Hi @Badger - Welcome to the community! It is so great to hear your stories about getting into the woods. I live in Burlington, VT now (not too far away) but also used to live in West Lebanon, NH, so am familiar with that strong pull to the Whites!

Having the AT shelters closed down is good for public health, though they are definitely missed and something to look forward to when we emerge on the other side of this. As a skiier, I've been missing the Dartmouth Outing Club's backcountry cabins a lot too. I agree with you that with spring slowly starting to emerge, I'm getting excited about what the upcoming months will bring. Do you have any backpacking plans for the Whites or other nearby ranges once the snow thaws? 

In Conversations, you've found a great place to ask all of your questions, share your stories and expertise, and converse with others who are also passionate about the outdoors. You may even find New England locals looking to get on trails around the same time you are!

Thanks for joining the community. We're glad to have you here!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.