**** THIS IS A BEYOND ADVANCED HIKE AND NOT FOR BEGINNERS ***
WHAT: Presidential Range Traverse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Traverse). 23 miles / 9000 ft elevation. Start at 5AM expecting 12-15 hrs hiking (similar to Devil's Path in difficulty, but much more exposure and variable weather). This will done on nearly the longest day of the year, giving us optimum amount of time to complete the hike.
MEETING PLACE: Appalachia Trailhead - 4:45 AM
HIKING ROUTE: Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce - ending in Crawford Notch.
The details of the presidential traverse can be found here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Traverse) or on a number of other sites. It is a spectacular hike, with stunning views like the one above. The hike will hit all of the major peaks in the presidential range and if we're feeling good, we can bag a few of the minor peaks as well.
This is also an exceptionally difficult hike, so it is great if you want a challenge. The weather is incredibly unpredictable - I have hiked these trails in perfect sunshine, and I have seen snow and gale-force winds in August. Much of the hike will be above the treeline. There are a number of bailout points along the way (including the Mt. Washington cog railway) and the AMC huts where we can stop and get food and water.
A shuttle will be required and I hope to set this up Friday night.
Expect to be hiking for a minimum of 12 hours and more likely 15+.
Also, this is a 7 hour drive from NYC, so don't plan on driving up that morning. I recommend staying nearby the night before - we can coordinate this.
Since we may all be hiking at a different pace, try to find someone in the group who hikes at your pace - don't hike alone!
Gear: GO LIGHT!! But pack smart. Bring money for snacks and food at the huts along the way and also keep your water weight low (refill at huts). All standard day hiking gear - Sturdy footwear, synthetic clothing (no cotton in the Whites), first aid, headlamp and spare batteries, rain gear, map, and hiking poles (helpful).
YOU SHOULD HAVE SOME LONG DISTANCE (20 miles or more) HIKING EXPERIENCE BEFORE DOING THIS HIKE...THERE WILL BE NO SWEEP, AND LIMITED PHONE RECEPTION.
Feel free to post any questions.
(Much of the content has been plagiarized from Sergey's Devil's Path hike, as they are of similar difficulty)
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