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BLUE//VARIATIONS ON A THEME ... ... ... #Maine #Spring #outdoors #ocean #mermaid
THIS SUNDAY. SXSW. ... ... ... #sxsw #texas #travel #travelgram #travelbug #fly #boston #adventure #goplay
Mt. Willey // 4000 footer number IV . Standing at 4285’ and gaining about 2828’ of elevation this was one of the hardest hikes I’ve done. Possibly ever. It wasn’t the mileage or the fairly steep last mile, it was the conditions. Warmer weather earlier this week meant that everything flooded and froze over again. There were lots of icy patches that assumed the width of the monorail. The ladders imbedded in the mountain side also froze over and I had to go off trail (into unpacked snow) and climb around them. I had never felt the urge to swear at a mountain until yesterday. I swore. I slipped. I had trees break my falls. The way back down plunged my fear of heights into overdrive as I looked out at what was basically an ice slide. . I was rewarded with one of the best views I’ve gotten in the Whites so far, especially in the winter. This one tested my patience though, and also my willpower. If you need me today, I’ll be doing lots of yoga. “There are moments when, whatever the attitude of the body may be, the soul is on its knees.” -Victor Hugo ... ... ... #hiking #hike #girlswhohike #adventure #wintersports #playoutside #mountain #climbing #trails #happyhiker #views #rei #optoutside #gearup #ice #nh #newhampshire #nh4000k #whitemountains #WilleyRange
Some trails don’t want to be hiked. I tried to summit my fourth 4000 footer yesterday to no avail. The weather was too warm (!) the snow wasn’t packed, and the trail wasn’t clear. At times I was trudging through waist deep snow and getting ice in my gear and my boots. It wasn’t worth it, it wasn’t safe. So I had to turn around. I was really disappointed, I’ve been trying really hard to adhere to this goal while juggling work and life, but it had to happen. I found a lovely little river trail though and walked around that for a bit before heading to the nearest AMC lodge for lunch. It happens. There’s always next time. I’ll be buying some snowshoes though. ... ... ... #hiking #hike #playoutside #travel #adventure #adventureawaits #snow #snowsummit #outdoors #optoutside #rei #goplay #hikingadventures #nature #hikenh #winter #peakbagging #4000footers #whitemountains #newhampshire
MT TOM // 4000 Footer number III . Mount Tom stands at 4,051’ in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire. The views from the summit are limited by the encroaching forest which is protected (rightfully.) It’s not a particularly strenuous hike, and I’m sure it’s popular only for the range it’s a part of and so people can check it off their peak-bagging list, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. In the winter the brook crossings and rocky ledges can put you and your gear to the test. Hikers, bring your spikes. . I met a Black Capped Chickadee on the summit. I brought some seeds, but it wanted my sandwich instead. Apparently these NH birds are known for their discerning palettes. ... ... ... #hike #hiking #peakbagging #nh4000footers #hikinggirl #amc #playoutside #winter #newhampshire #rei #optoutside #adventure #goexplore #wintersport #adventureisoutthere #whitemountains #4k #appalachianmountainclub #crawfordnotch
CHICAGO ... ... ... #winter #city #yellowcab #cityview #travel #solotravel
WINTER WONDERLAND // Mt. Waumbek // 4000 footer number II . Mt. Waumbek stands at 4006 feet in the Pliny Range of the WMNF. You first summit Mount Starr King via its eponymous trail. It’s every bit as fairy tale as it sounds, a winter wonderland complete with gregarious gray jays begging for seeds and snacks. (They know where the hikers are 😉) From the top you can see Mt Washington and Cabot peeking through the corner. . The summit of Mt. Waumbek is less climactic, however it’s only a short hike on the amount Starr King Trail so it’s worth it for the peak bagging. . 46 to go ... ... ... #hiking #hike #playoutside #winter #wintersports #newhampshire #whitemountains #travel #explore #adventure #rei #optoutside
NEW GOAL//I decided I’m going to try and hike all of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 48 4K footers in New Hampshire this year. This was number one. Mt. Tecumseh is the smallest at 4003’, elevation gains of 2000ft in a mile. 28” of snow. A whopping 18° at the summit, wind speeds of 30mph. One down. Forty-seven to go. ... ... ... #optoutside #hiking #winter #goplay #adventure #explore #wintersport #mountains #newhampshire #4k #peakbagging
NEW ENGLAND XMAS ... ... ... #beach #winter #newengland #christmas #outdoors #playoutside

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