I'd like to introduce you to Allison Nadler! I met Allison through her meetup group, The Northeast Peak Baggers (http://www.meetup.com/Peakbaggers/). I took the SOLO Wilderness First Aid course with her through her meetup group and it was a blast. In addition to writing about her White Mountain hiking adventures in her blog "4000 Footers" (http://www.4000-footers.blogspot.com), Allison is a contributing writer for Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). The article "Seven Mistakes New Hikers Make (And Ways You Can Avoid Them!) is her most recent entry and list sound advice for the newbie hiker.