If you like to climb 4000 footers in New Hampshire, I recommend you get yourself a copy of The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains. It’s co-authored by Steve Smith, a member of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee and co-editor of the AMC White Mountain Guide.
Besides supporting Steve, who is a well-known resource in the Whites, the 4,000 Footers is a lot easier to use for planning mountain-centric hikes because it’s organized around each peak and not individual trails like the White Mountain Guide.
For example, if you wanted to climb Mt Adams, you could look it up in the 4,000 Footers and see all of the alternative trail approaches for climbing the mountain in one place, including recommendations for winter. You’ll also find historical information about the mountain and a guide to the other peaks and views which can be seen from its summit. Multiply that by all of the 48 x 4000 footers and this become a very handy reference for planning hikes and multi-peak traverses.
Over 500 pages in length, this isn’t a book you’re going to want to carry in your backpack, but like the White Mountain Guide, it will be a worthy addition to your night table and will provide ample new material for your dreams.
The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains is not available from Amazon, but you can find it on the shelf in many stores and gift shops throughout the White Mountains. I got my copy at White Birch Books in North Conway, but I’ve seen it in the AMC Highland Center and Pinkham Notch gift shops. You can also purchase it at the Mountain Wanderer Bookstore in Lincoln, New Hampshire, which incidentally is also owned by Steve Smith. The list price is $24.95.
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