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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. 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 new dog, Patches, who is now 4 years old, has climbed 24 4000-Footers and is ready to continue her quest for the other half.


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 Liberty - July 2017 day hike with Patches to Mt Liberty via the Whitehouse, Liberty Spring, and Franconia Ridge Trails. This was Patches' 22nd 4000-footer.

Coming Soon:

  • Wildcat Range - September 2017 day hike with Patches over Wildcat peaks D, C, B, and A via the Wildcat Mountain ski trails, the Wildcat Ridge Trail, and the 19-Mile Brook Trail. Wildcat D and A were Patches' 23rd and 24th 4000-footers, so she is now officially at the halfway point.


Site Last Updated: September 29, 2017

Questions or Comments: paulmf@peakbagger-paul.com