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This will be a four mile XC ski and seven mile round trip hike to the summit of Mt Eisenhower and return. Total mileage will be approximately eleven miles.

Everyone will be wait listed and based on your experience you will or will not be accepted.

It took me five hours and forty-five minutes to do this yesterday, Sunday 3/17. I was traveling alone and with the exception of gear changes did not stop. I am estimating with a larger group it could take up to seven hours.

The plan is to meet at the Clinton Road parking lot approximately one-quarter mile past the AMC Highland Center if you are coming from the South. We will put on our skis and head down the Clinton Road toward Edmunds Path. I did a trial run of this on Sunday, 3/17 and the distance from the parking lot to the Edmunds Path is two miles. Took me about forty minutes to ski in. The road is broken out and there were no signs of snow mobiles on the road. There were several good XC tracks to follow on the road. You will be able to follow a track and track skis should be good. You can use your hiking poles for ski poles.

Once we reach Edmunds Parking lot/Trail Head we will transition to hiking boots. I carried my boots in my back pack and the changeover took about fifteen minutes. I left both skis and boots at the trail head with a note saying where I was going since I was alone. If people are concerned about the safety of their skis I will bring a big chain and lock for the skis and you could place your ski boots in your back pack.

The trail up to Eisenhower was packed out although snowshoes will be required. Once I reached the top of the trail it had not been packed out and I had to break trail for approx. one mile to the summit. Still plenty of snow up there so be prepared. I carried but did not require the use of crampons.

Saturday’s forecast calls for windy conditions; we will gauge it as we ascend. If it’s too windy (above fifty MPH) we will turn around right at tree line. It was very windy yesterday but I did summit.

Please if there is any doubt that you could not do this don’t sign up.

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  • dan

    Fabulous first time on backcountry skis. Could not have been better. No worries that we did not summit a 4000 footer because I was happy I only fell on the skis once. The low cloud cover and wind made pushing onto Zealand unnecessary.
    I look forward to this type adventurer again soon!
    Thanks Jeff!

    March 25, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Due to the high winds predicated for this day we changed the venue to Zealand Cliff. We XC/Backwoods skied to the Zealand Hut where we left our skis near a location right near the hut. We hiked to Zealand Cliff and turned around and hiked back to the hut. Changed over to our skis and skied out. It was an awesome day. Total mileage was a little over 15. Included twelve miles of backwoods XC/skiing and three miles of hiking. Total elapsed time was six and one half hours including transition from ski to hiking equipment. This was a real adventure and many thanks to Nancy and Dan for joining in. I would love to plan another similar adventure before the snow is gone. I live in North Conway and we have plenty of snow up here.

    March 25, 2013

  • dan

    This will be a great time. Can't wait!

    March 21, 2013

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  • Jeffrey
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  • dan
    Assistant Organizer

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