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, gortex pack light shell, Patagonia primaloft sweater, wool hat and 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.
Our will start on Cabot and end on Moosilauke. The trip will consist of 245.4 miles and aprox 70,000 feet of gain. We will try to complete about 35 miles a day.
We will be doing this completely unsupported. This means no caches, no resupply, no assistance on the trail. So please do not torment me with Whoopie Pies on the trail!!! I do plan on eating a full jar of Nutella at the finish though! Hmmm,,,,I will be dreaming of Chai Lattes (nonfat), hotdogs, whoopie pies, and a shower! 🙂
Our progress can be tracked at the following link: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0r4hQJMB1yU1zWKhtlijs6qafxYNfqVnu
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
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
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.
THANK YOU TO HENNESEY HAMMOCK AND HYPERLITE MOUNTAIN GEAR FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT! ALSO TO ADAM WILCOX FOR LETTING US USE HIS STOVE AND TO BROOKS RUNNING FOR MAKING ME COMFORTABLE ON THE TRAIL! THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE HELPING US OUT WITH PLANNING! WHETHER WE PULL THIS OFF OR NOT IT WILL BE FUN!