Backpacks, Boulders, and Bribes: The Sugarloaf Trail, NH 2018

Hiking with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old can be exhilarating, educational, and, at times, exhausting—and that’s before you even leave trailhead. Trekking up the Sugarloaf trail in Carroll, NH is a great family hike and a nice way to test out just how ready the troops are for one of the 4,000-footers down the street….

Surf Station: Late-Summer 2018

Last summer, while working with Tim on several goEast pieces about hiking Vermont’s 4,000-footers, I ended up hiking four of the five peaks (Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Ellen, and Abraham) in a 24-hour period. Having done four so casually, it was only natural to wonder if we could do those four and Killington (Vermont’s fifth 4,000-footer)…

Hiking Mt. Pemigewasset

Maybe it was the deer we ran into on the trail. Or maybe it was the views from the summit ledges. Or just maybe it was the sections of trail that tunnel under Route 3 and Interstate 93, where everybody’s voices echoed off the walls. Honestly, it’s hard to say why my kiddos enjoyed hiking…

Tips For Beating the Heat

  Heat waves suck! Since this one is sticking around for a few more days, here are a few ways to stay active without getting beat by the heat. Go Early or Late There’s an easy solution for those tired of coming home a hot, sweaty mess from mid-day runs or hikes: start earlier. Even…

Norris Reservation: A Hidden Gem in Greater Boston

Searching for a kid-friendly hike in the Greater Boston area, but aren’t quite sure where to go? Well, check out the Norris Reservation, a 129-acre Trustees of the Reservations property situated along the North River in Norwell. The hiking is easy, the scenery is great, and the kiddos will love it. Mine definitely did! Among…

Lesser-Known Traverses of the White Mountains

For the past few years, we’ve been obsessed with trail running, hiking, and backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Put simply, our goal is to get on a ridge line and then pick off as many summits as we can before descending to the car. As we’ve already written about several of our favorites on…

Call It A Great Day on Franconia Ridge

Epic views, an exposed ridge, and tagging the summits of two of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers always makes a hike across Franconia Ridge a worthwhile endeavor. Throw in good friends, great weather, a pre-hike breakfast of biscuits and gravy from Sunny Day Diner, and icy cold Moat Mountain Brewing Call It A Day Double IPAs…

Mount Washington Gear List

Summiting Mount Washington via the Lions Head is a trip up one of New England’s iconic mountains via one of the region’s most classic routes. In preparation for an upcoming article for goEast, we recently revisited this classic climb. To coordinate our packing, we found ourselves typing out a checklist for personal and group gear….

My Worst Hike Ever

Everest Woman is responsible for my worst hike ever: a December 2007 ascent of the Hancocks in the White Mountains. To this day I have not forgiven her. I was cold. So cold. This is the story. It was December 1, 2007. The forecast read cold. So cold, in fact that the night before Chuck,…