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    Hi all,

    A friend and I are planning to do all 46 (is the 47th official yet?) high peaks this spring/summer/fall.

    She is in good shape and has done the PCT, and I'm in OK shape- I hike almost everyday, however very small local hikes in the LG region.

    I have been reading trip reports to try to hike the mountains together as they should. But it is hard to gauge what I can do in comparison to some people doing 4+ in a day- if that is unrealistic for us and such. We want to be efficient, but these are only DAY hikes for us.

    We have only done Cascade and Porter so far. We completed this route in 4 hours if that gives any idea on our speed/ability. Does anyone have a suggested remaining grouping of high peaks for us? Appreciate any advice!

  • #2
    Move up to Dial-Nippletop next and see how that goes. Then Street and Nye, Whiteface-Esther and Giant-RPR.

    After that consider the 5 Dixes and/or the Lower Range (Lower and Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics and Sawteeth).

    Also, other common groupings include: Marcy, Gray and Skylight. Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois (plus Marshall?). Haystack, Basin, Saddleback. Colden, Tabletop and Phelps. Cliff and Redfield. The 3 Santanonis, 3 or even all 4 Sewards.

    Note with some map study you can see how you might want to combine neighboring peaks into even bigger and more ambitious groupings. The main thing however, is to keep it fun.
    The best, the most successful adventurer, is the one having the most fun.

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    • #3
      Annie,

      I am out of shape.

      With the map you can also pick routes with "escape routes" - connecting trails one can take without doing the full route. Like we did Algonquin and skipped Wright and Iroquois due to trail conditions. And with Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolfjaw we decided to skip lower wolfjaw. I really like having an option to reduce the route if the trail is tougher than expected for whatever reason.

      Of course this means more trips for peaks we miss but that is sort of a bonus.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Eyes on the Forest, not on the Trees

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tenderfoot View Post

        With the map you can also pick routes with "escape routes" - connecting trails one can take without doing the full route.
        Always know the bailouts. And know when to use them!
        The best, the most successful adventurer, is the one having the most fun.

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        • #5
          Welcome to the forum.

          I asked a similar question last year. Here is the discussion that followed.

          AP

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AvalanchePass View Post
            Welcome to the forum.

            I asked a similar question last year. Here is the discussion that followed.

            AP
            Annieb93's question gave me a moment of déjà vu. I know I answered the same type of query but where was it?!? Thanks for posting the link!
            Looking for views!

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            • #7
              Also, try to arrange your bailouts to leave fairly easy ones. E.g., if you are doing the McIntyres (sp?), leave wright for the last or for the Great Range, leave LWJ for the end.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by annieb93 View Post
                (is the 47th official yet?)
                That refers to a post of almost a year ago on Views From the Top. There's not been anything since. So I suppose the answer is no.

                http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthrea...ht=macnaughton

                P.S. if you have an account I suggest asking for an update.

                Don
                Last edited by Hear the Footsteps; 05-15-2017, 06:07 PM.

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