Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.