Green Mountain Club Winter Trails Day

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Yesterday marked my first foray into winter hiking. Similar to my introduction into backpacking itself, I felt more comfortable getting some guidance beforehand. The Green Mountain Club annually hosts a Winter Trails Day, now in its 21st year. It provided a perfect opportunity to get some education. That’s how I wound up waking up at 5 AM yesterday to make a three hour drive with my friend Amanda. The event was held at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater, VT. It started with a Winter Hiking Preparedness Workshop where a GMC staff member instructed us on the basics. She covered topics such as […]

Mount Greylock – Massachusetts’ Finest

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This weekend we had a few firsts. We backpacked in Massachusetts. We summitted Mount Greylock. We hiked in the heaviest rain we’ve ever seen together. What’s odd, but also comforting, is that although it was unfamiliar, it wasn’t scary. As I mentioned, we had a tough first hike in Maine on Memorial Day Weekend. We followed it up with a hike on familiar territory, taking a trip to Stratton Pond on the Long Trail. For me, being back on the trail in Vermont felt like being a college kid visiting your old high school. I felt a bit like a big shot. The severe difference in […]

Experience: that most brutal of teachers

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Hundred Mile Wilderness Weekend Hike – Knowing Memorial Day would provide our only opportunity for a double overnight trip, we took our time deciding where to hike this weekend, all the while keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast. Mike is far more conscientious than I am in these matters. My input was simple – let’s just hike with a lot of weight! Mike, however, had the foresight to suggest we make a trip to Monson, Maine, even though it would mean a four hour drive, to get firsthand experience on the Hundred Mile Wilderness. We opted to stay in Old […]

Mount Chocorua Day Hike

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Last weekend we got our first hike of the season under our belts, and we both reveled in how great it felt to put our packs on. There’s certainly some irony to backpacking as a means of relaxation… that loading myself with 20-40 pounds of weight truly makes me feel lighter. It was a late decision, but Friday night around 10 PM we decided that Saturday morning we would head north to hike Mount Chocorua. Here now I feel the need to briefly mention of the mountain’s indisputably most widely known and adored namesake, pictured below. #goatworthy Our cat Chocorua’s most notable attribute is his size, […]

Begin Again – The Hundred Mile Wilderness

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My first Hundred Mile Wilderness post, and I’m already struggling not to frame every thought as a comparison to last year’s hike on the Long Trail.. I can’t promise I’ll succeed in avoiding it entirely, but I plan to do my best. This summer, we’re planning to hike the Hundred Mile Wilderness (thus forward abbreviated as HMW, despite the admitted confusion it may cause for readers who know me, Haley Marie Webb, personally. Yes, I’m more than slightly amused by this coincidence) in Maine. Mike claims it was my idea. I don’t recall the inspiration or making the suggestion, but I’ll gladly take the […]

Pine Cobble to Bromley

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Day 1 – Pine Cobble Trail to Hell Hollow Brook Waking up at the Holiday Inn at North Adams we packed up our gear for the next two weeks. Thanks to the flexibility of my mom, Melanie, we knew we only needed to start with gear to get us the 19 miles from Pine Cobble Road to RT-9. My dad, Bill, had lent us a couple of day packs in case we opted the go forward with this plan. Shuttling our packs ahead to Rt-9 was something we had debated for quite some time. The stretch from Pine Cobble to Congdon […]

We Survived!

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It just occurred to me that our virtual silence since the hike might have caused some concern. Have no fear! We survived – we’re just taking a very long time to get our post-hike thoughts together. To those who followed our journey – thank you! More to come.    

Plans

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“And it came to me then, that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time…”   We’re officially on the road to North Adams… via Concord, NH. This evening has been a bit chaotic, but now that I’m in the comfortable calm of the car, listening to Death Cab for Cutie, I’m able to find amusement in the contrast of how indirect and multidirectional tonight has has been in comparison to the next seventeen days when our direction will be relentlessly North.     Between the two of us, today we’ll have been to Allston, Framingham, Cambridge, Lowell, and North Adams, […]

I Miss Our Cat

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Tonight I went for my last run until after the hike. The weather is muggy and warm, and I caught some fantastic lightning while I was out. I realized while I was wrapping up that the next time I run, it will be mid-September and the weather conditions will be drastically different. It’ll be getting darker earlier and the humidity will (hopefully… thankfully) be gone. It’s bizarre to think about how long we’ll be gone, and even more bizarre to think about how life will go on without us. The reality of how soon we’re leaving has been hitting me in waves over the […]

The Journey of Our Clothes

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As is with just about everything on this hike, even our clothing situation has been over planned. We noticed that our resupplies happen in a sequence that allows us to conveniently have one resupply to swap our dirty, stinky rags for nice, clean ones. Haley’s parents and friend Amanda live in Tewksbury, so they will be able to exchange clothes between resupplies. My dad will be handling two resupplies in the northern section of the trail, so he will be able to do the same. In planning, we wanted to make sure we had our favorite clothes for the longest […]