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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 4 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 Bond and West Bond - June 2022 overnight hike with Patches via the Zealand, Twinway, and Bondcliff Trails. We camped out for two nights in our tent just off the Ethan Pond Trail below Zealand Falls Hut. These were Patches 43rd and 44th Four Thousand Footers.

Coming Soon:

  • Madison and Adams - Our next goal is to climb Mts Madison and Adams, possibly as an overnight at Crag Camp. If successful, this will leave Patches with only two more peaks to go (Bondcliff and Isolation).

Site Last Update: July 13, 2022

Questions or Comments: paulmf@peakbagger-paul.com