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Backpack weekend

This hike is not really sold out... To get on the list, you must join the wait list first.

The location has changed due to a conflict with another major event at Mt Washington, Seek The Peak.

The new location is the Pemigewasset Wilderness off the Kancamagus Highway outside of Lincoln, NH.

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This will be a significant hike event (for us) and I have set it up such that I will move individuals from the wait list to the hike upon reviewing their hiking and backpacking experience.  In other words - I reserve the right to approve attendees. We will be backpacking in to 13 Falls Campground, approximately 8 miles in on gently ascending old rail road beds. There are no major hill climbs, but we will be backpacking. Expect to carry between 30 and 40 pounds of gear per person. If you aren't sure if this is right for you, please send me (Dave C, event host) a personal email.

The plan is to travel up Friday afternoon and stay overnight at a private residence in the North Conway area. We will drive to the trail head early Saturday morning and hit the trail right away. We should arrive at the campground by mid afternoon and spend the rest of the day setting up camp, exploring the falls, eating, etc. The campground has tent platforms.

Sunday morning we will pack up and head out. After our usual apres hike meal in Lincoln, NH. we'll hit the road for the drive home. Travel time to the White Mountain is about 5 hours.

The purpose of this hike is to introduce some people to backpacking. We will not be summitting any peaks, we are just going out for a night in the woods. While this is a first backpacking outing with Connecticut Hiking Alliance, a few of us are long-time backpackers. I will be sending out more information, to the members who are signed up, on equipment and food recommendations.

Equipment Required:

full-size backpack
sleeping bag (and a tent unless you sleep in the open air)

eating/cooking gear

food for the weekend
hydration equipment (water, containers, water purifiers)
appropriate hiking clothes, NO JEANS
sturdy hiking boots, NO SNEAKERS

We will have a couple of stoves for boiling water, not everyone needs one. Most foods should be dehydrated so that the cooking mainly involves boiling water. You can get the convenient but pricey freeze dried hiker meals or go with canned tuna and ramen. There are many options. Instant oatmeal is great for breakfast.

If you are a hiker than has shown up on past hikes wearing cotton, denim, sneakers or any non-athletic wear, you will have to convince me that you will dress appropriately for backpacking before I will move you from the waiting list to the Yes rsvp list.

Food: I will provide a more detailed menu, but for now plan on bringing enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner. Snacks for the trail and between/after meals as needed. Remember, everything weighs something and you really don't want to carry any more than necessary.

Legal Stuff: By clicking on "Count me in" or "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows:

In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.  We take a lot of photos so if you are in the witness protection program, stay home.

NOTE: Please make any general comments regarding how to improve or alter the overall processes of all the outings in the DISCUSSIONS tab. Questions and comments to this event should be posted below.

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  • Bob

    Great time!!! Thanks Dave and Carol Ann as well as a special thanks to Laurie's parents for extending their hospitality to us Friday evening.

    July 23, 2013

  • Alison

    I'm glad you had such a great trip, when's the next one? I want to be sure I'm on it too!

    July 22, 2013

  • Carol A.

    This back pack trip was fantastic. And as the Alliance fortune would have it... we had a small rain shower AFTER our tents were all set up and after we were able to have a quick nip after our trek in. A great night for a bonfire and an evening stroll in the woods too. Great company! And what a lot of laughs! The Sunday dip after the trek out was just the perfect segue to our Apres-Back Pack outing in Woodstock. Thank you all for making the weekend wondrous!

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Jeanne M.


    July 21, 2013

  • Carol A.

    Lincoln NH weather forecast:
    Chance of Storm
    90° 68°

    Chance of Storm (20%)
    84° 54°


    July 15, 2013

  • Nicole

    What else cheer leading

    July 15, 2013

  • Dave

    Wish I could make it I will be on Block I just hike the Pemi loop 4days 3nights 11 peaks Maybe you can get Owl Head no view but its a 4000 ft hope u have a great time and don't feed the bears

    July 6, 2013

  • Barefoot M.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Been dealing with a lingering calf muscle pull that has hobbled me for some time and got worse.
    Hopefully I will heal quickly and get back on the trail.

    July 5, 2013

  • Emet

    One night or two at the shelter?

    June 12, 2013

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