WHAT IS IT about a challenge that piques our determination and gets our blood pumping? On the occasion of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club’s 60th anniversary—observed April 22, 2016, at Exeter High School, in New Hampshire—we asked a dedicated group one question: Why did you hike New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers (i.e. the state’s mountains that are at least 4,000 feet in elevation)?
Click through the photos to see what these hikers had to say. Responses have been condensed and edited to fit the slideshow format; hikers are identified left to right, followed by their ages, with the year they finished the 48 in parentheses. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get inspired to mount your own challenge, whatever that may be.