I started hiking when I was young with my family, but never really thought much of it until I got to college. I grew up in northern New Hampshire where I was exposed to the beautiful lakes, mountains and rivers, which I always appreciated since I can remember.
It wasn’t until college that I found my deep passion for hiking, and seeing New Hampshire at its finest. Where there were less people, less interference from today’s world, and where there was a deep connection with the environment around me. I began hiking with friends pretty frequently. I stumbled upon the NH 48, tackled a few and I was hooked.
I’ve always wanted to travel the world and see beautiful places, but I realized that I am growing up in one of the most beautiful places, so as a right of passage, I felt exploring my home state and all of its beauties in every corner would give me the right to continue my journey across the globe. I then set out to finish the 48. I was so in love with hiking and experiencing nature and busting my ass up hill, I thought, “why not make this fun and do them all in a year?”. Which I did, at the age of 21. I was a full time student at UNH, a pretty good one I might add, and I worked, had internships, but made sure I always had the time for my passions.
It was during this time that I also found a passion for fly fishing. And shit, I am completely addicted. It happened so fast, but I love it. I love being outside, and I love searching for fish.
Anyways, the real purpose of this is to just let you know that no matter what, make time for the things you love. And better yet, try to do it with the people you love. I found out that if you really want to do the things you love, you often have to do it alone, but that is okay, don’t be afraid of that. I enjoyed every hike I’ve ever been on. It took me a long time to get used to solo hiking, but i’ve grown to love it. Plus its just badass. So not only did I love hiking and fishing with small groups, large groups, family, significant others, but I loved it alone too.
Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about