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Backpacking: Back Country Camping & Snow Shelter Practice -Beginner/Intermedi­ate

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  • We will meet at the Greely Pond trailhead at 10:30am and hike in 2.2 miles (with minimal elevation gain) to lower Greely Pond. We will then use the remaining daylight to build snowsheltrs and try to stay warm.

    Directions to Greely Pond trailhead.

    From I-93:
    Take Exit 32 off I-93 and follow Kancamagus Highway (Rt. 112) East for 9.7 miles.
    Turn into a small parking area on the right-hand side of the road. This turn is after Big Rock Campground (which is on the left) but before the hairpin turn at Hancock Overlook. If hiking in the winter, be careful to avoid the cross-country ski parking area for Greeley Ponds which is 0.2 mile before the hiking lot.
    Greeley Ponds Trail leaves from the southeast corner of the parking area

    I will be in a grey Audi A4.

    (If the parking lot is full, there is additional parking at the top of the hairpin turn).

    Please use the winter backpacking gear list to make sure you bring everything you need.

    Bring warm (-20F) sleeping bags, tents and shovels!

    Snowshoes are a good idea as well.

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  • Lauren P.

    I'm still really like to get out there today, even in the COLD! I'm thinking of just doing one of the 52WAV around 10am. Let me know if you'd like to join.

    January 26, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Great spot you all will love it there!!! Parking is really tuff.. I recommend car pooling from the rangers station on the Pemi 1-2 cars will be fine in the parking lot there at the Trail head.. it only holds maybe 6-8 at a time.. Big hiking destination too.. FYI Cheers...

    January 23, 2013

  • Eugene

    Looks like 6 of us left for now. I'd like to have us go to Greely Ponds instead of Kinsman's since it's lower elevation and hopefully will keep us a bit warmer. There's no lean-to at Greely Ponds so we'll need tents as backup if the snowshelters don't work out. Does anyone not have a tent?

    Information on the trail can be found here:

    We will meet at the Greely Pond trailhead on Rt. 112, just east of the hairpin turn and hike in 2.2 miles to lower greely pond.

    January 23, 2013

  • Eugene

    There are numerous resources online for learning how to make a snow shelter. The one below is simple and a good way to start:

    Please check out the gear list for winter backapcking under the files section of this meeetup and make sure you have the necessary personal gear. Those of you who said they can or plan to get shovels please bring them. The more shovels we have the faster we can dig and keep everyone warm.

    January 22, 2013

  • Eugene

    Hi everyone, I'm in the process of finalizing the location. It will probably be Greely Pond or Kinsman's Pond. I will probably bring my ice skates to skate around on the pond. Feel free to do the same.

    It's going to be cold. Current forecast is a high in the low teens and a low below 0F. Everyone should have a -20F rated sleeping bag, warm boots, 2 sleeping pads for insulation and other appropriate gear for these conditions.

    If this is something outside your comfort level please update your RSVP.

    I am trying to get one of the MIT Outing Club leaders to join us on this trip. They had a successfull snow shelter trip this past weekend and we could use their expertise.

    I will bring a shovel and a stove for boiling water. I would like to have at least 1 shovel per every 2 people so if you have one, bring it. As I said, it's going to be cold, so standing around not doing anything is not really an option. We'll either be hiking or shoveling snow to keep us warm! More to come soon.

    January 22, 2013

  • Fede

    Has the location been decided?

    January 21, 2013

  • Eugene

    I moved this event to late January in hopes there will be enough snow by then. Please update your RSVP's if you can't make it.

    December 12, 2012

  • Eugene

    This will be a short trip as far as hiking goes as the plan is to concentrate on building a snow shelter so we will want to have plenty of daylight. Closer to beginner rating.

    If there is not enough snow I will postpone this till sometime in January.

    December 4, 2012

    • Jay B.

      Cool thanks for letting me know...

      December 4, 2012

  • Jay B.

    What rating is this trip? Beginner? Intermediate or advanced?

    December 3, 2012


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