There are many White Mountain hikers who love Mt Guyot (pronounced ‘G’ as in God, ‘ee-oh’, with the accent on the first syllable), named after Albert Guyot, who is credited with drawing the first map of the White Mountains.
Yet, despite its height, it’s not on the AMC four thousand footer list and therefore gets no respect. It doesn’t have a boulder-strewn summit like Mount Adams or Jefferson and it’s not a graceful parabolic curvelike Bondcliff, which some, including Guy Waterman, would claim is a shoulder of Mt Bond and not a peak at all (see Guy’s delightful essay on Peakbagging in Backwoods Ethics: A Guide to Low-Impact Camping and Hiking.)
That’s the funny thing with peakbagging lists, they are not a literal reflection of the landscape (The Adirondack 46ers 4,000 footer list contains several peaks less than 4,000 feet in height), but very much a conceptual one based on committee decision making and “historical precedent.”
I’m not suggesting that Guyot be added to the 4,000 footer list. Given the fragility of its summit ecosystem, there are good reasons to actually keep people off the bare summit, except in winter. Instead, I think those of us who love Guyot should band together to form an informal society called Friends of Mt Guyot.
What do you think? Should we print up some bumper stickers?
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