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"I have oftentimes felt that to meet one's fate on a noble mountain, or in the heart of a glacier, would be blessed..."

— John Muir

 
 
 

Follow my unsupported attempt on the Long Trail

 

2018

NH 4,000 FOOTERS

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In 2018 Haley and Mike completed the 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. The objective took over three years to complete. During the year they finished off the Wildcat Ridge, the Northern Presidentials, Isolation, and the Western Pemi Loop.

Finishing a Goal

 

photos taken with a sony a6000

2017

The John Muir Trail

 
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The Honeymoon

Since they had started dating, back in October of 2013, Haley had to endure years of Mike talking about his previous journey in the Sierras. Every hike would include comparisons to a trip she had never been on.

Shortly after getting married at the Green Mountain Club in Vermont, Mike and Haley set off on their honeymoon. At this point they had succumbed to being a complete cliche and set out on the John Muir Trail finally together. 

 

photos taken with a sony a6000

 

2016

The Hundred Mile Wilderness

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Prior to 2016, Mike swore that the best way to backpack was to take a year off in between extended trips. He was probably right, but Mike and Haley had caught the bug. In 2016 they set out to hike the last 120 miles of the Appalachian Trail culminating with the climb up Katahdin. What Haley didn't realize was that a few weeks below Mike had driven to his parent's house for father's day and while there picked up the ring he had spent months selecting.

The Proposal

 

photos taken with a sony a5100

2015

The Long Trail

 
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The First Adventure

It was Mike and Haley's first through hike together. The previous Christmas, Mike's parents outfitted them with all the gear then would need to do hike the Long Trail. This all before Haley had spent a night in the woods. Through spring and summer Haley and Mike would make the drive from Boston to Vermont every other weekend, in preparation for the two and a half week trip in Vermont's wilderness.

 

photos taken with a cell phone

 

2013

The John Muir Trail

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In 2013, Mike set out on his first through hike. His sister Danielle had recently graduated from high school and this was the graduation present she had asked for. At first he didn't think that he'd be able to take two weeks off of work, but the projects lined up and he, Danielle, and their parents Bill and Melanie set off on adventure that would define a trajectory in his life for years to come.

The Prequel

 

photos taken with a canon point and shoot