NH4K - Madison, Adams, & Jefferson (ADVANCED)

  • March 9, 2013 · 5:45 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]

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Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.

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Because of the advanced nature of this hike (steep climb, above treeline travel, lots of miles, and lots of elevation gain) all potential participants need to answer the questions and sigh-up for the waiting list. Only sign-up if you have similar experiences THIS winter - I will give preference to people who have hiked with us this winter. I will let people know if they will be added to the trip within 24-48 hours of them joining the wait list. The limit for this trip will be 12 people.

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What we're doing...

The plan is to climb three of the 4,000 Footers in NH - Madison (#5 @ 5,367'), Adams (#2 @ 5,774'), and Jefferson (#3 @ 5,712'). Madison is remarkable for the great drop of more than 4,000 feet to the river valleys east and northeast from the summit while Adams offers spectacular views across the Great Gulf and King Ravine. Jefferson provides one of the most striking views down the Great Gulf with the Carter Range beyond.

We will climb to the ridge using the Valley Way Trail before using the Osgood and Gulfside Trails to climb Madison, Adams, and Jefferson. The AMC's Madison Spring Hut is closed for the season. From there we will use the Randolph and Lowes Path to get back to the trailhead. Most of this route will be above treeline.

If the weather doesn't cooperate we will hike elsewhere in the White Mountains.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike.

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What to bring...

Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need things like warm layers, wind protection, goggles, snow shoes, and traction (you must bring full mountaineering crampons on this trip). I will update everyone if weather conditions dictate that we bring more than what is described here. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions contact me.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. If you don't have the required items you put yourself and everyone else at risk. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

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Trip Summary

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 13.3 miles and climb about 6,200 feet. It should take an average hiker about 9 hours 45 minutes to complete this trip (this does not include time for rest breaks).

This event is considered to be ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

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Weather

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

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Directions

We will meet in the parking lot at the Lowe's General Store which is on the North side of Route 2 near Randolph, NH. There is a small fee to park there (the normal parking pass doesn't work). According to Google Maps this spot is about 169 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 52 minutes to drive there. We will leave a few cars there and then drive the short distance to where we will begin the hike.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.

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Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

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; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(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.

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  • Fil S.

    Thanks to all for a great day... congrats Dan. It was good to meet the rest of you. Glad to see the Random Group is as strong and vibrant as ever!

    2 · March 10, 2013

    • Joe C.

      Thanks for the advice on the Intuition liners. Checking out the Koflachs at LaHout's this weekend.

      March 11, 2013

  • Bill

    Excellent hike with a great group on a spectacular day in the Whites. What more can you ask for! Thanks to all...

    March 11, 2013

  • Michael B.

    I thought I would post a link to this blog - Chris passed us early on as we were on our way up to the Madison Spring Hut. He ended up doing the whole Presidential Range on Saturday - a pretty awesome accomplishment!

    http://dailey7779.blogspot.com/2013/03/presidential-range-traverse.html

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Jocelyn

    I think I have "perma-grin" from our hike yesterday. The day just kept getting better! Words can't express how amazing this day was!

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • dan

      Same here, Jocelyn! Your signs are super. Thanks for making them for me. All the photos are so wonderful to see. I'm sending links to my friends.

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • Joe C.

    You know, it really sucks that nobody took any photos on this hike.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Joe C.

    If your family or friends would like to track our progress tomorrow, I will be transmitting a position update every 10 minutes. It can be viewed at the following website.

    http://tinyurl.com/c6zcuh8

    March 8, 2013

    • Jocelyn

      Now I have gear lust! My GPS watch somehow tracked from my house in MA to the mountains... in a straight line. Not sure why it started at my house and we definitely didn't go in a straight line... too much for it to handle I guess!

      March 10, 2013

  • dan

    Thanks again to everyone that sent me a congratulations! It was my plan to finish in a large group so I could celebrate with lots of people. That way I wouldn't have to drink 1/2 a bottle of champagne....

    5 · March 10, 2013

  • John

    Great day, hike and people! Congratulation Dan, glad I could share the day with you! Thanks Michael & Monica for putting this together.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • dan

    I couldn't have asked for a better day! Friends, great mountains, great weather, and Kali! My first NH48 and my first Winter 48. Thanks for all the photos. I'll have to get a better camera that handles the cold better. Great to see Monica back on the trail.
    THANKS Everyone!!

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Monica T.

      Congrats, Dan. I was so bummed to have missed this hike on THIS perfect day! But happy for your finish.

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • Jocelyn

      Woo Hoo! Congratulations Dan! Thanks for sharing this special day with all of us!

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • Brenda V.

    Great day with great people!!Congrats again Dan on a job well done and thanks Michael and Monica for organizing this one!! Perfect day!!

    2 · March 9, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Really couldn't have had any better conditions - warm temperatures, clear blue sky, and very little wind. Congratulations on your winter finish Dan. The mountains were busy with randomites - we had our awesome group, saw Alex & Phillip as they were in the middle of their three days above treeline, Jeffrey & Nancy met us on Jefferson to celebrate Dan's winter finish, and Bob&Geri were up there with Dusty.

    2 · March 9, 2013

  • Heather

    Great day!

    2 · March 9, 2013

  • Michael B.

    The weather looks like it is going to be a great day to be above treeline! Sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a north wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Be sure to bring snowshoes, crampons, sun glasses (the sun reflecting off the snow is bright), goggles in case of wind, and sun screen (your ears and nose will appreciate it). You might also want a hat with a brim.

    1 · March 7, 2013

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