Backpacking: Grand Pemi Loop 4d/3n (Intermediate)

  • May 23, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Backpacking: Grand Pemi Loop 4d/3n (Intermediate)












This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain, daily. 


4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: 7 miles - 3,865 ft Elevation Gain - Liberty Springs Campsite

Day 2: 9 miles - 3,800 ft Elevation Gain - Wilderness Campsite

Day 3: 10.5 miles - 3,200 ft Elevation Gain - Wilderness Campsite

Day 4: 8 miles - Homeward Bound


Friday - Day 1: Leave Lincoln Trail head and hike 7 miles to Mt Flume and Mt Liberty. We will set up camp at Liberty Spring tent site and enjoy some dinner. There is a fee for Liberty Springs campsite, this is included in the RSVP payment.

Saturday - Day 2: For those early risers who wish to see the comet, we will hike 1.2 miles (round trip) to Mt. Liberty before sunrise in hopes to view the event. Return to camp, eat breakfast, pack up, and hit the trail for 9 miles, summiting Lincoln, Lafayette, and Garfield along the way. We will wilderness camp somewhere between Garfield and Galehead.

Sunday - Day 3: Early rising, eat breakfast, break camp. This will be our big day covering five 4000 footers, 1.8 miles - Mount Garfield 1.5 miles - South Twin 3.3 miles - West Bond 1 mile - Bond 1.2 miles - Bond Cliff Approximately 1 to 1.5 miles from the Bond Cliff summit we will make camp in the wilderness. Total for the day 10.3 miles.

Monday - Day 4: Early rising, eat breakfast, break camp, and start our hike of 8 miles back to civilization & French Fries..:-)

Pets - Limited Occupancy:   Maximum 2

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 humans are slow but they do have there benefits.



Tent Buddy system is recommended or a 1p/2p/3p tent max, since we will be wilderness camping space may be limited for medium/large tents, please be consciousness.

Weight is you biggest enemy.. OK, Rain Too...

Route Planning:

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. Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this trip - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

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:  $5.00 typically per day. Plus, PayPal Service Fee's, Hard cost for Campsites and such.

Why we Charge a Fee of 5.00 per day? It only gets real truly interested participants to sign up for the trip. Our turnover rates are way too high in past backpacking trips posted without a fee. High turnover = More work for the volunteering organizer. Personally, a-bit frustrating with greater than 60% at times, cancellation rate. With the $5.00 Fee our attendance has jumped to 95+%. When it free people sometime just don't care. Cause its free! Money separates the bullshit from real folks. What true value does free have? If you looking for that fun experience outdoors. Many other 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.

Group Review:

Post Trip:  Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.



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 can be encountered. We do not guarantee 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. Whether 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 were 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 time and interesting terrain to travel on seeing we started on a highway type trail then bushed whacked a equal number of miles not finding the trail directly. We so aced the same route on the return path... Nice seeing you brave souls...:-)

    1 · May 26

    • Robert M.

      I had a great time. A some what unplanned adventure turned into a fantastic couple of days. Great to see you all again.

      May 27

  • Jay B.

    PS... My number[masked]

    May 22

  • Jay B.

    Count down has begun...... No tall gaiter needed just short.... No, Micro spikes.. Not much ice we can persevere. Rain Gear yes at some point it will happen.. See you all in the parking lot...

    May 22

  • Payal

    Anyone driving from/around Boston Friday morning?

    May 22

    • Chris C.

      I'm driving from Hingham. (South shore.)

      May 22

  • Jay B.

    Hey All, Well stared at several weather reports and itinerary of other groups known traveling in your direction and seams we will keep the itinerary as is! Liberty - Garfeild Pond or Shelter - Guyout or Wilderness on south side of bonds - home. You will want to be prepared for rain. I don't think we not get rained on at some point. Classic rain gear. Dry camp cloths in a plastic bag. Sleeping bag in a Plastic bag and Gore-tex Rain coat and Hat. I will be bringing long underwear tops and bottoms and extra pair of socks.
    our best chances for good traveling is up before the sun and on our way. Alarm Clocks going off about 4am and on trail about 5am Its our best weather window. We will talk about getting up time each night... We have two new faces.. I will be giving you a call just to check in .... Cheers.... I know I know... 4am really? I am saying it to my self too...

    May 22

    • Robert M.

      If we use the shelter, is there a fee?

      May 22

    • Jay B.

      Yes, but its covered in you meetup cost to attend.. I will be paying the caretaker... being a busy weekend we might opt for wilderness camping. Its-2-TBD

      May 22

  • Jay B.

    9:00am meet in parking lot... 9:30am start up on trail if peoples bags dont need to be repacked... We can cut down on group gear in the parking lot.. Filters, Stoves, Etc as usual...

    May 22

  • Jackie S

    Super jealous, wish I could attend this

    May 22

  • Jay B.

    Hey All,,, Well its this weekend.. trails are drying out and ice and snow should be almost gone... Weather looks to be starting out a bit wet. But as the weekend progresses it will improve to "Awesome" I will make a weather call on Thursday. If we feel like we need to edit the trip it would happen then.. I hope the Low pressure over the north Atlantic gets pushed out faster then slower...

    1 · May 19

    • Robert M.

      The weather is looking better according to maybe some showers. Looking forward to 4 days of fun.

      May 21

  • Daniel

    I am interested doing this long weekend backpacking trip. I have to see if I can get that friday off from work. By the way, Do I need to carry a sleeping tent? Although I do have a sleeping bag & pad.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Daniel

      Thanks for the advice. I might considering buying one.

      April 27

    • Daniel

      Hello, I will have to work this friday. so I can't join you guys.

      May 20

  • Gil

    Hi Jay,
    I am planning a Pemi Loop, my self and one other along with my dog. Starting Friday afternoon. Perhaps I will see you on the trail. Happy trails.

    May 18

  • Chris C.

    "May 24 - Meteor Shower - Before sunrise on the 24th, there could be a great number of meteors which are remnants of the comet P/209 LINEAR. The shower will be relatively short lived, but there is the potential for up to 100 sightings per hour." -IFLS

    Also, I'm in a solo tent too. I have a GoLite Shangri La 2 if you want to borrow it/share. But I like my freestanding TarpTent better.

    2 · April 26

    • Daniel

      I checked that one out on the website. it's pretty lightweight though even being compared to a regular one person tent.

      April 27

  • Iva

    Dylan the Dog is coming too! I got him a doggie backpack :)

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Jay B.

      I don't know? Has his hair grown back? I don't want to be embarrassed.

      April 13, 2014

    • Iva


      April 13, 2014

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