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(NH4K) Cater Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter (Advanced)

  • Jan 26, 2014 · 7:45 AM

Please read the entire event description before you RSVP. It is important, not only for your safety, but that of the entire group. RSVP questions are not optional, please answer them or you will be removed from the "attending" list. These questions help to ensure the safety of the group.

If you RSVP from a mobile device, the questions do not always appear. Simply edit your RSVP from a computer as soon as you can (just click to edit your RSVP and hit "yes" again, you won't lose your spot that way even if there is a waiting list) and answer the questions.


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.


TRIP SUMMARY

Carter Dome (4832'), South Carter (4430'), and Middle Carter (4610') lie along a ridge on the opposite side of Pinkham Notch from the Presidential Range. Mostly wooded, there are however numerous nice viewpoints scattered along the ridge. Additionally, should the weather allow, the jewell of this range, Mount Hight, while not an official 4000-footer, is in the middle of the range and offers tremendous views from its rocky summit.


This hike will start at the 19-Mile Brook Trailhead. We will take that trail to the Carter Dome Trail, which we will follow to the summit of Carter Dome. From there, we will head back to Zeta Pass, summiting Mount Hight along the way if the weather promises decent views. We will continue along the Carter-Moriah Trail over South and Middle Carters, before descending along the North Carter and Imp Trails. Near the bottom of the Imp Trail we will take a shortcut on an old logging road which will drop us on Route 16 about 3/10-mile from our starting point.

A map of the route:


The total mileage for this hike is approximately 13.25 miles, with 4700 feet of elevation gain. The "book time" for this hike is 9 hours. Our pace will be nominally book time, perhaps a bit faster. Stops will be short and infrequent so that people do not get cold.

 

I did my research using the AMC's White Mountain Guide and prior experience hiking these peaks/trails. You are responsible for knowing and being comfortable with the route as well.

 

This hike is rated as Advanced due to the mileage and elevation gain involved.

 

TIMING

We will leave the trailhead NO LATER THAN 8:00, so please be at the trailhead by 7:45 (or even earlier if you need more time) to put boots on/gear up. I will email all participants with my phone number in advance. I may or may not have cell phone coverage at the trailhead, so please let me know by 7:00AM on hike day if you anticipate that you will be late. Otherwise, we will not wait more than a couple minutes for anyone that arrives after the start time.

 

WEATHER/CANCELLATION

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.

Current conditions and forecast for near the summits (4500ft elevation): NOAA Weather Forecast

Also: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/forecast.php

 

GEAR
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. Please ask me if you have any questions regarding gear, I am happy to help answer your questions.

 

Click here to view a winter day hiking gear list. Note especially the information on layers and water system for winter (please do not bring hydration bladders, they freeze too easily in cold weather).

 

Mountaineering snowshoes (which have traction on the frame as well as the toe crampon, and often have heel lifts to ease calf strain on long ascents) and light traction (Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound's equivalent) are REQUIRED for this hike. I will update participants a couple days out if I anticipate a change in gear to be necessary.

 

MEETING LOCATION

The Meeting location is at the 19-Mile Brook Trailhead in Gorham, NH (off of Route 16). This location is approximately 3 hours from Boston, MA and 2.5 hours from Salem, MA. Use this location for customizable driving directions (enter your starting address).


Any carpooling is each person’s responsibility to arrange. Use the comments section below to inquire.


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

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  • Kyle L.

    That was a fun day out in the cold. Great to meet you Tom and catch back up with everybody else. There are some good photos posted!

    January 27, 2014

  • dan

    I'm already here in NConway and BC skied in and then climbed Madison today. We had low teen temps but the wind was howling and face masks / goggles were needed. The weather tomorrow will be worse so I'm coming home. The mountains will be there another day. Good luck to those that hike tomorrow!

    January 25, 2014

    • Matt D.

      There is always another day. I can't imagine what Madison was like Saturday, the wind sounded really fierce. Catch you next time Dan.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Marta

    Sorry i chickened out, will look for more hikes like this in the upcoming weeks, have fun guys!

    January 25, 2014

    • Matt D.

      No problem, catch you next time!

      January 27, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Super cold (0 at the trailhead in the morning, -10 to -12 along the ridge all day), but the wind was not nearly as bad as advertised, and the trees blocked most of it too. A hearty group of hikers, we kept moving, stayed warm, and we were actually able to complete the entire hike except for Mount Hight (which we made the decision to skip given the weather and deep drifts there). Aside from the fact that we should have brought snowshoes for the stretch from Zeta Pass to Carter Dome (mega-deep drifts, a miscalculation on my part!), the trails were fast and in good shape. We even got some nice views from the various viewpoints. The conversation was great, and dinner afterwards was the icing on the cake. Great to see you again Theresa and Kyle, and great to meet Tom and Doug. Hope to hike with all of you again!

    January 27, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Is anyone heading up 93 that would be willing to pick up another passenger around concord? The hike I was planning for Sunday got cancelled and I'm interested in the Carter's if that's cool.

    January 25, 2014

    • Theresa

      Great, I'll be there

      January 25, 2014

    • Kyle L.

      See you guys bright (or very dark still) and early!

      January 25, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Folks, as I said in the email yeaterday, it is going to be cold! Highs on the ridge are looking like they will top out around -10 and it will be windy . Bring an extra layer or two over what you normally carry. Full facemask/balaclava and goggles. Hand warmers. We will need it all!

    The plan is to take this hike piece by piece. There is a good chance we will not complete the entire hike as planned. There are numerous bailout points that we will use if needed.

    If you dont feel comfortable with the forecast and dont wish to attend, that is fine. Please edit your RSVP accordingly before 5am tomorrow morning if that is the case. We wont be waiting for anyone not there and ready to go at 8.

    January 25, 2014

  • Marta

    i am gonna update my attendance in the evening, monitoring the weather and -10 high does not sound good to me

    January 25, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Understandable. Please just let Theresa or myself know if you aren't coming.

      January 25, 2014

  • Marta

    DO we know anything about temps for Sunday/?

    January 23, 2014

    • Marta

      is there a way to see that map bigger?

      January 24, 2014

    • Matt D.

      If you right-click and select "view image" (the exact phrase varies by browser, and probably won't work on mobile devices), it should come up larger.

      January 24, 2014

  • Marta

    Theresa will u be willing to carpool?

    January 21, 2014

    • Theresa

      Yes! I'd be coming up from central Mass.

      January 21, 2014

    • Marta

      where could we meet? i am driving from Mendon

      January 23, 2014

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