Western Connecticut or Eastern Europe?

By Gregory Naigles Date: 6/27/15 Location: Kent, Connecticut Difficulty: 3.2   It had to be the right day. After suffering through two long weeks of temperatures in the 80s, I finally found a day where the temperature would be only 70 degrees – perfect. My choice of hiking destination wasn’t too difficult – I figured...

I Return… To the Place Where I Almost Fell Off an Ice Cliff

By Gregory Naigles   Location: Salisbury, Connecticut Difficulty: 3.0   I wanted to find the perfect day for a hike. All last week was insanely hot, and over the weekend and in the first part of this week, it rained. However, I could see that June 3rd would be both sunny and not too hot,...

An Amazing Hike up Windswept Little Jackson Mountain

By Gregory Naigles   Location: Weld, Maine Difficulty: 3.2   I got bored during Senior Week; no more work, graduation preparations haven’t begun yet. Thus, I figured that the natural thing to do was to go hiking. I debated a bit about where to go – I wanted to climb Mt. Abraham (which I will...

Gregory’s Last Stand

Last weekend, an enterprising group led by Gregory and Nathaniel had the wonderful opportunity to climb the Beehive Trail in Acadia. After months of preparation, including group dawn workouts, morning pool sessions, and Weightlifting Wednesdays, our group was finally ready to tackle the beast that is the Beehive. Hailed by Jared from Subway as ‘’the...

Pines to Palms

Location: St. John Dates: 3/23/15 to 3/29/15 Trip Difficulty: 3.5 Trip Type: Spring Break Voyage   This spring break we escaped the land of the cold and fled to St. John! Here we camped at Cinnamon Bay Campground and hiked around the island all day stopping at certain snorkeling spots. On Day one we got...

The COC vs. the Goliath of Burnt Mountain (hint: the COC wins)

Trip Date: March 7, 2015 Trip Location: Burnt Mountain: Carrabassett Valley, Maine Trip Type: Snowshoeing Trip Difficulty: 3.1 There we were, facing the goliath of rock that stood unmoving, unfaltering, unyielding to any force of nature. Burnt Mountain. The beast. The ice monster. The challenge. We were going to climb it and conquer it. Nothing...