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Winter Camping: Intro to Winter Camping and Shakedown for Prezi Traverse

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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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:

Files section seams to be not working....


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.

The Plan:

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.

Pace: Slow

Rated: Beginner


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.

Getting There:

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.

Map #


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

Post Trip:

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 !!!

Be Warned!

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!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

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.

The Organizers…

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  • melinda

    Great experience, learned a lot

    February 25, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Great time all... Really enjoyed meeting all the new faces and sharing what I learned from others over the years... Looking forward to see you all again... Cheers..

    February 25, 2014

  • Cindy

    James and I had a wonderful time. We learned so much, big Thank You to Jay! Great group and Excellent leader! Hope to do it again.

    February 24, 2014

  • Rob P.

    Good times folks. Thanks jay!

    February 23, 2014

  • Justin M.

    Awesome trip! Great crew, great leader, great times! Happy trails!

    February 23, 2014

  • David P.

    Ditto to Karl's comments. Melinda and I had a great time. Thanks to Jay - a wealth of knowledge. It was great to meet everyone and hope to see you on another trip soon.

    February 23, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Had a great time. Loved learning a new skill building a snow cave. Good to see everyone and Thank you Jay for another awesome journey!

    February 23, 2014

  • Mark

    What a great time...I learned so much and feel better about winter backpacking & camping. Thanks Jay!
    Also nice that it was a good group of people to be out in the woods with. Next time I'll remember my flask!

    February 23, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Sorry folks just saw on my ride north that the location using the APP is wrong... you might need to refresh your directions... If your heading the wrong way text me...978-[masked]

    February 22, 2014

  • Rob P.

    C u tomorrow!

    February 21, 2014

  • Russell T.

    Hey All- Sudden change of plans means I can't make it anymore! Was looking forward to it. Have a great trip!

    February 21, 2014

  • Jay B.

    PS: there is a option based on where we will be to hike to the top of the Hancock's.. We can create a plan when we meet.

    February 21, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hi folks, Weather looking perfect for our night out actually fairly warm.. Always good for a first timer. Snow caves still not a problem to make. Meeting at 10am at the Nat forest visitors Center. up on the Kank. From there we will pair down on cars and head up.. We will only be in that parking lot for about 30 min Late people will need to catch up and there is no cell service. So if you know your running late you should text or call me...978-[masked] Questions get in touch..

    February 21, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey Folks I have posted the gear list twice and for some reason its not working though the files section... Check you email. I will try to send it that way in a few minutes..

    February 19, 2014

  • Jay B.

    I will be sending out notes tonight and also a Email of two for this trip. Hiked in to a beautiful spot yesterday and looking forward to camping there..

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Jay B.

    When it comes to the gloves think modular.. Where you wear a liner glove the glove comes with a removable insulation layer and a waterproof outer shell just to be clear.. If you dont have not the end of the world either..

    January 22, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Things you might want to pickup for this trip outside your normal winter gear. Back-country snow shovel or SnowClaw.. We only need one per 2 campers at most. So if you dont have one dont worry.
    Also, need some goretex over mitts. Like,
    Does not have to be these. Just Waterproof shell and have a removable liner glove. You can find them for $30.00 -[masked] Hunt for cheap ones. wet gloves are common back-country camping. A shell is very much needed for so many tasks.

    January 22, 2014

  • Cindy

    Jay, is the terrain suitable to use a ski pulk?

    January 19, 2014

    • Jay B.

      "Pulk"? Is that super fancy word for "Sled"? :-) Yes, I have a couple locations that I am thinking of that a light to moderate weighting sled could be pulled. Just so its known the goal really is once this trip is over to understand what you don't need to bring and leaving the kitchen sink at home. Sleds are great for only particular trips along long stretch of flat land.. Not a NH 4k.

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • mike

    Anyone going up from Boston?

    January 18, 2014

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