Contrary to what some people think, the hiking season doesn't end when there's snow on the ground. In fact, many people think it's actually just beginning. While climbing the 48 peaks in New Hampshire above 4,000 feet has become a popular winter pursuit, there are other high peak challenges both in New Hampshire and throughout the Northeast that someone can use for motivation. These include the Adirondack 46, the New England 67, the Northeast 115, and even the Trailwrights 72. While the number of people who have completed most of these lists in non-winter are in the thousands, the numbers drop to the hundreds for those who have completed them in winter. Reaching some of the summits was relatively straightforward and easy while others required detailed planning, mental endurance, and physical strength. Join Michael Blair as he shares stories, pictures, and tips of his journey to explore these other peaks.
You must register for this event. We will e-mail you the Zoom meeting details on the day of the event around noon. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.
Michael first became involved with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Boston Chapter as a trip leader in 2010. Since then he has been an instructor at both the Spring and Winter Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking Programs as well as the Spring and Fall Leadership Programs. In 2012 he became a field instructor with the AMC's flagship Mountain Leadership School. In 2019 he became a field instructor at the Adirondack Mountain Club's flagship Winter Mountaineering School. He and his wife Monica are outdoors most weekends, and together they run their own hiking group. Michael hikes year-round throughout the northeast and has finished the White Mountain 4,000-Footer Grid (each peak during each month). He has also hiked all of the Northeast 115 and the New England Hundred Highest at least once in both summer and winter. Besides the northeast, Michael has also hiked in Arizona, Bolivia, Colorado, and Italy - the highest elevation he has reached is 17,785 feet. When he's not hiking or backpacking, Michael is a volunteer trail maintainer (Caps Ridge Trail) and participates in various kayak and surfski races across New England.
Morgane is a 4-season leader and has been leading trips with the AMC since 2016. She usually does day hikes and hikes at a moderate pace. She is currently working on her NH 4000 footers. She speaks fluent French if you ever want to get some practice on the trail!
Michael is a four-season hiker that organizes hikes and backpacks for the Random Group of Hikers and the AMC. He has climbed all of the 115 summits in the Northeast over 4,000 feet, 96 of the New England Hundred Highest, three rounds of the NH 48, and the NH 48 in Winter. Michael is an instructor with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Hiking & Backpacking and Outdoor Leadership Programs, including Mountain Leadership School, and is also certified in Wilderness First Aid.
Alex enjoys hiking in all seasons. While best known for fast-paced single day, multi-peak mega-hikes and gnarly back country bushwhacks, he will enjoy sharing his love for the mountains just about anywhere, with hikers at all ability levels.