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  1. Guthook
    September 22, 2011

    Hah. I like it. I'm closing in on my NH 48, so maybe I do need another list to keep me busy. I'd like to do the NE100 as well, but….

    So here are some more technicalities to take into consideration for this Backpacking 48 list: if you're a through-hiker and you do work-for-stay at the huts, do those 4000 Footers count? I did that, and stayed in town when I got to Crawford and Pinkham Notches, so maybe those don't count, even though I camped in lean-tos outside of the Whites. Or how about if you just work-for-stay at one of the huts, with camping nights on either side?

    On the New England Trail, my path through the Whites was a bit convoluted: Camped at Unknown Pond, then hit Cabot and Waumbek, camped near Waumbek then near Cherry Mountain, then climbed Hale, worked-for-stay at Zealand Hut, climbed Tom, Field and Willey, then stayed in Conway. Day-hiked Isolation, stayed in Conway again. Continued backpacking for some more peaks…. so maybe Isolation didn't count. How about Hale, Tom, Field and Willey?

    Bet you didn't think you'd have someone nitpicking technicalities this early in the morning :)

  2. Earlylite
    September 22, 2011

    I did think about that but it opens it up to people who only sleep in the huts and day hike to the peaks from them. That's why I allowed 3 sided shelters and platforms where the intent was to camp outdoors.

    We can rewrite the rule to eliminate paid hut stays (since work-for-stay) is free, but I don't know if you get to stay for free in the self-service huts in winter. Do you know? If they're free that would make a rule amendment hard to write cleanly.

    Of course you could also just rehike those peaks. I know that sounds extra hard, but you'll probably do it anyway to get to the ones you missed previously.

  3. Guthook
    September 22, 2011

    Yeah, I definitely will hit the ones I've already done. I've thought of a few other lists I could do, as well. Like 48 With A View (only counting ones I've done with clear views) or 48 In A Cloud (only counting those with no views at all).

    So many options. Sometimes I also think I should stop bothering with the lists and just hike. But then again, my natural inclination is to need a specific goal (hence through-hiking).

  4. Earlylite
    September 22, 2011

    The Backpacker's 48 is really about hiking and not peakbagging anyway – I know that sounds like a contradiction. I really care more about hiking the trails and stringing together interesting routes than bagging peaks, exclusively. Plus, it becomes a vehicle for doing longer trips into remote areas of the whites, and for bagging lesser peaks that are not on lists. You have to be willing to camp out to get to the heart of the mahoosics, the pemigewasset wilderness, the wild river wilderness and the kilkenny.

    The lists help me focus, that's all. Plus working on multiple lists at once is very effective. In addition to the BP 48 and the Trailwrights, I am slowly doing the 52 with a view.

  5. Mazzachusetts
    September 22, 2011

    My general strategy is to backpack in somewhere, set up camp, generally at a camp or tentsite, and drop off gear (if possible), and then hit peaks without the weight. I think this lets me multitask and gives me the best of both worlds when the route allows it. I'm only 7/48 so I have certain peaks reserved for Backpacking trips, others for novice winter hikes, and some for day hikes.

    I couldn't imagine doing all 48 without doing at least a third on backpacking trips…

    Maybe when my setup gets lighter I can be more aggressive.

  6. Earlylite
    September 22, 2011

    I can appreciate that. I just like a different view every night.

  7. Tom Murphy
    September 22, 2011

    It's on. Finally a good reason to hit those summits. Thanks!

  8. Victor
    September 23, 2011

    I really appreciate your comments about the allure of backpacking vs. day hiking. Though I have done a lot of backpacking, I come from a more European model of hiking, and the Whites provide a superb outlet for that style. I love the cycle of early rising, strenuous physical challenge, and relaxed evenings with good food and lodging.

  9. John Whynot
    September 24, 2011

    There's always the NH 48 Direttissima. Do all 48 peaks North to South (or South to North) on one backpacking trip…

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