A Little About Me
I like mountains. Short ones, tall ones, steep or gentle. I started hiking when I visited NH in 1993 and since 2007 my trips to the mountains went from being three hour jaunts up and down Monadnock to multi week cross country trips to hit various ranges for hiking and climbing. I'm not into technical climbing much, although I have gotten some jollies off of things I would have considered entirely off limits even a few years ago. My skill level is middling so I'm fairly conservative in what I try to do. I sign climber's logs for summits I had to sweat for, not walk 200 feet from a parking lot. I can give advice on anything in NH and my business allows me considerable time off, so I do get around a bit. If I lived in Colorado I wouldn't come out of the mountains in summer except to work and buy groceries. I like lists but I'm not big on any list in particular. Lower 48 Ultras (17), the Northeast 115 (93), Adirondack 4000's (24), state high points (42), Catskill 3500's (complete), the New England 4000's (complete), Colorado 14's (21), New England Hundred Highest (86), New England Fifty Finest (29), and the Southern Sixers (27). They're all good. I prefer visiting different areas rather than concentrating on one state or region because I like a variety of places and environments. Apart from that I am middle aged, fat, slow, and ex Army infantry with the attitude to match. The few mountains I have climbed that lack a SP web page so far have been Lookout in New Mexico, Doubletop, Sherrill, North Dome, Rocky, Balsam Cap, Friday, and Vly in NY, Fort and Coe in Maine, Pomfrey, Cole, Bald Knob 4060 in Virginia, Smarts, Nancy, East Sleeper, and Weeks in NH, Plott Balsam in NC, and Everett and Williams in Massachusetts. Mountains I have seen from a distance that are on my to do list are Telescope and Shasta in California, Rainier and Adams in Washington, Hood in Oregon, and Colden in NY. I want a second try at Granite in Montana and Kit Carson in Colorado. My favorite range in Colorado is definitely the Sangres. One of the strangest mountains I have ever hiked was Victoria in Hong Kong. You can't get to the true summit, but climbing uphill through shopping malls, on sidewalks, and past Buddhist temples was a novel experience.
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