NEW DATE! DUE TO THE SNOWSTORM WE ARE NOW GOING ON SUNDAY (INSTEAD OF SATURDAY)
Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the waiver.
This hike is limited to well-conditioned winter hikers with an appropriate level of fitness and prior above-treeline experience. Please do not try this if you are not ready.
Event Rating: STRENUOUS with above treeline cold and wind exposure
Thrill Rating: BREATHTAKING!
Distance: 4 MILES RT with 1800' elevation gain, straight up
Time Duration: Anybody's guess. With the deep snow it will be slow.
Blaze Orange: Not required
Certainly not the highest peak in New Hampshire, but with a 360° view, and the Boston skyline along with almost half of New England visible on a clear day, this 3K footer is one of the most popular mountains in the country. I would have preferred to do this on a weekday to avoid the traffic on the trail, but with a tip of the hat to our working members, we are going up on a Saturday. We will just have to share the trail with some other hikers, and it still won't be anywhere near as bad as the hordes of summer. And the weather timing is excellent! The forecast is for fresh snowfall on Friday and Friday night, and Saturday AM, with a clear and sunny day Sunday. If this holds true, this could possibly be the most beautiful hiking you will do all year.
We will be taking the very direct White Dot Trail straight up to the summit, and then the White Cross Trail back down. Trail info is here. The latest Monadnock Weekly Report from Patrick Hummel, Manager of Monadnock State Park is here. We are a group, and as always, we go up together, stay together, and come down together. Getting to the top is optional, but all of us getting down safely to the base is mandatory.
And speaking of mandatory... this hike requires full winter hiking gear including the following mandatory items:
Appropriate winter hiking clothing. Layers. Absolutely no cotton anywhere! It's wide open up there and some days the wind blows like a hurricane. There is no shelter from it other than what you are wearing. Be smart - bring the right stuff. Best recommendations are here.
Winter hiking boots, w/ minimum 400gr insulation.
Gloves or mittens w/ chemical hand warmers.
Full face protection, including goggles. When the wind is blowing, exposed skin will freeze.
Traction devices. Microspikes or equivalent. (crampons not necessary)
Snowshoesand hiking poles w/ snow baskets. These are in addition to the traction devices. Have them fitted to your boots before coming to the hike for quick mounting. It will be far too cold for the group to be standing around while you are fiddling with them on the trail. Climbing snowshoes are better here than flat-land snowshoes, but bring what you have.
High-calorie, non-freezable snacks and lunch. You will be burning a lot of fuel to keep your engine running.
2 liters of water – in wide mouth bottles – inside insulated carry bags. No bladders. Don't mess this up! You will not have anything to drink when you need it!
Emergency whistle. Worn outside, in plain view.
Headlamp w/ fresh batteries. No hand-held flashlights. An emergency could require a late exit.
Up on the mountain, one person's trouble is everybody's trouble. Please review this equipment list and be sure that you have every single item. Sorry folks, but I am not fooling around here.
If you don't got 'em, you ain't comin'! Firm!This is a very serious matter of both personal and group safety.
We meet in the parking lot of the Monadnock Park Headquarters at 10:00 AM sharp. Be prepared to immediately hit the trail. We can set up car pooling as we get closer to the date and we know who is coming.
Maps and directions are here .
Oh, and if someone were to carry up a small thermos of hot coffee as an offering to the ice giants of the mountain top, I'll bet they would get first dibs on the next mountain hike I lead. Just sayin'. (black, no sugar, please)
“Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”
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 assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.