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First hike of 2014 and #32 4,000 footer!

Last weekend I had wanted to hike, but got sick… this weekend I was determined to make up for it!

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It has been so darn cold here in Massachusetts (and the majority of the country), that we have been spending a lot of time indoors.  I am such a ‘fresh air’ person, that spending a lot of time inside really gets to me.

The plan for Saturday was to go for a hike that wasn’t too exposed to the elements. Since we are working on our (48), the goal was to choose a peak we haven’t done yet.  Mt Hale ended up being the perfect selection for the cold, windy weather we would face on Saturday.

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Mount Hale is a 4,055 foot mountain in the Twin Range, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. It was a cloudy, windy day and we knew the views would be obstructed, it was the perfect day for Hale.  We took the long abandoned  FireWarden’s Trail to the summit.  Joining us were three other people plus another four legged friend, Dusty. The two dogs, Oliver and Dusty got along great. It was so cute to see not just one small dog, but two dogs climb this peak in the winter!  Winter hiking is not always easy for Oliver.  He’s a Westie and is low to the ground (short little legs).  He does really well in the summer, but we have to be careful about it being too strenuous for his legs in the winter.  Lucky for us, we knew this trail would be packed down and we did not even need snowshoes or microspikes the entire time… the dogs did great!  Oliver wore his new Ruff Wear Cloud Chaser jacket for the first time and it kept him very warm.  What I love about this jacket is it’s waterproof, windproof, insulating, covers his belly and has sleeves for his front legs.  I like to think he enjoyed wearing it!

The hike took us about 5 hours round trip and was 9.4 miles from where we parked our cars.  Although there were no views to see, just breathing the mountain air was all I needed.  I have included some of my favorite photos from the day!  Winter hiking, in my opinion beats summer hiking…. There are no crowds and the trees and mountains look so pretty in the winter covered in snow!

 

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The brook covered in blue ice and icicles that looked the Christmas ornaments

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view from the trail, our friend had a go-pro camera, cool shot!

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At the giant cairn on the Hale Summit

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Back down we go… Oliver sporting his new jacket!

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Dusty and Oliver!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Louise January 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    That’s what I call a hike! I love being in the outdoors too, however I doubt I’d have the stamina for this :p haha.

    • Reply Kristin January 29, 2014 at 2:10 am

      It sure was Louise! You could do it! Being in the outdoors is the best, there’s nothing like it.

  • Reply Bryanna January 30, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hiking looked fun!! My husband and I were going to do some hiking on saturday but we got way too tired after the long run that morning and running errands. Our winter has been so mild here which is unusual so we haven’t seen much snow, besides the snow that is still coming down. I have always wanted to venture to the East coast because I love it soo much!! Dream of living there for a couple of years. Especially love Boston!!

    • Reply Kristin January 30, 2014 at 2:14 am

      It was so fun! Hiking in New Hampshire is great year round… if you are ever in Boston, it’s only a 2 hour drive to the White Mountains! There is so much to see and everything is in driving distance. We should trade places for a day:) I have always wanted to venture to Montana. It’s a dream of mine to get out there and explore!

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