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May 8, 2024 49 mins

Marcus Shapiro is joined by Dave Fatula, White Mountains hiking expert and founder of Guineafowl Adventure Company.  Dave successfully makes a strong pitch for why hiking in the White Mountains (in New Hampshire) is one of the most fun, beautiful, and rugged destinations in the Lower 48. Your challenge is to listen and then ask yourself how long you can resist before having to experience hikes in the Whites for yourself.  He calls the White Mountains, Boston’s Backyard.  Marcus and Dave talk fitness, trails you should hike, spectacular views above the treeline and much more… Below is a sampling of discussion topics:

- Why is it important to feel, see, challenge, and immerse yourself in nature and what’s unique about the ruggedness of the White Mountains?

- Make your pitch to the Northeasterner to hike in the White Mountains.

- Make your pitch to the hikers out West who will belittle the 4000-footers vs 14,000-foot peaks.

- Talk about the challenging trails that sometimes go straight up and down without switchbacks and why that is. 

- Hiking in the White Mountains vs Adirondacks vs Mahoosucs.

- Discuss the overwhelming number of stunning views above the tree line in the unique alpine tundra.

- Talk about the iconic Mount Washington hike and important safety measures you should take.

- Discuss peak bagging the 48 peaks within New Hampshire and one in Maine, over 4,000 feet, known as the four-thousand footers.

Let’s discuss the technical nature of the White Mountain National Forest and how a proper fitness level makes hiking much more fun, rewarding, and safe.

- Favorite musical band for Musical Trekking.

- Discuss some beginner, intermediate, and challenging hikes in the White Mountains.

- Discuss that the White Mountain National Forest is home to some of the most formidable terrain on the entire Appalachian Trail.

- What is the most common positive thing people say about the entire experience when hiking with the Guineafowl Adventure Company for the first time?

Dave Fatula / Guineafowl Adventure Company

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