Peak Bagging the New Hampshire 48

Peak bagging or hill bagging is an activity in which hikers, climbers, and mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits, which have been published in the form of a list. This activity is very popular around the world but even more so within the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Year round, hundreds flock to these mountains to bag another peak!

The goal of climbing New Hampshire’s 48 mountains over 4,000 feet in elevation has a history dating back to 1931 when the original list was made by Nathaniel L Goodrich, a librarian at Dartmouth College, a mountaineering enthusiast, and a renowned Appalachian Mountain Club trail man. At that time the proposed list was merely thirty six peaks…

From the summit of West Bond – 4,520′ – Looking over to Bondcliff – 4,265′

New England offers some of the best hiking within the United States! Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that have official 4,000 Footer Mountains. A 4,000 footer mountain is one that has an elevation of at least 4,000 feet and a minimum of 200 feet prominence. All criteria is determined by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). There are 67 mountains total in New England that are considered 4,000 footers…this post is of the New Hampshire 48 (NH48).

The New Hampshire 48 List

As of April 2019, 14,413 people have reported finishing the White Mountain 4000 Footers. I was one who did not report my finish. In order to do that you need to become a member of the Four Thousand Footer Club and submit an application upon completion. The basic rule is very simple – you must climb (on foot) to and from the summit of each peak on the list…

View of Mt Monroe ~ 5,372′ from Mt Washington ~ 6,288′

One who completes the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire has already climbed and summited many of the 4,000 footers on the list. I accomplished this in 2012 while making my way to the northern terminus of the AT…Mt Katahdin. Since 2012, I have repeated many of those summits.

View of Mt Lafayette ~ 5,249′ from Mt Lincoln ~ 5,089′

Join me as I trek across these spectacular mountains …

Majestic Mountains & More,

Princess Doah

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