White Mountain Adventures

The past two weekends here in New Hampshire have brought us great spring like weather.  Today especially was the most spring like its been since… well last spring!

Last weekend Brent and I led a student up to Franconia New Hampshire and we hiked Old Bridal Path to Mt. Lafayette.  What started as a warm sunny day turned into a world of rime ice, low visibility, and high winds! It was quite awesome navigating in the alpine zone with those conditions.  We crossed the ridge and hiked over to Mt. Lincoln and then finished at Little Haystack where the sun greeted us.  The hike down Falling Waters was fast and fun and we made great time.

Franconia Ridge Trail
Brent and Matthew atop Little Haystack

Today though… here is where the story gets awesome… Mount Washington.

A group of 7 of us got together and took on the tallest peak in the North East.  We started the ascent around 9am at the Cog Railway.  We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut and then took the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Washington.  The days weather couldn’t have been any better.  Blue skys, warm air and bright sun.

Blue Skys

We reached the summit of Mount Washington around 12:45pm and did the typical thing you do at the summit of a really tall mountain…

Left to right: kneeling: Teresa. standing: Amanda, Matthew, Ben, Taylor, Shane, Brent

Well the hike up went fast but the hike down…. way fast! The Ammonoosuc Ravine trail is a decently steep trail so glissading down was a no brainer.  I remember one point in particular when I could hear Taylor laughing hysterically and when I got to the steep shoot I knew this is where Taylor had found his inner child and bursted into laughter.

Shane glissading

Today’s hike was overall just grand! It’s great getting outside with the people you love and experiencing views and nature the way we did today.  I want to thank everyone who was out there today because you all played a key role in making today great.

Here are a couple extra shots for you all to check out.

The crew lounging

Hello! Lets revive this site!

Amanda taking a field bearing w/ compass


So hello people who read this.  I haven’t posted anything since September for a few reasons.  One my camera is a little busted.  Two I have been using a Cannon AE 1 program 35mm camera for the past 3 months.

I will try and get some of those pictures up on the site.  I’ll have to find a scanner though… we will see when that happens!

Anyways.  This picture I posted is of Amanda on the summit of Mount Potash.  I got back from Snowbird Utah on Sunday night and we took the time on Monday to make this hike happen.  It was a beautiful day with super good weather.

Off to St. Louis for Thanksgiving.  Excited to come home and see the people I love and miss.

I will try and scan some of my 35mm photographs and get them up here as soon as I can.

Take care and keep checking back for updates.

- matthew


Sights from Squam Lake

Sunset on Squam

This past week I was fortunate enough to spend a week on Squam Lake with eleven amazing people.  I was one of three leaders that took a group of incoming freshman to spend the week on Moon Island.  We paddled all over Squam and were able to explore surrounding islands and trails.  We hiked East and West Rattlesnake taking the Butterworth Trail to the Ridge Trail.  The sunsets were beautiful and the time spent on the water was calm and relaxing.  Below are a few pictures I was able to capture throughout the week.

East and West Rattlesnake

WMO 2012
Myself, Alex, and Lauren

The week went by fast and the amount of fun I had with my co-leaders and participants was worth every minute.  Lauren, good luck in Colorado and Alex have a great semester with NOLS.  I had a great time meeting each participant and I wish you all the best of luck here at PSU.  You will all do great and will absolutely fall in love with the surrounding Mountains and Lakes that New Hampshire has to offer.  Get involved and step outside of your comfort zone every once and awhile.  Live life on the edge and enjoy every minute.


- Matthew