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The Direttissima begins 0.2 mi from the south end of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge parking lot and gradually ascends 1.0 mi to its intersection with the Glen Boulder Trail. The trail is easy to follow and moderately gentle, however there are a couple of significantly steep, rocky sections.  For its proximity to…

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Well we, at the front desk at Pinkham Notch, have a number of new staff folk whom you will hear from soon; I am sure (You have already heard from Colleen!).  They are young…they are fast…and they are a bit crazy!  Crazy enough that this past weekend I’m glad they all came back from their…

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There are a great many short hikes around the base of Mt. Washington. One of those is a hike to Low’s Bald spot. It is a 1.7 mile trail with only a few steeper sections to negotiate. It is a gradual incline that you know will be a breeze to hike back down. I know…

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I had a gorgeous hike this past Sunday in  beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds weather!  The temperatures were warm, the air was humid and the BUGS WERE OUT!!!  Black flies, houseflies, mosquitoes, and ticks…time for repellent if you use it! I was in the lowland areas and down in the Sandwich Range, so you…

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I did a little hike this past weekend which wasn’t the most exciting but did show really really well the snow levels at least of the moment!  East Pasture Loop on the back side of Black Mtn. in Jackson turns out doesn’t even really exist.  I had a trail on a map.  I went and…

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Spring hiking can be frustrating and messy due to varying trail conditions and weather. As the spring skiing season nears its end and the John Sherburne ski trail is no longer completely ski-able to the parking lot, many hikers wonder what to do while waiting for the trails to dry out and for sunny summer…

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There are a handful of methods to get to the summit of Mount Washington from the east side in the winter, but none of them are easy. There are technical climbing routes in Huntington Ravine, but these shouldn’t be attempted without proper training and experience with ice and steep snow. There are also inherent dangers…

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Franconia Ridge is my favorite. When I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail in 2012, I was giddy with anticipation of the big, bad, White Mountains. Moosilauke for starters, then the Kinsmans, then the striking Franconia Ridge, where the trail sits above treeline for about 2.5 miles. It did not disappoint. The view of the…

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Well, I finally made it up for an overnight at the Harvard Cabin.  Before I mention anything else though, I should clarify that the Harvard Cabin is not affiliated with the Appalachian Mountain Club. The cabin is maintained by the Harvard Mountaineering Club. That said, we’re all here on the same mountain, in the same national…

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Hello from the Delaware Water Gap! It’s the first week of spring and warmer temperatures are slowly making their way up the mountain. Early this week I had an opportunity to take a stroll up to the Kittatiny ridgeline where I captured some awe-inspiring vistas of western NJ. The AT is accessible from two points…

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