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 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.
How your donations helped in 2014
AMC Trail Department Reports
The ongoing maintenance of the trails within the White Mountain National Forest is handled by a number of organizations, including many volunteer groups and individuals. And the funding for that maintenance comes from equally diverse sources. Members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club are one of those sources. To see a detailed account of how your donations were used in 2014, please check out these reports from the AMC Trails Department.
Winter Sunday December 21, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Winter season began Sunday evening December 21 at 6:03 p.m. If you are pursuing the Winter White Mountain Four Thousand Footers list, or, the Winter New England Four Thousand Footers, or, the Winter New England Hundred Highest, you must start and finish your hike within the official winter season. For more information, please see the FAQ page.
Seven Projects Selected in 2014
Club Donates $17,500 to Trail Work Projects
Through the generosity of members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club, seven sites around the White Mountains received much needed funding for trail repairs. Projects included erosion control, bog bridge construction, stone work, bridge replacement, and a variety of other maintenance projects. To see a breakdown of the dollars donated for each project, visit the Trail Work Opportunities and Donations page. For pictures of the work completed to-date, click here.
Above: New stone stairs on the Avalon Trail.
PHOTOGRAPH: John J. Gutowski Jr
Save the Date!
The 2015 Annual Meeting, Awards, & Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Please note that reservations will not be taken until after the start of the new year. Dinner prices are subject to change.
We Want Your Input…
The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee strives to make the annual awards night presentation the best it can be. Last year we surveyed our membership, and, based on the feedback we received, made several changes to the program format. We are again asking our members and aspiring members to share their thoughts, both on what they thought about those changes (if they attended), and, to provide feedback on some other ideas and possible changes going forward.
The survey should only take about 5 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Highlights ~ 2014 Awards Night & Annual Meeting
It was another record year for the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club, with 653 applications received for the lists recognized by the Club. Approximately 500 people attended the annual meeting the evening of April 12. And, six canines also appeared to receive their certificates. Highlights here…
At right: Dr. Leonard J. (Joe) Nyberg Jr. receives his NE67 certificate from Committee member Sue Eilers. Dr. Nyberg was this year’s oldest finisher for the NE67. And last year, he was the oldest finisher for the WM48. Here’s hoping the trend continues next year, for the NE100! (PHOTOGRAPH: Dawn Nyberg.)
If you would like to view the 2014 Awards Slideshow produced by Pat Piper and Nancy Sporborg of “It’s Not About the Hike” you may watch it on youtube:
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)
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