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.
WMNF and AMC 4000 Footer Club
Celebrate National Trails Day June 6, 2015
The White Mountain National Forest and the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club teamed up for the 2015 National Trails Day.
Participants worked on a trail relocation on the Oliverian Brook Trail, and, on annual maintenance on the Passaconaway Cutoff Trail. (The latter trail is the adopted trail of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club.)
Cristin Bailey, Trails Manager, Saco District, White Mountain National Forest, organized the work. Photos here.
PHOTOGRAPH: Gary Tompkins
Highlights from the…
2015 Annual Meeting, Awards, and Dinner
Hiking enthusiasts and members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club gathered in Exeter, New Hampshire on Saturday, April 25, to cheer on the newest members to the Club. A total of 682 applications were received and awarded for 2015. The “long distance award” went to one applicant whose envelope was post marked South Pole, Antarctica.
The number of canine members grew as well. “Baxter” was the 200th canine to receive membership in the AMC White Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club. Baxter, along with 14 of his doggie friends, received their awards in the front yard of the school.
Nancy Sporburg and Pat Piper, of It’s Not About the Hike (www.its-not-about-the-hike.com ) once again presented their slide show video compilation of photographs, submitted by this year’s hikers and applicants. This fun and inspiring video may be viewed on YouTube. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wNBuvVUTxFA). CDs of the presentation were available for a donation, with all proceeds going to trail maintenance. Thank you Nancy and Pat for your generosity!!
AMC Four Thousand Footer Club Donates $15k
2015 Trail Projects Announced
The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee is pleased to announce the trail donations for 2015. We thank the members of the Club for their continued generosity. It’s what makes these projects possible.
$1,000 to The Waterman Fund ~ The Waterman Fund’s objective is to strengthen the human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridge lines and alpine areas of the Northeast.
$4,000 to the Randolph Mt. Club ~ The Randolph Mountain Club has this money targeted for much needed work on the Spur Trail. This trail leads from the Randolph Path, past RMC Crag Camp, to Lowe's Path, just below the summit of Mt. Adams.
$10,000 to AMC Trails ~ This summer the AMC professional trail crew will use this donation to work on the Mount Osceola Trail, which runs over both Osceola and East Osceola. They will also use the money to work on the popular Fishin' Jimmy Trail, which leaves the Lonesome Lake Hut, and ends at the junction with the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
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.
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
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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