IT'S OFFICIAL: HIKE IS MOVED TO FRIDAY EVENING DUE TO SNOWY FORECAST FOR SATURDAY.
I hope everybody can make it but please update your RSVP if you can't, thanks! Looks like this might be our last traverse of the season. I am hoping that most of today's snow will melt/evaporate by Friday, but there will probably be some icy sections requiring caution. Last month in perfect conditions the hike took 4.5 hours, so this time might take a little longer.
7.5 gorgeous ridgeline miles, 1500 feet of elevation gain, by moonlight, followed by a post-hike gathering at the Skellig. We'll meet at Dunkin, ditch some cars at the park and ride , and then caravan over to Quincy to park the remaining cars and get started.
This is a strenuous hike that will take 4.5-5 hours to complete. We will follow the guidelines of HikeSafe and Leave No Trace. There is a required equipment and provision list at the bottom of this post, I've tried to keep it as short as possible.
If you want to read more details about this hike from a group that successfully completed it in daylight, check out the following link:
1. (Most important!!!) Shoes with a lug sole. Google image search lug sole if you're not sure what I mean. This could be hiking boots, also some trail running shoes have this type of sole. It prevents slipping when going downhill on rocks. They are essential for keeping pace and avoiding injury on this hike. Check out this blog entry by an experienced hiker about what nearly happened to his knee when he wore inadequate shoes on wet rocks: http://sectionhiker.com/salamon-xa-comp-7-trail-runners/
2. Minimum 20 oz water/liquid.
3. Bright headlamp with fresh batteries AND a backup light source in case this fails (like a flashlight).
4. Layers of clothes plus hat and gloves.
Optional equipment: hiking poles (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! They were very popular the last time we hiked the trail, icy conditions will make them even more so). snacks. Good stories to share. :-)