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Mount Israel (2,630 feet) in Sandwich was climbed by many hikers in the past, is climbed by many in the present and will be climbed by many in the future. As I neared the summit in the late afternoon this past Tuesday and looked down at tree roots on the trail in the shady evergreen forest, …

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I was up in North Chatham on Route 113 below Evans Notch the other day on my way to do a hike and decided to stop by Notch View Farm. This is the big white house and fields on the left, across the street from the Stone House Road, about 6.9 miles north of the Stow Corner Store.

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Last week, I wrote a column on favorite hikes. Thought I’d do another, and possibly a series. Although at first, I rejected the idea of having a favorite hike by saying that my favorite is the one I am on, it is interesting to plumb my memory for the ones that I enjoy the most. It also inspi…

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What is your favorite hike? That has been a question I have tended to dismiss. My consistent answer was, “The one I’m on.” So why write a column on the subject?

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In many of my past hiking columns, I have written about experiences I had with Conway artist Bob Gordon and his Tibetan terrier Champney. We took countless hikes together and with other hiking friends, and sometimes used each other as spotters when we hiked alone, leaving word with the other…

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The Great Gulf on the northern side of Mount Washington is named well. Looking north from the top of its headwall located near the cog railroad tracks, you are confronted with great space and an abundance of impressive mountain features, including the Northern Presidentials. The tiny Spauldi…

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Is it worth driving almost 140 miles to climb a 0.8-mile trail to the summit of a mountain with good views? In this case, yes. A few years ago, I traveled north with friend Carl to climb Mount Magalloway (3,383 feet), located in the green northern tip of New Hampshire in the town of Pittsburg.

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Any day is a good day to climb Mount Cardigan (3,155 feet) in Orange and Alexandria. I like the 1.5-mile West Ridge Trail, which allows you to climb above the trees quickly.

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There is a joy in moving right along on a hike. Sometimes going slow is good and sometimes it takes friends to slow me down. That inevitably adds more appreciation of the surrounding forest. When that happens it can be a mild surprise.

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Exploring the trails on small mountains is very enjoyable. Those who give themselves the time to do that, instead of focusing only on climbing the 4,000 footers, are fortunate. I know many folks who have finished the 4,000 footers and continued hiking on the smaller mountains in a more relax…

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Conway artist Bob Gordon has been a hiking buddy of mine for many years. We have driven into the mountains for many a long hike. But one day last week, as we headed north from Conway, we were thinking more of our taste buds, with a short hike tacked on.

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On March 23, I injured a ligament in my left knee in a fall in Tuckerman Ravine. I’m happy to say that my recovery is coming along and I am hiking again, starting out with easier hikes and slowly working my way up.

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Recovering from a knee injury myself and now slowly working my way back to longer hikes, I have enjoyed sometimes writing about mountain people in my hiking column during my recovery. I plan to continue when the opportunity arises. Here is a special one.