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With trail reopenings in the national forest, hiking locally is easier. This week, a good friend from Conway and I met in the middle. She drove 5.6 miles south on Route 16 and I drove 8.8 miles north from Tamworth. We parked at the gate of the closed White Ledge campground and hiked the 4.4-…

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Many times lately, I have said to friends while walking on a trail or dirt road that we are fortunate to live here. Having the mountains, lakes and rivers nearby makes the current situation almost tolerable.

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The founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chourinard, recently said that before the pandemic, he didn’t celebrate Earth Day because for him every day was a day to celebrate the Earth and one day wasn’t enough. But recent events changed his mind. One day counts.

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It a pleasure to review a new hiking book by Gordon DuBois, 72, of New Hampton called “Paths Less Traveled: Tramping on Trails (and sometimes not) to Find New Hampshire’s Special Places.”

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I have been staying local lately. A Tamworth friend, who had previously “red-lined” all the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide is also staying local. She decided to “brown-line” all the dirt roads in Tamworth, and I have been going along. I have seen some new places and enjoyed the camaraderie.

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Stay near home. Get out in nature. There are many nearby walking and hiking trails in all four directions from North Conway. To the west, there are the great ledges, Cathedral and Whitehorse. These are not only tread by climbers, there is a network of attractive trails there as well.

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Hiking locally is the new normal. Tuesday morning, we woke up to half a dozen inches of white stuff. It wasn’t going to last long. I decided to experience what was very likely the last snowshoe of the winter. I visited the unique Big Rock Cave, located in the Sandwich Range Wilderness. It is…

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iking in a time of coronavirus, you appreciate the purity of nature. You don’t stop for coffee on the way home. If you need gas on the way, you put hand sanitizer on your hands afterward.

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Interesting times we live in. The national news is geared primarily for urbanites. What do you do when and if a pandemic worsens? Stay home to reduce the risk of your being infected. Up here in the mountains, why not get out in nature as well? You may need it.

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This Thursday morning, I took a stroll up the east side of Mount Washington. A period of high winds was starting to diminish. A peak gust on the summit the day before was 133 mph and Thursday morning it was 112 mph.

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On a beautiful day this week, I did the 4.7-mile loop on Hedgehog Mountain (2,532 feet). It is a favorite moderate hike for those who access the peaks on the Kancamagus Highway from Conway.

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Last Saturday, three of us headed for Mount Crawford (3,119 feet). It was a desire to get up in the land of snow choked spruce and fabulous winter views. It is not a classically shaped peak — few White Mountain peaks are. Rather, it is the first bare summit on the Montalban Ridge, which rise…

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Recently, I did a hike that I haven’t done in more than a decade, the 5.4-mile Mount Morgan/Mount Percival loop in the Squam Range in Holderness.