Two of our favorite customers attempt a record on the White Mountain Direttissima — all forty-eight of the White Mountain 4000 footers in one continuous hike!
Ryan and I will be attempting to complete the White Mountain Direttissima in under 8 days. Our Journey will begin on July 5th, 2012. We will be carrying about 35lbs of food and equipment and this includes the pack. We are using the Windrider Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs 3400 cu, Hennesey Hammock asym classic, jetboil titanium stove, 1 small can of fuel which is enough to boil 10 liters of water, two platypus 1 liter bottles, Katahdin Hiker Pro Filter (heavy but filters fast), backup water purification tablets, 18.5 lbs of food per person, Western Mountaineering Highlight 35 degree bag, light rain shell, two pairs of socks, a pair of tights, arm sleeves, a small first aid kit, a camera and a SPOT tracking device. I will be wearing the Brooks running skirt and tank top, Brooks baseball hat and Native Sunglasses. Ryan will be wearing the Pearl Izumi Synchro Fuel Trail II shoes, and a tee shirt and shorts, hat and Native Sunglasses.
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Below is an excerpt from an AMC article written earlier this year explaining what this hike is:
Thousands of people have climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers. Very few have tagged them all in one single continuous hike.
In a recent post on SectionHiker.com, Philip Werner muses on the “White Mountain Direttissima.” The premise is simple: Summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in one continuous hike without outside support. The trip must be done entirely by foot, carrying all supplies for the entire journey—no food resupplies, no car shuttles.
It’s a long, strenuous hike. Any White Mountain Direttessima runs at least 250 miles with nearly 100,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Werner doesn’t map out a precise route, but does reference a successful 2007 Direttissima by Mats Roing. (You can view his trip journal at Views from the Top, a Northeast hiking forum and web site.)
Planning a Direttessima presents some interesting challenges. The summits are unevenly distributed, with several distant outliers (Moosilauke, Cabot, Passaconaway, etc.). Your pack is heavy initially but steadily diminishes as you progress, which affects your early and late route selection. You need to figure out where to start and where to end, then determine how many days of food you’ll need for the adventure. Plus you can consider establishing short-term base camps to tag surrounding peaks on long dayhikes. It’s an engaging puzzle to figure out an optimal route and strategy.
Roing completed his 2007 Direttessima in 11 days. His route began over Moosilauke and the Kinsman Range, went over Franconia Ridge and around and into the Pemigewasset Wilderness, headed south to the Sandwich Range, back north to the southern Presidentials and Mount Washington, east to the Carter Range, and then completed one last leg north over the northern Presidentials and on to the final peaks of the Kilkenny Range.
Interested in planning a Direttissima? For a quick survey of the possibilities, I recommend AMC’s White Mountain National Forest and Guide (freshly updated in 2011), which covers nearly the entirety of the White Mountains on one side (the northern Kilkenny Region is on the other side). It also conveniently indicates the 4,000-footers, making it easy to spot them as you trace potential routes.