NH’s small town makes it easy to explore the Whites with free rentals

One of my favorite things about living in Portsmouth, NH is the accessibility to an endless source of entertainment: the beach, the city (Boston) and my favorite…the Whites!

I love to hike, camp, disconnect and just hang out in the woods. I often say that the White Mountains are my playground, my gym and my therapist!

Like many of my coastal friends, living close to a variety of options is key. We New Englanders wear many hats. We often like to spend time on the beach and relax. We often like to catch a Fenway Frank while attending a Red Sox game in July.

We also like to try new things and be adventurous.

For those looking to explore the White Mountains through a new adventure like winter hiking, snowshoe show, and sledding, the Gear Library has your gear needs covered.

The Gear Library is a non-profit organization in Bethlehem, NH that rents outdoor gear to people looking to try new hobbies. This equipment includes snowshoes, winter spikes, sleds, hiking poles, etc. They have a variety of sizes for adults and children to participate in something new!

The Gear Library offers rentals for little to no money and operates through donations. It is the only public library facility in the White Mountain National Forest.

“There is a lot of winter here in the northeast, so we want to make sure people can get out and enjoy it. And also it’s really good for your overall health and well-being, so it’s nice,” Bethlehem Trail Association member Jim McCann said in a WCAX post. “The more we get people outdoors, the more they’ll appreciate it, the more they’ll appreciate it and help keep the outdoors nice and strong in that area.”

Although currently stocked with winter gear, the Bethlehem Trail Association and Gear Library hope to continue summer gear donations.

Coast friends, the White Mountains just got a little easier to explore. Not having the proper gear is no longer an excuse to keep you from trying something new and exploring the beautiful National Forest that lies in our backyard.

That’s why people, myself included, choose to live in New Hampshire. Organizations like the Bethlehem Trails Association and the Gear Library make new adventures and explorations accessible and inexpensive.

To start the rental process, donate used gear, or plan your next adventure in the Whites, check out the Gear Library website!

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