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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.

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Mount Washington Hotel, Glen House, Crawford House, Profile House, Mount Pleasant House, Ravine House — these were named for the surrounding White Mountain landscape. The same is true for the Eagle Mountain House, first built in 1849, destroyed by fire in 1915, rebuilt in 1916 and expanded in 1929.

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Yesterday morning, I wanted to get outside a bit before a noon engagement. I decided to take a quick hike up to the fire tower on Great Hill in Tamworth. I never thought about writing about it until my partner suggested it later. After all, the western approach from Great Hill Road is usuall…

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Last week, I printed a 2015 article about Devil’s Slide in Stark. I mentioned that I had combined two short hikes that day in the North Country: Devil’s Slide and Mount Jasper in Berlin, which I hit on the way back home.

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North Conway is in the Saco River corridor between north/south mountain ridges. On the east side is the unique Green Hills, visible from most places in the valley and especially across the fields on West Side Road as you head north.

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Thursday morning this week, I drove to Plymouth to see the latest exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains called “Walking in the Whites: A Poet/Painter Dialogue.” It is a collaboration of Sandwich residents Timothy Muskat and Kathryn Field.

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Mary’s Mountain is a 944-foot peak located in the 2,661-acre Freedom Town Forest. My friend Beverly Woods of Wolfeboro and I went there on a beautiful Wednesday this week, and enjoyed the warm weather and some sun on the summit before Thursday’s rain.

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On a gorgeous warm and windless fall day, we decided to do a moderate hike up Mount Crawford (3,119 feet) off the Davis Path. We knew that the summit’s rocky promontory was a perfect place to look out over the mountains around Crawford Notch to the west, and the nearby Montalban Ridge to the north.

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The foliage is in full flower, and what better way to celebrate it than to return to the classic White Mountain hike: Mount Willard (2,800 feet) at the head of Crawford Notch.

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The grass is greener in our own backyard. This week, I’m going to promote hiking local mountains. They require less driving, thus putting less carbon in the atmosphere. You can fit them in a busy schedule. They offer exercise, being out in nature, and spiritual renewal.