All posts by Philip Carcia

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

Spring Presidential Traverse

On the morning of Wednesday April 17th, Notch Hostel regular John Pike and myself ventured into the White Mountain’s Presidential Range with the intention of completing a full traverse from Mount Madison to Mount Pierce. This traverse in particular felt very special to me, as it marked my 9th in as many months, and would … Continue reading Spring Presidential Traverse

Single-Day Presidential Traverse

Destination or Summit(s): Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce.Trail Name(s): Valley Way, Airline, Crawford Path.Date of Hike: March 1st, 2019.Trail Conditions: Hard-packed snow, unconsolidated powder.Equipment Used: Snowshoes, micro-spikes. Trail Maintenance Issues: N/AParking or Road Access Issues: N/A Additional Comments: Our group of 4 left the Appalachia Parking lot at half past 5 on Friday … Continue reading Single-Day Presidential Traverse

East Peak, Osceola

Date of Hike: Monday, February 18th, 2019. .Trail Names: Greenley Pond Trail, Mount Osceola Trail. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Micro spikes, snowshoes. Comments: We left the Greenley Pond Trailhead just before 10:00AM on Monday morning with the intention of climbing both East Peak and Mount Osceola. Greenley Pond was packed … Continue reading East Peak, Osceola

Tripyramids via The Slides

Date of Hike: Friday, February 4th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, unconsolidated snow, heavy drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, snowshoes. Comments: We departed Tripoli Road in Waterville Valley mid-morning and found easy walking along the hard-packed ski trails on Livermore Road. Our plan for the day was to loop the Tripyramids, using both the … Continue reading Tripyramids via The Slides

Hancocks via Arrow Slide

Date of Hike: Friday, February 1st, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unconsolidated snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: We departed the trailhead at the hairpin turn around 11:00AM and followed the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail, to the Hancock Loop Trail intersection. Once we reached the North/South split, we veered off-trail and … Continue reading Hancocks via Arrow Slide

Mount Isolation

Date of Hike: Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Wide variety of conditions on this hike, as one would expect in Winter on the Rocky Branch Trail. Our group consistently navigated a mix of hard-packed snow, unbroken snow, and heavily drifted unbroken snow from start to … Continue reading Mount Isolation

Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake

Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 22th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow. Deep drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Departed Lafayette Campground at 12:00PM this afternoon and followed the Lonesome Lake Trail up to Lonesome Lake. The initial 1.1 mile section was hard packed and easy to bare-boot.  After leaving the lake, the trail quickly … Continue reading Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake