The White Mountains of New Hampshire were once called the "Crystal Hills" by the early settlers due to their granite faces that reflected sunlight in the valley below. They have been drawing tourists since the mid-1800s when most visitors made the trip from cities by train or horse-drawn carriages. At that time, families came to the Whites to spend a month or more enjoying the fresh air, wonderful hiking and lofty vistas. This trip is designed to give you an overview of what is available and introduce you to the diversity of the Whites. Hiking is the most traditional sport in the area and with over 1,200 miles of trail to choose from, the options are endless. We'll also take advantage of favorite local activities: paddling a pristine river, biking the (downhill) biking trail, visiting the Flume Gorge and exploring the historic Mount Washington Hotel. Our pace will be leisurely to allow us to notice and enjoy the diversity of the forests and meadows and be awed and inspired by the vistas. Whether you are intrigued by forest flora and fauna, birds, waterfalls, mountain vistas, learning about the cultural history, or just seeking less traveled paths, you will quickly understand why the White Mountains continue to draw us to their beauty and majesty.
Maximum group size: 12
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This trip is for women who want to enjoy the many different facets of New Hampshire’s White Mountains by foot, water and bike. Days will be full of activity. The option to relax at the hostel is always a possibility. If you choose to do all the activities offered, this trip is a challenging level 3. The White mountains are known for steep elevations and trails with frequent roots and rocks to negotiate. Hikes may involve scrambling, walking on balds (flat granite), and heights (exposed ledges). In some sections, expect to hike at a slower speed than you normally would hike, maxing at 1 mph. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, using an inclined treadmill or stair stepping for one hour at least 3 - 4 times a week.
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On this multisport adventure vacation, we'll combine moderate hiking, biking and kayaking with visiting some of the White Mountains' iconic destinations, including the Flume and the Mount Washington Hotel.
We will stay the entire week at The Notch Hostel, a large, well-maintained hostel located just outside of Lincoln, NH. Accommodations will be shared, all single beds (no upper bunks). We will be occupying the 'shared' part of the hostel - plenty of beds to choose from, 'hanging out' space, ample areas for relaxing as well as both inside and outside dining areas where we will enjoy our home cooked meals throughout the week. An indoor sauna is also available.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The hostel had comfortable outdoor seating on every side as well as and beautiful yard and garden. We were well located for our daily excursions. Our guides were A+++ as well as our “home cooked” meals.
NH was beautiful, weather cooperated, guides were excellent, hostel made for a cohesive group of wonderful women.
Good location, great guides, other hikers interesting, very good food, nice hostel.
The location and combined activities in the White Mountains. Hiking to the huts always fun. The weather was fantastic!!
People, place, hostel, guides
The guides were stellar!
the ladies being supportive, laughing, sharing, and generally just having fun
My favorite part was the camaraderie of the group. Everyone got along well and supported each other. We embraced each others' quirks. The guides were fabulous!
Jan and Claire's attitude toward ALL the participants. Their respect of everyone. Their level of knowledge that they shared. The FOOD without a doubt was exceptional. The whiteboard itinerary.
The guides, the other women and the variety of what we got to do. Even though I broke my toe half way through I had such a good time.
Each day we gradually built up to the hiking challenges over the week. The guides provided plenty of information ahead of time so we'd know what to expect and how to be prepared. The guides were especially helpful coaches along the way of each hike, bike and kayak activity. If we needed to stop, have a break or fix a problem we were encouraged to speak up and ask for what we need.
The beauty of the White Mountains, great guides, wonderful new friendships and fantastic food!
The guides were amazing. I almost canceled this trip because I wasn't as prepared as I should have been and I did all the hikes. The other hikers were great, as well.
The guides, the hikes, the overall trip!
A get-away from the normal routine, visiting a new place, a chance to meet new people, and having the details all worked out for us.
The guides were out of this world: kind, caring, organized. Great meals. Wanted to do Eisenhower and I did!