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.
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.
WMNF and AMC 4000 Footer Club
Celebrate National Trails Day June 6, 2015
The White Mountain National Forest and the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club teamed up for the 2015 National Trails Day.
Participants worked on a trail relocation on the Oliverian Brook Trail, and, on annual maintenance on the Passaconaway Cutoff Trail. (The latter trail is the adopted trail of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club.)
Cristin Bailey, Trails Manager, Saco District, White Mountain National Forest, organized the work. Photos here.
PHOTOGRAPH: Gary Tompkins
Highlights from the…
2015 Annual Meeting, Awards, and Dinner
Hiking enthusiasts and members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club gathered in Exeter, New Hampshire on Saturday, April 25, to cheer on the newest members to the Club. A total of 682 applications were received and awarded for 2015. The “long distance award” went to one applicant whose envelope was post marked South Pole, Antarctica.
The number of canine members grew as well. “Baxter” was the 200th canine to receive membership in the AMC White Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club. Baxter, along with 14 of his doggie friends, received their awards in the front yard of the school.
Nancy Sporburg and Pat Piper, of It’s Not About the Hike (www.its-not-about-the-hike.com ) once again presented their slide show video compilation of photographs, submitted by this year’s hikers and applicants. This fun and inspiring video may be viewed on YouTube. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wNBuvVUTxFA). CDs of the presentation were available for a donation, with all proceeds going to trail maintenance. Thank you Nancy and Pat for your generosity!!
AMC Four Thousand Footer Club Donates $15k
2015 Trail Projects Announced
The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee is pleased to announce the trail donations for 2015. We thank the members of the Club for their continued generosity. It’s what makes these projects possible.
$1,000 to The Waterman Fund ~ The Waterman Fund’s objective is to strengthen the human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridge lines and alpine areas of the Northeast.
$4,000 to the Randolph Mt. Club ~ The Randolph Mountain Club has this money targeted for much needed work on the Spur Trail. This trail leads from the Randolph Path, past RMC Crag Camp, to Lowe's Path, just below the summit of Mt. Adams.
$10,000 to AMC Trails ~ This summer the AMC professional trail crew will use this donation to work on the Mount Osceola Trail, which runs over both Osceola and East Osceola. They will also use the money to work on the popular Fishin' Jimmy Trail, which leaves the Lonesome Lake Hut, and ends at the junction with the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
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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