Every once in awhile, I notice I accidentally take a break from this blog of mine. It’s never intentionally, but I’ve always noticed that the breaks come when I’m at a crossroads. In this case,  I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what defines me. For years, I would say that I was a snowboarder and rock climber. Then came kayaking, and now I’ve added hiker on to my description too. The… Read More

Growing up, my parents taught me that you never throw anything on the ground that isn’t meant to be there. Sticks, rocks, or native biodegradable elements (for example, an apple core) were alright. Plastic, paper, or something that might make an animal sick were not alright. Both my brother and I picked up on this naturally and figure out that we shouldn’t be destroying nature at all. Later on, I learnt this… Read More

Back when we first started really getting into this whole hiking thing, we all began eyeballing Franconia Ridge. At 8.8 miles and just short of 4,000 feet in elevation gain, we knew it was going to be a tough hike, but we “knew” we could handle it. However, weather just kept getting in the way. Roughly 2 miles of the hike is an entirely and utterly exposed ridge prone to bad weather – sudden storms, high winds, etc. So, we checked the weather every weekend and every weekend it was terrible. This led us to hike less exposed mountains such as Pierce and Kinsman, but Franconia Ridge was always there taunting us from way up in the clouds.

It’s interesting to think that as I check mountains off the NH 4000 Footer list, there are going to be some super awesome experiences and some not so awesome experiences. I doubt they’ll have much to do with the mountains themselves, and more with weather, how awake I am, and how clumsy I am that day. With all that being said, I really should try North Kinsman again on a better day. I’m sure… Read More

There’s this concept in some sports and activities that 10,000 hours of practice or experience makes you an expert. By this definition I am not an expert in hiking, climbing, kayaking, or even snowboarding. But, frankly – I could be at 50,000 hours for each of those and still know I am not an expert. I will always be learning, improving, and making mistakes.

I often find that I try to portray this image of myself being this knowledgeable outdoors woman. It’s not intentional, but the fact is most people rather get their information from an expert or at least someone who exudes confidence and know how. I get it. I feel the same. But, for a moment (or at least this post), I’m going to ignore my ambitions.

As I mentioned recently, I got bit by the hiking bug – and I got bit hard. A mere two weeks after having a blast on the Welch-Dickey Loop, we decided to tackle a 4000 footer. After lots and lots of time spent staring at AMC maps and drooling over the best New England hiking website of all time, we decided on Mt. Pierce.

For my first 4000 footer, I have to admit it was a perfect teaser (even if we did end up in a cloud with no view) for what I’m about to get into as I tackle the other 47.


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