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Some is just better than others. Hillman’s Highway 29 January 2017 Today definitely fell into the latter category. In a stark contrast to the less than stellar “winter,” we received last year; it seems we’re off to an excellent start to ski season. Plagued with a historically low snow year, I don’t think I ever…

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You’re at the put-in.  You have your leadership team, and the rest of the group is assembling.  All of the participants have been screened, but some you have not paddled with.  How do you assess their abilities?  How do you know how they will react if the environment presents a challenge?  How do you assess…

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It was after dark when we arrived at the winter parking lot for Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback Lodges and Cabins. Shortly after our arrival a staff member from Little Lyford showed up at the trailhead on a snowmobile with luggage carrier and shuttle in tow. It was going to be my first experience in…

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Leadership Case Study: Group Management in the Alpine This case study was featured at Mountain Leadership School’s annual Instructor Post School Debrief in September 2016.  A vigorous discussion produced the conclusion points illuminated below. Join these experienced volunteer instructors at the oldest leadership training program in the nation for the 59th annual Mountain Leadership School in…

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 11AM Thursday through to 11AM Friday, 12/29-30. In fact, forecasts for the White Mountain Region are calling for upwards of 18″ of snow for Thursday through Friday. With weather like this, it is especially important to be prepared for the worst. Most folks hoping to hit the…

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Ah, ‘Shoulder’ Seasons… Those periods where there isn’t enough snow to ski on but it clearly isn’t Winter or Fall or Spring or Summer. So, what to do? Well how about a mountain bike ride? That’s the choice I made last Sunday. Here in the Northern Whites we had about 2 inches of untracked snow…

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On Tuesday, July 26th, the Front Desk crew of Pinkham Notch Visitor Center hit the Kearsarge North Trail to blow off some steam on our annual “morale day.” We had a few different options on the table for our day, but decided to go up Mount Kearsarge as only one person in our party had…

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A cloudy, rainy day in mid-July might not be the ideal day to hike into Tuckerman Ravine, but it’s certainly a great time to check out blooming wildflowers. This glacial cirque on the eastern side of Mount Washington is home to lots of unique and beautiful vegetation. Midway up the headwall, the violets and bluets…

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Rachel Pifer, 2016 Guyot Caretaker Do not go gentle into that good night. People always ask me: “What makes a good caretaker?” I can teach someone to put rocks into the ground, but I can’t teach them about the intrinsic value of protecting the resource, the top soil, the water quality, the wildlife. That’s something…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Washington D.C. For more information, check out the book. 1. THE NATIONAL MALL This hike explores the beauties of nature to be found in many lesser-known, peaceful urban nooks and landscaped gardens along the National Mall. Location: Washington, D.C. Rating: Easy to Moderate Distance:…

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