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 continue to 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.
We Want Your Input!
The AMC Four Thousand Footer Committee strives to make the annual awards night presentation the best it can be. Last year we surveyed our membership, and, based on the feedback we received, made several changes to the program format. We are again asking our members and aspiring members to share their thoughts, both on what they thought about those changes (if they attended), and, to provide feedback on some other ideas and possible changes going forward.
The survey should only take about 5 minutes of your time. Deadline to respond is July 27. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Save the Date—July 12, 2014
FTFC and WMNF Joint Trail Work Day
Volunteers are wanted for The Four Thousand Footer Club and White Mountain National Forest second annual Joint Trail Work Day on Saturday, July 12.
Trail work will take place on the Oliverian Brook Trail through to the Passaconaway Cutoff junction. This trail is located on the east end of the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) in New Hampshire.
To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Cristin Bailey, trail manager/volunteer coordinator for the WMNF Saco District. (Contact information below.)
Last year’s work on the Signal Ridge Trail was a blast. We hope you’ll join us this year—it’s a great way to give back to the trails we use and love.
Phone: 603-447-5448 X112
Highlights ~ 2014 Awards Night & Annual Meeting
It was another record year for the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club, with 653 applications received for the lists recognized by the Club. Approximately 500 people attended the annual meeting the evening of April 12. And, six canines also appeared to receive their certificates. Highlights here…
At right: Dr. Leonard J. (Joe) Nyberg Jr. receives his NE67 certificate from Committee member Sue Eilers. Dr. Nyberg was this year’s oldest finisher for the NE67. And last year, he was the oldest finisher for the WM48. Here’s hoping the trend continues next year, for the NE100! (PHOTOGRAPH: Dawn Nyberg.)
If you would like to view the 2014 Awards Slideshow produced by Pat Piper and Nancy Sporborg of “It’s Not About the Hike” you may watch it on youtube:
Did You Know…
…that the AMC White Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club got a shout out in the May 2014 issue of Backpacker magazine? A photo of the patch, at the top of page 33, accompanies the mention of the club and directs readers to this website for more information. The reference is part of the Basecamp, Trips: From the Field section, for the East.
New Bog Bridges on Hancocks & Wildcats…
PHOTOGRAPH: John J. Gutowski Jr
Hikers will have an easier time keeping their feet dry with all the new bog bridges installed this past summer between North and South Hancock, and, along the Wildcat Ridge Trail. The installation of these bridges was made possible by the generous donations of members of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club. Hancock photos here. Wildcat photos here.
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)