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Why Climb?

We climb mountains for many reasons - for solitude, to get closer to nature, to escape the daily grind for a while, to achieve personal goals, to test our abilities, to see the world from a different perspective.


As one of many reasons for heading for the hills, those of us who pursue a goal of climbing a specific group of peaks on a list are called peakbaggers.

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) maintains a list of 48 officially-recognized peaks that are 4000 feet or higher, ranging from 4003-ft Mt Tecumseh to 6288-ft Mt Washington.

There are other lists in the Northeast too, including the New England 4000-footers, the New England 100-highest, and the Adirondack 46ers. The western states, too, have similar lists, such as the Colorado 14ers and the California 100.

I completed the 48 White Mountain Four Thousand Footers in July 2003, and our dog Muffin finished them in January 2006. For 10 years, between 2006 and 2015. I worked at maintaining the Mt Clinton Trail through the AMC's Adopt-a-Trail program and the US Forest Service.

Our dog, Patches,a cockapoo who is now 10 years old, has climbed 47 4000-Footers and is looking forward to tackling the one remaining peak.


A compilation of sundry backcountry adventures, discoveries, mistakes, and mishaps, generously sprinkled with vivid photos, lively commentary, some memorabilia, and a pinch or two of humor.


Recently Added:

  • Mts Adams and Madison - August 2023 three-day hike with Patches via the Airline and Valley Way Trails. We camped out the first night in our tent at Moose Brook State Park in Gorham, and spend a second unplanned night in the woods. This was Patches 46th and 47th Four Thousand Footers.

Coming Soon:

  • Mt Isolation - Our last goal is to climb Mt Isolation, probably via the Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, and Davis Path. If successful, this will finish off all of Patches' 48 White Mountain Four Thousand Footers.

Site Last Update: September 1, 2023

Questions or Comments: paulmf@peakbagger-paul.com