April 25th, 2015 was a great night for the New England hiking community to get together. Every year the 4000-footer club recognizes hikers who have completed one of their recognized lists. This is my third year attending and my third list completed! I was very excited to have finally finished the New Hampshire 4000-footers in winter!
This year the AMC saw record breaking numbers in almost all categories. 15 dogs completed a list this year and got to celebrate as well! Winter finishers were the only ones on the decline from previous years. There were only 28 hikers who finished the NH 48 in winter and I was the youngest to do so this year.
Every year Nancy and Pat (of It’s Not About the Hike) put together photos submitted by finishers into a fantastic presentation. This year’s slideshow was great! Thanks ladies for your hard work on this!
Every year I watch the slideshow it makes me want to get straight to the mountains! It also makes me appreciate the small but lively community we have. Finishing is a celebration for us all. The resources, photos, and advice we share online and the helping hand we all have given and received on trail at one point or another has been a testament to the kind of people this community is made of. I have much appreciation and respect for those who climb the peaks in the whites.
A representative from the forest service talked a few moments about trail work and ways we can contribute. This year $15,000 was raised by the members of the 4000-footer club which will go to a couple much needed projects. She also talked about the “why” of the work as well as our goals. Most of time time we talk about what we do.
One of the quotes from the slideshow said, “When people ask me about hiking I tell them that it’s kind of like church, therapy, the gym, and a love affair all all rolled into one.” I could not describe it any better. The mountains are where I go to be lost and found at once. It means something to everyone, but it’s not always easy to describe in words. You just have to experience it for yourself.
Thank you to all I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the trail with and hope to see many more of you out there!
Last modified: September 1, 2017