The NH48 stands for New Hampshire Forty-Eight 4,000 footers.
A 4,000 footer is a mountain that has an elevation of at least 4,000 feet and a minimum of 200 feet prominence. All criteria is determined by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).
I’ve been hiking these mountains since 2009 and then in 2013, I went up Mount Cannon with my friend Stud. Shortly after that we took ourselves on one of the most fun backpacking trips ever in the Pemigewasset Wilderness where we hiked more of these mountains.
In 2016, we set a shared goal of completing the NH48 together. Initially, we imagined more of a 5-year plan for completion in order to avoid getting peak bag fever. We didn’t want to rush it or get too caught up in checking off the boxes. We more wanted to have a shared goal that would lead us on many adventures together wherein we would push ourselves and get to spend some quality time together as we both lead very busy lives. This goal gave us the chance to stay connected and grow as friends. The road trips were just as important as the hikes and we often meandered in less direct routes just for the fun of it. In the end, it took us 2 years because we had so much fun going hiking together. This is just the beginning.
Stud and I officially completed the list on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 on a windy dramatic summit of Mount Moriah just before some fierce weather rolled in.