Winter 48

- Hiking the A.M.C. 48 - 4,000 Footers
of New Hampshire in the Winter -

On September 6, 2009 I finally completed hiking all 48 - 4,000 footers in New Hampshire on Mount Carrigain.  It took me 21 years, the first being Mount Washington on August 31, 1988 when I was 9 years old.  My next goal was to hike all of the 48 - 4,000 footers in the winter.  I had never done any winter hiking before and had no winter gear.  So after doing research and reading trip reports I purchased winter boots, snowshoes, crampons, ice axe, micro-spikes, new winter jacket, etc,.  Over the winters of 09/10 and 10/11 I was able to hike all the 4,000 footers and caught great views on a majority of my hikes and for the most part had cold but ideal winter conditions!  My favorite hike was an out n' back of the Bonds in February 2010 while my least favorite and hardest was breaking trail all the way up Whiteface and then over to Passaconaway.  The longest day I had began and ended with my headlamp on along Zealand Road on my way to breaking out Mount Hale and parts of Zealand Mountain.  The scariest was an out n' back of Madison, Adams, and Jefferson where we (Alton and I) ended up losing the Randolph Path and having to hike back up and over a sub-peak of Adams to the Gulfside Trail. Click the links below to view trip reports or click here to view image galleries

Date
Click below to view trip report
Miles
Elevation Gain
4,000 #
12/23/09
9.8
2,650
1 - 2
12/24/09
8.9
3,900
3 - 4
12/31/09
10.0
3,800
5-6
1/15/10
9.8
3,500
7 - 9
1/17/10
9.6
3,450
10-11
1/18/10
5.0
2,400
12
1/23/10
8.4
4,100
13 - 14
2/6/10
22.6
4,700
15 - 17
2/13/10
15.8
6,200
18 - 22
3/20/10
7.5
3,300
23 - 24
12/22/10
16.4
6,700
25 - 27
12/23/10
19.7
4,350
28 - 29
1/1/11
13.4
5,750
30 - 31
1/2/11
9.6
3,000
32
1/3/11
7.8
3,300
33
1/15/11
11.9
3,850
34 - 35
1/22/11
18.5
3,310
36
1/30/11
22.3
6,000
37 - 40
1/31/11
14.0
3,900
41
2/13/11
13.0
3,400
42
2/16/11
15.5
6,000
43 - 45
2/20/11
5.2
2,200
46
2/23/11
9.4
3,250
47 - 48
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2009/10 (24) --- 2010/11 (24)
284.0
93,010
48 / 48

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In the winter of 2015 I was lucky enough to complete a single season winter 48.  It was a brutally cold and snowy winter but I had great support and encouragement from my girlfriend, Whitney, who also completed a single season winter 48 too!

Date
Click below to view trip report
Miles
Elevation Gain
4,000 #
12/22
14.8
5,550
1 - 5
12/26
7.4
3,100
6 - 7
12/30
16.2
4,350
8 - 9
12/31
8.7
3,300
10
1/1
6.9
2,740
11
1/10
4.2
2,200
12
1/11
8.9
3,950
13 - 14
1/24
24.0
4,900
15 - 18
1/25
9.8
2,650
19 - 20
1/30
8.4
2,470
21
2/6
5.0
2,400
22
2/13
9.75
3,435
23 - 24
2/14
9.2
3,570
25 - 27
2/21
13.7
4.650
28
2/23
11.5
3,900
29 - 30
2/27
9.6
2,850
31
2/28
26.8
8,180
32 - 37
3/1
8.1
3,890
38 - 39
3/6
10.2
3,930
40 - 41
3/7
13.0
3,360
42
3/8
17.5
4,625
43 - 44
3/9
16.4
3,150
45
3/10
9.8
5,000
46 - 47
3/13
8.0
3,275
48
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Dec: 10  /  Jan: 11  /  Feb: 16  /  Mar: 11
277.9
91,425
48 / 48

Mount Washington
 Madison Spring Hut
 Mount Eisenhower, Monroe, and Washington
 Greenleaf Hut and Mount Lafayette
 Presidential Range
 Cannon Mountain
Lonesome Lake Hut
 Mount Washington from Mount Monroe
 Mount Monroe
 Mount Washington Summit
 Solar Shower at Lakes of the Clouds on the Crawford Path
 Lakes of the Clouds Hut
 West Bond with Mount Garfield (right), Lafayette, and Lincoln (left)
 Presidential Range
 Mount Garfield
 Owl's Head and the Franconia Ridge
 Bondcliff and Mount Bond
 "Frozen Bubble Dome" in Black Brook
 My favorite trail info sign, the Old Lincoln Woods / Wilderness Trailhead Sign
 Carter Notch Hut
 Carter Dome from Wildcat "A" Peak
 Mount Adams
 Mount Washington from the Polecat Ski Trail
The Arrow Slide, Mount Hancock, and South Hancock from "East Peak" Osceola
 The Basin Bushwhack
 Mount Liberty Summit
 Starr King Trail
 Zealand Road
 Lend-A-Hand Trail
 The Twinway (A.T.)
 Zealand Summit Sign
 Ladder Steps on the Twinway
 Zealand Falls Hut
 Moosilauke Carriage Road (A.T.)
 Blueberry Ledge Trail
 Mount Carrigain and Carrigain Notch
 Snow Bridge over the Lincoln Brook
Mount Lafayette and Lincoln from Mount Garfield
 Owl's Head
Gale River and the Garfield Ridge (A.T) Trail Junction
 Galehead Hut
 Presidential Range from Signal Ridge
 Owl's Head, Mount Lincoln, Lafayette, and the
Pemigewasset Wilderness from the Mount Carrigain Observation Tower
 Whiteface Brook on the Signal Ridge Trail
The Mount Washington Hotel and the Presidential Range from Route 302
 Mount Washington from the Wildcat Ridge Trail (A.T.)

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