The Presidential Traverse

Iconic, euphoric, dangerous, beautiful, and gruesome are all adjectives that can be used to describe one famous hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Presidential Traverse. To complete this traverse, hikers climb all of the mountains in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in one continuous hike that’s nearly 23 miles long with close to 9,000 feet of elevation gain. Our goal was to climb the 8 peaks over two days, getting there on a Friday night and finishing up on Sunday. Like mostly everything I do, it needed to be packed into a single weekend, and …

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Hiking Trip Photos Uploaded

This summer has been a big one for hiking trips! It’s taken us to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and whatever you want to call the hill in Rhode Island. We were able to accomplish our goal of hiking the tallest peak in each state of New England . And we finished a bucket list item of the Presidential Traverse. Check out the albums on Facebook.

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Story of Fear & Love: The Top Notch Triathlon

At a glance, the Top Notch Triathlon looks like any other normal sprint; but in reality, it is a grueling challenge that requires each of its competitors to dig deep in order to reach it’s finish line. A race that requires you to climb over 3,000 feet of vert and leaving you on the summit of Cannon Mountain. This triathlon means so much more to me than just another race or adventure, it is the sole event that exposed me to the mountains. For those of you that know me, you know that I’ve fallen in love with the mountains and anything …

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Pearl Lake, NH & Top Notch Triathlon [Video]

From the first time I opened my eyes to the view of Pearl Lake, I was hooked. Each year a group of friends gather here, at Pearl Lake, to compete in the Top Notch Triathlon in Franconia, NH. We normally compete as a team in the triathlon, but this year was my first attempt at the full solo triathlon. It was an incredible experience (that kicked my ass), but that event doesn’t even compare to how memorable the weekend is after we finish that final climb. Pearl Lake is an unforgettable place that I look forward to visiting every single …

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Hiking Mount Washington [Video]

My friends and I hiked the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail up Mount Washington, NH. There is no other hike in the Northeast quite like it. The views above the tree line are so expansive and wondrous. The hike itself was quite challenging with over 4,000ft over vert. We started our morning at the Tarry Ho Campground and made our way to the trailhead parking lot. Up and away we went, taking the trail all the way to the beautiful Lake of the Clouds. After a quick stop, we made our push up to the summit where luckily the summit photo-op was …

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Hiking the Franconia Ridge

44°09′39″N 71°38′40″W One of the most rigorous, yet beautiful, hikes in the Northeast, and absolutely worth it for the views. Located in the beautiful town of Franconia, NH, Mount Lafayette was easily accessible from Route 93 which runs through the Franconia notch between Franconia Ridge and Cannon Mountain. After a late start to the morning, we finally made it to the parking lot around 11:30AM. We knew that this was going to take 6-7 hours, which meant daylight was going to be scarce by the time we reached the bottom. Our plan was to knock off Lafayette, Lincoln, and Little Haystack …

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Mount Washington Hike: Tallest in the Northeast

Mount Washington was not only my first experience in camping, but it was also my first real experience in hiking mountains. Sure, I’ve walked around in the hills of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those don’t even compare to the ones in Vermont and New Hampshire. In the middle of the night, we finally arrived at Dolly Copp Campground. With no cell service, it took us an hour to find our campsite in the dark where all our friends had already arrived. The whole camping thing was a brand new experience to me, but we were far from roughing it. …

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