Category Archives: Outdoor Article

First Annual Holiday Gear Guide

Hello Loyal Readers!  Welcome to our first ever Holiday Gear Guide.  We feature products that we have used over the past several months and some of our favorites from our gear closets.  Check out our reviews of cool new items from Thunberbolt Sportswear, GSI and more.  Click here to read on!

Medoc Trail Races – October 15, 2016 Marathon

The Medoc Trail Races is a cool race series in North Carolina that I had the opportunity to participate in October 15th.  They offer three distances – a 5k, 10 miler, and a marathon.  I chose to run the marathon as a part of my goal to run all 50 states before I turn 50 in May of 2027.  Read on to see how my race went.

Medoc Marathon Course

Medoc Marathon Course

Horn Pond Reservation hiking & more

ARTICLE BY ARNIE P

Glacial rock in Horn Pond Reservation

Glacial rock in Horn Pond Reservation

Horn Pond Reservation hiking & more

Introduction
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I have been coming to Horn Pond Reservation since the late 70’s. My major activities include sailing lessons, trying kayaks, and hiking alone or with groups year around. The hiking varies from flat and easy to steep and strenuous. The ledge part of the mountain may have parts that need rock climbing gear. The other parts of the ledge side of the mountain is a challenge although for only a short distance. A condensed sample of many of the types of trails encountered in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There is variety in the wet areas to include a bog, marsh, lagoon, stream, and a lake with island and dam.
Horn Pond Reservation is changing both by people and nature. Some of the man-made changes include added protection to prevent accidents, memorials. As usage, increases minor trails appear, and some minor trails go back to nature takes the trail back with growth.  To read more please click here.

Hiking in Harold Parker State Forest

Article By Arnie P

Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Hiking in Harold Parker State Forest

Harold Parker consists of 3,300 acres with more than 35 miles of logging roads and hiking trails. The forest is almost all hardwood, hemlock, and pine. Ten ponds are available for the water enthusiast, using non-motorized boats.  To read more please click here. 

 

Arnie aah were those angels

Article by Arnie P

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Arnie aah were those angels

This story starts on January 1, 2001 on a joint Meetup/GONE hike. I became aware of the hike from an Internet email I got from Gone (Go New England.org). A person called Feral_Cat was leading a hike for both groups and was looking for a co-leader. She picked me for this position. It was a great day for a hike, well attended and we all had a fantastic time. I did spend some time with Feral_Cat that day and found out we had a lot in common in the area of hiking. We had both hiked with some of the same hikers. We also were about the same height, weight, and shoe size. In equipment I had the Gregory Whitney 95 and she had the Gregory Deva the equivalent backpack for a woman, and we hiked at the same speed. Some people have their own speed and can’t make adjustments. This does not make for an easy hike especially when there are in places where the trail branches in 2 or more directions. It is nice to have all hikers taking the turns together as it avoids having to look for anyone who may have gone the wrong way. I hiked locally with Feral_Cat who was staying in shape to finish her 48 four thousand foot mountains of New Hampshire. I had finished bagging my 48 peaks when Feral_Cat asked me to help her complete her remaining 5 peaks. These included the 2 longest and the others were some of the most difficult. We did the 3 shorter ones and left the 2 longest for last. It was now time to tackle these during the summer of 2009.  Please click here for the rest of the story.

Arethusa Falls & Frankenstein Cliff Trail

Many years ago I worked with a fellow named Dave Anders.  He was a crazy Italian guy who loved hiking and was amazing to work with taking care of the juvenile delinquents where we both were employed.  My first experience hiking the Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail was with Dave and a group of those wonderfully behaved kids (cough cough!!).

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