Andrew Drummond ’00 Made White Mountain History on the Direttissima
Andrew Drummond ’00 went for a little hike last week. Well, maybe more than a little. Drummond was attempting to summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot or higher peaks in one continuous unsupported seven-day hike.
He not only succeeded with his seven day goal, but surpassed it by finishing in an astonishing 5 days, 23 hours, and 58 minutes, traversing nine mountain ranges and experiencing 100,000 feet of vertical elevation gain.
Only six people before him have done this 240-mile hike which is one of the northeast’s hardest treks, known as The Direttissima (Italian for “most direct route” and implies that the shortest ‘as the bird flies’ route be taken.) Congratulations, Andrew!
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the result,” said Drummond. “It gave me an opportunity to push myself both physically and mentally, especially dealing with the sleep issue.
The experience of it was really enjoyable the first four days where I was really present and I was taking in the views and stopping and talking to people and sharing my story online as it unfolded.
The real challenging part was the last day when I realized I had the chance to do it in under six days and I put the blinders on and went for it.”
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