December 17, 2017

Six Summits



SummitInspired by Vern Tejas who set a record by ascending the world's seven summits, Mark Aiken sets out to climb a few peaks of his own – the six summits in each New England State. He required no pack animals, porters or supplemental oxygen; just a map, compass, hiking boots and blue Honda. His journey lasted 6 days.

MOUNT WASHINGTON
New Hampshire
High

Mt. Washington has challenging mountain passes and attracts bikers, road cyclists and backcountry skiing. The summit has a museum and cafe but more than 135 people have died on the mountain since 1849 from it's fierce and unpredictable weather. The routes range from technically difficult (scrambling over ledges and rocks) to strenuously steep. Break up the hike by staying at one of the huts, Lakes of the clouds and Mizpah Spring for $116 on a weekend.  

KATAHDIN
Main
High

Katahdin comprises several peaks, connected by ridges, saddles and precipitous Knife Edge. Baxter State Park regulates campsites, bunks, parking sports by reservations. Park entry fee is $14. Most hikers start from the campgrounds. Baxter has 18 peaks over 3,000 feet.

MOUNT MANSFIELD
Vermont
High

Mount Mansfield's ridgeline spans over a mile in length with 360 degree spectacular views.Numerous routes to the summit range from moderate hikes to the strenuously steep. Three micro breweries make their homes neart Mt. Mansfield.

MOUNT GREYLOCK
Massachusetts
Moderate

Mount Greylock offers the best and longest hikes and views particularly during foliage season during the spring and fall. The south-north appalachian Trail is the most rugged and heavily used. There's shelter on the summit, a restaurant and inn but still need to pack water and a raincoat. Bascom Lodge caters to driver, overnighters, and day hikers.

MOUNT FRISSELL
Connecticut
Moderate

Mount Frissell is full of significant landmarks, a summit, high point, and tri state marker. Watch out for unsure footing on both sides of the summit and smooth slabby rock. After the hike cool off in Bash Bish Falls State Park in Massachusetts.

JERIMOTH HILL
Rhode Island
Easy

The high point, barely even a hill, used to be restricted to a few days a year and is currently open to the public from 8am to 4pm daily. It's just a 15 minute stroll to the high point.