Hi Everyone, What an amazing journey it has been this winter season hiking and climbing the White Mountain 4000-footers. Going into my final weekend of this journey, I thought I would put together a quick article with some of my thoughts on this attempt to climb all of the White Mountain's 48 4000-footers in a single winter season. It's been an incredible challenge, and one that I am so thankful that I chose to do this year. I will remember it forever. If I get the chance to do it again, I certainly would, but I look forward to working on the other lists and doing more unique adventures, including big ones!
As you may know, I've just returned from an awesome winter trip to Baxter State Park, and experienced first hand its toughness, and the physical ability required to venture there. The way I had it planned, I had hoped to complete my winter season before my Baxter Trip. However, there were three times that the weather prevented me from hiking, one time I fell sick, and two times, my hike plans didn't pan out resulting in me needing to go on additional hikes. That's the story with winter hiking, though; there will be some days that its not safe or possible to hike, and you just have to accept it.
|View from Franconia Ridge near North Lincoln (Jan. 12th)|
|Mt.'s Galehead, Garfield, Lafayette, and Lincoln from the Twinway just below South Twin summit (Jan. 26th)|
|Amazing clouds on Mt. Hale to finish a long and challenging solo hike (Jan. 26th)|
|Mt. Passaconway from the Rollins Trail near Whiteface (Dec. 22nd)|
|Osceola Trail required epic trail breaking (Dec 28th)|
|On the summit cone of Mt. Washington after climbing South Gully in Huntington Ravine (Feb. 16th)|
Facts from my 2012-2013 Single-Winter-Season attempt:
Elevation Gain: 78,740 ft.
Solo Hikes: 44 of 48 summits completed solo.
Trailbreaking: My first 6 hikes and 8 total hikes (all solo) required epic trail breaking. The Valley Way to Madison after the blizzard was the toughest trail break I've ever done.
Average Summits: Average of 4 peaks per weekend and nearly 3 peaks per hike
Average Miles: Out of 11 total weekends of hiking, 9 weekends consisted of at least 15 miles of hiking.
There were 3 weekends in a row I hiked over 30 miles. This final weekend could push 40 miles.
Gear lost: None
Gear malfunctions: None noteworthy
Longest Hike: 28.5 miles, 6,150 feet of elevation gain, Galehead to Hale
Toughest Hikes: Sandwich Range Traverse, Osceola's, Flume to Garfield, Galehead to Hale, Madison, Adams, Jefferson, and lastly the Wildcats to Moriah Traverse
Easiest Hikes: Tecumseh, Hancocks, Moosilauke, Waumbek, Jackson and Pierce
Best Views: Tecumseh, Galehead to Hale, Moosilauke, Cabot, Isolation, Northern Presi's, Washington, and Owl's Head.
Scariest Moments: Struggling to stay on and locate the trail through the damaged Kate Sleeper Trail and very deep snow on my first hike of the season and losing the Franconia Ridge Trail and hiking in the wrong direction (again) in early morning hours of my Pemi Loop attempt.
If you have any questions about my adventures this winter, want more facts, or have any inquiry at all, feel free to leave me a comment here or message me directly!