46 Climbs: A Campaign of Love & Hope

"Yeah, my life is what I'm fighting for. Can't part the sea, can't reach the shore. and my voice becomes the driving force, I won't let this pull me overboard. -Avril Lavigne $1636 29 donors 109 miles 6 hikes 12 hiking partners 40,000 ft. total elevation The month of September was a love crusade for …

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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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Beauty on Baxter Mountain

The mountains are always a good idea...a glorious idea. It had been 2 whole months since the glorious 46er finish, and I was desperate to get back to the mountains. It was a last-minute trip actually. Originally, I was signed up to run It's a Wonderful Life 5K.  Unfortunately, my hip had flared up again …

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Cliff and Redfield for the Win!

"You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all.  The price is high.  The reward is great."- Maya Angelou Interesting choice of quotes to kickoff the hiking blog that rolled out my 46er finish, right?  If you've been following along with me on …

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Nothin’ But Love Allen!

I know this sounds like crazy talk...but I LOVED Allen Mountain.  LOVED. IN ALL CAPS.  Maybe it was the weather.  I mean, the day shouted "Autumn in the mountains!"  Or maybe it was the company.  Mallory is one of the best hiking gals (and friend) I know! Or maybe, it was just Allen.  The remoteness.  …

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Big Slide Mountain via Slide Mt. Brook

We weren't planning to climb any mountains on our "hike out" day from the Johns Brook Lodge.  But the weather was lovely and Mallory hadn't hiked Big Slide so... After breakfast and packing up our gear, we hit the trail at 8:35 a.m.  There was the debate about whether to hike Big Slide with all …

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Haystack, Basin and Saddleback: A JBL Adventure

One of my favorite Mary Oliver quotes is: "That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning: Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" Yes, actually.  Almost 2 weeks ago, Mallory and I responded with answer of "alive' with a side of "heck yeah!"  On July 10th, …

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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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