One of my favorite places to challenge myself is out on a trail. When I’m hiking a challenging route, the rest of the world fades away. All I’m focusing on at that moment is putting one foot in front of the other. The other little thoughts that would normally go through my mind––maybe an email I’ve neglected for too long or worrying about the next item on my to-do list––there’s no space for those things on the trail. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that there’s so much space on the trail that those thoughts just fly away.
Mount Washington Gorham, NH | Hard
This is a challenging trail that leads you up to Mount Washington, the highest summit in New England. Tuckerman Ravine includes a part where you climb up alongside a waterfall. It gets a bit heart-thumping and is absolutely gorgeous.
- 5.5 to 6 hours, out and back.
- Plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen, a hat and layers -- the mountain is infamous for it's fickle weather and strong wind!
- Adventure - Out in nature, remote and away from an urban center
Hard - Technical and potentially remote terrain with serious elevation that requires a high level of fitness and/or hiking experience. Lasts up to 6 hours.
Hard - Technical and potentially remote terrain with serious elevation that requires a high level of fitness and/or hiking experience. Lasts up to 15 hours.
For me, every hike is a new opportunity
is how long I can go without a
shower or a test of my physical limits.
Why do you love hiking?
Nothing makes me feel more alive than questioning all of my life choices on a particularly challenging hike. I'm partially kidding––not every hike needs to bring me to my metaphorical (or literal) knees! But I do find that in those moments when I'm really pushing myself that I feel the most attuned to the world around me and to myself. Also FOOD. Some of the best tasting and most satisfying meals of my life have been eaten after a long day of hiking.
What are your hiking essentials and why?
I've learned the hard way to not go on any hike without my phone, an extra battery pack and many, many snacks. Being without a map, battery power or food can turn a simple hike into a not-so-fun situation. I also love having the peace of mind to take as many videos as I want of the adventure (hence all that extra battery power) and the small luxury of saving a special snack for the summit.
Why is it important to wear the right shoes?
Nothing sucks more than sore, soggy feet on a hike. Your feet are your transportation and the wrong footwear can make or break an adventure. Merrell is a no-brainer when it comes to my shoes because if I'm wearing my Merrells, I know I have one less thing I need to worry about on the adventure.