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    Direttissima Hikes in the Whites

    I'm trying to dig up some historic information about continuous hikes of the WM 4,000 footers. I found the journal of Mats and MEBs' attempt in 2009

    http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=31679

    but only a passing reference to another Direttissima by Mats at an earlier date. Does anyone have information about that hike, other previous attempts, or successful and continuous hikes of the 4000 footers?

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    Philip

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    Prior to the 09 attempt Mats did a successful solo Direttisima from Moosilauke to Cabot. I believe he got the idea (and the name Direttisima) from a guy who did it as a series of dayhikes and wrote about it in Appalachia.
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    The first thread was an updated in progress thread: HERE
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    Hooked up with Mats

    I hooked up with Mats via email and it sounds like he's the only hiker to complete a WM Direttissima.

    I'm going to go down to the AMC archives today and poke around to see if I can find any more historic references. I'll probably start with old Appalachia issues.

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    Looks like someone else at the AMC got inspired about the Direttissima. Mats is (more) famous:

    http://equipped.outdoors.org/2012/01...ummit-all.html
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    I had a similar interest several years ago (sometime around 2003, probably) and had some VFTT discussions about it but that was well before the last crash. I had grand thoughts of doing it myself, but other bugs bit me. VFTT's favorite enigma, Evilhanz, pointed me in the right direction:

    The December 1971 Appalachia has Henry Folsom's account of the "Diretissima" that he did. I've been under the impression that his account is the first use of the term, and maybe the first actual Diretissima hike.

    I have a personal copy of that issue. If you cannot find it elsewhere, PM me and I'll photocopy it for you.

    Good luck!
    Spencer

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