Feb 8, 2021
In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Philip Carcia. Have you heard of New Hampshire? Because Philip has hiked it. All of it. Many times, in all different directions. In addition to a handful of thru-hikes, Philip has completed the New Hampshire 48 Single Year Grid, the White Mountain Direttisima (twice), and White Mountain Redline FKT. If you don't know what any of that means, good! We will learn this together during our conversation.
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Interview with Philip Carcia
00:04:36 - QOTD: A burglar breaks into your home, but he only wants the stuff on the top of your fridge. What is he going to steal?
00:07:45 - Intro to Philip Carcia
00:10:16 - How did you get into hiking?
00:14:20 - What was your upbringing like until 16 when you went on your first hike?
00:16:22 - Did things snowball immediately after your first hike?
00:24:12 - Tell us what the Single Year Grid is: Hiking all 48 4,000’ mountains every month for a year
00:34:30 - What are the logistics like getting in between each mountain? Is there a lot of driving in between, etc.?
00:38:52 - What makes it appealing to do the same hikes over and over again?
00:43:51 - Fuck, Marry, Kill — the months of hiking in New England
00:47:46 - What’s the difference between the double single winter and a calendar grid?
00:50:58 - Has anyone done the calendar or single year grid since?
00:54:42 - Tell us about the Direttissima and how to pronounce it.
01:00:28 - Is this route all on trail? Off-trail? Roads?
01:03:32 - How steep are the trails that connect the 48?
01:09:58 - You hold a White Mountain Redline FKT — can you tell us what a White Mountain Redline is and about your experience?
01:19:55 - This sounds like one of your most extensive White Mountain feats?
01:20:15 - How intense is it to plan for a White Mountain Redline FKT?
01:30:44 - What are the best of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:31:16 - What is the hardest of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:32:13 - What is the easiest of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:32:37 - If you could only do one of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire for the rest of your life, which would it be?
01:33:11 - What is the worst marked of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:33:49 - What is the most underrated of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:35:15 - What is the most overrated of the 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:38:33 - What is the best named 48 4,000’ mountains in New Hampshire?
01:39:50 - What is a 48 4,000’ mountain in New Hampshire that you’d skip?
01:41:39 - Can you talk about the initiative you founded?
01:47:00 - Where can people keep up with Summits in Solidarity?
01:48:30 - Where do we find Philip?
Black Forest Trail Profile by Troy Zohner
The ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikers During Pandemic by Kelly Floro
Reddit Brain Buster
Horse Fact from Erin Potter
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