On The Trails & Summits

On top of Machu Picchu Mountain, elevation 10,111 feet
On top of Machu Picchu Mountain, elevation 10,111 feet

Amy Patenaude is the Weirs Times Outdoor Columnist. She is a life-long resident of New Hampshire, born in Concord and now a Henniker resident.

Amy has been writing her bi-weekly column for the Weirs Times since 2000. Amy travels to the highest peaks as well as to the more obscure places of nature throughout the state of New Hampshire and beyond. Amy’s international treks have also taken her from the Virgin Islands to Ireland and places in between. Each visit brought to life in her own personal style.

When Amy isn’t researching a column for the Weirs Times you might find her competing in a cross-country or alpine race, just to relax.

So, whether it’s a cross-country ski-trip, a hike through the known and unknown trails of New Hampshire or an exotic adventure to places “away”, Amy is sure to surprise even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiast with her adventurous, educational and fun experiences in the great outdoors.

Mount Pemigewasset Franconia Notch State Park

Charlie Gunn sitting on top of Mount Pemigewasset aka Indian Head. The 2,557 foot peak offers excellent views and it is included on the “52 with a View” hiking list. by Amy PatenaudeOutdoor/Ski Writer Mount Pemigewasset summit ledges stand out […]

Late Summer Fun At The Polar Caves And Loon Mtn

Charlie Gunn making his way through the Needle’s Eye along the Rocky Ridge Way at the Polar Caves in Rumney. The Polar Cave’s gigantic granite boulders and caves are fun to explore. A Day At White Mountain Attractions by Amy […]

Cannon Mountain’s Aerial Tramway – A Fun Ride to the Top

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer This summer Cannon Mountain celebrates 80 years of Aerial Tramway service! Cannon is the home to the first aerial tramway in North America when it first opened in 1938. I missed the party but […]

Section Hiking Vermont’s Long Trail

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The Long Trail follows the spine of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. End to end the Long Trail is 272 miles in length. The Long Trail and the […]

Hiking North, Middle & South Tripyramid From Waterville Valley

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer “Waterville Haystacks” was an early name for Mount Tripyramid, the big three-summit mountain that rests between Waterville Valley and south of the Kancamagus Highway in Albany. There are options to make a loop over these […]

Hot – Humid – Hiking… Hale, Zealand, Guyot, South & North Twin

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Rain hammered down most of the night and by morning it was clear. I had no doubt that the heat and humidity would slow us down but we’d deal with it. I had done […]

Amy Goes Hiking At Maine Mountains In Baxter State Park

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Baxter State Park is way up there. I made it to the Big Moose Inn & Cabins in Millinocket from Franconia in about five hours. After I checked in, I drove a couple miles to […]

Volunteer Trail Work— We Can Do It!

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Chatham Trails Assoc. & Wonalancet Out Door Club There are thousands of miles of trails described in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain and Southern New Hampshire Guides. There are thousands more all over New […]

Las Vegas! My Best Bet? Hiking!

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer I lost a dollar in a slot machine and I thought I had my fill of gambling. But soon I was tempted again. I played a blackjack machine. I bet a five dollar bill […]

Finding Snow on Pico, Killington, Mendon, Sugarloaf & Mt. Ellen

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The New England Highest Hundred Peaks include some that are the home to a ski resort. I made it up Pico, Killington, Sugarloaf and Mt. Ellen while there was still enough snow to be […]

Red Hill

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The Red Hill Fire Tower rises high above the shores of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. Visitors that climb the steps up the tower will behold a grand vista over the Lakes to the […]

Utah – Rain, Snow & Sunshine!

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Turns out that I did not need to leave New Hampshire to find new snow. I don’t know why but every time I head west it snows like crazy at home. I thought going to […]

Not Giving Up on Snow!

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The chairlift bullwheels at some of the ski areas have stopped spinning for the season. The smallest ski hills that rely on natural snow shut down a couple weeks ago. A few more ski […]

Yup, It’s Spring

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Yippee the silly season is here! Time to put away the heavy winter jacket and dig out your Hawaiian shirt! Spring officially sprung on Tuesday March 20th at 12:15pm. The days continue to grow longer […]

High Above the Notch Eagle Cliff & Cannon Mountain

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We met in the Cannon Mountain Tramway parking lot after Becca spent the morning snowboarding on Cannon’s slopes. I didn’t get my act together to go skiing along with her but I was game […]

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