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Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.
This is day three of a three day trip in Maine. You can join us for any or all of the trip, but you must RSVP to each event.
Two groups will be hiking these peaks on separate days. You will be hiking with Team 'Between a Walk and a Hard Pace' hosted by Allison!
Western Maine is home to[masked]-footers. Saddleback (4120 ft.) and Saddleback, The Horn (4041 ft.) offer some gorgeous views both below and above treeline. Piazza Rock, Eddy Pond, and truly stunning views of Rangeley are worth it to hike this the long way. While a hike up the ski trails is one way to hike it, we’ll be taking the scenic route via the AT.
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of Northeast Peak Baggers.
Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
We will be at the trailhead at 7 am to start the hike. We will hike 14.4 miles along the AT. This event is considered to be ADVANCED due to pace, distance, and elevation gain. Our pace will be moderate at 2.0 mph. I plan on this taking us 8+ hours with breaks. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).
I did my research using the Maine Mountain Guide and the Internet. I have not done this hike before and have not been to the immediate area. 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.
Because it is the week of 4th of July and there are no group campsites very close to the trailheads, all participants are required to find their own accommodations. I am not able to guarantee the availability of these sites as most are first come, first serve. I suggest having a few back up plans as the week of the 4th of July is bound to be busy.
Backcountry camping along Caribou Valley Road
Round Pond Camping
Rangeley State Park http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/reservations/maps/rangeley.html
Find the latest trip reports: http://www.trailsnh.com/Maine-4000.php
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - 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.
Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
Footwear: Waterproof hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the mud and rocks out of your boots.
Clothing: Dress in synthetics, fleece, and/or wool layers to easily regulate body temperature. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body.
Outerwear: Insulated jacket (e.g. fleece). Windproof/waterproof shell (with hood) and pants (e.g. gore-tex). Make sure your outerwear fits comfortably over all of your other clothing. Fleece/wool hat, and gloves.
Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip - use insulated wide-mouth bottles (e.g. nalgene), or a hydration bladder.
Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces).
Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries). Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.
Optional Items: Trekking poles. Camera.
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com