History


THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB


The AMC Four Thousand Footer Club thanks these past and present members who volunteered their time serving on the AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee.

First Generation (Inception, 1957, through mid 1970s)
1. Al Robertson (Deceased)
2. Barbara Richardson (Loo) (Deceased)
3. Paul Bernier
4. Gus Merrill (Deceased), 1957-1978, replaced by Gene Daniell
5a. Ken Turner (Deceased), 1957-1975, replaced by Bruce Brown
5.b Percy L. Prescott (Deceased)

Second Generation (Mid 1970s through 1980s)
6. Dick Stevens
7. Bruce Brown, 1975-1989, replaced by Steve Smith
8. Gene Daniell, 1978-2006, replaced by Bill Bowden
9. Deane Morrison, 1982-present
10. Vera Smith (Deceased), 1983-1997, replaced by Lyn Beattie

Third Generation (1990s through early 2000s)
11. Frank Pilar
12. Debi Cl
ark
13. Priscilla Robertson (Deceased)
14. Hal Graham
15. Steve Smith, 1990-present
16. Tom Sawyer, 1998-2005, replaced by Mohamed Ellozy
17. Lyn Beattie, 1998-2013, (Jim Beattie served as an auxiliary member), replaced by Laura Stewart. 
18. Diane Sawyer, 2004-2005*, replaced by Sue Eilers
19. Eric Savage, 2002-present

Fourth Generation (Mid 2000s through present)
20. Mike Dickerman, 2004-2016
21.  Anne Gwynne, 2005-2011, replaced by June A. Rogier
22. Mohamed Ellozy, 2005-2012, replaced by John J. Gutowski Jr.
23. Sue Eilers, 2005-2015, replaced by Gary Tompkins
24. Bill Bowden (Deceased), 2006-2007, replaced by Keith D’Alessandro
25. Keith D’Alessandro, 2008-present
26. June A. Rogier, 2011-present
27. John J. Gutowski Jr., 2012-present
28. 
Laura Stewart, 2013-2016, replaced by Summerset Banks
29. Gary Tompkins, 2015-present
30. Summerset Banks, 2016-present
31. Jean-Sebastien Roux, 2016-present
32. Gregory Ortiz, 2016-present

*Served as an auxiliary member for years prior


The milestones listed below with an * are excerpted from the 2012 Fact Sheet from www.outdoors.org.

1876 ~ AMC founded in Boston, Massachusetts by Edward Pickering and 33 other outdoor enthusiasts*

1907 ~ First edition of the AMC White Mountain Guide published*

1911 ~ Advocacy by AMC and other groups results in passage of Weeks Act, authorizing creation of Eastern National Forests*

1920 ~ The AMC hires its first paid summer trail crew, including Sherman Adams, future Governor of New Hampshire*

1957 ~New Hampshire Four-Thousand Footer Club formed*

1958 ~ On April 26 the First Awards Ceremony was held by the Committee

1959 ~ Awards given as part of the AMC Annual Meeting

1960 ~ On December 23 of this year Miriam and Robert Underhill become the first to hike the New Hampshire four thousand footers in winter.

1964 ~ New England Four-Thousand Footer Club formed

1967 ~ Due to the growing size of the Club, the Awards gathering became a separate event held in January at the Cabot Auditorium at the AMC offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

1967 ~ The New England Hundred Highest list formed

1967 ~ The Northeast 111 list formed

1980 ~AMC starts Trail Adopter program in White Mountains*

2003 ~ amc4000footer.org registered.  Website built by Eric L. Savage

2007 ~ First online edition of White Mountain Guide offered*

2013 ~ New AMC Four Thousand Footer.org website launched.  Website built by June A. Rogier

2016 ~ The AMC Four-Season White Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club, (with 48 Hours of Trail Work) list announced at the April awards night.


The following is copyrighted material (2001, 2008) and is used with permission by the authors, Mike Dickerman and Steve Smith.  Excerpted from their book The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains.  Published by Bondcliff Books Littleton, New Hampshire SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1  

HISTORY OF THE FOUR THOUSAND FOOTER CLUB

   “Peakbagging in the Northeastern mountains got its start in New York’s rugged Adirondacks in 1918, when two teen-age brothers, Bob and George Marshall, and the family’s guide, Herb Clark, began climbing all the mountains in that region exceeding 4000 ft. The requirement was that a mountain must rise at least 300 ft. above its col with a higher neighbor, or be at least 3/4 mile distant. In 1925 they stood on their forty-sixth and final summit, Mount Emmons. Of the 46 peaks, only 14 then had trails, and eight had apparently never been climbed before. (Bob Marshall went on to become a ground-breaking conservationist and founder of The Wilderness Society.)

   In 1937 the first “Forty-Sixers” club was formed in Troy, NY, to be succeeded by today’s “Adirondack Forty-Sixers” in 1948. Through 2007, over 6,200 hikers had followed in the footsteps of Clark and the Marshalls to bag all the Adirondack high peaks. Although more recent surveys showed that four of the original peaks actually failed to top the 4000-ft. mark, a reverence for tradition has kept these summits on the Adirondack 46er list.

   The founder of peakbagging in the White Mountains was Nathaniel L. Goodrich, librarian at Dartmouth College, avid mountain explorer, and renowned AMC trailman in the “golden era” of trail building from about 1915-1930. (Goodrich and cohorts Charles W. Blood, Paul R. Jenks and Karl P. Harrington laid out such classic routes as Webster Cliff Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail and Wildcat Ridge Trail. Their work on these “through trails” unified what had previously been several disconnected clusters of trails; see Laura and Guy Waterman’s Forest and Crag.) In a December 1931 article in Appalachia, the journal of the AMC, Goodrich proposed a list of 36 White Mountain 4000-footers that he had climbed, stipulating that each peak must rise at least 300 ft. above any ridge connecting it with a higher 4000-ft. neighbor. He noted that his 300-ft. benchmark was arbitrary and could easily be changed to 200 ft. or 400 ft.

   By 1934 AMC member Francis B. “Mully” Parsons had climbed Goodrich's original list of 36 peaks, getting inaccessible Hancock on his second try and climbing Owl's Head from Greenleaf Hut. Goodrich had since expanded his list to include 51 peaks with names and a total of 88 with stated elevations. Parsons went on to complete the list of 51, and also a list of New England 4000-footers, by 1949. He published his list and an account of his climbs in the December 1949 Appalachia. 

   In the summer of 1948 Mr. and Mrs. J. Daniel McKenzie climbed all the 4000-footers of Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, a remarkable feat described in the June 1958 Appalachia. Dana C. Backus, who started climbing the peaks as a member of the AMC trail crew in 1923, finished Goodrich’s 36 peaks in 1953, including the required bushwhack ascents of Hancock and Owl’s Head. Of the latter peak, he wrote in the December 1953 Appalachia, “My clothing was ripped to ribbons. Scarcely enough was left of my shirt to flag a wheelbarrow, but I had at last reached the top of Owl’s Head.”  In the summer of 1956 AMC member Roderick Gould climbed Goodrich’s 36 peaks, plus two more–Willey and West Bond–that he had determined were additional qualifiers under the 300-ft. rise rule.

   Meanwhile, Walter C. “Gus” Merrill distributed Goodrich's expanded list of 51 named peaks, and several AMC climbers completed this group of mountains in the mid-1950s. At a meeting of the club’s General Outings Committee, Edwin Scotcher suggested that a Four Thousand Footer Club (FTFC) be created, similar to the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. The committee saw it as a way to introduce climbers to new areas, away from the familiar Presidential and Franconia Ranges, thereby boosting participation in the club’s organized outings. In March 1957 a sub-committee composed of Parsons, Merrill, Barbara Richardson and Albert S. Robertson sent a letter to the governing AMC Council requesting approval for the idea. The letter included a design for a shoulder patch created by artist Mark Fowler. The Council approved the idea but asked that the list of 51 peaks be modified using a specific benchmark, rather than selecting mountains merely on the basis of having a name.

   After exchanging letters with officials of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club committee held a map party at Parsons’ home, using the 1955 AMC White Mountain Guide, the latest U. S. Geological Survey topographic maps, and magnifying glasses. They decided to use a 200-ft. rule, and the list was accepted by the AMC Council. After adding South Hancock and dropping Old Speck in Maine, the committee ended up with a list of 46 peaks–the same number of 4000-footers as the Adirondacks.

   In May 1957 an AMC trip placed about 40 climbers on the summit of then-trailless North Hancock. Roderick Gould became the first to complete the new “official” list on May 26. Thomas S. Lamb followed on September 2. The next to finish, on September 14, were the eminent mountaineers, Miriam Underhill and Robert L. M. Underhill. On September 21 forty-one trampers summitted on South Hancock, including seven more finishers, and by year’s end, the total of “four-thousanders” was nineteen, counting Goodrich and Parsons from the 1930s.

   The first FTFC awards ceremony was held by the committee on April 26, 1958, including presentation of the aforementioned shoulder patch and a scroll designed by renowned cartographer Erwin Raisz, still in use today. Starting in 1959 the awards were given as part of the AMC Annual Meeting, but soon the numbers became too great and in January 1967 the awards gathering became its own separate event, held in the Cabot Auditorium at the AMC offices in Boston. Now held in April and moved a few years ago to the middle school in Stratham, New Hampshire, the FTFC awards evening continues as an annual event attended by hundreds.

   The official list of 4000-footers was published in the June 1958 issue of Appalachia, along with climbing directions for the summits without maintained trails–Cabot, Waumbek, Tom, Zealand, Owl’s Head, West Bond and the Hancocks. In August of that year “Red Mac” MacGregor, who had climbed his first peak in 1911 and in the 1920s was the first manager of the AMC hut system, became the senior member of the FTFC at age 74.

  “AMC 4000-Footer Club Spurs Climbers” read a Boston Globe headline in September 1958. A wave of peakbagging enthusiasm swept through the ranks of the AMC. There were sixteen finishers in 1958 and another dozen in 1959. New members were listed annually in Appalachia, and by 1962 the membership was at 129. A year-and-a-half later the roster had swelled to 199, including seven-year old Sarah Merrow and a mongrel named Friskie. “Herd paths” developed on the trailless peaks, and one-by-one these summits acquired official, maintained trails, though to this day the path up Owl’s Head is technically not considered a trail.

   Right after the FTFC became official, Miriam and Robert Underhill launched a new peakbagging venture–climbing the mountains in winter. This, wrote Miriam, “would present an even more sporting challenge than ambling up the well-trodden trails in summer.” As originators of the game, the Underhills could set the rules–climbs must be made during calendar winter, typically between December 22 and March 20. “’Snow on the ground’ and other namby-pamby criteria definitely did not count.” As described by Miriam in the December 1967 Appalachia, the treks to the more remote peaks in those days of unbroken trails were true winter epics, in some cases requiring several return trips. 

   On December 23, 1960, the Underhills became the first to complete the winter peaks by cramponing to the top of cloud-wreathed Mt. Jefferson in the company of several friends. The temperature was - 8  F with a 72 mph wind. Remarkably, Miriam was 62 and Robert 71 at the time. In February 1962, atop Mt. Monroe, Merle Whitcomb became the third hiker (and second woman) to complete the “winter 4000.” The feat was not repeated again until 1967, and through the winter of 2007-2008, just 409 trampers had done the 48 peaks in winter, less than 4% of those who had finished the list in summer.

   Winter seems to inspire some peakbaggers. Among the more remarkable snow-season feats have been climbing the peaks by moonlight (Fred Hunt), standing atop each summit at midnight (Mike Bromberg) and making ascents of each peak from all four points of the compass (Guy Waterman). Equally astonishing is the scaling of each peak in every month of the year (Gene Daniell, and, as of this writing, seven others). See the Appendix for more on these and other unusual spins on peakbagging.

   A dozen years after the creation of the FTFC, one of its founders, Al Robertson, looked back with satisfaction. “The response far exceeded our expectations,” he wrote in the June 1969 Appalachia. “At times, Guyot Shelter looked like Times Square! Climbers of the 1910 to 1940 era dusted off their gear and reappeared upon the scene . … More importantly, the list was attractive to new climbers.”
   From 1966 through 2007, at least 100 hikers have finished the White Mountain 4000-footers each year, with notable surges in activity in the early 1970s and throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, with over 200 finishers per year. Famous peakbaggers have included the late Meldrim Thomson, governor of New Hampshire in the 1970s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and N.H. Congressman Jeb Bradley.

   As peakbagging caught on, new lists were developed–the New England 4000-footers in 1964 (adding 12 peaks in Maine and 5 in Vermont), the Northeast 111 in 1967 (adding the Adirondacks and Catskills), and the New England Hundred Highest, also in 1967 (including a dozen or so peaks accessible only by map-and-compass bushwhacks.)  These lists are all officially recognized by the present AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee.

   The publication of a new South Twin Mountain quadrangle by the U.S. Geological Survey led to the addition of two new peaks to the White Mountain 4000-footer list. Galehead Mtn. was put on the roster in 1975, and in 1980 the magnificent Bondcliff became 4000-footer No. 48.

   Over the years peakbaggers and the FTFC have not been without their critics. As a wave of new backpackers swept over the mountains in the early 1970s, some observers concluded that the club had done its job too well. In a June 1973 Appalachia article, then editor Phil Levin proposed the abolition of the FTFC. Heated correspondence, pro and con, followed in succeeding issues. Meanwhile, a new magazine called Backpacker ran an article gloomily entitled “Is Peak-bagging Dead?”
   Critics have charged that peakbagging introduces, in Levin’s words, “an
undesirable artificiality into the natural scenery of the mountains.” The peakbagger, it’s said, is obsessed with a numbers game that demeans the mountain experience. Peakbaggers also have been taken to task for affecting use patterns and attracting more hikers to fragile trails and once-undisturbed summits. The results, critics say, are increased trail erosion and a loss of solitude in the mountains. 

   Supporters of peakbagging have countered that the way one enjoys the mountains is a matter of individual choice, as long as it does not detract from others' experiences, or degrade the mountains themselves. They add that most hikers who take up "the list" are already active hikers, and that many FTFC members are involved in trail maintenance and other stewardship activities. (For an excellent summary of the peak-bagging debate, see Laura and Guy Waterman’s Forest and Crag and Backwoods Ethics.)

   Over the last three decades the FTFC has flourished under the guidance of Committee Chairs such as Dick Stevens, Bruce Brown, Gene Daniell, Deane Morrison, Tom Sawyer and Eric Savage, ardent peakbaggers all. It seems likely that peakbagging is here to stay, and that for many it can be a magnificent obsession, opening new horizons and deepening one's commitment to cherish and protect the mountain world. Nathaniel Goodrich, the man who started it all in the White Mountains, spoke for generations of peakbaggers to follow when he wrote, “Yes, I have done the lot, and wish heartily there were more.”


THE AMC FOUR THOUSAND FOOTER CLUB TODAY

The FTFC is administered by a nine-person volunteer committee comprised of active hikers and peakbaggers. Committee members process applications, answer correspondence, maintain the Club’s website (amc4000footer.org) and organize the annual awards dinner. The Club’s website includes information on the New Hampshire and New England 4000-Footers and New England Hundred Highest, application forms, pointers about the “rules” of this peakbagging game, and the awards dinner.

   Each year the FTFC donates thousands of dollars raised from membership dues, donations and sale of T-shirts and patches to organizations that undertake trail maintenance and other mountain stewardship activities. Often a major portion of the proceeds is given to the AMC Trails Department, earmarked for a specific project(s). Committee members also volunteer time to trail maintenance, whether individually or through work on the Club’s adopted trail, currently the Passaconaway Cutoff.

A NOTE ON RULES

Peakbagging is a game, and games have rules. One of the rules for the FTFC is that the hiker must ascend and descend the mountain(s) on foot, starting and ending at a trailhead. Mountain bikes may not be used on the trails (e.g. the Lincoln Woods Trail for an approach to Owl’s Head or the Bonds). Nor can an automobile, tramway, ski lift or other mechanical conveyance be used in either direction.  In winter, skis and snowshoes and sleds are allowed, but snowmobiles are not, even on roads that are open to cars in summer. The basic idea is that the use of machines is not in the spirit of the game.

   One question beginning peakbaggers often ask is whether multiple summits can be climbed and counted on one hike. The answer is “Yes!” If, for example, you hike the loop over North and South Hancock, both summits “count” for your list.

   For more information on rules of the game, see the FAQ on the Club website.”


Past News Items

Stone work, bridges, and re-locations
Trail Donations Materialize into Trail Work

Extensive work was done over the summer of 2015 on the Mt. Osceola Trail, the 19-Mile Brook Trail, and The Fishin’ Jimmy Trail.  The donations made by members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club helped to fund these projects.

On the 19 Mile Brook Trail, work (originally scheduled for 2014) included the building of a substantial new bridge, replacing one ripped out by the high waters of Tropical Storm Irene.  A trail re-location was also built, to bring the trail away from areas of erosion along the brook.

Along the many switchbacks of the Mt. Osceola Trail, the AMC professional crew installed check dams, dug water bars, and placed stones to repair badly eroded areas.

Erosion control measures were installed on the challenging Fishin’ Jimmy trail in the form of check steps and water bars.  Rock steps with scree were installed, and “bear claw” steps in the ledge were enhanced.

Read a report of the work done on the Fishin’ Jimmy Trail and Mt. Osceola Trail submitted by AMC White Mountain Trails Supervisor Zack Urgese. 

Wow, what a night!
2016 Annual Meeting, Dinner & Awards Night

It was a packed house on the evening of April 16 at the 59th AMC Four Thousand Footer Club gathering.  The Club welcomed a record number of new members for many of the lists, with close to 900 applicants for the six lists.  Members of the audience were first to hear about the new Four Season Four Thousand Footers/48 Hours of Trail Work list that the Club has created.  Trail dollar donations for 2016 were also announced.   Photos here…

PHOTOGRAPH: June Rogier



Photograph: Gary Tompkins

From the 2013 Awards Night, left to right: Mike Dickerman, John Gutowski, June Rogier, Eric Savage, Sue Eilers, Deane Morrison, Laura Stewart, Steve Smith, and Keith D'Alessandro.

Mike Dickerman, Northeast 111 Club Secretary ~ Mike has been a member of the Committee since 2004.  He has completed the WM4Ks in both summer and winter, and completed the NE4K and NE100 Highest list back in the 1980s.  He is the author, co-editor or editor of more than a dozen books related to New Hampshire's mountain region, including "The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains" and the 29th edition of the "AMC White Mountain Guide."  Mike is also the corresponding secretary and record keeper  of the 111ers of Northeastern USA.

Laura J. Stewart, Program Coordinator ~ Laura has been a member of the AMC since 1992 when she first visited the White Mountains.  In 1998 she made New Hampshire her home.  A life-long athlete (swimmer, long distance runner, and touring cyclist--US and Europe) she has completed the Appalachian Trail as a thru-hike in 1995, the Long Trail in 1997, the John Muir Trail in 2002, The Haute Route in Switzerland in 2008, as well as other backpacking adventures in the West. Her local list completions include the WM4K, NE4K, NE100 Highest, NE100 Highest in winter, NH100 Highest, WMW4K, NEW4K, NE111 in winter, and the NH GRID (a.k.a. 576 or 48X12).  She has also summited Rainier and made an attempt on Denali.


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


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.


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!!

Photo album here…


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

USFS and AMC 4K Footer Club Team Up
National Trails Day June 6, 2015

The White Mountain National Forest and the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club are teaming up for this year’s National Trails Day.

This year’s trail projects include trail relocations on the Oliverian Brook Trail, and, Level 1 trail maintenance on the Passaconaway Cutoff Trail.  (The latter trail is the adopted trail of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club.)

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer to work on these projects on June 6, please contact Cristin Bailey, Trails Manager, White Mountain National Forest, at cristinbailey@fs.fed.us.



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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pn8il1ObL8

The AMC White Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club got a shout out in the May 2014 issue of Backpacker magazine.  A photo of the patch, at the top of page 33, accompanies the mention of the club and directs readers to this website for more information.  The reference is part of the Basecamp, Trips: From the Field section, for the East.

New Bog Bridges on Hancocks & Wildcats 2013

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.

National Trails Day 2013 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!!

Did You Know…

…that all of the Four Thousand Footers in New England have trails to the summit, or, in two cases, well-beaten herd paths?  The only list recognized by the Four Thousand Footer Club that contains true bushwhacks is the New England Hundred Highest List (NE100).  The Club designed patches for the NE100 finishers, and, the Club maintains a list of the finishers and acknowledges new finishers with a certificate at the annual Awards Night.

Other “bushwhack” lists have evolved over the years, and have been maintained by individuals active in the bushwhacking community—a practice that continues today.  If you would like more information on those lists you may contact Keith D’Alessandro at keithwm48@aol.com.  Please note that, although some of the individuals who have overseen these other lists may also have been members of the Four Thousand Footer Club Committee, like Keith, they manage those lists as private individuals, and not in any association with the Club.

If you are currently pursuing a bushwhacking list, the Four Thousand Footer Club Committee hopes you will “whack” safely, and respect private roads and private land, remembering that some land owners may not welcome hikers on their property, or, the public dissemination of information relevant to their private roads and lands.

2013 Awards Night Highlights…

PHOTOGRAPH: Gary Tompkins

Committee Change
It is with fondness and gratitude that we bid farewell t0 15-year-Committee member Lyn Beattie, who stepped down from the  Committee spring 2013.
  She was program director, arranging the dinner and Awards night for all those years.  Lyn and her family moved to New England in 1965 and her hiking career began soon after.  After attending the AMC winter leadership workshops, she proceeded to lead winter hikes for the club for 15 years.  Over the years she completed the WM4K, NE4K, NE100, WMW4K, NEW4K, and NE100 in winter.  Lyn was the first woman to complete the NH 200 highest peaks in three-season, and, the first woman to then do them all in winter.  Her hiking pursuits outside New England included climbing Mount Blanc—the highest mountain in western Europe, and enjoying many multi-day trekking trips in Europe, South America, and Nepal.  

PHOTOGRAPH: Gary Tompkins



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