It all started in the early fall of 2013 after my completion of a sail boat project. So what does a sailboat have to do with mountain climbing? Let me explain. When the boat was finally finished I hired a friend of mine to haul it to the water where I was recently granted access to a boat mooring located in the bay about an hours drive away from my house.
However, once on the water, I had a problem with the outboard getting to the boat mooring that was over a mile away. Of all things the outboard overheated 200 yards shy of the mooring. My only recourse was to ride the outgoing tide and rudder it back to the boat launch site where I put in, otherwise it might have been a colossal disaster that you would read about in the news. Needless to say, the only thing I could think of doing to work out my frustration of a project gone haywire was to turn a negative into a positive. What did I do? I went hiking.
Initially I started climbing some of the smaller peaks, but it didn't take long before I set my sights on the higher mountains, once I learned about the AMC 4,000 Footer Club from other hikers while on the trail. By the way, there are 48+ 4,000 foot mountains in New Hampshire, but for clarity sake I am referring to the mountains that are on the actual AMC 4,000 foot list. To qualify for the AMC 4,000 Footer Club a hiker must on their own power climb up and back to all 48 of them in any order and at any time of the year to qualify to join the AMC 4,000 Footer Club. Its a real achievement for sure.
I have to tell you that climbing them has been a real game changer for me and I haven't had this much fun in years! I really love sharing my stories with others as well as meeting so many wonderful new people while in the White Mountains. It has been a real blast! Granted climbing mountains takes some hard work but the pay off is priceless. Each mountain has its own flavor and surprises. It makes me feel like an explorer of sorts each time I climb one of them. And if you're looking for a sure-fire way to ward off cabin fever this winter or anytime of the year, then I would give mountaineering a try. You too can take part in this fast growing and exciting sport.
In this book, I have documented climbing the 48 of New Hampshire's highest mountains with commentary and pictures that are the next best thing to being there. Hopefully, by reading this book will be enough to wet your appetite enough so that you also might be the next addition to the prestigious AMC 4,000 Footer Club. Your name will be on record of this phenomenal and prestigious achievement that only a few have achieved. And if this is not for you no worries as there are plenty of smaller and easier mountains in the Whites to chose from so that you don't have to feel left out in anyway.
So much like the movie Forest Gump when he began to run and kept running, I started to hike and since this writing, I am still actively climbing and currently working on a new list of mountains to climb known as the 52 with a View. I hope you truly enjoy “ Chasing the 48” as much as I had in climbing and writing about them. I would also like to hear from each and every one of you in the near future. I have put a link to my hiking website and email address inside the book for you as well. Until then- Keep Climbing!