Warmth is coming. And so are the hikes.

My friend is a person who snowshoes. She spends her time hiking snowy trails with a couple of tennis rackets strapped to her feet. She recently invited me to join her and I told her my feelings about winter and being outside during winter – winter is best spent wrapped in a blanket while binge watching Netflix.

It looks pretty, but that's the only nice thing about it.

It looks pretty, but that’s the only nice thing about it.

The discussion is far from over, though. Later that evening, over a glass of wine, my snowshoeing friend reminded me that spring is coming and that she hikes in warmer weather, also. After a bit of silliness, it was decided that we would form a hiking club and scale almost every (I wish every mountain was possible, but I’m not a professional) mountain in New Hampshire. This is the part where you get excited because guess what I’m going to do after I hike each mountain…. If you guessed ‘blog about it,’ then you are absolutely right! You win a prize. Probably.

So, without further ado, here are my plans for hiking this upcoming season of warm.

1.  Mount Monadnock

This is what it looks like on the top of my mountain.

This is what it looks like on the top of my mountain.

Obviously. Mount Monadnock is what I like to refer to as my mountain. It’s where I go to be quiet and alone. I guess I will now have to share that adventure with friends, but I like my friends and don’t mind sharing too much.

2.  Mount Washington

I'm quite positive that this is not Mount Washington.  I'm also not sure why I am outside when there is snow on the ground.

I’m quite positive that this is not Mount Washington. I’m also not sure why I am outside when there is snow on the ground.

This is quite an undertaking and makes me feel a little overwhelmed. The last time I was even on Mount Washington, I was under ten years old and we drove halfway up the mountain during a family vacation. We couldn’t get up to the summit because of the windchill at the top and a nasty wind stole my headband. This time, I will make it to the top and no one is stealing any headbands. You hear that, wind?

3.  Mount Moriah

I’ll bet there are mines there. Mines filled with gold. Also a dragon, but that’s fine. Also, I’m sure I’m pronouncing it correctly.

4.  Pack Monadnock

Probably not Pack Monadnock.  I don't remember where this was taken.  Maybe that's why I look so ponderous in the picture.

Probably not Pack Monadnock. I don’t remember where this was taken. Maybe that’s why I look so ponderous in the picture.

Because it is close by and brings back many fond memories of school trips. Also, it’s a baby of my favorite.

5.  Mount Major

That is me.  And Bear the dog.  We're pretty pumped to be on a mountain.

That is me. And Bear the dog. We’re pretty pumped to be on a mountain.

I’ve done this one before, too. No headbands were stolen, thank goodness. It was a lovely hiking trip that I would love to go on again.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but is just an idea of how I plan on spending the months without snow on the ground. Our newly formed hiking club will be taking its first field trip to Eastern Mountain Sports next weekend to get some headlamps and camping gear. Oh, did I mention we’ll be camping too? Readers, I really hope you’re ready for an amazing New Hampshire spring, summer, and fall filled with the most glorious of all adventures.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, Stay Work Play has a bunch of hiking and walking resources on their website.

What are your outdoor plans for the season without snow? What about outdoor plans for snow? Let me know in the comments!

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