December 31, 2015 / Comments (4)

2015 Year in Review

For some reason, 2015 has blown right by! It was an incredible year for me personally and for Trail to Summit. I’ll take you through this year’s highlights and would to hear about yours! Make sure to leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

This year I had great opportunities for contributing to other publications, spreading some trail knowledge with others. This includes articles for Gossamer Gear, Appalachian Trials, and an interview with Alpen Climb. I have a really exciting contribution for early 2016 that I can’t wait to share with you all, but you’ll have to wait!


After for years going at it, I finished my 4000 footers in each season, all in 2015! I summited my final New Hampshire 4000 footers in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter (in that order, of course) all this year! I had the most peaks left to hike in Autumn. Because of the unfavorable conditions this past winter, I barely squeaked by finishing on Jefferson in March after multiple attempts at the Northern Presidentials.

northern presidentials

Northern presidentials in winter


This year I’ve brought Trail to Summit live to various venues from public libraries, outing clubs, and colleges. I’ve done presentations on going lightweight, thru hiking the John Muir Trail, and peakbagging the New Hampshire 4000 Footers! More talks will be happening in 2016 as well.


Winter Hiking Talk MAXED OUT With 130 People!


Some of you may know that I got married in June! We had a beautiful wedding at a vineyard/barn in Haverhill.


PC: Arielle Unger Photography


And with a wedding comes a honeymoon! We spent two weeks traveling through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Can you tell we're not beach people?

Can you tell we’re not beach people?


Just about as soon as we returned from Europe, we moved! Yup, 2015 was a busy year. I am now (once again!) a proud New Hampshire resident. Our home even came with chickens!


Home sweet home!


In 2014 I planned to work on the New England Hundred Highest List. It’s made up of the New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont 4000 footers I’ve done and the rest (33 peaks) are just under 4000 feet. Many of them are bushwhacks so there’s an extra challenge in regard to navigation and route finding. Getting to these trailheads are a challenge as well as many are very far away and accessed through a series of logging roads, ATV trails, or simply “that big rock at the curve of a certain trail”. Instead of really working on this list last year, I got 4K obsessed, hence finishing all NH 4Ks in each season! This year, I switched gears to the NEHH list and I’ve covered a lot of ground with 91 of the peaks now  complete. I plan to finish this list by next summer as I still have some very remote hikes to do like Boundary Peak and the trio in the Northern end of Maine’s Baxter State Park.

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Heading up the talus field on Vose Spur

Trail to Summit has morphed into a resource for hikers, thanks to readers like you! I started this site as a way to share my hikes and this year it’s a different animal! While I still provide trip reports for New England hikes, there are loads of gear articles, recipes, projects, and articles- especially for other female hikers! We even joined Instagram and Pinterest in 2015!

I have SO much in store for 2016! Keep an eye out for my plans for 2016 coming to you on the 1st.

This year has been about trails and education. Thank you for all of your support over the last four years, as Trail to Summit has evolved! I’d love to hear from you. Tell me, was there a particular article you loved from this year, a topic you’d love to see covered next year, a hiking feat you’ve accomplished in 2015, or just send me a quick hello! I’d love to hear from you!

My best wishes to you for a wonderful 2016!

~ Allison

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4 Responses to :
2015 Year in Review

  1. Kayla Miloy says:

    What a great year! Congrats on getting all the 4000’s in every season IN ONE YEAR! And congrats on all the other great life stuff, so happy for you! Happy New Year!

    1. allison says:

      I should rephrase! I finished all the 4Ks this year but I started them a couple years back. It wasn’t something I even thought of doing until I was a good chunk through round 3! I hope you and Andy have a great New Years! If you ever decide to come over to the East Coast, I’d love to have you! We have great mountains- and chickens! 😉

  2. Allen Rowley says:

    Glad you had a great year. And also glad I discovered your blog a few months ago. Part of my daily early morning cafe ritual before heading out for a walk/hike. I see from the photo that you posted of the audience at your winter hiking lecture that I’m part of that demographic ( getting older, near retirement, trying to be a little younger next year by remaining active). Thank god for ultralight gear and people like you promoting that approach otherwise I would never have gotten back out there backpacking after too long immersed in a busy professional career. Keep up the good work … and keep us older hikers in mind as we seem to be an interested and motivated group with the time and money to increase participation in this activity. Although I’m never sorry I live in southwestern BC, it is a long way from New Hampshire so I my never get to one of your talks but love your blog.

    “The snail climbs Mt Fuji … slowly … slowly.” from Lost on the Appalachian Trail Kyle Rohrig.

    All the best …


    1. allison says:


      Thank you for the nice note. I actually just started a 5 part hiking challenge for those getting back into hiking after long stretches of not doing so or those new to hiking altogether! Ultralight gear is definitely the way to go for most. I know many who wouldn’t be able to hike otherwise. Thanks for the love from BC!

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