On this hike up Straightback Mountain and Mt Major, we will focus on spending time in exposed sections of the hike appropriately handling the weather, rather than worrying about summiting. Our intended route will go up and around both peaks, has about 1,585 ft of vertical gain over 6.1 miles, and should take us 4-5 hours. This is a great chance to work on above treeline (ATL) hiking skills and help decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not. As such, we will go even in marginal conditions, breaking trail as needed. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience. Strong Winter Hiking Program participants who have already completed a Level 1 hike are welcome on this hike.
Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.
Jim has hiked all 48 of the NH 4000 footers, many in winter, and has also done various expedition climbs including Mt Rainier, Denali and Kilamanjaro. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and now daydreams about trying the Continental Divide Trail someday.