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.
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.
the 48 White Mountain Four Thousand Footers in July 2003,
and our dog Muffin
finished them in January 2006. Since then, I have been maintaining the Mt Clinton Trail through the AMC's Adopt-a-Trail program
and the US Forest Service.
Sadly, our dog and best friend Muffin died at the age of 16 in July 2013. Our current dog, Patches, who is now 5 years old, has climbed 32 4000-Footers and can't wait to continue her quest for the remaining 16,