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.
The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee Announces
Trail Donations for 2016
Through the sales of product, and the donations of the membership, the Club continues the tradition of giving back to the trails. A total of $17,000 was donated this year for the following:
$1,000 to the Waterman Fund, strengthening human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridgelines, and alpine areas of the Northeast.
$6,000 for much needed work to be performed this summer on the popular Randolph Path.
$10,000 to be used by the AMC professional trail crew for work at the Guyot Campsite, an overnight stop for hikers pursuing the four thousand footers across the Bonds and Zealand peaks.
A big thank you to the members of the Club for their continued generosity.
Farewell, and Welcome
New Committee Members Announced
At the April awards night the Committee introduced three new Committee members, Summerset Banks, Jean-Sebastien Roux, and Gregory Ortiz. Two members, Laura Stewart and Mike Dickerman, bid farewell. The Club thanks Mike for his 12 years of volunteer work with the Committee, and Laura, for her three years of volunteer work overseeing the dinner and awards night during record breaking years of attendance.
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. More about the new list, and trail projects, will be published in the weeks ahead. Photos here…
PHOTOGRAPH: June Rogier
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.
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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