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4,000-foot-high winter hikes? Why not.

Intrepid hikers unite to scale New England’s highest peaks in the region’s deadliest weather

Matthew Provencher was terrified digging the body from the snowbound devastation wrought by an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine. Provencher was on winter mountain patrol for the US Forest Service in New Hampshire when disaster struck a hiker in near-whiteout conditions on one of the most dangerous peaks east of the Mississippi River.

Mount Washington is famous in the hiking world for its unpredictable weather. The peak’s reputation as the world’s most dangerous small mountain has been earned by more than 140 deaths above and below its ridges.

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