Our Hiking Love Began in the New Hampshire White Mountains

The New Hampshire 4,000 footers are a collection of peaks in the White Mountain National Forest that have elevation of at least 4,000 feet and prominence of at least 200 feet.

Many of these mountains feature stretches in the at times dangerous and unpredictable Alpine Zone. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Four Thousand Footer Club started in 1957 to raise awareness and interest in the lesser known sections of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and boy am I glad they did.

For Ben and I, these trails and mountains have a BIG piece of our hearts. This is where we met and fell in love with hiking.

It was on these New Hampshire trails that we were motivated to cut costs and pay off our student loan debt sooner. It was here that we were inspired to set a date to leap full-time into a mobile lifestyle in our self-converted bus tiny home.

 

2015 – 2017

Moose, Ben and I shared 280+ miles and 26 hiking days with the 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire during our first ascent of the list. We started in late 2015 hiking Mt. Moriah on a whim when someone on the summit told us about the list. What list?!

The three of us went on to travel back and forth from Maine to the White Mountains to hike in the snow, clouds, rain, on ice, at night, and on plenty of PERFECTLY warm blue sky days.

We spent HUNDREDS of hours together in the woods, many in complete silence, learning SO much, and I think about those moments every single day. Even the night when we thought hiking Tecumseh in the pouring rain would be a fun time. It wasn’t.

Every trail was completely unique. We finished with Zealand on September 2, 2017 and rather than being sad it’s over, I’m excited to explore the abundance of other trails and peaks in the White Mountains.

 

2018

Ben and I were selected to participate in the 2018 Thru Hike Syndicate, a collection of six AMAZING brands who will support us with top notch gear during this and our other summer 2018 thru hikes.

Inspired by our hometown roots and love for the rugged New Hampshire White Mountains terrain, we attempted a 240-mile, 48+ summit thru-hike otherwise known as a WHITE MOUNTAINS DIRETTISSIMA  in late August, 2018.

After 80 miles, 18+ peaks and 50,000 feet of elevation change, my ankle had such severe pain we had to stop.

It took about four weeks for my ankle to heal. We will ABSOLUTELY get back out there and plan to attempt the challenge again in 2021.

 

Notes from our first time around the New Hampshire 48 4,000 footers list…

Teal = summited (48)

Brown = not yet summited (0)

Start Date: 9/28/15 – MORIAH

End Date: 9/2/17 – ZEALAND

LONGEST Day: 27.3 miles – Bonds, Galehead, and Twins peak bag day.

FASTEST Hike: Hale. Runnable. Fun. Lackluster summit by standard terms but there’s something special about his summit for us. We spent the night in the woods about 100 yards from the summit on our Direttissima attempt with Moose. It was chilly and cozy and we were so tired.

FAVORITE Hike: Isolation

TOUGHEST Hike: Adams – because we accidentally took King Ravine and worried about our dog Moose the whole time. Thank GOODNESS for his harness! It’s still one of our favorite trails today!

 

Where do I get more information on the NH48 hiking routes and peak bagging opportunities?!

 

Here is my FAVORITE website for New Hampshire 4,000 footers trail/route information. It’s always where I started, then I’d consult my AMC maps and build routes from there.

 

Happy Hiking!

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