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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 climbed Mount Chocorua and neighboring Middle Sister on my own. It was a gorgeous, calm-before-the-storm day. I had the mountain to myself and met one couple on the way down.

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Mount Washington (6,288 feet), the highest peak east of the Mississippi and north of the Carolinas, hangs over the valley. The human experience on the mountain is beyond measure (for example, last year 350,000 people visited the summit’s Mount Washington State Park in five months).

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On a beautiful day this week, I wanted to get up to Pinkham Notch and hike up to Square ledge and go to Lost Pond. There are spectacular views of Mount Washington from both.

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It is fun to write about a spur of the moment hike. When I stepped out my door Thursday morning during the snow storm, I encountered a winter wonderland in the best sense. Big snowflakes — like clusters of cotton — fell at an unhurried pace and draped generously over the nearby tall pines. I…

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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 summ…

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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 is a hiking column that I wrote in 2014. It is worth reprinting, not only to remind Mount Washington hikers that safety is a priority more important than reaching the top, but to remind people that climbing New England’s highest peak in the snowy season has become a valued experience fo…

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This Thursday was cold and windy. On Mount Washington the wind was 78.2 mph with a maximum wind of 110 mph. The average temperature was minus 13 Fahrenheit. Open areas in the valley got blasted.