The 4000 Footer Club

John Peffer

As a young kid, I remember most of my friends were heading to cape cod, Plum Island or some other beach location to enjoy their summer weekends or vacation. Not me. My father would drag myself and my siblings up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to go camping and hiking. I was so young that I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know how comfortable a hotel with a bed was vs sleeping on the ground in a tent.

I would say I was about 6 or 7 years old when this started happening and the only reason I can remember this was because my brother was three years younger than me and my father was often carrying him up the mountainside. I remember hiking until I was 12 years old, but after 6 years of hiking 4-6 weekends in the Summer and 1-2 weekends in the fall, I had accomplished something that few had done. I had climbed all the mountains in NH that are over 4000 feet before the age of 13. In other words, I was now part of the 4000’ Footer Club.

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Four Thousand Footer Club was formed in 1957 to introduce hikers to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Every year, individuals, families, groups and companies venture out to tackle the task of summiting 48, 4000 foot and higher mountains in NH. A majority of the 48, 4000 footers lie in the White Mountain National Forest and the tallest mountain of the 48 is Mount Washington. Mount Washington has been in the news before as its peak has been a place where the highest wind speeds have ever been recorded.

Nowadays, there are different versions of the 4000 Footer Club. For example, how about summiting all 48 peaks in the winter? Better yet, how about summiting all 48 peaks under the moonlight? Hikers are getting more and more creative these days as for how to successfully summit all 48 peaks.

I might reside in the great state of Massachusetts, but for the record New Hampshire is amazing and has so much to offer. The Netria Corporation is headquartered in Exeter, NH which is located in the South Eastern part of the state. A topic for another day is the Seacoast, NH while only 18 miles long it’s rich in history and picture perfect. There are not too many places in the world you could summit a 4000-foot peak in the morning and take a dip in the ocean in the afternoon

Posted: May 16, 2017 In:

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