Philip J. Carcia is a hiker, runner, and media creator who has logged over 15,000 miles on some of the most iconic trail networks in North America. Growing up in Massachusetts and cutting his teeth in New Hampshire, Carcia fostered a deep love affair with the mountains of the Northeast at an early age. Almost two-decades later, that love continues to widen, and has become an anchor in Carcia's personal and professional narrative. Most recently, between August 23rd 2018 and July 7th 2019, Carcia climbed all 48 4,000 footers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in every month, for 12 consecutive months, establishing the Fastest Known Time for one of the most grueling and obscure peak-bagging projects in the United States - the Single Year Grid.
Why we chose Phil
We first met Phil while he was preparing for his now-famous single year grid. For the uninitiated, the single year grid is actually a pretty simple idea: All 48 of New Hampshire's 4000-footers, every month, for a full year. The idea actually wasn't totally new, having been attempted previously and completed once. Phil's idea was to take this behemoth of a challenge.. and make it even tougher. In order to set the speed record for this challenge, he would have to condense the first month and the last month into thru-hikes encompassing all 48 peaks. This seldom-accomplished feat is known as the direttissima. All said, Phil summited 576 4000-footers in approximately ten and a half months.
No grit, no grid. What we love about Phil is the raw determination he displayed during this year. This was no fluke. Phil had trained, researched, and prepared in every way possible. And when the time came, rain, snow, or shine, he executed. Phil's name is forever etched in the annals of White Mountains lore and Burgeon is proud to count him among our top-tier brand ambassadors.
Why Phil chose Burgeon
While Phil was hiking, Burgeon was designing an innovative line of products for people like him. Phil received access to advanced prototypes and provided valuable feedback that continues to help mold our development. When Phil geared up for his final push, July 2019's direttissima, he brought a prototype of the product now known as the Flume Base Layer. He offered the following feedback:
"Anyway, as you both know, I carried the prototype on the Direttissima Route July 1st to 7th. I gave the thing quite a workout, and I'm excited to share some takeaways. I will try to keep them reasonably brief.Fit: When fully zippered, the [Flume Base Layer Prototype] was comfortably snug around my neck, shoulders, chest, and upper torso. Arm length was appropriate, and my thumbs fit well into the thumb-holes. (Love this feature.) Below my chest, the fit was much looser. I didn't mind the extra room though, as the temperatures were frequently on the warmer side, and it was helpful not to have the layer stuck to my skin.Comfort: I believe I mentioned to Justin the day after receiving the [Flume Base Layer Prototype] that I hadn't taken it off yet. Worked in it, slept it in, and continued the following day in it. This is not an exaggeration. The layer was ridiculously comfortable."
Burgeon continues to lean on Phil and our other ambassadors for field testing and product feedback.
In the news
In the days leading up to and following Phil's completion of the single year grid, he was featured in a number of magazines and news articles. Outside Magazine followed the adventure closely and wrote this amazing article. He was also featured in articles by WBUR, WMUR, Bangor Daily News, Worcester Telegram, and our personal favorite: The Goat Is Not Tom Brady, But Rather It's Philip Carcia Of New Hampshire For This Hiking Feat penned by Chio Acosta of WOKQ.
How to follow Phil
Philip is known across the social media universe as @findingphilip. He often speaks at White Mountains events and hosts his own series of talks at The Notch Hostel in North Woodstock, NH.