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
To my knowledge, only two people before me have completed the Triple SSW, and no one reached as many 4,000 footers in the White Mountains in the winter of 2019/2020 than I did.
Job description: Join the Notch Hostel crew! We’re hiring a part- or full-time housekeeper who can join our community and help us keep our guests happy and comfortable. Job available beginning May 1st, minimum commitment through October 31st. Winter work also available. Specific duties include the following: Make beds. Wash, fold, and put away linens … Continue reading Job posting: Housekeeper at the Notch Hostel
Job description: Join the Notch Hostel crew! We’re looking for someone with customer service, organizational, and computer skills to run our front desk operations and guest services. This position offers additional opportunities to contribute to our social media and marketing campaigns. Part- or full-time positions available. Required hours are 3:45 to 9 pm. Job available … Continue reading Job posting: Front-of-House Representative
By: Philip Carcia @FindingPhilip I’ve hiked 2,158 miles, and summited 444 White Mountain 4,000-footers over the last 260 days to be able to write these three words: SINGLE. YEAR. GRID. In Northeast hiking culture, the “Grid” refers to a peak-bagging project that requires a hiker to climb all 48 4,000-footers in the White Mountains in … Continue reading The Single-Year Grid: 576 mountains in 12 months
This trip report summarizes my experience completing the Zion Traverse, an increasingly-popular 50-mile backpacking route through one of Utah’s most famous national parks. I hiked from April 18-19, 2019, and was blessed with plentiful springwater due to the high snow fall this past winter. Disclaimer: I hiked 37 miles of the route, from Lee Pass … Continue reading The Zion Traverse: A bucket-list backpacking trip through Zion National Park
By Sarah Hunter. Originally printed in the AMC Maine Chapter Winter 2018 Newsletter; reprinted here with permission. Challenging climbs, thrilling descents, and stunning scenery framed our White Mountains cycling adventure this fall, while comfortable lodging, good company and camaraderie made this trip truly great. It was late October when I joined a group of intrepid cyclists on the brand new 130-mile, hostel-to-hostel cycling tour through the White Mountains, a collaborative project … Continue reading Cycling the Whites: An AMC Maine Chapter Trip Report
Over the last 10 years, the Pemi Loop has grown in popularity with hikers of all ability levels. It logs more mileage and vertical climbing than the Presidential Traverse, and leads you across some of the White Mountain’s most celebrated stretches of trail: Franconia Ridge, Garfield Ridge, and Bondcliff. The Lincoln Woods trailhead is conveniently located only two hours from Boston and fifteen minutes from the Notch Hostel’s front door. Combine these highlights with the fact that you don’t need a car spot — the Pemi Loop starts and ends at the same trailhead — and you have the ultimate, single-day endurance hike in the Northeast.
By Nicholas Arthur, sport climber and friend of the Notch. LAST WEEK I did the White Mountains Bicycle Tour with my close friend Henry. It’s a three-day, 130-mile cycling tour that includes overnight stops at three hostels: Notch, Rattle River, and White Mountains Hostel (see their joint blog post for more info on these havens). See the route on Strava, RideWithGPS, or Google Maps We each … Continue reading The White Mountains Bicycle Tour (experience, proper bike optional)
We’ve all been there — after weeks of looking forward to your planned escape to the White Mountains, the weather app refuses to budge from its 90% chance of rain forecast. It’s too late to cancel reservations and you’ve already lined up the plant sitter. You pack rain gear and tell yourself you will hike … Continue reading Hike Anyway! Plus eight other rainy day things to do in the White Mountains.