Update: Expect cold weather tomorrow. Temperatures no higher than 40 degrees (and that is at trailhead). Bring crampons if you have them. Also bring microspikes.
Also expect the winds to be gusty most of the day Friday. Make sure you have something to cover your face and eyes when we summit.
Bring the standard winter gear. In addition, bring a second set of footwear for the 5 river crossings we will have to make while travelling the Hancocks. I bring old running shoes to slip on (with plastic bags). Always a fun experience crossing the ice cold streams!
Bugs are flying around so bring spray and perhaps a bug net.
Monorail should be frozen tomorrow. Spikes will keep you on it. I may/may not bring snowshoes. The info that i have received is that snowshoes are not necessary. i am leaning toward not bringing them.
Don't bring very large bags. We are all trying to fit into a suburban. We need the room.
3 rooms are reserved.
Will be posting one weekend hike each month through June, with the goal of having 18 done by July 1.
Question is......Who's in???
I would like to hit at least three of these five NH high peaks on these two days.
Day 1: Mt. Hancock and South Hancock (RT distance is 9.5 miles)
Day 2: East Osceola and Osceola (RT is 7.5 miles)
Option: We will make that decision at the right time.
We will leave at 4:ooam on Friday and get to the TH no later than 9:00. Sunset is 7pm ....so daylight is not a concern. After our hike, we will remain at one of the Inns in the area.
The next morning, we will be at TH by 8 am. We will hike the Osceola peaks (be out by mid afternoon) and return to Albany by 630pm on Saturday.
THis hike is reserved for very experienced hikers! Winter conditions still exist in the White Mtns! It is an interesting weekend of hiking! Experienced winter hikers only!!! Thank you.
All costs associated with lodging and transportation are equally divided amongst participants that sign up. A commitment must be made prior to 10 days of the hike. If you bow out of the hike within that 10 day period before the hike, you will be responsible for the cost of reservations made on behalf of you! Only fair.
The Liability Waiver--Please read!
1) Hiking and other outdoor activities that we organize is an inherently risky activity. These risks include changes in the weather, hazardous terrain, animal attacks, falls, falling objects, failure of critical equipment, and injury from physical exertion. Traveling to a wilderness area involves additional inherent risks as medical assistance is not available. By participating you agree not to hold the organizers or any follow participants liable for any injury or damage to personal property as a consequence of these risks. (In plain English: Hiking is dangerous and everyone gets hurt sooner or later, so you can't blame anyone when you get hurt.)
2) Hiking with an amateur group rather than a professional guide also involves additional inherent risks. These include relying on other members for transportation, aid during an emergency, and general assistance throughout the event. By participating, you agree not to hold fellow participants or the organizers liable for negligence, poor judgment, over-sights, or any other mistakes on their part. (In plain English: You're choosing to hike with a bunch of amateurs, so you can't blame anyone when they make mistakes.)
By signing up for this hike and choosing to participate in it, you are asserting that you understand the risks involved and that you are assuming responsibility for your own safety and well-being during the event. Remember , the organizer is not a certified guide, nor is he someone that can make decisions for you. You are merely being provided with an opportunity to hike/ climb with other outdoor enthusiasts.