The White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine. They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England. In all, there are 48 peaks over 4,000 feet, known as the four-thousand footers.
The AMC formed the list of 48 peaks in 1957 as a way to introduce hikers to lesser known sections of the Whites, and in turn lessen the concentrated use of popular trails.
Today, the Club is composed of active hikers whose travels in the mountains keep us informed of changing conditions in the White Mountain backcountry. Each year, individuals, friends, and families, take up the pastime of hiking. Somewhere along the way they get hooked on the pursuit of hiking the four-thousand footers. For some it is done as a physical challenge. For others it’s an opportunity to pursue a shared goal. For families, it’s a way to build bonds that will last a lifetime.
It is the hope of the Club that these experiences will keep their members working for the preservation and wise use of wild country, so that it may be enjoyed and passed onto future generations undiminished.