Essays

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Literary Hiking: Books that have informed my hiking in New Hampshire and beyond.

Do books make a better hiker, or does hiking make a better hiker? Perhaps the answer is closer to “a little of both, really.” Like any good soup, there’s a lot that goes into the pot, along with more than a little stirring and some time spent simmering. But surely, this can be boiled down a little, no? Indeed it can. My hiking bookshelf has dozens of volumes, but there are […]

Hiker Safety: Yes, You Can!

I’m going to get myself down to the bottom of this mountain,’” Stump recalled. Kati Weis, CBS Denver Picking over the bones of the news this morning, I saw a piece that resonated for perhaps obvious reasons. A hiker, near the summit of El Diente in Colorado (one of their 14 thousand-footers) fell and tumbled for about 60 feet. Then, hiked back to her car and drove herself to hospital. […]

I need heroes!

Not all heroes wear capes.  This is semi-related to hiking. Not the least, it involves feet, and it actually follows the AT for a few miles. For the past few years, I’ve been running a half marathon that benefits Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, AKA CHaD. For those who aren’t in the know, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is New Hampshire’s one and only Level I trauma center. “Level I” designation means that it’s directly […]