The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 10 ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods is happy to share with you a family hike in the Monadnock-Sunapee region of New Hampshire. Here is the latest from brand team member Missy Prodoehl…
My husband Eric, two-year-old daughter Norah, Cali our lab/husky and I headed out for a early spring hike up Pitcher Mountain of Stoddard, New Hampshire (one of the many lookout tower trails in the Monadnock-Sunapee trail head region). Spring is coming on quickly now and here in NH and VT the maple sap is flowing heavily with the cold nights and warm days so we wanted to get in some more snow fun before it melts off. Pitcher Mountain is always fun any season with great views on the summit. You can check out Mt. Monadnock and various Vermont landscape.
More information about Mt Monadnock: With its thousands of acres of protected highlands, 3,165-ft. Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. There are 40 miles of maintained foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100-mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world, after Japan’s Mt. Fuji. Approximately 12 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier.
I have learned traveling with toddlers you need to be prepared in order to continue enjoying your adventure or travels. My Osprey Kestrel 38 was the perfect size for all our gear and essentials. And the comfort level I was highly impressed! I might add I am 5 months pregnant at this time. And I barely even felt my gear on my back. Even the waist strap fit very comfortably under my growing belly. I am chasing Norah just about all day long, so it is very important to me to get outside with her and enjoy what nature offers.
Norah loved this hike for the excitement of seeing a tower on top and having a snack I packed for the summit! I definitely always need to travel with extra diapers, dry clothes, SNACKS for this growing machine of a kid, camera cause I don’t want to miss any exciting moments, and of course water. I loved having the multiple extra hooks on my pack for carrying extra gear to keep Miss Norah in her adventurous mood, so I could gather some sane time on the trail. Getting to the summit was a great hike and enjoying the views is always such a treat. But our poor pup Cali was off nosing around and found her self a dead porcupine and got multiple quills in her nose and tongue! She was a good sport for the removal of them all and we were off and running again. Norah loved seeing the mountains surrounding us and checking out the fields and birds coming out. And especially kicking back for snack time! I am stoked with my pack for helping me provide everything I needed to accomplish another successful adventure with Norah and new babe kicking along in my belly! YAY!
For more information check out Missy’s bio page here.