A Winter Hike up Mt. Monadnock

  • February 10, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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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)

Bob

Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”

Liability Waiver

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.

Safety First!

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  • Tim H.

    I am sooooo wishing I had been able to get out of here!!!Blizzard, Fire Dept. & kids made it impossible. Anyone one up for another trip in 2 weeks?

    February 12, 2013

  • Bob T.

    The best mountain hiking day I have ever had - bar none! A park employee said he sees these conditions come together about once every 5 years. They were absolutely perfect. Lots of fresh powder from the blizzard, brilliant warm sunshine, hardly any wind, and crystal-clear visibility. Picture-perfect views of Boston, Wachusett, and the presidentials with an all white Washington were breathtaking. It was just Lysa and myself, but we ran into some AMC friends and a group of Cranston REI employees at the trailhead, and we leapfrogged with them to top and back. We took our sweet time and stopped to smell the roses frequently, doing all we could to prolong this very exceptional day. Thank you Lysa for being such a delightful companion.

    February 11, 2013

  • Lysa A.

    OMG, it was the most beautiful day! You could see forever, really, you could.

    February 11, 2013

  • Tim H.

    Who's driving up Sunday morning & has room for a passenger? I'd love to get a ride with someone.

    February 7, 2013

    • Bob T.

      I'm meeting Lysa at McDonalds in the Lincoln Mall @ 7:45.

      February 7, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Silver Honda minivan. I have room for you and one more. Send me your cell # via private email. You should have mine from previous correspondence.

      February 7, 2013

  • Jason T.

    I am slight cold symptoms currently, and its probably for the best that I take another crack at Mt Monadnock another time. So I will do the shorter, easier hike in Burrillville Saturday.

    February 6, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Sounds like you had to make a difficult call. You'll notice we changed it to Sunday, and there will be more of these this year and in better weather too. You are ALWAYS welcome.

      1 · February 6, 2013

  • Tim H.

    Hi Bob, I've been up most of the presidentials in the winter & I like your idea of moving the trip to Sunday. I'm more concerned with the drive up than the hike itself. Waiting 12-24 hrs is a good idea too. We know how quickly weather forecasts can change! As long as everyone has the appropriate gear the hike should be great....

    February 6, 2013

  • Bob T.

    I'm watching the weather very closely. Still not enough info to make any changes. I am not as concerned with the snow as I am with the 35mph wind and -8° wind chill. Group safety will be the deciding factor. Stand by.

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Hmmm.. getting interesting... http://www.accuweather.com/en/w...­

    February 5, 2013

  • Tony C.

    Bob this is the site I was mentioning before. http://www.mountain-forecast.co...­

    February 4, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Perfect! Thank you for that. I didn't know about it. Very nice.

      February 4, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I'm sorry but I have to change my RSVP. I LOVE to hike, but dont like the icy cold windy ones. Been trying all morning to get over it, but it turns out I'm dreading it. Not good for the group. Have a great time, I will miss u all, be careful, and c u next time!

    February 4, 2013

    • Kenny P.

      My sentiments exactly. I would hate to slow up this group or put any one of them in a position to carry my sorry butt off the mountain also. I wish all of them the best of luck and to stay safe. Hopefully, some other time as the warmer weather draws near.

      February 4, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Hi everyone. Just a quick follow up on the snowshoes. Both Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) and REI have very good ones for rent at very reasonable rates. We may end up just carrying them and not using them at all, but I am keeping them on the mandatory list. If we should need them, we will really need them!

    February 4, 2013

    • Jason T.

      I called REI $ 39.99 with poles we can pick them up Fri use all day Sat and return Sun for only 40 bucks not too shabby.

      February 4, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Great! FYI, Jerilyn tells me she was quoted by EMS at $20 the first day and $10 for the next, including poles.

      February 4, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I'm fighting with myself about going. I'm not to fond of ice cold wind blowing me around. Then again I never experienced that on top of a mountain. I will have to buy some goggles. I dont have snowshoes.
    Does someone have an extra pair? I never walked in snowshoes.

    February 4, 2013

    • Bob T.

      you can rent snowshoes at rei very inexpensively. they're the good ones too. you will get used to them in a short time but you will also need the poles. glad you're coming.

      February 4, 2013

    • Jason T.

      Bob that is good information about REI renting snowshoes I am calling them at lunch today. Great idea Bob thanks

      February 4, 2013

  • Tony C.

    Please review the winter gear list I have added to the Page section of the club . This is a comprehensive gear list from the RI Outdoor Club . Not all will be needed . If you have any questions on what to bring please see Bob or myself.

    February 3, 2013

  • Dennis

    I wish I could but I'm doing another hike.

    February 3, 2013

  • Leanne A

    will you be doing a full body check for cotton garments? Great info on the posing I hope you have a wonderful day.

    February 3, 2013

    • Liz

      That's right Bob! You had to do this on the one weekend I'm in another part of NH! lol! Please do this again, so I can sing my way up the mountain with you in accompaniment ..

      February 3, 2013

    • Bob T.

      ha! i went with saturday just for you and that's the thanks i get. lol. it's a good thing i like your singing...

      February 3, 2013

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  • Bob T.
    Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host

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