The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Four Thousand Footer Club was formed in 1957 to introduce hikers to some of the less known sections of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. At that time, peaks such as Hancock, Owl's Head and West Bond were trail-less and rarely climbed. The problems of overuse were unknown, except along the heavily visited Presidential Range and Franconia Ridge.
The creation of "the list" provided a reason for hikers to explore new areas, and in turn lessen the concentrated use of the aforementioned areas.
Today, the Club is composed of active hikers whose travels in the mountains continue to keep us informed with the changing conditions of the White Mountain backcountry. Each year, individuals, friends, and families, take up the pastime of hiking. Somewhere along the way they get hooked on the pursuit of hiking the four thousand footers. For some it is done as a physical challenge. For others it's an opportunity to pursue a shared goal. For families, it's a way to build bonds that will last a lifetime.
It is the hope of the Club that these experiences will keep our members working for the preservation and wise use of wild country, so that it may be enjoyed and passed on to future generations undiminished.
New Bog Bridges on Hancocks & Wildcats…
PHOTOGRAPH: John J. Gutowski Jr
Hikers will have an easier time keeping their feet dry with all the new bog bridges installed this past summer between North and South Hancock, and, along the Wildcat Ridge Trail. The installation of these bridges was made possible by the generous donations of members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club. Hancock photos here. Wildcat photos here.
Check out the Seacoast Edition of The Hippo
Hippo columnist Emily Hoyt interviewed Eric Savage, chair of the Four Thousand Footer Committee, and, Rob Burbank, director of media and public affairs for the AMC, to learn more about the Four Thousand Footers Club. Read the article (page 14) in the August 1-7, 2013 edition of the Seacoast Hippo.
National Trails Day Photos…
PHOTOGRAPH: Cristin Bailey.
The White Mountain National Forest teamed with the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club for the 2013 National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1. Volunteers worked alongside Forest Service employees on two work projects on Mt. Carrigain--bog bridge building and rock step work on the Signal Ridge Trail. A third group hauled tools and supplies to the summit. The Forest Service will be replacing all the wood on the fire tower in coming weeks. Four members of the Four Thousand Footer Committee were among the volunteers participating in the work parties. A great time was had by all. Thank you volunteers!!
PHOTOGRAPH: Gary Tompkins
In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain. Either you already reach a higher point today, or you exercise your strength in order to be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900