I’m don’t consider myself a peakbagger, but I have climbed a significant number of the 48 peaks that comprise the White Mountain 4000 footer list this year while section hiking the Appalachian Trail. So with the approach of winter, I’m seriously considering climbing more during the winter season in order to stay in shape and practice the mountaineering skills I picked up last winter.
There are actually more than 48 four thousand foot mountains in the Whites. This list, which is maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, was introduced in 1957 to get climbers to hike some of the more remote peaks in the range.
Hikers who complete the list get to join the 4000 Footer Club and attend an awards dinner. The vast majority of hikers bag their peaks in spring, summer, and fall, but a tiny minority climb them all in winter.
Most of the 4000 footers in the White Mountains are reachable on day hikes, but some are quite remote and require multi-day trips to access. I always like the fact that there on still some places on this earth that you can only get to by walking. All of the peaks on the current list have trails, but a few are not maintained.
My focus during October and November is going to be to complete the remaining 4 sections of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Applalachian Trail that I want to finish this year – I have about 30 miles left – but I may still try to bag some of the higher 4,000 footers before snow and ice descend on the Whites.
I’ve listed all of the peaks below that are in the White Mountain 4,000 footer list (often incorrectly referred to as the New Hampshire 4000 footers) and the dates that I climbed them. As you can see, quite of few of them are on the Appalachian Trail. Suffice to say, that New Hampshire is a tough section of the AT.