Hike: "1st" One Night Moonlight Presidential Traverse (Super Moon 99.7%)
How Cool is this!!!
"Yes" 1:30 pm Meeting time. start, promptly at 2:45pm nearly Summit Monroe at sunset and be well out of the tree cover.
Sunset: 8:26pm -- Sunrise: 5:09am
Moonrise: 8:20 PM -- Moonset: 5:36 AM
Come join us for our 1st annual Super Moon Presidential Traverse! & Howl at the full Moon...
Bucket List Event..!
A Presidential Traverse is a strenuous and sometimes dangerous trek over the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains. To complete the traverse, one must begin at either the northern or southern terminus of the Presidential Range and finish at the opposing end.
The basic Presidential Traverse begins at any given trail-head on U.S. Route 2 or 302 at one of the ends of the Presidential's.
By definition, a "presidential" traverse requires a participant to cross over the summits of peaks named after U.S. Presidents. Listed from south to north, they include:
Mount Pierce - named after Franklin Pierce
Mount Eisenhower - named after Dwight Eisenhower
Mount Monroe - named after James Monroe
Mount Washington - named after George Washington
Mount Jefferson - named after Thomas Jefferson
Mount Adams - named after John Adams
Mount Madison - named after James Madison
Clay, Webster and Jackson are not considered part of the presidential traverse and are therefore optional. That being said, folks are most welcome to do those peaks as well :)
Basic Itinerary Info:
Saturday: Arrive at the Appalachia parking lot.
Meet at the trail Head at 1:30pm Giving our-self's a comfortable time of to drop car and get ready for the hike.
2 Hours and 45 Mins to reach the summit to watch the sunset. then hike From Peirce, to Eisenhower, Monroe, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison. and down to the cars and end up at parking lot on the
northerly side around 8:00am. "Ish"
- Maybe we can bang on the huts along the way to wake everyone up at the AMC huts named Lake's & Madison Huts..:-)
- Photo ops on Mt Washington in the dark..
- Lunch/Dinner Summit of Mt Washington.. Make sure you bring something hardy as a meal the summit station is closed....
-Start down North towards Madison hut and then its only half over at this point from here...
- Exit out on route 2 at.. High five and bang knuckles and look for some Breakfast... then some good food blissful sllleeeepppp....~!
We do have a option to sleep at the AMC Crawford Notch Hotel and pickup cars on Sunday or do the shuttle that morning.. This we can work out as we get closer to the day...
It will take folks between 12 and 17 hours to do the traverse (including 1 Hour Lunch On Mt Washington Summit)
Estimated at 21 miles of hiking 12-14 hours of hiking time Based on a average pace. Not including rests and dinners.
The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on go no go will be made on the Thursday before...FYI
We will be doing the route south to north. This time...
Whatever you do, please travel in groups of 2-5 people! Don't
Sat 12:00 pm Food: Load up on Grub.... Optional...
@ Twin Mtn trading post on 302..
Carpool -- Drop a car
Meet at Appalachia trailhead at 1:30PM
(off route 2, 4 miles west of Gorham)
2:45pm hit the trail Crawford Path to Mt Pierce 2h 41m -- sharply on time.
5:30pm -- Summit Pierce, Rest and Snack
5:50pm -- Hike 1h 17m
7:05pm -- Summit Eisenhower, Rest and Snack
7:25pm – Hike 1h 39m
8:22pm -- Moonrise
8:26pm -- Sunset
9:05pm – Summit Mt Monroe, Rest Snack
9:25pm – Hike 1h 37m
11:00pm – Summit Mt Washington, Rest and Dinner.
11:20pm – Hike 1h 56m
1:15am – Summit Mt Jefferson, Rest and Snack
1:35am – Hike 1h 34m
3:10am – Summit Mt Adam’s, Rest and Snack
3:30am – Hike 1h 1m
4:30am – Summit Mt Madison, Rest and Snack
5:17am – Sunrise
5:30am – Hike 1h 59m 3.82mi to cars via Airline Trail
7:30am – Cars & Shuttling
There are possibilities for bailouts. For example.. off Pierce, you can go back to the start. Off Washington, either hike the Amanoosuc Trail down to the base on the west side, or take the cog railway down to the base (it's $45 and the first one leaves at about 10:15am ).. or hitchike down the Mt. Washington Auto Road to Pinkham notch. Once you're past Washington, you're committed to finishing. We can roll around and pickup anyone after our traverse is over.
Total = including vertical gain is over 22 miles & over 9000 ft of vertical gain
This is a *VERY STRENUOUS* trip. You must be in good shape to do this.. this is NOT a beginner hike!!! Only Experienced hikers are able to attend. Even consider this type of a hike.
GEAR: List will be provide in advance.
Make sure you bring these items on the list. Nothing more nothing less.. we are only as strong as the weakest person and that could be the one carrying too much stuff....
If you know of someone who would be willing to follow us in a car and provide shuttles and ground support if its needed please let me know. Having someone available to help give a ride to someone hobbled or help when the group is back to the parking lot in aid is very helpful. When we are close to the date just let the organizer know..
Partially is a donation to the groups operating cost for the year! Typically $5.00 for below treeline adventures and above treeline will be $10.00 Special Events Prices will vary. We have decided that a purchase of 2-way radios are in order for the group. Due to the lack of cell coverage on past years. So, I have added a additional $5:00 to help deffer this cost. Its intent is not to lose communication with teams of different speeds like in past years and in tern will make us more efficient over all in the crossing as a group.
If you’re a Organizer?
Please contact me, if you would like to attend. We are willing to waive the donation portion of the fee for being a continued volunteering/organizer of Meetup.
Why we Charge a Fee?It only gets real truly interested participants to sign up for the trip. Our turnover rates are way too high, then trips posted with the fee. High turnover = More work for the organizer. Bit frustrating with greater than 60% at times, cancellation rate. When it free people sometime just don't care. Money separates the bullshit from real folks, looking for that experience outdoors. I really hate to do it.. But many folks have been losing out on the opportunity due to no shows or last minute cancellations. You can always contact me for more information or to complain. Jay Briscoe
Pet’s: None are able to attend Sorry...!
Humans can talk that they are hitting the wall. But dog's cannot. I don't think its far to the dog for something like this and at night.
Should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Page. Sharing a ride, it’s always more fun!
Additional Trip Planning & Research:
I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on “go – no – go” will be made 24 – 48 hours before the trip...FYI
You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.
Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.
Waiver: Read !!!
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