Hiking in the White Mountains

A mountain has no need for people, but people do need mountains. We go to them for their beauty, for the exhilaration of standing closer to mysterious skies, for the feeling of triumph that comes from having labored to reach a summit.” – Earl Hamner, Jr.

I’ve always loved mountains and for the last 4 years I’ve been making annual trips to New Hampshire, hiking the Presidential Traverse and visiting other nearby peaks.

Last weekend, I met my long time friend and hiking partner Chris Petrini and his dog Biko for  three days of hiking.  We rented a small house in Jackson, NH called Birch Hollow as our base of operations.  Lovely place, which you can find on VBRO with an Irish pub and live music across the street.

Chris is close to summiting all of New Hampshire’s 48 peaks  above 4,000 feet. We reached the summit of three 4,000 foot peaks during our trip, climbing  Oseola, East Oseola and Cabot.  We also did a nice hike in Crawford Notch, climbing to the top of Arethusa Falls and the Frankenstein Cliffs.

I also visited the Wiley House , which was the site of a huge landslide in 1826 which swept all five members of the Wiley family to their death.  One of my co-workers is Deb Wiley, whose family is from New Hampshire and related to those who perished long ago.  I hope to  return for some more hiking again this winter.

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