showed signs of continued maintenance and care ! Got a little slick on descent! …

Camel’s Hump!

Beautiful day to hike, temps in mid 50s, partly cloudy but cleared up enough for some amazing views at the summit! Took the Monroe trail…

Hike #2: Bear Mountain

Second New England peak in as many days.  Mt Riga State Park in Connecticut (site of the Bear Mountain trailhead) is only about 40 miles…

The Old Speck Spectacle

We started the ascent of the hike at the eyebrow trail.  Which included rails and bars to guide you up the difficult terrain.  There was…

Hike #1 of the 2021 Challenge

Started in the early afternoon.  Weather and visibility were perfect.  Parked at Rounds Rock and hiked up to Jones Nose Trail, then took the Appalachian…

Wrist Breaker

Hike was muddy. Stopped to investigate open field along Dean Trail. LT portion was challenging but gave great sense of adventure.

Mon-ad-nock

Hike was great. It was a little breezy, mostly clear skies, rain sprinkles at the top.

Monadnock via White Arrow

Great hike! Long rock scramble at the end, lots of streams running down and through trail. Had to take back trail because getting permits are…

Bear Mountain

Probably the easiest hike I’ve done on these challenges. Lots of mud and streams, great views at the end.

Cinco de Mayo/Mountain

It was a rainy and long 10 mile hike.  Trails were muddy and flooding.  Needed rain gear, however, it did get hot ascending with layers…

Mystical Mountain Top

It was a foggy day summit with pouring rain in between. We spent a long time at Bellows Pipe Shelter listening to the rain and…

Bear Mountain CT

Hiked Bear Mountain in CT yesterday, 05/01/21,  with my friend @Cathkelson and her dad. Perfect weather, except for the wind that got stronger as we climbed…

Greylock

Muddy trail with lots of wind up top. Cold, about 34°. Snow at the top that melted by the time I got to the bottom.

Second Hike in as many Weeks

First time hiking Bear Mountain. Advice to those that hike this one later in the year, try to do it during Mountain Laurel season this…

Mountain Magic

It started off as a soggy morning and our summit of Welch was a wet & foggy one. We tucked ourselves off the trail and…

Granite for breakfast

Such a fun hike.  Arrived at trailhead at 7am with light rain.  Got to summit and clear sky’s , making for sunny summit that was…

Earth Day 2021

This was opt in hike/climb for the 2021 challenge. It was ridiculously cold (for April 22nd) and it was snowing the entire hike. The mountain…