One Wild White Mountain Winter

Here at the Notch Hostel, we pride ourselves on curating an “anything is possible” environment—one where our guests feel empowered to take on the kinds of mountain-based projects that challenge them to reach their highest potential. This past winter, we’ve watched our guests set, meet, and often exceed extraordinary personal outdoor goals. From single-day winter … Continue reading One Wild White Mountain Winter

Mount Monroe – 2020-03-15

Destination: Mount Monroe Trails: Ammonoosuc Hike Date: 2020-03-15   Conditions:Icy in the morning, especially between tree line and the hut. Crampons required. Very windy and cold at the top, but beautiful visibility. The trail softened in the afternoon on the way down which made it easier on the knee during the descent. Well protected by … Continue reading Mount Monroe – 2020-03-15

Waumbek – 2020-03-14

Destination: Waumbek Trails: Starr King Hike Date: 2020-03-14   Conditions:Icy, hard packed snow Equipment:Microspikes…crucial Trail Maintenance:Some blow downs but nothing difficult to navigate Parking & Road Access:Summer parking is open, but it is covered in 2-3 in of ice. Comments:Really nice day to be out.   Submitted by: Chris Brainard vlnvla@yahoo.com  

Mt Isolation – 2020-03-14

Destination: Mt Isolation Trails: Rocky Branch trail, Engine Hill Bushwack Isolation trail and Davis Path. Hike Date: 2020-03-14   Conditions:Trail is well packed down for the most part and easybyo follow. At least 20 people out packing it down today. High temps softening the snow made things tricky in spots. A group of barebooters left … Continue reading Mt Isolation – 2020-03-14

Tom, Field – 2020-03-14

Destination: Tom, Field Trails: Avalon to AZ to Willey range trail Hike Date: 2020-03-14   Conditions:Hard packed snow, spikes or crampons required. Did not need snowshoes. Extremely windy at the summit. Equipment:Hills hound trail crampons, gaitors, poles Parking & Road Access:Parked at AMC highland center   Submitted by: Lauren Hunt laurenhunt88@gmail.com  

Garfield – 2020-03-01

Destination: Garfield Trails: Gale River Loop Road, Mt Garfield Trail Hike Date: 2020-03-01   Conditions:I was comfortably able to wear spikes door to door for this hike. It was a crust of icy snow with perhaps 3-6 inches of powder on top. As always, Garfield was a slow and steady climb, except for the climb … Continue reading Garfield – 2020-03-01

Owls Head – 2020-02-29

Destination: Owls Head Trails: Lincoln Woods, Black Pond bushwhack, Lincoln Brook, Brutus bushwhack Hike Date: 2020-02-29   Conditions:I was up early and on trail by 6:30am. I quickly passed a group of 4 people on skies by Black Pond and then I was the first set of tracks since the last snow. With the recent … Continue reading Owls Head – 2020-02-29