Twenty8 years of age — 20eightteen — Forty8 Summits

The following forty-eight points are connected to my experiences with the 4,000 footers of New Hampshire

  • My first 4,000 foot hike ended with two feet COVERED in blisters
  • Hiking with no summit view is still a beautiful experience
  • My love for hiking grew from sharing moments with family
  • I began hiking solo half way through the list; the “list” consists of 48 mountains
  • Once you complete all 48 you are in the 4,000 footers club
  • The silence accompanied by winter hiking is eerie, beautiful and beautifully calm
  • Night noises sound so much larger than they actually are — mouse sounds like bear
  • 888 (In 2018, at the age of 28, I completed the 48 peaks of NH)
  • ALWAYS be prepared for all elements when in the Whites — even in August
  • My dad taught me early on to document every hike; there are journals filled with experiences, conditions and emotions from each hike
  • 6 P’s; proper preparation prevents piss poor performance (thank you Uncle Jack)
  • While hiking, I have stopped mid-way and turned around; if you’re not psyched what’s the point
  • Respect the mountains and they will respect you
  • I once got lost on trail — this could have been bad, gratefully I’m here to talk about it
  • You learn and adapt, because you have to
  • I prefer sleeping in a hammock, but a tent is okay too
  • I still go by Chia Pet ~ because that’s my name
  • Finding the perfect hiking shoe is harder than it sounds
  • Hiking poles are a life saver; my fingers go numb when poles aren’t used
  • I have been working towards experiencing these peaks for 9 years of my life
  • The hiking community is one of the most beautiful group of humans
  • There are still actions I see that go against all I live for; Leave No Trace is important
  • There is no “type” of person who gets out to hike; explore and feel with no judgment
  • Putting one foot in front of the other can be extremely challenging
  • I prefer to carry the extra weight to eat delicious food
  • I enjoy the dangerous and life threatening moments that breeds vulnerability
  • The Mountains of the Whites formed the very core of who I am
  • Hiking in New Hampshire provides the most breathtaking views; views are vistas
  • Major boulders are tucked away thousands of feet above sea level
  • The descent (hiking down) can be real harsh on the knees
  • Many times left me feeling nervous and vulnerable, hiking alone in the mountains
  • On one of my first solo hikes I ended up off trail & needed to climb up a rock ledge
  • The first 4,000 footer was with my cousins Leah, Stu, Dayna and baby pup Frankie; that was the experience that forever hooked me into the world of hiking
  • This hike provided extreme challenges, followed by the support to make it through
  • Leah experienced most summits with me, without her who knows where I’d be
  • Hiking is a healing and meditative activity, that one can do at any age
  • Hike your own hike, regardless if you are hiking with others or not
  • The pace of that which you hike sets the tone for how you feel about the hike
  • Not every hike brought me pure happiness
  • Every hike strengthened the person I am today
  • Immersing the self in nature will always support what needs to be supported
  • No headphones — the beauty around serves as music
  • Tears fell down my face as I ascended Wild Cat Mountain — my last hike
  • My last hike of NH consisted of spending 3 hours on the summit — soak it all in baby
  • My brother was my early hiking partner, along with my buddy Nick
  • Shout out to all volunteers who maintain the trails — never underappreciated; thank you trail maintenance
  • Walking in mud puddles continues to be my favorite opportunity to smile on trail
  • Day hike, peak bag, section hike, thru hike; hiking is hiking

I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to expand my horizons and explore each hike mentioned within the 4,000 footers. This is just the beginning of my journey; hundreds of  mountains to summit, sunsets to witness, sunrises to feel.

Thank you White Mountains for being my first love


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