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July 4, 2016 Nate hiking Mount Washington, Presidential Range, N.H.

Big Hearts, Big Day: A 17-Mile Hike With Teens in the Presidential Range

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By Michael Lanza

Like two spooked deer, Marco and Liam bound ahead of us on the trail, pause to wait for us to catch up, and then sprint ahead again. Powered by the blindly stratospheric self-confidence of athletic teenage boys, they do this repeatedly as we hike a trail paved with rocks the size of bowling balls and dorm-room refrigerators. We are in the early hours of a marathon dayhike over the four peaks of New Hampshire’s Northern Presidential Range, but they are treating it like a short, interval-training workout.

Something tells me this strategy won’t carry them through our long day. But I say nothing. I’m just curious to see how long a pair of fit young bucks can keep this up. Continue reading →

December 21, 2015

The Year in 10 Stories at The Big Outside

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By Michael Lanza

At The Big Outside, I post roughly a hundred stories a year of various lengths, from gear reviews and answers to readers’ questions to regular photo galleries—and every few weeks, a feature-length story about an outdoor adventure, many of those with my family. At year’s end, I look back at those longer stories published in the past 12 months and see a pretty darn stellar menu of trip ideas for you, my readers. Here’s a look back, in pictures and brief descriptions, at 10 top stories of 2015 published at The Big Outside. Continue reading →

June 17, 2015 Mount Washington, Presidential Range, N.H.

One Photo, One Story: A Huge Dayhike in the Presidential Range

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By Michael Lanza

As soft evening light filtered through thin, high clouds, we hiked toward the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington, highest in the Northeast. It was the final uphill hump of a 17-mile dayhike over the four peaks of New Hampshire’s Northern Presidential Range, an outing that would ultimately stretch over more than 15 hours and end well after dark—the longest, hardest, and possibly the proudest adventure ever for the three teenage boys in our group. I captured this image of my 14-year-old son, Nate, hiking up Washington, with the peaks we had already climbed arrayed in the background. Continue reading →

June 1, 2015 Marco Garofalo high above Carter Notch in the White Mountains, N.H.

The Hardest 20 Miles: A Dayhike Across New Hampshire’s Rugged Wildcat-Carter-Moriah Range

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By Michael Lanza

We’re moments from embarking on one of the hardest, long dayhikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire when we come to a screeching stop before our first teenager moment. My 16-year-old nephew, Marco, discovers his hydration bladder mouthpiece is cracked and unusable. Then I notice he’s carrying a one-liter bladder from an old, little kid’s daypack he used years ago—hardly enough water capacity for a 20-mile day traversing eight summits. Fortunately, we’re starting today’s hike at the Appalachian Mountain Club visitor center in Pinkham Notch, so we buy him a three-liter bladder. Then I see that his daypack belt has no buckle; he insists it’s fine, but I persuade him that the dollar spent on a new buckle will feel like money well invested by around mile 10. Continue reading →

June 29, 2014 Hiking Mount Adams.

One Photo, One Story: Dayhiking the Presidential Range

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By Michael Lanza

We scramble up the blocky talus of 5,799-foot Mt. Adams, reaching the second-highest point in New Hampshire’s White Mountains at 6:45 a.m. Pausing just long enough for a few quick photos, we drop a knee-crunching, ankle-wrenching 700 vertical feet in a mile to Edmands Col, then regain that elevation in a half-mile climb to the top of Jefferson, at 5,716 feet.

My friend Mark Fenton and I are attempting what is arguably the archetypal huge dayhike, the “Death March” of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Walking north to south, we’ll cover 20 miles and about 8,500 feet of uphill, tagging all nine summits along the way, from Mt. Madison to Mt. Pierce, including the Northeast’s highest, 6,288-foot Mt. Washington. Continue reading →

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