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The Committee of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club is comprised of volunteers who share your passion for hiking and the mountains. There are eleven people on the Committee:

Keith D. D'Alessandro, Chair
Summerset Banks, Vice Chair & Program Coordinator
Deane H. Morrison III, Treasurer & NE111 Corresponding Secretary
Eric L. Savage, Corresponding Secretary
Steven D. Smith, Recording Secretary & Public Relations
Gary Tompkins, Registrar
Jean-Sébastien Roux, Webmaster
Gregory Ortiz, Merchandising
Nancy Sporborg, Annual Slideshow
Brian Miville, Printmaster/Scrollmaster
Ethan Paquin, Social & Digital Media

Photograph: Gary Tompkins

The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee:  Back row, left to right: Jean-Sébastien Roux, Steve Smith, Gregory Ortiz, Keith D’Alessandro, Deane Morrison, Eric Savage, and Brian Miville. Front row, left to right: Gary Tompkins, Nancy Sporborg, Summerset Banks, and Ethan Paquin.

If you have a specific question or comments for the Committee about the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club, please contact our Corresponding Secretary via email or postal mail per below:

Keith D. D'Alessandro

Keith serves as the Committee Chair and has been a member for eleven years. His list completions include the WM4K, NH100, NH3K, NH200,and other New England hiking lists. Keith and his wife Julie are WMNF trail adopters of the east side of the UNH Trail. Keith also maintains the NE100 route information packet.

Summerset Banks

Summerset serves as the Committee Vice Chair. She has been hiking since 1996, with Mt. Washington as her first 4K. She has completed the WM4K, WMW4K, and NE4K. Additionally, she has hiked the Long Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail; plus various trails in the Sierra and Yosemite, Zion, and Bryce National Parks. She is currently working on the NE100 and the NH GRID, and might get them finished if she wasn’t planning to hike more long distance trails in the next few years, too!

Deane H. Morrison III

Deane holds the distinction of being the longest serving member on the Four Thousand Footer Committee, having served for more than 35 years. Deane has served as Treasurer since 2006. Over the years Deane has amassed an impressive list of peaks, long distance trails, major mountaineering climbs, and rock climbing expeditions. He has finished in both all-season and winter the WM4K, NE4K, NE100, and NE111 lists. He has also completed the Catskill 3500 in all-season. He was part of the second group of people to complete the NE3K in all-season and was the first person to do the NH3K and VT3K in winter.  More…

Eric L. Savage

Eric serves as the Corresponding Secretary. In this role he reads hundreds of applications and essays - every single one - submitted each year to the Four Thousand Footer Club. Eric is also past Chair of the AMC NH Chapter.

AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee
PO Box 444
Exeter, New Hampshire 03833-0444

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Steven D. Smith ~ Steve is editor of the AMC White Mountain Guide and is co-author (with former Committee member Mike Dickerman) of The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains. Steve is the owner and proprietor of The Mountain Wanderer Map and Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. He is a trail adopter with the WMNF (west side of UNH Trail) and oversees maintenance on Passaconaway Cutoff, the Committee’s adopted trail. Steve has completed the WM4K, WMW4K, NE4K, NE100, and 52WAV, and has also red-lined all the trails (approximately 1,430 miles) in the White Mountain Guide. He has climbed the 35 Catskill 3500 peaks all-season and needs only the 4 required winter peaks to complete that list, and has climbed 24 of the ADK 46. Steve joined the Committee in the early 1990s.

Gary Tompkins ~ Gary has been a member of the AMC for more than 20 years. He has hiked various trails and peaks in Big Bend, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Gary completed the WM4K in 2005, the NE4K in 2007, the WM4KW in 2010, and the NH GRID (a.k.a. 576 or 48x12) in 2013. He helped lead biannual Trail Maintenance Workshops in Skinner State Park and Mount Holyoke Range State Park for The Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range from 1999 to 2004. Since 2012, he has been a WMNF trail adopter for the portion of the Bondcliff Trail from Franconia Brook to Camp 16.

Jean-Sébastien Roux ~ Jean-Sébastien discovered the pleasure of hiking at age 16 in Quebec, Canada, and completed his first AMC list the year he discovered its existence. His list completions include the Trailwrights 72, NE100, NE111, NH3K, ADK100, Catskills 3500, and the Catskills 100 Highest. He hopes to complete the Northeastern 3000 Footers within this decade. Outside the Northeast, Jean has hiked extensively in the Canadian Rockies; he has also completed the Royal Traverse of Mont Blanc in France, and is close to finishing the list of Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points.

Gregory Ortiz ~ Greg joined the Committee in 2016. He has hiked in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Texas, and Colorado. He has finished the WM4K, WM4KW, NH100, NH3K, NH200, and NH300. Greg continues to work on the NE4K, NE100, and various other lists. He also is chipping away at the Colorado 14ers. One day he swears he will get into New York to work on those various lists.

Nancy Sporborg ~ Nancy’s hiking journey didn’t start until she was in her 50s. Hiking the mountains of New England changed her life. She recognizes that people climb these mountains for a variety of reasons, but that the journey holds deep meaning and many discoveries for those of us open to them. She joined the Four Thousand Footer Club in 2018 and has been creating the 4,000 Footer Slideshow, which uses pictures and words from finishers getting their scrolls, since 2011. She has climbed the WM4K, NE4K, NE100, and 52WAV, as well as the Belknap and Ossipee Ranges. Her grandchildren live in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking with switchbacks and without roots. She and her friend, Pat Piper, are currently working on red-lining the White Mountains. She is the author of It’s Not About the Hike, the story of what she found inside herself as she climbed the 4,000-footers in New England.

Brian Miville ~ Brian has completed the WM4K, WM4KW, VT4K, NH100, NH3K, NH200, NH300, YALP100, 52WAV, and the NH Firetower list. Currently, he's whittling away at the NE4K, WMNF redlining (he is currently about 3/4 done), ADK46, and the Catskill 3500. A former trail adopter with the AMC, he spent six years as a maintainer for the Wildcat Ridge Trail from Glen Ellis to Wildcat D. A longtime steering committee member for Flags On The 48, he has hiked numerous peaks in all New England states. He joined the Committee in 2018.

Ethan Paquin ~ Ethan has focused primarily on lists in his native NH, completing the WM4K, NH100, NH3K, and NH200. His interest in topographical prominence led him to complete the NHp300', as well as the MAp300' (save a handful of inaccessible peaks). He's hiked more than 1,300 such p300' peaks in the U.S., including ultra-prominence peaks in CO, CA, ID, NM, NV, and UT. In addition, he's completed the NE4K and NE100. Internationally he enjoys climbing in Ecuador, where he's summited Cotopaxi, Imbabura, Guagua Pichincha, Iliniza, and others. In 2019 he and his wife trekked up all eight peaks (p300') of Easter Island. With his 9-year-old daughter, he is a WMNF trail adopter (Fourth Iron Trail).

Auxiliary Members
Gene Daniell III, Archivist
Mike Dickerman, Northeast 111 Club Secretary

History of the Four Thousand Footer Committee

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