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From Aspiring to Gridiot: Ending the 4000-footer Grid


The Grid Certificate and Patch

I’m a Gridiot, the self-deprecating time period used within the White Mountains to explain the loopy individuals who’ve accomplished the White Mountain 4000 Grid. I’m the 179th individual to complete, which is fairly unimaginable contemplating the hassle concerned in finishing this peak checklist, ending on Might 20, 2024, with a solo hike to Mt Isolation.

Finishing The Grid (see my spreadsheet beneath) requires mountaineering 12 rounds of the 48 White Mountain 4000-footers as soon as in every calendar month of the yr (48 x 12). This entails mountaineering about 3000 miles with 1,000,000 ft of elevation achieve, together with shut to six months in winter circumstances with snowshoes and different traction aids.

My Grid Spreadsheet
My Grid Spreadsheet

Whereas I’m proud that I completed this checklist, it will have been inconceivable with out the companionship of my mates and the opposite Aspiring and Present White Mountain Gridders who offered me with an limitless stream of inspiration, encouragement, and recommendation that made mountaineering this difficult peak checklist numerous enjoyable. I’d accomplished numerous solo mountaineering, backpacking, and bushwhacking within the Whites earlier than committing to ending the Grid, so commonly peakbagging with companions, a couple of days every week, was a brand new factor for me – one which grew to become extra significant than climbing the precise summits. Whereas mountaineering within the White Mountains is world-class, the Grid is particular due to the neighborhood of hikers who assist one another to complete it.

John Sobetzer and Pepper on Mt Cabot in February
John Sobetzer and Pepper on Mt Cabot in February when John urged me to hike The Grid

I owe particular due to John Sobetzer and Pepper (who’s not with us), who satisfied me to hike the Grid at some point after we bumped into one another a couple of years in the past whereas climbing Mt Cabot. I had lately stuffed out the Grid spreadsheet to see the place I used to be and located I had already accomplished 265 summits out of the 576 required. I’d been on the fence till then, however John, who’s accomplished a Grid himself, tipped me over the sting.

Whereas I hiked with many individuals throughout the subsequent 310 summits, I had a couple of mates who had been common companions, together with Ken and Karen Robichaud, Lynn Kessler, Barbara Crane, Tom Ickes, and Hilde Getsch. We had numerous nice hikes and even some backpacking journeys collectively, and whereas my reminiscence of these treks will fade, I’ll all the time keep in mind the camaraderie and friendship we shared mountaineering The Grid.

Ken Robichaud on Mt Flume in February
Ken Robichaud on Mt Flume in February
Karen on the Engine Hill Bushwhack out to Mt Isolation in April
Karen Robichaud on the Engine Hill Bushwhack out to Mt Isolation in April
Barbara Crane on Mt Jefferson in April
Barbara Crane on Mt Jefferson in January
Lynn Kessler on Mt Moosilauke in December
Lynn Kessler on Mt Moosilauke in December
Tom Ickes on Adams in January
Tom Ickes on Adams in January
Hiking Mt Isolation with Hilde in June 960
Mountain climbing Mt Isolation with Hilde in June

What’s subsequent? I’m headed to Vermont to hike and backpack a Lengthy Path side-by-side, which is a path checklist of all the paths that intersect with The Lengthy Path, which I hiked in 2008. I additionally plan to enterprise into the Adirondacks to pattern the ADK 46ers, maybe mountaineering all of them at some point.

Grid Finish on Mt Isolation
Grid End on Mt Isolation

About Philip Werner

Philip Werner has hiked and backpacked over 10,000 miles in the US and the UK and written over 3000 articles because the founding father of SectionHiker.com, famous for its backpacking gear opinions and mountaineering FAQs. A devotee of New Hampshire and Maine mountaineering and backpacking, Philip has hiked all 650+ trails within the White Mountains twice and has accomplished 12 rounds of the 48 peaks on the White Mountains 4000 footer checklist with over 576 summits in all 4 seasons. He’s additionally the creator of Backpacking the White Mountain 4000 Footers, a free on-line guidebook of the perfect backpacking journeys within the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. Click on right here to subscribe to the SectionHiker e-newsletter.
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