2014: A Year in Review

When I began my quest to hike the 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire back in 2011, I thought I’d be finishing round one around this time. Boy, was I wrong! Here’s a look back at 2014- what a year it was!

 

winter

I began the year bagging some NH 4Ks for my winter list. One of the most memorable hikes was a traverse of Carter Dome and the Wildcats. Thinking back at when I first started my NH 4K list, I never thought I would hike in the winter. It’s my favorite season now! Between the snow covered trees, lack of crowds, and no bugs it’s easy to see why!

carter dome

In February I became a trail ambassador for Gossamer Gear!

gossamer gear

My Katahdin video was featured on ABC Norway! Check out the original video here.

ABC Norway

spring

I got retaliation on Mount Isolation when I hiked it again in winter conditions and found the bushwhack this time! I had done this trek in winter and missed the bushwhack as no one had been on it. It’s the only trail I know that is shorter with snow than without!

engine hill bushwhack

I completed the NH 4000 footers in Spring on North Twin after traversing Hale, the Bonds, and both Twins. This is my favorite overnight trip in the Whites and I learned about a way to do it without spotting a car!

North Twin

I began providing talks about ultralight hiking and a number of other topics! I have a few talks this winter and I’d love to see you there:

February 2nd, 2015- Hiking the New England 67– Dover Public Library

March 19th, 2015- Hiking the New England 67– Stratham, NH

March 28th, 2015- Hiking the John Muir Trail– Newburyport, MA

March 31st, 2015- Hiking the John Muir Trail– York, ME

April 7th, 2015- Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking- Hamilton, MA

 

gear talk

Summer

I thru hiked California’s 220 mile John Muir Trail in 15 days: My first long distance hike!

JMT

I completed the NH 4000 footers in Summer on Wildcat D! I also did another Presi Traverse and had a wonderful vacation in California! I hiked in Lassen Volcanic National Park, had some great wine, went into a cavern and didn’t completely freak out when they turned the lights off, and saw some massive trees!

 

 

autumn

I took the AMC Trail Maintenance Course and became a trail adopter for the upper half of the Osseo Trail. If you ever decide to do a Pemi Loop you’ll either start or end with the Osseo Trail!

trail maintenance

 

I completed the NH 4000 footers in Autumn on Carter Dome! I was busy this fall getting the peaks in. An autumn presi traverse was in the books as well. It was an adventure!

Carter Lakes

I was interviewed for an article about peak bagging the New Hampshire 4000 footers in Winter. Check out the article here! It starts on page 18.

your national forests

Winter plans and news:

I have 183 out of 192 peaks for my goal of hiking all the New Hampshire 4000-footers in the four seasons. If you didn’t notice the trend, I finished out Spring, Summer, and Autumn in 2014 and only have 9 left in winter! I am hoping to finish by the end of February. Why so much time for 9 peaks? I’m going to be hiking in Moab with some fellow Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors and heading out to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market! Keep an eye out for the first look at new ultralight gear, clothing, and winter specific items coming out in 2015 right here on Trail to Summit.

What else is going on for 2015? I’m getting married this summer! I’m super excited for our honeymoon in Austria and Germany where we’ll see lots of history, eat a ton of food, and hike a couple mountains! You may even see a post or two when we return.

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Me and Mr. Trail to Summit 😉

 

I also have plans for another long trek, but it’s still in the works. You’ll know when I know for sure! After all my hikes up the NH 4ks, I still want more! I may end up doing the whole grid by the time I’m 80, but I’m not officially going for it. There’s just so many amazing routes and views I keep wanting to visit. I may head up to some New England Hundred Highest peaks as well or finish of the Terrifying 25 list. Who knows! 2015 will be another fun-filled hiking year with trip reports, gear reviews, and food. Yep, lots of food!
So tell me, what was your favorite adventure of 2014? What do you have planned for next year? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Allison is the founder of trailtosummit.com which she began as a way to track and share her first round of the NH 4000 Footers. Now on round 5 (the first round for her dog Ruckus) she has been honored to have taken part of many people’s firsts. She is an experienced trail maintainer, speaker, and passionate member of the outdoor community. In New England, Allison enjoys trekking along the highest peaks, bushwhacking to less traveled areas, and has a fondness for sunrise and sunset trips. Outside of New England Allison has also thru hiked the John Muir Trail and explored mountains in the German and Austrian Alps, Israel, and the Azores. Her goal is to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others, especially with women, to inspire them to experience the freedom of the trail!

3 thoughts on “2014: A Year in Review

  • Vinny Mazzarella

    It sounds like you had a great year! I love seeing all of the pictures that you post and am jealous that you live closer to the 4ks then I do being down in CT. Looking back on this year, I guess it was my official start of hiking the 4ks. I’ve been hiking as long as I can remember and have hiked Mt. Washington a few times but this was the first year that I branched out and hiked some of the other 4,000 footers. Not sure how it happened but I am hooked! 🙂 I’ve already planned out more hikes for 2015 then I’ll probably be able to fit in my schedule! First one of 2015 will be Waumbek in the next few weeks. I love winter hikes and I can’t wait! I wish you the best in 2015!

  • Jacqueline

    I love reading your posts about your adventures!! Can’t wait to see what your up to in 2015.

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