The list of 4,000 footers, AMC 24th Edition

I’ve managed to keep the 24th edition of the AMC White Mountain Guide in good shape over the years (even though I did buy the newest edition). I recorded my first hike in this guide. I visited the White Mountains for the first time in May 1988. I hiked Lafayette and Lincoln with my boyfriend and his family just before high school graduation. 

Completed 4,000 footers 24th Ed pg 1
Completed 4,000 footers 24th Ed pg 1 with dates. Just one left on this page: North Hancock.
Completed 4,000 footers 24th Ed pg 2
Completed 4,000 footers 24th Ed pg 2. Just Cabot, Owl’s Head, Waumbek left to do.

I caught the hiking bug from that hike and have Nathan to thank for that. Hiking and peak bagging kept me sane in my early 20s when I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I had no goals and no career aspirations. So I hiked the 4,000 footers in NH for a sense of accomplishment.

Every weekend I would head north from Portsmouth and hike, checking off each mountain. I got to a point where I had about 10 or 12 peaks and suddenly I found my career path. In 1999 I moved to the mountains full-time and stopped hiking 4,000 footers. Even after moving to Colorado I didn’t hike the big mountains, (14ers) but choose the mountains in the wilderness around Grand County to hike and explore with my dogs.

I knew I’d be back in New Hampshire to finish the list. Once I got here it took about a year to settle in and get back to my mountains.

I hope to finish the remaining peaks this month and start the list again. It’s been too many years and I need a fresh perspective of these beautiful, challenging mountains; and I need to hike Mount  Washington and the Presidential Range again. I can’t wait to start again.

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