Slainte from Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant!

The day was St. Patrick's Day.  Bluebird skies. Crisp, fresh pow. And a dash of mountain air conditioning.  Four incredibly good hikers set forth for the adventure of their lives.  Erin go bragh!! Wait? I'm not even Irish... Ok...maybe that was a slight exaggeration. There were actually some clouds in the sky. 😉 You know …

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Cliff and Redfield in all Their Glory

March 10th This was the hike. Redfield & Cliff and Winter.  My forever loves.  I knew reaching both Cliff and Redfield solo would be tough for me.  Luckily, Sean was game for this duo and graciously joined me for the return to my finishers. I was psyched!! Cliffy and Red were my mountains.  Sean? Not …

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“It’s a Family Thing” on Cascade & Porter

February 18th "We are family....get up everyone and sing!" It was time to join forces for a winter hike!  My daughter Nina and I.  Mallory, Parker and his girlfriend, Emily.  When we have each other, we have everything.  Cascade and Porter would be Nina and Em's first high peaks!  Mallory needed them for her first …

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A Blustery Fury on Dial and Nippletop

I can't believe it's taken me this long to write this one.  I attribute it to a busy winter hiking season! Winter weather in the mountains this year has had more twists and turns than the Superman rollercoaster.  On February 3rd, the weather hung another louie to frozen tundra land.  Decisions about what to hike …

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Winter on Big Slide Mountain

Sunday, January 21st The weekend of third timers!  My original plan was to hike part of the Dix Range for my winter round, but my #bumhip was not cooperating.  So Plan B it was:  Braids, Buttsleds and Big Slide Mountain.  This trip was my 3rd time climbing Biggie.  Much like my experience with LWJ, my …

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Tough Love on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain

Saturday, January 20th Lower Wolfjaw.  Or Woofjaw, if you pronounce it the way I do. (Must be a LI thing, accents die hard, lol)  This mountain.  It was my nemesis during my regular season 46 hiking.  The route through Rooster Comb was a killer.  Hedgehog was a mess and untouched.  This mountain.  A lesson in …

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Ringing in 2018 on Street & Nye

I mean, I wouldn't necessarily say that -12 degrees is cold.  Yea, just kidding. Brrrrrr! On New Year's Eve, Street and Nye Mountains were on the agenda for my Instagram Takeover for @teacherswhohike. A fantastic site celebrating teachers and their passions, from coast to coast! The temperature was a frigid -12 degrees with a -22 …

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March Madness Continues on Panther Peak

"When you're a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and the beauty of the contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher."  When a snowstorm hits a few days before you planned to hike the Santanoni Range, you go anyway and pray for the best!  Probability of the trails on a remote range being …

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Rising Together on Skylight & Gray

"Magic happens when you don't give up. Even though you want to.  The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart."- jmstorm Winter hiking is certainly full of magic! On Sunday, February 19th, my dear friend Mallory and I put our stubborn hearts to the test when we set out to climb Mount Skylight …

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