Hiking the New Hampshire 48

The White Mountain National Forest is home to 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in elevation. With heights ranging from 4003' to 6288', these New Hampshire peaks are known for their steepness, rocky terrain, and impressive views.

In 2010, Randy set a goal to be the first blind hiker to summit all 48 of the New Hampshire 4,000-footers during the summer hiking seasons by the year 2020. However, he quickly accelerated his pace. In 2012, he accomplished all 48 peaks in a single winter season — the winter season offering fewer challenges in terms of footing — and then on August 24, 2013, with his Dog Guide Quinn at his side, he completed his original goal of climbing all 48 peaks during the summer seasons, just 37 months after he began his quest.

This page charts his accomplishments.

    Hiking the Winter 48

  1. #48 : Cannon Mt. March 10, 2012
  2. #46-47: Wildcat A and D March 7, 2012
  3. #42-45: Mt. Washington, Madison, Jefferson and Adams March 6, 2012
  4. #40-41: Mt. Whiteface and Passaconaway February 19, 2012
  5. #39: Owl’s Head February 18, 2012
  6. #35-38: Mt. Zealand, West Bond, Bondcliff and Bond February 17, 2012
  7. #34: Mt. Carrigain February 11, 2012
  8. #32-33: Mt. Lincoln and Lafayette February 10, 2012
  9. #30-31: Carter Middle, Carter South February 9, 2012
  10. #27-29: Mt. Galehead, Twin (North and South Peaks) February 4, 2012
  11. #25-26: Mt. Kinsman (North and South Peaks) January 31, 2012
  12. #24: Mt. Isolation January 29, 2012
  13. #22-23: Mt. Tripyramid (North and Middle Peaks) January 28, 2012
  14. #21: Carter Dome January 23, 2012
  15. #18-20: Mt. Pierce, Monroe, Eisenhower January 22, 2012
  16. #17: Mt. Moriah January 21, 2012
  17. #15-16: Mt. Hancock, Hancock South Peak January 16, 2012
  18. #14: Mt. Waumbek January 14, 2012
  19. #12-13: Mt. Osceola, Osceola South January 13, 2012
  20. #11: Mt. Moosilauke January 9, 2012
  21. #9-10: Mt. Flume, Liberty January 8, 2012
  22. #6-8: Mt. Willey, Tom, Field January 7, 2012
  23. #5: Mt. Garfield January 6, 2012
  24. #4: Mt. Cabot December 30, 2011
  25. #3: Mt. Hale December 26, 2011
  26. #2: Mt. Jackson December 25, 2011
  27. #1: Mt. Tecumseh December 22, 2011

    Hiking the Non-Winter 48

  1. #48: Mt. Flume August 24, 2013
  2. #47: Mt. Carrigain August 10, 2013
  3. #46: Carter Dome August 2, 2013
  4. #45: Mt. Isolation July 26, 2013
  5. #44: Mt. Jefferson July 21, 2013
  6. #41-43: Moriah, Middle Carter and South Carter July 13-14, 2013
  7. #39, 40: North and South Tripyramid June 29, 2013
  8. #38: Lincoln Mt. May 19, 2013
  9. #37: Cannon Mt. May 18, 2013
  10. #36 Mt Cabot September 8, 2012
  11. #35: Mt. Willey September 1, 2012
  12. #33 & 34: Mt. Osceola and East Osceola August 25, 2012
  13. #29, 30, 31 & 32: Zealand, West Bond, Bond and Bondcliff August 4-5, 2012
  14. #27, 28: North Twin and South Twin July 21, 2012
  15. #24, 25 and 26: Mts. Washington, Monroe, and Eisenhower July 7-8, 2012
  16. #23: Mt. Jackson May 19, 2012
  17. #22: Mt. Tecumseh Oct 19, 2011
  18. #21: Mt. Moosilauke Sept 11, 2011
  19. #19 and 20: Wildcat A and D Sept 4, 2011
  20. #17 and 18: North and South Kinsman August 23, 2011
  21. #15 and 16: North and South Hancock August 13, 2011
  22. #14: Mt. Waumbek July 23, 2011
  23. #12 and 13: Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison July 2-4, 2011
  24. #10 and 11: Whiteface and Passaconaway June 18-19, 2011
  25. #7, 8, 9: Galehead, Garfield, Lafayette May 23-27, 2011
  26. #6: Owl's Head May 13-14, 2011
  27. #5: Mt. Pierce October 2, 2010
  28. #4: Mt. Liberty September 11, 2010
  29. #2 and 3: Mt. Tom and Mt. Field August 14-15, 2010
  30. #1: Mt. Hale July 25, 2010
  31. Mt. Washington July 4-5, 2010


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A note from Randy

Welcome to the adventure!

Although proud of the many hiking accomplishments and glad to always commemorate the achievements here, we continue to enjoy many mountain hikes and to celebrate the trails and summits long after the completion of the 48 list. I hope and expect to continue enjoying the trails of New Hampshire and beyond for many years to come although there’s a rather dramatic climb in our sights. It is the highest standalone mountain in the world. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and achieving its summit will be our quest. We are seeking the Peak Potential of Mt. Kilimanjaro in August/September of 2015!

Majestic picture of Mount Kilimanjaro

I want to be very clear that this incredible expedition, as with all of the adventures we’ve undertaken in the past, receives absolutely none of the charity funds we raise for 2020 Vision Quest. We fund our own adventures and share them with the 2020 Vision Quest community for our enjoyment and in part as a testament to the Ability Awareness we suggest as we all reach for our Peak Potential, literal and figurative.

We believe our efforts should in all ways enhance the mission of 2020 Vision Quest and that our worthy message should indeed resonate around the world!

Be Well!

Randy