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Thread: Sue Johnston. "Grid" in "One Calendar Year". Year 2016

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    Senior Member B the Hiker's Avatar
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    Sue Johnston. "Grid" in "One Calendar Year". Year 2016


    This news dropped on December 27, 2016 from Hiker Ed.


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    Hi to All

    Yesterday, Monday, Dec 26, 2016, Sue Johnston ( Snow Flea )
    became the "First ( #1 )" finisher of a "Calendar Year Grid".

    Sue has now hiked the "48" NH four thousand footers
    in "every calendar month" ( 12 x 48 = 576 ), "Start to Finish" in a
    "Single Calendar Year" ( Year 2016 ).

    On this day, Sue completed her "Calendar Year GRID" on the summit of
    Mt Isolation, via the standard route from the Rocky Branch Trail trailhead
    parking lot on Route 16. She attained the summit with her husband Chris
    at about 11:00 AM. They celebrated with a bottle of Champagne.


    I know you will all join me, in congratulations to Sue, on completion of
    of this unique, fun & rewarding goal & achievement.

    Thanks and Take Care


    "GRID" website:
    Last edited by B the Hiker; 01-01-2017 at 06:27 PM.

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    Senior Member DayTrip's Avatar
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    Incredible stuff. The bar for these accomplishments just keeps getting higher and higher. Doing the 48 4k's is starting to seem like taking an elevator ride in comparison. Congratulations!
    NH 48 4k: 48/48; NH W48k: 48/48; ME 4k: 2/14; VT 4k: 1/5; ADK 46: 6/46; Cat 3.5k 10/35

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    A tremendous accomplishment, indeed. Read Sue's story here:

    A million feet of elevation gain in one year. Incredible. Then include the add-ons: all of the Trailwright's peaks and a 48 Direttissima. Outstanding.

    And hubby Chris is well on his way to his first grid. Go, Chris, Go!

    Run, Sue, Run!!!

    John & June


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    So, single season winter redline is next?

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    Senior Member Becca M's Avatar
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    Given how most of these trails are so eroded, it is definitely amazing to do this in 1 year. Does she also work a full-time job? (Just curious???? 1 grid is more than enough for me....)
    Yay for winter!!!!!

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    I thought is was a misprint when I first read the headline. Absolutely amazing!!! Congrats!!
    Yesterday is history, Tomorrow a mystery,
    Today is a gift, enjoy it!


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    I wonder when someone will get the crazy idea to try to grid in a calend......


    Really awesome and admirable, Sue. Congratulations.
    Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    ~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

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    Senior Member una_dogger's Avatar
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    Amazing! I've read SnowFlea's grid worksheet, but what I really wanna see is her food journal from that year!!!!!
    ADK 46'r NE115'r NEHH NH 48 x 6 NH48W NH 331/576
    Terra NH 48 x 6+ ~93/100 NEHH ~ ADK 35/46 ~RIP~
    Pemi NH4K~ Gem NH4K

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    Senior Member SpencerVT's Avatar
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    What an awesome accomplishment! Congratulations!! A million feet of elevation gain in one year, wow!

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    Thank you for the kind words. It was SO MUCH FUN, and I am kind of sad it's over. (My husband's opinion may differ.) As J&J mentioned, there is a short summary and some stats/numbers over on my blog Also the monthly breakdown of peaks, mileages, and elevations.

    I am retired. My husband is mostly retired but still does some part-time consulting work. I think it would be very difficult to do a calendar/single-year grid while working any regular kind of job. This enabled me to cherry pick my days for the winter above-treeline peaks for both safety and enjoyment. December had me anxious because there weren't too many Presi days and there was lots of snow! We ended up getting REALLY lucky for the northern Presi's and Franconia Ridge.

    As for diet, on the trail it was cheese sandwiches or PBJ's, nut butter-filled Clif bars, Snickers, Jolly Ranchers, bacon jerky (OMG that stuff is evil), and in winter, Campbell's tomato soup and sweetened herb teas. I usually have one good beer nightly (lately I'm into sours!). The rest of my diet was pretty normal for me--don't think I really ate much more than usual because I am always very active. Generally I eat whatever and whenever I want and don't overthink it.

    Throughout the year I never lost focus and always wanted to walk in the woods and climb mountains. Not sure what's next, but I did tell my husband that 2017 was "his" since he sacrificed so much in order to help me.

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    Wow. Thats 48 peaks each month of the year? Some days, 2,3, or 4 peaks?

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    Congrats on a fantastic accomplishment! I appreciate your blog post with the day-by-day breakdown.
    "People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation."
    --Soren Kierkegaard, 1838

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    Senior Member RollingRock's Avatar
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    Congratulations! An amazing feat!
    It's the journey, not the destination

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    Senior Member chomp's Avatar
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    Congratulations Sue, unbelievable!!

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    I bet she used the Arthur white trailhead ����

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