I finished the Trailwrights 72 peakbagging list last week on Mt Guyot, one of my favorite 4,000 footers in the White Mountains. I still have 36 hours of trail work to complete to get the Trailwright’s patch (72 hours are required), but I’ll finish that next spring when trail work season starts up again.
I am really going to miss the challenge of hiking the peaks on the Trailwrights list (see below), which include the 48 White Mountain 4000 footers, plus 24 other 4000 footers in the White Mountains which are mainly subpeaks of the bigger mountains: peaks like Slide Mountain, Boot Spur, Southwest Twin, Adams 4, Adams 5, Sam Adams, Mt Hight and many others that you’d probably never climb.
But the thing that makes this list so challenging is that you need to climb each peak on a separate hike. On the other hand, that gives you the opportunity to hike many different trails in each region of the Whites, if you prefer to avoid using the same routes over and over again. That’s what I tried to do and it really expanded my appreciation of the vast 1500 mile+ White Mountain trail system.[table “” not found /]
Here are a few photos from some of my favorite peaks on the Trailwright’s 72 list and some of the friends that accompanied me (I’m happy to go and hike these peaks again to help you finish your lists off!)
In addition to broadening my knowledge of the White Mountain trail system, pursuing the Trailwright’s 72 caused me to polish up my off-trail navigation skills and embrace bushwhacking, which I’ve come to enjoy tremendously. I also became an active trail maintainer, completing 36 hours of the required 72 trail work hours (for the patch), maintaining the lower section of the Jewell Trail on Mt Washington over the past few years.
If you are looking for a challenge and something you can really sink your teeth into, I recommend you expand your horizons by tackling the Trailwright’s 72 list. It will take you to places you’ve never been and where few others will ever go.