Judging from postings on the hiking bulletin boards, the Trailwrights list of 72 peaks is beginning to attract larger numbers of peakbaggers.

The traditional lists have no restrictions on how many peaks may be done on a single trip. The Trailwrights (a trail maintaining organization) have a different set of rules for the NH 4,000 footers: only one peak may be claimed on one hike. In addition, they recognize a peak if the col between it and its higher neighbors is over 100 feet, which leads to a much longer list, with 72 peaks. Their final requirement is that you do 72 hours of trail work.

My general rule of thumb for bagging peaks the traditional way is that you can average one and a half peaks a day, as some of the peaks are clearly isolated (Mount Moosilauke for example) while others equally clearly come in pairs (the Kinsmans are an example). So the 48 peaks on the 4000 Footer Club list can be done in 30 to 35 days of hiking. Doing the Trailwrights list essentially doubles the time commitment.

For example, peakbaggers doing the standard 4000 Footer Committee list usually do the three Carters (Carter Dome, Middle and South Carter) on that list in one or two trips. Doing it the Trailwrights way requires six trips; one for each of the three standard peaks, plus one for each of the added peaks (Mounts Hight, Lethe and North Carter). This is not for those who want to see how fast the can finish a list; it is for those who want to savor the mountains!

The Extra Peaks

I will say a few words about each of the extra peaks, enough to give the person contemplating the list a good idea of what is involved. There are five real bushwhacks on the list: Mount Blue, Southwest Twin, Northwest Hancock, and West and Middle Osceola. Mount Lethe, North Isolation and Mount Jim are slightly off the trail in the woods, and while there are no trails to the minor Adams peaks they are close to the trail and above treeline.

Note that the Trailwrights list is not updated when new maps are published, so they still list the "E" peak of the Mount Wildcat rather than the slightly higher "D" peak. However, for some reason, Middle Hancock was dropped as of January 1st 2004 and replaced with Northwest Hancock.

Mount Moosilauke

The Trailwrights list had three additional peaks on the Mount Moosilauke massif:

Franconia Ridge

Most peakbaggers get the four peaks on Franconia Ridge in two trips; one over the Flume and Mount Liberty, the other over Little Haystack and Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette. Not only do those following the Trailwrights rules have to do them on separate trips, but there are two additional peaks, leading to six trips to the ridge.

Waterville Valley

The list adds two more subpeaks of Mount Osceola and the third of the Tripyramids:

The Hancocks

There is a small bump between North and South Hancock, named appropriately enough Middle Hancock, that used to be on the list. It has been replaced by Northwest Hancock, a peak that was formerly on the New England 100 Highest list. The usual approach at that time was by the Cedar Brook Trail, leaving that trail up a strem known informally as Slide Brook. That stream leads to a slide that reaches the ridge a little south of the col between North and Northwest Hancock, you therefore have to go down to the col before ascending.

The Twins-Bonds Ridge

The Wildcats and Carters

This is an area where the Trailwrights require many more trips than the standard peakbagger will do. In addition to the "one peak per trip" rule we have three extra peaks along the Carter-Moriah Trail, plus one extra one on the Wildcat Ridge. No fewer than nine trips are needed to complete these two ranges, the average peakbagger does them in three trips.

The Presidential Range (southern part)

The Trailwrights add four peaks in the southern part of the presidential range. None of them (with the possible exception of Boott Spur) is very interesting as a destination, but they are all in areas with great views.

The Presidential Range (northern part)

There are five extra peaks in the northern part of the presidential range. While Mount Clay is probably the only one that is a worth while destination, the others offer an excellent excuse to return to that wonderful area.