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   48 x 12 x 2           Sue Johnston           48 x 12 x 2   
  

 

While on Mount Madison on November 1, 2003,
Sue completed The Grid, making her the first woman to do so! She was accompanied by Larry Labonte, Mike Distefano, Andy Fay, Tom Wilkins, Steve & Deb Tucker Pero, Bob Williams, Scott & Patty Beavers, Ed Robertson, and Hal Rhubart. To see Sue's Grid click here.

If you would like to follow some of Sue's adventures, feel free to visit her blog. www.runsuerun.blogspot.com

Below you will find a list of some of her other hiking and running accomplishments.

  
   ----- PEAKBAGGING with finish peaks & dates -----
  • New Hampshire 4000 footers -- Isolation, 10/01/89
  • New Hampshire 4000 footers in winter -- Jefferson, 3/19/93 - She was finisher #173, 36th female
  • New England 4000 footers -- North Brother, 9/10/91
  • New England 4000 footers in winter -- Hamlin, 12/22/97 (She thinks she was the 11th female)
  • New England 100 highest -- Baldpate, 10/27/91
  • New England 100 highest in winter -- Fort on 3/11/98 OR Cupsuptic Snow on 3/17/98 (depends which list you use) She was around finisher #40 and about #10 female
  • New Hampshire 100 highest -- Shelburne Moriah, 12/27/92
  • New Hampshire Trailwrights in winter -- North Tripyramid, 3/09/03 2nd person to finish (after Ed Hawkins!) and 1st woman
  • Along with Bob "Frodo" Williams, first to attempt and successfully achieve a NH 4 winter record between 12/26/03 and 1/06/04, finishing on Waumbek in 10 days, 22 hours, 37 minutes.
  • The above record was later broken, but between 3/10/10 and 3/18/10 Sue returned to the Whites to regain the women's record rehiking all 48 peaks in 8 days, 4 hours, 2 minutes.
  • Vermont 4000 footers in winter within a day -- with Bob Williams and Jeff Silviera on 2/28/04
  • Winter Pemi Loop with Bob and Jeff, January 2005
  • 5 one-day Hut Traverses completed (Carter Notch to Lonesome Lake) Best time of 18 hours, 15 minutes. Latest was on 8/30/14 (21:20), for 5 starts/5 completions
  • Bagged 14 NH 4s one summer day in August 2004: Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Owls Head, Garfield, Galehead, S. Twin, N. Twin, W. Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, Zealand, Hale
  • Rehiked the 48 New Hampshire 4,000 footers. This time in under 5 days. 8-15-2010 to 8-19-2010
  • Completed Trailwrights list in one winter, 2/04 - 3/17/13
  • Completed 2nd Grid on November 28, 2016 on Passaconaway
  • Completed The Grid in a "Single Calendar Year" on December 26, 2016 on Mount Isolation.
    For an article posted by the North Star click here.
----- NON-NEW ENGLAND PEAKBAGGING RELATED -----
  • Colorado 14ers list done/completed 7/22/11
  • US Highpoints -- Completed, except for last 400 ft. on Denali. She calls it her 49.98 highpoints.
----- Long Distance Trails -----
  • Long Trail end to end, section hiked in 1989 and 1990
  • Appalachian Trail end to end, thru hike -- 3/26/94 to 8/18/94 - She says this is the best thing she ever did!
  • Colorado Trail thru hike/fastpack -- 14 days in August 2006
  • John Muir Trail end to end x 2, summer 2007 -- Current overall (male and female) record: 3 days, 15 hours, 32 min. Time has been bettered by four guys now, but Sue still has the fastest known women's time.
  • Wonderland Trail (WA)
  • Ouachita Trail (OK,AR)
  • Tuscarora Trail (VA,WV,MD,PA)
  • Alta Via 1 (Italy)
  • Rehiked Vermont's Long Trail. July 17-28, 2010. Subtracting the 3 days in the middle that she spent with family, she did it in 9 days.
----- ULTRARUNNING -----

She was previously into ultrarunning and has completed 25 hundred milers, including Colorado's Hardrock 100 three times (two wins). Her 100-mile PR is 16:51. She has done a bunch of 50 milers with her very first the 1992 JFK 50 in Maryland. Her 50-mile PR is 7:19.

----- Other Accomplishments-----

  • Redlined the White Mountain Guide 29th edition, finished 11/29/14

Here are a few pictures of Sue in action.

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Ultrarunning

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More Ultrarunning

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Sue on the summit of Avery Peak, a New England 4000 footer on the Appalachian Trail

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Sue shows us how to make a grilled cheese sandwhich while car camping