THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS OR INTERMIDIATES. This is STRICTLY an event for advanced and well conditioned snowshoers and hikers. If you aren't sure then please don't sign up.
I've never been in this area before and have no first-hand knowledge of the terrain. With 3000' of gain in 5 1/2 miles this should be a good workout. I'm tempted to turn it into an overnighter as well but that would depend on how much interest there is among the attendees. I am one of the, apparently, few believers that snoeshoeing is not THAT much more difficult than bare trail hiking. Non-the-less, I'd like to get an early start due to how far away it is and the fact that we will be climbing in the snow. Besides, I always like to make it back early enough for dinner if we aren't staying over night.
I'll be doing my research on the area and contacting the ranger station this week so as to be better prepared for the trip.
On this particular trip I will be excited to have an extended lunch break (20 mins. or so) if we can find a good spot and we are making good time. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the steepest part of our climb will be the last mile in which we gain 1000' in what is sure to be the deepest snow on the trip.
I have set the attendee limit at 10 but would be willing to increase it closer to the date if there is strong interest on the wait list.
MY HIKING STYLE:
I love the woods and prefer to see as much as possible on a given trip. I also love exploring off trail and am constantly looking for good opportunties to do just that. If you come on one of my hikes you should be prepared for the possibility of being drug into the woods. I greatly enjoy working up a sweat and getting a workout in the process. If we have time to stop for three meals and have a drum circle then we're on too short of a hike. I snack and shoot pictures on the go. All this being said, I don't actually move TOO super fast, I just don't like stopping any more than is absolutely necessary. When I get tired I simply move a little slower (but don't stop) to catch my breath. I firmly believe that forward progression is the key to accomplishing your goal and getting to the destination. I believe in operating as a strong, unified group. I am not a hike leader, I am simply an organizer looking for like-minded and like-abled people to adventure with. I believe in promoting and maintaining a positive and supportive group attitude and want the hike to be a great team experience for all who attend.
Distance: I'm approximating somewhere between 11 and 13 miles (if we can complete)
Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
When I say this an advanced hike I really mean it.
WHAT TO BRING:
This is not a hike for beginners or intermidiates and participants of this hike should know what to bring without being told. We will be in the snow and the cold, and wind will quite probably be a factor on the ridge, so be prepared. You would be very wise to bring an emergency shelter as well. You never know this time of year.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to let me know. I will update on Thursday the 20th.