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A Periodic Table of White Mountain 4,000 Footers

August 18, 2015

Designer Steve Bailey packs extensive information into each square.

They are elements of adventure, the 48 White Mountain peaks that exceed 4,000 feet in elevation. And now key information about each of them is displayed in an entirely new way: a periodic table of White Mountain 4,000-footers.

Created by Steve Bailey, a designer and web developer at With Brio, this innovative approach packs extensive information about each peak into a compact square, including elevation, rank by elevation, summit type (forested, alpine, etc.), difficulty, a unique two-letter “mountain symbol,” and more.

Colors indicate where the peaks are located. Symbols in the upper right indicate difficulty.

The table is available as an 18-by-24-inch poster for $20 from the Mountain Wanderer.

To accompany the poster, Bailey also created a White Mountain 4,000-Footers Passport ($20), which devotes a page to each of the 48 peaks in a compact 3.5-by-50-inch booklet. It comes with two peel-off stamps for each summit and a two-page spread of all 48 peaks to help you keep track of your list-building accomplishments.

Of course, anybody heading for the high peaks should also have a copy of AMC’s White Mountain Guide ($24.95). It comes with a full set of paper maps for the Whites, or you can buy a separate map set printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek ($29.95; highly recommended). Note that AMC members save 20 percent on book and map orders, including AMC’s White Mountain 4,000-Footers Passport, if you’re more of a classicist.

For more information on the 4,000-footers, including how you can join the official Four Thousand Footer Club, visit the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club. For more detailed route and historical info, also check out The 4,000-Footers of the White Mountains, by Steven D. Smith and Mike Dickerman, a 560-page volume of everything you ever wanted to know about these high peaks. For more 4,000-footer swag, check out the complete collection in AMC’s online store.

Hike on!

Equipped is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.