Hiking/Trekking Jeanne & Peter


North Brother

Posted on July 24th, 2018
by pdittman in Hikes

This was our last of the New England 67 4000′ summits – ten years in the making and something of a metaphorical journey of our relationship together.   Shortly after Jeanne and I met, one of our conversations turned to our leisure activities – “Oh, you hike?” – and so, we wrote and continue to write our book.  Many miles, many journeys, engagement/marriage, and, of course peakbagging. We’d planned to do the 3 summits in Baxter State park and had traveledRead More →

Katahdin – Baxter and Hamlin Peaks

Posted on July 22nd, 2018
by pdittman in Hikes

Katahdin – “The Greatest Mountain” – so named by the Penobscot Indians, and deservedly so.     Katahdin, both Baxter and Hamlin peaks, along with North Brother were the last on our list of the New England 67 four-thousand foot summits. It was a commitment from the start – a five hour drive from Boston, accommodations in the area, a few days of hiking, and a prayer for good weather. Our planned hike started at Katahdin Stream campground – one ofRead More →


Posted on November 28th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes, Zion/Sedona

When planning our journeys/vacations, we tend towards a combination of highly active/outdoorsy and back-to-civilization with some relaxation time – the Jungfrau and Paris, Torres del Paine and Buenos Aires, Cinque Terre and Florence. Sedona was our ‘civilization’ icing on the Zion/Bryce cake. On a recommendation from a friend, we’d booked into the Sky Ranch Lodge – and OMG, what a beautiful spot. Perched on the western edge of the Airport Mesa, it’s a beautiful grouping of attached cottages, ours withRead More →

Buckskin Gulch and a Slot Canyon

Posted on November 28th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes, Zion/Sedona

This day was something of a ‘transitional’ day in our Zion/Sedona itinerary.  We were traveling southward from Zion, but a single drive through to Sedona would have been nearly a full day driving – nearly 300 miles. Sitting in a car all day didn’t sound appealing – plus, there were trails along the way – so we’d decided on a day-hike and a stop-over in Page, AZ – roughly the halfway point. Between Zion and Page are a series ofRead More →

Bryce National Park

Posted on November 25th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes, Zion/Sedona

A visit to Bryce was not part of our original itinerary, but we didn’t have firm hike plans for our third day at Zion.  Spurred by a conversation with some fellow hikers, and a (very little) bit of research we opted for a little spontaneity – it was only about 90 miles from Zion. We’d settled on the Fairyland trail – listed as strenuous, about 8 miles, and a loop – sounded like just the thing.   As usual, we were off early –Read More →

Zion National Park

Posted on November 23rd, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes, Zion/Sedona

As mentioned, visiting Zion and the southwest was something of a spontaneous thing – with not much preliminary research – driven more by a desire to get away and a continuation of our efforts to visit some of the National Parks.  The November timing meant somewhere in the south.  Zion fit the bill – sort of most of the Grand Canyon, without all the Canyon stuff… We had 3 days of hiking planned for Zion.  Reading most internet sites, theRead More →

Zion, Bryce, and Sedona ’17

Posted on November 19th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes, Zion/Sedona

Winter has typically been the time we dream about far away places, planning our late-summer/early fall adventures to new places with trails, refugios, berghaus‘, and outdoor time.  This past winter, however, was one filled with family affairs – my Dad’s passing, closing his estate, selling the family house – it didn’t really leave much time to think about those far away places.  So it wasn’t until April, as those affairs settled, that we cracked open a map (or more correctly,Read More →

AMC Volunteer weekend – July 28-30, 2017

Posted on August 1st, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes

This was our first 2017 as AMC information volunteers in one of the high huts – and we could not have been more fortunate with the weather. But more on that shortly… As with any other hike, we started the weather watch about a week beforehand. Some rain, no rain, the report kept changing. Then, Jeanne reminded me that weather in the mountains is (much!) different than weather reported by Wunderground.com. So, off to the high summits forecast from the Mt.Read More →

Crocker Mountain

Posted on July 30th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes

#64 of the NE 67 We couldn’t just leave Crocker sitting out there…    We’d attempted the 10 peaks surrounding Sugarloaf mountain, a few weeks earlier, but had missed Crocker Mountain, leaving it just out there…  With a bit of spontaneity, we decided to spend our 4th of July extended weekend to return to Carrabassett Valley to bag Crocker – #64 of the 67 4000′ peaks.  The weather reports were looking favorable, so a last-minute reservation at the Sugarloaf MountainRead More →

Abraham, Spaulding, Sugarloaf

Posted on June 18th, 2017
by pdittman in Hikes

#61, #62, and #63 On our return from Saddleback and the Horn, we stopped at the parking area where the AT crosses Rt 27 just north of the Sugarloaf access road.   The weather was starting to look bleak for Friday – it being Wednesday, we thought we might need to adjust our plans a bit…  The map at the junction helped our discussion, though the swarms of black flies might have hastened our decisions! The original plan had beenRead More →