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On Saturday, April 6, I carpooled to a special spring gathering at the Prospect Mountain High School in Alton called “Saving Special Places, New Hampshire’s Annual Land Conservation Conference.” It is organized by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

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With record snow in the mountains and popular trails packed down, trail conditions have been excellent, though much warmer temperatures will soon return and change will come quickly.

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Last night, I had a mild dose of insomnia. I briefly pondered what I could do about it. Another time recently, I thought of imagining myself outside in nature, and that was relaxing.

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This time of year, memory and desire mix. Winter has been good, and we can’t wait for the snow to thaw. But it’s important to keep the present moment in mind. Long and mild March days are also great for hiking, especially if we are blessed with snow.

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It is fun to drive across the mountains to do hikes on the westernmost edge of the White Mountain National Forest. My artist friend Bob Gordon of Conway has been casually working on the hiking list called “52 with a View.” He goes with various friends, and I have been on a couple, including …

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Is a longer hike better? Maybe if you are gauging your fitness. But getting the most enjoyment out of a hike depends on many things, and often a moderate or easy hike really pans out in the enjoyment department.

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New Hampshire has a multitude of mountains, large and small, and often the smaller ones offer quiet wilderness. Recently on a beautiful windless day, I went for a pleasant hike up 1,339-foot Mount Whiteface in North Wolfeboro with a friend from that town, Beverly Woods.

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It has been a busy week in the valley for me and I thought I’d just describe a few experiences hiking on Mount Washington since I first climbed it in 1966. It is one of those subjects that every hiker, climber, skier, ranger or guide who has stepped on the mountain could write about.

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It has been a busy week in the valley for me and I thought I’d just describe a few experiences hiking on Mount Washington since I first climbed it in 1966. It is one of those subjects that every hiker, climber, skier, ranger or guide who has stepped on the mountain could write about.

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Many hikes are so popular they are part of a standard White Mountain repertoire, like Mount Willard or Mount Chocorua. Others are much less talked about yet can be very rewarding, like a winter hike up to the base of Huntington Ravine.

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I likely won’t get up Mount Adams (5,799 feet) this winter for various reasons. But this triangular peak is one of the highlight destinations in the White Mountains. People who climb it, remember that day without any trouble. Second highest in the region to Mount Washington, it is a true sum…

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It was a pleasure to read the new book “Glorious Mountain Days: The 1902 Hike that Helped Save the White Mountains,” by Allison Bell and Maida Goodwin. These days it often takes an exciting hook for me to get into a book, which is why I have enjoyed the latest flurry of books about accidents…

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The 9.5-mile Moat Traverse is one of North Conway’s classic hikes. I have always done this traverse north to south, and recently on a cloudy and mild Monday I continued that tradition, starting at the Diana’s Baths parking lot on West Side Road, and finishing at the Moat Trail parking lot on…

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There are a few reasons I like hiking the 2.6-mile round trip hike on Bayle Mountain (1,853 feet) in the Ossipee Range. From the wide summit ledges, there are expansive views over lakes to the east. Looking to the west, one gets a feeling of being enclosed by the higher peaks of the Ossipee …