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Mount Pierce holds a special place in my heart. You’d think that after two summers of hauling supplies up the Crawford Path as a Hut Girl, I’d be perfectly happy to never see the trail again. But you’d be wrong!  Here I was riding the Hiker Shuttle to the Highland Center last Wednesday, on a…

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With the hiking season under way, hikers are reminded to prepare for their hikes by consulting topographic maps and hiking guides before hitting the trail. Trails in the White Mountains vary in their level of difficulty. The Huntington Ravine Trail is especially challenging. In addition to a detailed trail description, here’s what AMC’s White Mountain…

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What a glorious day last Friday was and since I had to work the evening shift, I took advantage of it and got out for my first spring hike!!! I headed down to my stomping ground in Evans Notch (ME Route 113 is open!) and hiked Spruce Hill on the side of Speckled Mountain. I…

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In the last month, I’ve gone on two big hikes in the Great Gulf Wilderness. I’ve had this objective in mind for a bit: to start at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, hike north into the Wilderness Area, west and south to climb onto the shoulder of Mount Washington, summit, and come down via the…

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The original Inferno Race was solely a ski race from the summit of Mount Washington over the Tuckerman Headwall and all the way down to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (then Pinkham Notch Camps). It began in 1932 and attracted all sorts of crazy extreme skiers! In 1939 Toni Matt set his amazing record for the…

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Last Saturday the woods were calling so I glanced at my map looking for some not so far away shelters that I hadn’t been to. Being that I was the Lonesome Lake Caretaker all winter and before that was a summer caretaker at the tent/shelter sites the AMC runs I am used to being in…

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A few weeks ago, my friend told me that she and her friends had just attempted a winter Presidential Traverse. I thought it sounded like a miserable undertaking – low visibility, high wind, general exposure, and just plain cold. Then this week rolled around. I found myself with no plans for my one full day…

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Last March, I wrote an entry about the Harvard Cabin, which has pretty quickly become one of my favorite places on the mountain. The cabin was built in the early 1960s by the Harvard Mountaineering Club near Huntington Ravine, on the east side of Mount Washington. It operates under a special use permit with the…

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My son and I got out for a wonderful few hours this past Monday and really got to experience what is going on with these crazy trails this winter! We went up the south side of Chocorua about half way using the Hammond Trail. The AMC White Mountain Guide says that the approach road is…

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Last weekend, the Mount Washington Valley saw its 23rd annual Ice Fest. As I mentioned in the last blog, this three day event is hosted by International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway. Ice Fest is a celebration of ice climbing, mountaineering, and the ethos and culture of these pursuits. While the festival has been…

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