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Hiking/Trekking
The Dolomites
Trekking in the Dolomites – the Italian Alps – should be on everyone’s bucket list! It’s just that good. Ok, maybe not everyone’s list, but certainly on every hiker’s bucket list. Arguably, one of the world’s most beautiful and accessible regions for day-hiking and long-distance trekking, the Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Center, offering a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty. This trek had been in the works for a number of years
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Manchester, VT – 4000 footers
In our continuing question for the 4000 footer lists – this time for the New England Highest Hundred – we wanted to check off a few of the summits near Manchester, Vermont – including: Dorset Mountain, Equinox Mountain, and Stratton Mountain – part of the ski resort. This area of Vermont holds a special place for us – we traditionally spend the holiday season at the Colonial House in Weston. It’s not the first time we’ve visited the Colonial House
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Boundary Peak
It was still the era of COVID and we’d cancelled our Canadian Rockies trip – so it was somewhat ironic that part of our New England Highest Hundred would take us into Canada. Boundary Peak lies about 20′ inside the American border, but the easiest access and the one we chose, was via an ATV trail and a stroll on the border itself. Ok, a bit different, but each hike has its own character – this one is no exception.
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Mt Morgan and Mt Percival
When they say 52 with a view, sometimes there’s no view. It was mid-October, year of the COVID, we thought we’d add a few more peaks to our 52WAV list. The day was supposed to gradually clear – it didn’t. On the way northward, the skies were overcast, though no rain in sight. We were at the Mt. Morgan trailhead shortly before 9am. The two lots on either side of Rt113 just outside Holderness and near Swann Lake were already
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Street and Nye
The first day of our week-long peak-bagging in the Adirondacks summits had really kicked our butts!  As a one-day hike, the 3-summits of Iroquois, Algonquin, and Wright were massive and we were feeling it on our second day. We decided on a “zero-day” and took on a bit of relaxation in Lake Placid, walking around town a bit and exploring the area.  In our COVID-19 era, the town was thankfully not hugely crowded, and some folks were taking precautions, as
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Iroquois, Algonquin, and Wright Peaks
We’d planned our trip to bag our first peaks in Adirondacks in the fall 2019.  We found an awesome BnB in Keene, NY – on the northern fringe of the High Peaks wilderness area, and near Lake Placid.   All seemed in good order until COVID-19.    Early on, we all learned about social distancing and what it meant. Fortunately for us, as the COVID spring gave way to summer, businesses and trailheads in the high peaks area began to gradually re-open as
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Keplar Track
Our last full day in New Zealand was spent in Te Anau, following our few days in Milford Sound, and on our way back to Queenstown for our departure from NZ. Unlike the point-to-point routes of the Milford and Routeburn tracks, the Keplar track is a 3-4 day, roughly 60km loop with a trailhead not far from Te Anau. We knew we couldn’t do the whole loop, so we decided on a section, heading southward or clockwise on the track.
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Queenstown Hill
After our morning hike/walk around Lake Alta, we wanted to get out and stretch our legs a bit more. This walk was a great option. And while it’s name suggests something small, compared to say, Queenstown Mountain, or Queenstown Summit, this walk amounted to about 1500ft elevation gain over about 2 miles – not insignificant. As we’d been experiencing, NZ had many “big bang for the buck” hikes – Queenstown Hill was no exception. The trailhead was literally in a
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Lake Marian
After the torrential rains and winds we experienced the day before, we were blessed with another beautiful day as we left Milford Sound. Packing up and saying goodbye to the area, we headed out, stopping for one final look at the tunnel separating what felt like serenity from the rest of the world. Shortly afterward, we arrived at the trailhead parking area and got geared up. Heading out, we see, surprise, a bridge and stream crossing! As we’ve been coming
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Ben Lomond Track
This was our first full day in New Zealand – and while we’d been on the other side of the world for a few days already, we were still a bit off. Even so, we wanted to get out on the trail – and this trek had a starting point which was within walking distance from our AirBnB (remember, driving in NZ is different – we were still getting the swing of that left-side-of-the-road thing, so it really wasn’t something we wanted
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