Two Meetup's in one.....
Winter Camping: Intro to winter camping.
And for others....
Shake-down for those attending the Meetup for the winter Prezi Traverse the following weekend.
Ever wanted to Camp out in the snow in a tent or a Snow Cave?
But you just didn't want it to be 10 miles from the road? Well here is your chance to give it a try.. Join this Meetup by the Mountaineers.
Most outdoor folks want to learn how to winter camp after they have learned how to hike a 4000' mountain in NH. I will share with you all I have time for with how to build a awesome snow cave from the condo size to survival size and also Winter tent placement and creative anchoring in foul weather or wind. Keeping dry. Methods on drying out wet clothing. Gear pro's and con. Weight of your pack and basic's of dragging a sled on your adventure. There is a lot to learn to be comfortable as possible. Both in not hauling a back breaking volume of stuff and not under packing that you are in danger...
This Meetup is a good warm up for a trip I hope to create for late March into April on Lafayette Ridge and up on MT Washington in April.
Trophy's for the person with the heaviest pack and the person with the lightest.. Rules are, you have to spend the night outside to win and not be DQ'd..
There is a option for on Sunday morning hiking to the summit of one or both of the Hancocks. Both 4000 footers. But having already hike most of the way the effort is not that great.
Winter camping does require the basic's and rental equipment is available for renting from most stores like EMS or REI and many other places like such.
We will only be hiking in a short distance (less than a mile) off the road. So, this means though, I would like to still see all folks of this Meetup with snow shoes in there car. But, you could still Boot it in if its all you have. Not a problem... Snow Shoes just are helpful cause I hope to be off any packed out trails.
Tent's -- No you don't need any fancy 4 season monstrosity.. Bring what you have.. or a back country shovel, Bucket, tarp, Bare hands. They will all work, the key is shelter and protection from the elements which can be built with plenty of snow.
Attendees Gear list Link: Gear that they have already for this trip:
Basic Gear list Link:
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Hancock Notch Trail - Its the route to the North and South Hancock. We will camp just off the trail just north of the first trail junction.
Meet in the parking lot at 10am.. Pair down on the number of cars and at 10:30 begin heading up to the trail head. Once at the trail head gear up and head on to the trail and to the camping spot.
Day #1 -- 1.9 miles at slow pace up hill for less then 500ft of gain
Day #2 -- 1.9 miles at slow pace down hill..:-)
Pet’s: Limited space only! With permission from the Organizer.
Your dog should have responsible human along on the trip. They should understand the physical demands of the hike and have experience and be fit enough to follow. They should also know trail regulations for that hike. It is not the organizers responsibility. Have good etiquette while on the trail. Have a leash for when you feel frisky. Have some First aid preparedness in case you slip and fall, or try to play with that porcupine again. Have the food and water available for carbohydrate loading when needed. Provide you some sleeping shelter & blanket to keep you warm and insulated from the ground. Maybe even some doggy clothing like jacket or booties for those cold hikes.
If your owner doesn't want to carry you gear cause they are lazy don’t let them make you carry more than 25% of your body weight.. It’s not fair..! Remember your toy cause the days are long and the nights can be longer. Remember the sofa is a pretty safe and warm place too..
Tent Buddy List,
We can figure that out in the days before the trip. But sharing is not as important not traveling into the woods that far.
Carpooling options should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Mountaineers 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
Trip Area Web Links:
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.
Cost: $10.00 -- Unless your experienced and have the ability to help show the newbies the do's and don't of winter camping..
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 for past backpacking trips posted without a fee. High turnover = More work for the volunteering organizer. Personnel, 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
You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.
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Waiver: Read !!!
Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing. Even Hiking can be by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.
Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!
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When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?
If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned. Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..
It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….
That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.