I am very thankful that I was able to enjoy many fine hikes in 2013, both on and off the trails. Here are some favorite shots from hikes during the first half of the year.
Cath Goodwin snowshoes through powder and birches on a zero-degree bushwhack off the Firewarden's Trail on Mt. Hale.
Ledge on west shoulder of Mt. Hale, looking south up the Little River valley.
View over Albany Intervale to Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Paugus from ledge on SW shoulder of Green's Cliff.
The Osceolas from beaver pond on Cheney Brook.
North and South Hancock and Juno Peak from talus slope on Mt. Huntington in Hancock Notch.
Confluence of two slides off western ridge of Osceola.
"Dogleg Slide" on Mt. Osceola.
Wintry day on North Hancock.
Presys from Mt. Pierce.
A satisfied customer.
Carol at Bridal Veil Falls.
Mt. Tecumseh summit cone from Sosman Trail.
Alpenglow on Starr King Trail.
Greeley Ponds and Mad River Notch from ledge on NE spur of East Osceola.
J.R. Stockwell enjoying the view; Mt. Kancamagus in back.
View of Lafayette Brook valley from "Sleeping Chief Ledge."
Flat Mountain Pond and Mt. Whiteface from NE summit of Sandwich Dome.
Mt. Liberty summit crags.
Hikers on summit of Mt. Chocorua.
View east from "Peggy's Perch" on West Osceola.
Slab on headwall of Dickey Mountain.
Chocorua Falls, on branch of Chocorua River under Carter Ledge.
Baldface Range from ledge on Long Mountain, a spur of Speckled Mountain.
Carol enjoys the view of North and South Lakes from Sunset Ledge in the Catskills.
Relaxing at a beaver meadow on Alder Creek, Catskills.
View of Beaver Kill Range from Graham Mountain in the Catskills, pygmy hardwood forest in foreground.
The Hogsback and Mt. Moosilauke from Sugarloaf in the Benton Range.
John "1HappyHiker" Compton at beaver meadow on West Branch of Pleasant River in Caribou-Speckled roadless area.
Caribou Mountain from Butters Mountain, Caribou-Speckled Wilderness.
View from slide on Nanamocomuck Peak, just off Square Ledge Trail.
View from Blueberry Ledge Trail, Mt. Whiteface.
Engine wreckage at B-18 bomber crash site on Mt. Waternomee.
Mt. Passaconaway from slide on flank of Mt. Whiteface in The Bowl.
View south from Pulpit Rock in Carter Notch.
Mt. Caridgan and Firescrew from Orange Mountain.
View from top of slab, NW side of Mt. Passaconaway.
View of Dix Range from nameless, trailless knob in Dix Mountain Wilderness, Adirondacks.
Beaver pond in Dix Mountain Wilderness, Adirondacks.
Carol and me on Wright Peak, Adirondacks.
Mt. Marcy and slide-scarred Mt. Colden from Wright Peak, Adirondacks.
My brother Drew enjoying the view at Lower Greeley Pond.
Carol at Sawyer Pond.
White Admirals at Sawyer Pond.