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Back Country Tour - Greely Ponds, Waterville Valley, NH

The snow is going be wet here Sunday, so I'm going north. This is a majestic tour along the Mad River up to the Greely Ponds. It is on National Forest Lands in the White Mountains National Park. To get to the parking lot, turn left for the Waterville Valley downhill center, but bear off to the right onto Tripoli Road then left onto Depot Camp. Here is the map of the village
http://www.waterville... These are not groomed trails and it is a long uphill trek only suitable to people in good shape and with intermediate/advanced skills and able to negotiate single track skiing up and downhill. The route is about 6 miles, if we are doing well I'll add on a loop to make the day longer. I did it last weekend and it took me 2.5 hours to go up and back. Its all tracked in so we don't have to break trail, and the snow should still be frozen according to the weather it will not get above freezing there right through the weekend. The Waterville Valley Nordic center is right there, if someone wants to come along and ski groomed trails you can do that, you can even start from the same parking lot we are meeting in. Each person going up to Greely must bring 1. a day pack with 2. at least a full liter of water, 2 liters is safer 3. a dry shirt 4. room to remove your sweater and put it into the pack 5. lunch and some snack food 6. warm gloves in case usual gloves get wet or lost 7. warm hat if not wearing a warm hat 8. cell phone 9. I will bring trail maps and a compass, bring your own if you have them 10. some toilet paper (just in case) 11. a windproof outer jacket that can be removed and put into the pack - it is really windy and cold crossing the ponds, and you will probably want it for the downhill 12. different kinds of wax for wax skis as snow conditions may change en route I am going to use my back country skis, they have metal edges, are wide, have more robust bindings, and heavier boots. I could probably get away with my waxable cross country skis but I wouldn't enjoy it as much. I am happy to drive up to three other people in my car. We'll figure out the arrangements. We should be all done by 2 or 3:00 PM at the latest if we add on some more distance. Back in Boston by 6 or so.

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  • KurtY

    Thank Jack and Beth, and it is wonderful trip and my best adventure ever so far. Really love backcountry skiing. Jack, great leader and I already learn lots from you. Look forward to more like it this season or next season.

    February 9, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    As Kurt and I neared the Waterville Valley exit, it began to pour. The temperature read 37, could it drop to 32 and turn to snow by the time we reached the trail? It did indeed! Just as we turned onto Tripoli Road the temp hit 32 and it turned to snow, and it snowed about an inch. Just enough to get a great grip going up. Kurt and I met Beth in the Depot parking lot. We started at 11:00 am. Really windy, gusts to 30 or 35, but we were protected on the way up by the trees. We put on our shells to cross the ponds, it was cold and windy, enjoyed beautiful views of Mt. Osceola, then ate lunch at the trail junction. On our way down the snow had melted and then started to refreeze, so it was FAST! Others starting at 12:30 could not make it up, the snow was too slippery. So an excellent day. Thanks to Kurt and Beth!

    February 8, 2009

  • beth

    Beautiful trip! Thanks Jack!

    February 8, 2009

  • KurtY

    I love to join and the schedule sounds good to me since I get a party after 6pm that day.

    Two suggestions from my past organizer experience to WM:

    1) Meet and carpool at Park& Ride at exit 47 of highway 93, around Methuen or North Andover. We had at least dozen of XC, hiking, rafting trips meeting over there without any problem.
    2) Suggest some carpool fee every-time doing the long trip. That would everyone feel fair and good.

    February 5, 2009

  • Yoris

    Awesome meetup. Check out this link:

    February 4, 2009

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