Please read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. ANSWERING RSVP QUESTIONS IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR COMING ON THIS TRIP. TRYING TO GET RESPONSES FROM MEMBERS WHO DON'T ANSWER HAS PROVEN TO BE UNREWARDING, SO I MAY TAKE THEM OFF THE TRIP WITHOUT WARNING. If you RSVP by smart phone, have trouble seeing the questions, or need to modify your responses - be sure to update your RSVP (click "change" under your RSVP) and address the questions at your earliest convenience. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF TAKEN OFF THE TRIP WITHOUT EXPLANATION, THIS PARAGRAPH PROVIDES THE MOST LIKELY EXPLANATION. All RSVPs are subject to approval.
Carrigain (elevation 4,700 feet) is on the AMC's list of 48 New Hampshire summits over 4,000 feet. There is a tower at the summit which commands outstanding views on a clear day.
The current plan is to take the Signal Ridge Trail out and back. This would mean and Elevation gain of 3,250 feet, a distance of 10 miles and a book time of 6 hours and 40 minutes.
If the group unanimously chooses to pick a more ambitious hike and time, we may do a loop hike of Desolation, Carrigain Notch and Signal Ridge trails - this would involve a fairly steep and rough portion of trail and 3,650 feet of elevation gain 13.5 miles and a book time of 8 hours and 35 minutes.
MORE INFO: http://www.summitpost.org/mount-carrigain/153415
DIRECTIONS: Entering "Signal Ridge Trail" into google maps will get you directions to the trail head. There is a 3 dollar WMF parking fee payable at the trailhead.
Please think of your meetup organizer as fulfilling a social function in getting people together for this trip. I have no expertise in hiking safety, am not a trained guide and do not have any special medical expertise. While I will attempt to plan something that will work for everyone and will likely try to head off the problems that I can see and anticipate, you should not come on this trip if you would not feel able to safely complete it on your own, or accompanied by a friend with abilities slightly below your own. Attempts to increase the comfort and safety of the group should not lead you to believe that I am taking responsibility for your safety. By signing up for this trip, you are indicating that you are a responsible adult who will use good judgement, and who has the skills and ability to complete this hike safely. Do not RSVP yes, if this is not the case as I will be relying on your judgment, skills and ability. If you have any doubts about your ability to complete this hike under these terms, please consider joining a more formally organized hike (the AMC offers some great hikes each led by at least two trained leaders at http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/activities/index.cfm )
If you have any doubt about whether it is medically appropriate for you to go on this hike, please consult someone with the appropriate medical expertise.
It is important that you have adequate supplies and are able to carry them for the length of the trail.
These supplies include:
Non-cotton clothing in layers - sufficient to keep you warm overnight in case of emergency
(For me, this means I will likely wear shorts and a synthetic T shirt, but will carry long pants, a long shirt, and either a fleece vest or an insulating fleece jacket).
Hiking Boots, trail runners or other shoes which you know will work for you
A wind and water proof jacket (water-proof breathable is best)
A first aid kit
A map and compass
At least two quarts of water +
High Energy food and snacks (more than you think you will use)
Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
Other things that might be useful:
Large Trash bags
Check out also, NE Peakbaggers warm weather packing list
For more info:
DOGS: I am taking my two experienced trail dogs. One or two more well behaved experienced trail dogs should be OK, but please discuss with me.
Also, no guests allowed. Every hiker must be registered individually for this hike. It is easy enough to to join BHG and register. I will be automatically removing hikers who have not answered the RSVP questions.
Directions to the trailheads: http://www.wapack.org/directions.html
I will cancel or postpone in the event of foul weather.
You can follow the weather forecast for the summit at
You can also check area weather at
IMPORTANT: 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