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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 8 years old, has climbed 42 4000-Footers and is looking forward to tackling the remaining 6 peaks.


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:

  • Mt Washington - May 2022 hike with Patches via the Old Jackson Rd and the Mt Washington Auto Road. We stayed overnight at Barnes Field National Forest Campground the night before and the night after our hike. This was Patches 42nd Four Thousand Footer.

Coming Soon:

  • The Bonds - Our next goal is to complete all three Bonds (West Bond, Mt Bond, and Bondcliff) as a round trip from a campsite near Zealand Falls Hut. If successful, that will leave Patches with only Three more peaks to go (Madison, Adams, and Isolation).

Site Last Update: June 17, 2022

Questions or Comments: paulmf@peakbagger-paul.com