ABOUT US

     The idea of MountainSummits.com originated out of a passion for mountains and for hiking and backpacking in them.  

     MountainSummits.com features mountain-specific information useful to you as you plan your hike in the mountains of New England. This includes mountain descriptions, driving directions, summit pictures, weather information, preplanned hikes, and more.

     MountainSummits.com is also dedicated to being environmentally conscious and socially responsible.  A risk in making it easier for people to enjoy the mountains is the increased liklihood that more people will damage fragile outdoor ecosystems.  Thus, this website advocates Leave No Trace principles and Leave No Trace links are numerous throughout the site.

     Thanks for visiting and may you enjoy many safe and fun mountain adventures,

                         

  ABOUT THE FOUNDER

     Mark Milewski is an avid outdoor enthusiast.  He received his Eagle Scout Award from Troop 25 in Manchester, Connecticut at the age of 17 and has volunteered as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts for over twenty years.  He is a two-time graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School.  His first Outward Bound course, 23 days of alpine mountaineering, took place in the North San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies.  His second, an 83-day Wilderness Leadership Semester, included winter camping in the Colorado Rockies, rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park in California, river rafting down the Green and Colorado Rivers in Utah, and canyon backpacking in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.  In 1997, Mark hiked the entire 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail, starting in Georgia and ending six months later on the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine.  He hiked the entire 270-mile Long Trail in Vermont and the 211-mile John Muir Trail in California. He has summited Washington's 14,410 ft. Mt. Rainier and all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000 foot peaks.   He has reached the top of four of the 7 Summits (i.e., the highest mountain on each continent): Russia's 18,510 ft. Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Tanzania's 19,340 ft. Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Alaska’s 20,320 ft. Mt. McKinley a.k.a. Denali (North America), and Argentina’s 22,840 ft. Mt. Aconcagua (South America). Mark belongs to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Mark holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University, an M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.B.A. from Bentley College. He earned his teaching credentials at Yale University and teaches business in the Connecticut Community College system.


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