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October 18, 2013


Photo Essay: I Climb A Mountain

Unlike my older brother (and fellow blogger) Rian, I don’t think Nature is best appreciated through a plate-glass window. For years, I’ve loved to hike, paddle, and climb my way through my surroundings.

A couple of summers ago, I spent a month without going inside a building – two weeks hiking in North Cascades National Park, two weeks kayaking off of Vancouver Island. That was with 11 other people – and it was awesome! :)




                                                                I didn’t die.

Last summer, Rian and I went on a month-long road trip from Chicago to San Francisco and back again. We managed to fit some hiking in in a couple of places – most notably, the Grand Canyon.


This was, as Rian said, after 1 vertical mile and a metric shit-ton of sweat.

In my first month and a half at Clark, I forgot about all that. In case you couldn’t tell, I’ve been very, very busy. And I missed it, though I didn’t realize for a while. But Clark, being a wonderful place in many respects, has just the cure – Clark U Outing Club!

Outing Club has been around for about 10 years, and puts together a bunch of awesome hikes, paddles, and, well, outings, almost every weekend. Last Tuesday, I suited up to climb Mount Monadnock, which is apparently the third-most hiked mountain in the world (following Mt. Fuji in Japan and Mount Tai in China). There were 12 of us – a full trip – and a great time was had by all!


                     I approve of the cairn.


                                                  Looking at New Hampshire from 2,500 feet.



                                     Starting up towards the top.


                                                         With Laura at the summit!

This Sunday, I’m going ziplining with Outing Club! And now I’m looking forward to the weekend! :)

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  1. Nov 11 2013

    Great fotos, Dale.
    As a hiker from Russia, I’ve got some questions please that appeared as i was looking at your pictures.
    Are you allowed to go not along the path trails but just using a map and go the direction you want?
    Are you allowed to make fires in any place you want? if not then how do you make food (backbacking stove?)

  2. Jan 22 2014

    Hey Dale,

    Your forests are beautiful like ours in the UK but your mountains are incredibly large and much more vast. I love the visit the states some day. Where abouts in New Hampshire is this?


  3. Dale
    Jan 22 2014

    It was at Mount Monadnock, in southern New Hampshire.

  4. Feb 14 2014

    Great trek experience you must have got…Really inspired after watching your trek photos and reading your trek experiences…All d best for your future traveling..


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