Winter 67

- Hiking the New England 67 - 4,000 Footers in the Winter -

On February 23rd, 2011 I finished hiking the 48 - 4,000 footers of New Hampshire during the winter.  It took me two years to complete this goal, hiking twenty four peaks in the winter of 2010 and then twenty four in the winter of 2011.  Being new to winter hiking it was quite a challenge and pretty awesome experience.  I had good weather with great views on a majority of my hikes over vastly different trail conditions...packed snow, boilerplate snow, crunchy snow, and of course a few feet of unbroken snow on a couple of occasions.  After my first round of the winter 48, I continued hiking during the snowy months, even completing a single season winter 48 in 2015.

Next up was slowly picking off the remaining nineteen peaks outside of New Hampshire to complete the New England 67 4,000 footers, these include five in Vermont and fourteen in Maine.  The Vermont Peaks are relatively straight forward, most of them are short and the five of them can easily been done within a few days.  The Maine peaks are whole different story, outside of Old Speck, most are remote and very challenging, as they do not see much hiker traffic during the winter.  In 2015, I slowly started hiking my way through the Maine peaks in the winter.  I had great company on all of my hikes, my girlfriend Whitney and our friend Tim were there for all but one (Old Speck), and our friends Kyle, Matt, and Pam also joined in for quite a few along the way too.  Finally, On March 6th, 2017 I finished hiking all the 4,000 foot peaks in New England in winter on North Brother with Whitney and Tim.  It was a fun and challenging journey that I will always look back upon fondly. :) 

Date
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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
1/19/14
7.3
3,400
49
1/2/15
16.6
4,120
50-52
1/3/15
16.0
5,400
53-55
1/1/16
6.8
3,232
56-57
1/2/16
11.9
4,094
58-59
3/8/16
14.0
6,000
60-61
1/2/17
10.9
4,886
62-63
1/3/17
10.1
3,504
64-65
2/20/17
7.4
2.671
66
3/6/17
21.7
5,093
67
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2010 (24)  / 2011 (24) / 2014 (1) / 2015 (6) / 2016 (6) / 2017 (6)
406.7
135,410
67 / 67

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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
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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

 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)

 Owl's Head and the Franconia Ridge

 Bondcliff and Mount Bond

 Mount Liberty Summit

 Starr King Trail

 Lend-A-Hand Trail

 The Twinway (A.T.)

 Mount Carrigain and Carrigain Notch

Mount Lafayette and Lincoln from Mount Garfield

 Presidential Range from Signal Ridge

 Owl's Head, Mount Lincoln, Lafayette, and the
Pemigewasset Wilderness from the Mount Carrigain Observation Tower

The Mount Washington Hotel and the Presidential Range from Route 302

 Mount Washington from the Wildcat Ridge Trail (A.T.)


 The Kinfe Edge

Baxter Peak summit sign

Chimney Pond and the Knife Edge as seen from Hamlin Ridge

 Hiking above treeline on Mount Mansfield

 Whitney, Tim, and I on our final peak, North Brother

Sunrise from Nesowadnehunk Stream the day after our finish

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