A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Skiing Hillman’s Highway

April 15, 2017
Tyson Sawyer

[draft written in 2017] For Mt. Washington spring skiing, Hillman’s Highway is a classic. A classic that I had not yet checked off my bucket list, but this looked to be the perfect day to do so. The sun had warmed things early, the sky was blue. Just the conditions that my spring AMC trips […]

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(Too) Early Season Run Down the Sherburne

December 6, 2020
Tyson Sawyer

We were feeling in need of a first of the season ski fix and the forecast was calling for 10-20 inches in the Pinkham Notch area. The alarm went off at 5AM and the family loaded into the car. As we drove through the Franconia Notch area and then north and west through Carol and […]

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First Bar

October 31, 2020
Tyson Sawyer

In some areas of the country, gravel bars are large and open. In New England, gravel bars are generally small, surrounded by trees and often covered in large stones. Since installing Alaskan Bushwheels for our trip to UT and ID last spring, I had been looking for the right chance to try some of the […]

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CubCrafters STOL Competition

May 30, 2020
Tyson Sawyer

Even with a knife, a gun fight can be fun. This weekend was the first of 4 STOL competitions planned by Mark Kenneston, the northeast representative for CubCrafters. CubCrafters makes some of the lightest and highest performing Cub style aircraft available. We joined up with our neighbor in his Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” for the […]

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Hay Field RV-4

November 16, 2019
Tyson Sawyer

I’ve flown into the hay field across from the Stuart & John’s restaurant a number of times with the Bearhawk, which is designed for backcountry/back-yard work. I wanted to try with the RV-4, an airplane that can cruise at 160+ mph. Landing in the hay field is a bit like landing on a mini-golf course. […]

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Glade Skiing off the Kancamagus

April 6, 2019
Tyson Sawyer

Another case of lemonade from lemons. Thor and I had planned an AMC-NH group trip on Saturday to ski Monroe Brook off the west side of Mount Monroe. Unfortunately, the forecast was calling for anywhere between 2 and 12 inches of snow on top of an icy surface with winds in the 50-70 mph range […]

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Crescent Ridge

March 30, 2019
Tyson Sawyer

A wise man once said: On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM Nik Fiore wrote: > but you don’t know if you don’t go. The forecast was calling for a 50% +/- chance of mixed precipitation all day. Erik and I and 6 other dedicated souls were planning to ski the Granite Backcountry Alliance […]

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Skiing on Cardigan

March 10, 2019
Tyson Sawyer

Some days it pays to go see what the skiing conditions really are. Saturday’s forecast was for warm and sunny. However, this trip was scheduled for Sunday. Sunday’s forecast had been to start in the low 20’s with some snow, then gradual warming through the day until it transitioned to rain sometime in the afternoon. […]

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