Hike: "1" Day Presidential Traverse (Summer Solstice)
How Cool is this!!!
"Yes" 1 am start, Reason we want to be over Mt Washington by 11 am to avoid thunder storms and have the opportunity to see sunrise.
Book Time to Summit of Madison is 4 hours...
Come join us for our 2nd Annual Prezi Traverse...
We succeed'ed at getting all 8 cross and down last year for there first attempt. Awesome adventure and success for all!
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 at the northern end of the Presidential's, crosses the great ridge of the range and ends in Crawford Notch at its southern terminus, or vice versa.
By definition, a "presidential" traverse requires a participant to cross over the summits of peaks named after U.S. Presidents. Listed from north to south, they include:
Mount Madison - named after James Madison
Mount Adams - named after John Adams
Mount Jefferson - named after Thomas Jefferson
Mount Washington - named after George Washington
Mount Monroe - named after James Monroe
Mount Eisenhower - named after Dwight Eisenhower
Mount Pierce - named after Franklin Pierce
Clay, Webster and Jackson are not presidents and are therefore optional. That being said, folks are most welcome to do those peaks as well :)
Friday: arrive at a car camping area
Saturday: Wake up super early (i.e. 12:30am) On trail at 1:00am sharp Giving ourselves a comfortable time of four hours to reach the summit to watch the sunrise, then hike Mt. Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe,
Eisenhower and Pierce and end up at Crawford Notch on the
southern side around 3:00pm.
- Wake everyone up at the AMC Madison Hut..:-)
- photo ops on Mt Washington (sign the register!)
- lunch at Mt Washington Summit Almost the halfway point..
-Start down south towards Lakes of the clouds hut and then its all down hill from here...
- Exit out on route 302 at Crawford Notch.. High five and bang knuckles and look for some dinner after... then some good food bliss sllleeeepppp....~!
We do have an option to sleep at the AMC Crawford Notch Hotel and pickup cars on Sunday or do the shuttle that evening.. This we can work out as we get closer to the day...
It will take folks between 14 and 17 hours to do the traverse (including 1 Hour Lunch On Mt Washington Summit)
Our Exit point " Cars Parked" http://goo.gl/maps/CeR3x
21-22 miles of hiking 12-14 hours of hiking time Based on a average pace.
Sunday: People are on their own I know I am sleeping in and will take life at a more leisurely pace.. With a leisurely breakfast/brunch on vitamin "I" in town. This is also our rain day if Sat is bad weather...
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
This is the trail I'm planning on taking. You are welcome to take
other routes. Try to meet us at the terminus (Crawford Notch).
Whatever you do, please travel in groups of 2-5 people! Don't
meet at Appalachia trailhead at 12:30am
(off route 2, 4 miles west of Gorham)
1am hit the trail sharply on time.
Take Valley Way Trail (past Valley Way Tentsite) to AMC Mt Madison Spring Hut
Madison Spring Hut up to Mt Madison watch the sunrise in the east.
Mt Madison to past AMC Mt Madison Spring Hut to Mt Adams
Rejoin Gulfside Trail to Intersection with Loop Trail
take Loop Trail up to Mt Jefferson
Rejoin Gulfside Trail to Sphinx Col
Follow Gulfside Trail to Mt Washington
Crawford path to AMC Lake of the Clouds Hut
Mt Monroe loop past Mt Monroe
Crawford Path to Mt Eisenhower Loop
Mt Eisenhower Loop past Mt Eisenhower
Crawford Path to Mt Pierce
Crawford Path from Mt Pierce to AMC Mizpah Spring Hut
Mizpah Cutoff back to Crawford Path
Crawford Path to AMC Highland Center & Terminus of Hike!!
There are possibilities for bailouts. For example.. off Adams, 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 last one leaves at 5:30).. or hitch hike down the Mt. Washington Auto Road to Pinkham notch. Once you're past Washington, you're committed to finishing. Last year we had a person on the valley floor in a car holding a cell phone in-case? peeps needed to be picked up at a alternate trail head. I hope to find a volunteer again willing to give a day up helping us out. It was a great help knowing we had a car available anywhere a mobile phone could reach and large pizza at the end..:-)
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!!! Unless you want to be a sadist like me..<grin>
GEAR: List will be provided 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....
Is a donation to the groups operating costs for the year. $15.00 We have decided that a purchase of 2-way radios are in order. 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 your an organizer? please contact me if you would like to go.. I will waive the donation for being a organizer...
Also it only gets truly interested participants to sign up for the madness...
Waiver: Read !!!
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