Trails to Peaks Radio
48 - Neil Blanchette

48 - Neil Blanchette

January 19, 2020

There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire exceeding four thousand feet in elevation. Each year, hikers near and far come to the Granite State to take on the challenge of climbing them all at least once. Today, these mountains are simply known as "The List". This series is meant to be a tribute to the White Mountains through having those who have completed The List tell their stories in their own words. What’s their favorite mountain? What was the best hike they had? The worst? What made them want to tackle The List and how did they feel once they did it? Everyone featured in this series has climbed all 48 four thousand footers in New Hampshire at least once. Most have hiked other places and scaled other heights, too. Most love the outdoors whether on a mountain or not. But the single thing each of them have in common is traversing the same trails up the same mountains at least once. This is a hiking bond anyone who’s seen the magnificent views off the Presidential Range or trudged through the muddy lower regions of Owl’s Head feels and understands because they’ve all been there. And, in many cases, probably will again. In this episode, Rhode Island native, lifelong camper and newly obsessive outdoor photographer Neil Blanchette talks about his experience completing The List.

Ridj-it Co-Founder & CEO Ari Iaccarino

Ridj-it Co-Founder & CEO Ari Iaccarino

December 26, 2019

Ari Iaccarino is the co founder and CEO of Ridj-it, a community adventure platform that brings people, organizations, and businesses together for activities and events within their own region, including hiking, biking, skiing and anything else participants can come up with. Ridj-it uses a variety of tools to make these adventures accessible, including carpooling and event creation. Ridj-it seeks to help create and maintain communities for both experienced and non experienced outdoors participants alike. On this episode of Trails to Peaks Radio, Iaccarino talks about what motivated him to create Ridj-it, the ups and downs of starting a company and why for profit businesses may well be the best thing to happen to the outdoors.

48 - Eleni Philipon

48 - Eleni Philipon

December 17, 2019

There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire exceeding four thousand feet in elevation. Each year, hikers near and far come to the Granite State to take on the challenge of climbing them all at least once. Today, these mountains are simply known as "The List". This series is meant to be a tribute to the White Mountains through having those who have completed The List tell their stories in their own words. What’s their favorite mountain? What was the best hike they had? The worst? What made them want to tackle The List and how did they feel once they did it? Everyone featured in this series has climbed all 48 four thousand footers in New Hampshire at least once. Most have hiked other places and scaled other heights, too. Most love the outdoors whether on a mountain or not. But the single thing each of them have in common is traversing the same trails up the same mountains at least once. This is a hiking bond anyone who’s seen the magnificent views off the Presidential Range or trudged through the muddy lower regions of Owl’s Head feels and understands because they’ve all been there. And, in many cases, probably will again. In this episode, New England native Eleni Philipon talks about her experience completing The List.

Winter Hiking 101

Winter Hiking 101

December 1, 2019

Trails to Peaks Radio host Rob Huckins is joined by show producer Allison Spencer to talk about getting prepared to head outside this winter, including how to plan, what to wear and nutrition for your body. Don't let the cold, snow or ice keep you inside this winter! If you properly prepare, heading outdoors in the winter can be a breathtaking, challenging and ultimately rewarding experience. This episode addresses hitting the trails in winter, a season which offers a view of nature not seen during any other time of the year. Check out the following weather and conditions links discussed in this episode: Mountain ForecastUS Forest Service & White Mountain National Forest. For information on local trail conditions and road access, check out specific groups and accounts on social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And as always, leave the outdoors in great shape for those who come after you. For more information on Leave No Trace principles, REI has a informational page here.

48 - Angela Anthony

48 - Angela Anthony

November 24, 2019

There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire exceeding four thousand feet in elevation. Each year, hikers near and far come to the Granite State to take on the challenge of climbing them all at least once. Today, these mountains are simply known as "The List". This series is meant to be a tribute to the White Mountains through having those who have completed The List tell their stories in their own words. What’s their favorite mountain? What was the best hike they had? The worst? What made them want to tackle The List and how did they feel once they did it? Everyone featured in this series has climbed all 48 four thousand footers in New Hampshire at least once. Most have hiked other places and scaled other heights, too. Most love the outdoors whether on a mountain or not. But the single thing each of them have in common is traversing the same trails up the same mountains at least once. This is a hiking bond anyone who’s seen the magnificent views off the Presidential Range or trudged through the muddy lower regions of Owl’s Head feels and understands because they’ve all been there. And, in many cases, probably will again. In this episode, New England native Angela Anthony talks about her experience completing The List.

Will Dailey

Will Dailey

November 17, 2019

Will Dailey is a singer, songwriter and musician. Originally from the Boston area and now a decade and a half into his professional music career, Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist with a sound often described as having a rich, vintage vibe with a firm appreciation of rock, folk and pop. Dailey has received multiple Boston Music Awards, including wins for Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year.  In 2013 Dailey was featured on a Stephen King & John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett called Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County and has played multiple Farm Aid Concerts over the years alongside performers such as Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Dave Matthews. Dailey's music has been featured on over 50 television programs and films. Daily’s most recent work was last year’s acclaimed album Golden Walker, a collection of 11 tracks highlighting Dailey’s talent for sharp songwriting and varied, wide-ranging musical arrangements. Dailey is currently performing in various locations in New England and his music can be found on all major streaming platforms and through his website willdailey.com.

Diane Mulligan

Diane Mulligan

November 11, 2019

Diane Mulligan is the author of three novels and numerous online publications and media outlets, including Boston’s WBUR, The Grub Street Daily Blog and The Moon Magazine. Her first novel, Watch Me Disappear, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category while her second novel, The Latecomers Fan Club was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner. Mulligan’s most recent work, What She Inherits, earned an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. An independently published author herself, Mulligan released a brief guide book in 2015 called The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing. Mulligan stopped by the program to talk about her creative process, literary labels, the landscape for writers in today’s market and what projects she has in store for the future. Diane Mulligan's work is available at her author website.

Harry Fetter

Harry Fetter

October 20, 2019

Harry Fetter is a content creator and technology professional currently connected to several projects in both areas, including serving as a sales representative for a New Hampshire-based software company Akumina and as a writer for the mountain biking site PinkBike. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in economics, Fetter began working in the tech industry full time when a friend got him interested in working in marketing for his start up company, AptoFX. Today, Fetter uses his skills with photography and videography to help companies share their mission in more creative ways. An avid skier and mountain biker, Fetter considers himself an obsessive learner, incorporating meditation and mindfulness into his own technology-driven professional life.

Connor Boyle

Connor Boyle

September 28, 2019

Connor Boyle spent the first decade of his professional life as an attorney for various businesses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. Facing a career he quickly realized he hated, Boyle dove into a world of alcoholism, depression, anxiety while developing an eating disorder. After achieving milestone after milestone as an athlete, student and attorney, Boyle had hit rock bottom with no real clear path to getting back. After years of bouncing back and forth from various attempts at sobriety and sound health, Boyle finally checked into an outdoors-oriented rehabilitation program in North Carolina, a move which ultimately saved his life. Leaving law for good, Boyle embarked on a professional and personal path to immersing himself in nature and the environment around him, working as a recovery specialist in New Hampshire and hiking throughout the White Mountains. A certified Emergency Medical Technician and Wilderness First Responder, Boyle now works in Montana as part of a wilderness-based youth recovery program.

Philip Carcia

Philip Carcia

September 15, 2019

Philip Carcia is an outdoor athlete and hiking enthusiast who has spent much of his adult life completing some of the most difficult and challenging through hikes in the country, including the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. In the summer of 2019, Carcia accomplished something unique and truly staggering in scale, hiking all 48 four thousand foot peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for 13 straight months, creating his own special version of the elusive Grid. Carcia overcame enormous physical and mental fatigue month after month to accomplish this feat in the most extreme of weather conditions. He recorded the fastest completion time ever for a Grid, checking in at 319 days, besting the time set by the previous record holder by five weeks. On this episode of Trails to Peaks Radio, Carcia talks about his motivation for hiking such challenging routes, how events in his life have affected his outlook on being in the mountains and what’s next on his list of projects.