Advanced Hike: "1 Day" Presidential Traverse (Summer Solstice)

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...

Sunrise: 5:46am
Sunset: 8:17pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 :)

 

ITINERARY:

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...

 

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

 

PROPOSED TRAIL:

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 
hike alone!

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....

 

RSVP Fee:

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 !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing 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, or 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. 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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  • Jay B.

    Great Adventure and challenge. Boy learned need to get off my butt.. One of the hardest cross's for me. I felt it was all sleep based. But its done missed 2 summits.. the 1 night traverse I will catch it.. :0) Nice meeting you veterans and hope to meet you on the mountain again.... Cheers...

    June 22, 2014

    • Robert M.

      This was a hard one and feeling the lack of sleep also but what a great group we had. Congrats to everyone one.

      June 23, 2014

    • Karl R.

      I learned my lesson or lessons! Take day off work and sleep also eat eat eat eat while hiking! Still fun! Thanks for another awesome adventure Jay!

      June 23, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Will be doing this same hike with some friends but starting at a humane time so won't see you.

    4 · June 19, 2014

    • Michael B.

      Great job! Turned back before the first summit with someone in the group who wasn't feeling well.

      June 22, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Bummer next time.

      June 22, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Awesome and epic trip!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Thanks for another awesome adventure. Learned a lot on not what to do. Loved every minute of it. Nice to meet you all.

    June 22, 2014

  • Doug R.

    What a hike! Lots of laughs and stories to tell. What you did was awesome and probable only .0001 percent of the state did what we did this weekend. Does that make us awesome or just outright freaks? Either way it was earned the hard way and I'll take it.

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Bob B.

    What an awesome hike. Weather was perfect. Good group of hikers. A Presidential Traverse has been on my list of significant hikes to complete.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Sue S.

    A tough hike made fun with great company.

    June 22, 2014

  • Chris C.

    I'm at Highland center. Will be over in parking lot at 7

    June 20, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Ok, Boyz and Gurls Start tanking up on water today limit you coffee and and do what it takes not to be crazed out of you mind stressed near the end of the day and will take you time to unwind. Its always best to get your precious couple hours of sleep. nobody likes a cranky hiker..:-). We will have a great time. Weather looking great. All will find much adventure in this challenge... See you tonight..

    2 · June 20, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Sorry didn't add any time for Sunrise.. Lets say.. 1:45 - 2:15pm.. I think thats more hiker doable seeing we loose time for the sunrise etc...

    June 19, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Weather is looking perfect... 40 ish at the trail head and full star show when we start... on the summit we will see about 50 degrees as a high and will likly feel a bit colder seeing the dew point will be so low... My gear list I posted is approperate now based on the weather.. Betting we will as a group, do the traverse in record time.. I at this point will estimate a finishing time with a hour break on the summit for a rest and lunch.. Tad bit of trail running on the flats on area between summit and lakes. When it looks like your trail running which you are the droves of days hikers get out of your way.. Chris.. Remember the scout troop..:-)
    The decent as being about... just at 12.5 hours. back at cars 1:30 - 1:45pm Will see.. Last year very humid slows you down not able stay cool.. Last year our time was 4:15pm.

    June 19, 2014

  • Jay B.

    The Plan... Drop car meeting time --- 7:00pm @ Crawford Notch AMC Center
    Meet at Trail Head --- 8:30pm
    Sleep till alarm rings at 12:30am
    Hit Trail at 1:00am
    Last absolute time to join the group of hikers is that 1:00am Hiking time.. Show up late.. You better run after us or turn for home.. You should be packed before you even reach the trail head.. Trying to do so in the middle of the night will likely be a failure.
    Just to set the understanding. This is not much of a sight-seeing-trip.. I am not looking for a best personnel time in this crossing as a group. also I feel we cant let it run into taking 24 hours.. No sleep and being out too long someone will get hurt. For me:
    I am trying to leave early at this time on Friday.. Got stuff to drop off at the camp.. then roll up for the Crawford Notch meeting time, after some dinner....FYI
    Have comments or questions.. My Cell #[masked]
    Its going to be a nice challenge and hopefully the weather makes for some interesting scenery...

    June 16, 2014

    • Robert M.

      I'm planning on getting out of work a little early but still don't think I'll make it to crawfor by 7:00 pm.

      June 18, 2014

    • Jay B.

      No problem Robert maybe I just leave my truck at trail head and Chris drives me and Kristie north. I should be able to get everyone in my truck back to trail head with some in the back. Figure it out at trail head with who can make it

      June 19, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Breath deep, Jay ok so for a first time I plan on using 2-way radios. not to have conversations but to have it as a tool for this event. If you own one bring it I guess.. We will be running on Channel 17 Code 17 in a group mode.. I have six for the group which is all the budget allowed for. Which is perfect of our size as it stands.. 6 teams of 2.. We will probably travel in larger group but as always there will be folks of different speeds which will spread out... I'm just not a fan of electronics in the woods.. More a fan of peace an quiet and a little unknown..

    2 · June 18, 2014

    • Karl R.

      Can we have cool Call signs

      2 · June 18, 2014

    • Daniel

      Good Idea!

      June 18, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Just double Checked the map location for the trail head and the Meetup App its good.. So the App will get you to the starting trail-head...

    June 18, 2014

  • Kristin

    Hey y'all- so I unfortunately am going to be stuck at work until 7 at Boston Children's Friday night so wouldn't make it up til 11 or so at night. Still want to do it but not sure hiking on no sleep is ideal.

    June 17, 2014

    • Jay B.

      That's a not good news.... Then again we are only likely getting to bed about 9:30 anyways.. 3 hours sleep... Your going to have to figure out what your going to do.. Please update your RSVP if your not going to attend... Cheer's....

      June 17, 2014

    • Robert M.

      Sorry to hear that.

      June 17, 2014

  • Jay B.

    I meant to say across from the AMC Highland center in the trail head parking on the hill..

    June 17, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Post traverse... With the dropped cars at the end point We will take the drivers back to the starting trail head and all head for home or other for some sleep at that point....

    June 16, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Snacks.... being my 5th time across this time in the summer.. eating a snack on each summit and drinking plenty of water along the way is key for still having stamina near the end of the ridge. Eat and drink early... You will be able to go all day... Dont take the time to snack and there will be blood sugar crashes and people hitting the wall.. Remember we really will not have a proper breakfast to speak of at the parking lot so sort of starting at a deficit...

    June 16, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Next agenda is find a couple of folks who will meet me at Crawford notch to drop a car on Friday and a good time which can be met.. Once cars are dropped head up to the trail head and camp in the woods or cars for a couple hours before our start.... i will post more as the week goes on. I got the 2-way radios last week and work well. Nice addition to our traverse seeing the cell phones don't work on the north end for beans...

    June 16, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey Folks OK, So I uploaded a gear list this night... Click "More" on the options above and then "Files" then the list "Gear List - Summer 1 Day Traverse - Hiking" This Marathon has many benefits unlike some of the other large single day traverse.. We have shuttle options and plenty of water within a couple hours apart and also a nice cafeteria for a late breakfast or early lunch when we get to the summit of Mt Washington in there cafeteria.. So. bring plenty of cash.. Of course in a worst case shuttles run about 50-60 dollars to get back to your car. or you can hang till we finish and roll around the Mtn to pick you up... But I know everyone will make it. We can talk about bail options if you care to know.. There is plenty I feel.. Just some are longer then others.. My Gear list is vast in-case someone should get hobbled and a night out is needed.. Weird things can happen to us all.. Slip a pull muscle or forgot the bourbon.. all sad cases..

    June 16, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Thanks for the updates

    May 21, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Yes, Jim, Kristie has this correct... our goal is to be down by 5pm. Being my 4th time doing this I have learned getting down in the dark then trying to drive is out of the question. Sat 1am done off the mtn with no problems about 4-5pm... Bigger the group might get the slower we travel... This is not trail running the ridge or a pace that a averaged hiker can't do.

    May 21, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Just confirming, this is a Saturday hike starting at 1am, listed as a Friday event? Thanks

    May 20, 2014

    • Kristie W.

      Hi Jim, not sure what happened with date/time. I just corrected too Saturday, starting at 1am with an estimated completion time of around 5pm. We usually get to the parking lot sometime Friday night and leave promptly at 1am to hit sunrise on madison summit.

      May 20, 2014

  • Dana

    That Saturday is the day of the Mount Washington Road Race, too! http://mountwashingtonroadrace.com/

    1 · May 6, 2014

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