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  • Jun 23, 2013 · 8:15 AM
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***  6/22 CHANGE OF PLANS ***

Hi Everyone!

There's a 50% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. In the interest of group safety and self preservation, I don't want to be anywhere near the summit of Moosilauke as it's very exposed. Instead we're going to do Mt. Pierce. It's a little longer travel time (by about 10 minutes according to Google) but given that this will also be a shorter hike I'm going to move the meeting time to 9:30 AM with boots on trail at 9:45 AM so, enjoy a little extra snooze time! Here's the quick run down:

Distance 5.98 mi
Time 4 hr 12 min (this is book time for an average hiker and doesn't include breaks)
Elev Gain +2420 ft
Elev Loss -2420 ft

Pierce mostly keeps us in the trees. If we haven't heard thunder or seen lightning we can scoot to the summit although given the current forecast I don't expect there to be any views.

Here's the coordinates for the trailhead:,-71.410018

Parking... this will put you near the AMC Highland Center. Please do not park at the Highland Center. Immediately past the Highland Center is Crawford Station. Park there!

As for the photography portion of this hike... if ends up raining this will end up being just a hike. Be sure you have something waterproof to stow your camera in as your pack likely won't provide enough protection from the elements (unless you have a waterproof pack liner of some sort, be it a dry bag, or industrial trash bag).

Any questions? Give me a ring at [masked].


Organizer: Joe Ciarcia[masked]

BOOTS ON TRAIL AT 9:45 AM (so aim to arrive in the parking lot around 9:30 AM)

Do NOT RSVP if you are not attending.


If you are interested in participating be sure to read the entire event listing before you RSVP - then answer the questions that are part of the RSVP process. While the objective of this event is to enjoy ourselves, your safety, and the safety of the others, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands, overestimate your skills and abilities, or come unprepared you may put yourself and/or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.

Please use the message board below to coordinate rides etc.


The Hike

At 4,803 feet, Moosilauke is the 10th highest peak in New Hampshire. While it is not officially designated as an alpine zone in the White Mountain Guide, Moosilauke, as well as the Moosilauke ridgeline is well above treeline providing excellent views. It will also server as the perfect place for us to practice and improve our photography skills.

I did all of my current research using the AMC's White Mountain Guide, a trail map, and the Internet.  You should become familiar with this information since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

If dangerous weather conditions cancel this event I will notify confirmed participants of any planned changes a day or two ahead of time.


Improving Your Photography:

Ever wonder why some photos come out great, and why others are just "meh"? Improving your composition will go a long way to increasing the number of "keepers". In addition to covering basic composition I will touch upon exposure issues, and some common problems encountered due to how a camera's meter "sees" the world as well as how to compensate for those problems. While everyone will benefit from improving how they compose a shot, you will get the most benefit out of this if you have a camera that allows you full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

As there will be water crossings I highly recommend something waterproof that you can stow your camera in, inside your pack be it a dry bag, or a heavy duty garbage bag to line your pack with. Also, because sunscreen, sweat, and cameras don't mix, I HIGHLY recommend that you have a small pack towel. I always have one attached to one of the D rings on my pack straps which allows me to quickly wipe off my face and hands.

My background in photography is as a professional event photographer. For 10 years I mostly shot weddings. I currently own and run a fine art print lab which services the professional photography industry. You can see some of my work here:

Mount Washington Wedding
Church Island Wedding - Squam Lake
Mount Washington Hike


Trip Summary

On this trip we will hike in via the Gorge Brook Trail, Snapper Trail, and Moosilauke Carriage Road. We will hike out via the Gorge Brook Trail bringing us back to the parking lot. On this trip we will hike 7.3 miles and gain a total of 2581 feet in elevation. Book time is a little under 5 hours however, due to the fact that we will be stopping frequently to practice and answer questions, this hike will most likely end up running significantly longer. Plan accordingly with regards to food and water. This could run 8 hours or longer. This hike is rated as INTERMEDIATE for the elevation gain.

We start as a group, stay as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. If you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us or want to head off on your own, this isn't the trip for you. Likewise, this trip isn't for you if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you or want us to go on without you. Fatigue and other unexpected conditions can alter our plans.

If you have ANY questions about your ability to participate in and complete this entire trip please contact me.

Dogs: Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they are experienced hikers.

Guests: Guests are not permitted on this hike. All participants must be members of Random Group of Hikers. All participants must individually sign up and respond to ALL RSVP questions.



Summer is here but given New England's wild weather we need to be prepared. Be prepared with layers to layer up or down depending upon the temperature as well as wind/rain protection.

Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this hike - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two before this event.

Click here for the current weather forecast (

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.


Clothing and Equipment

Below is a list describing the minimum required clothing and equipment to participate in this event. DO NOT rely on others to have extra clothing or equipment to share with you once we are out on the trails. Bring enough to keep you warm and protect you from the wind in case we have to stop/wait in one place for a prolonged period of time.

Footwear: Proper hiking footwear is required. There are some crossings light gaiters are recommended. Make sure you have a change of socks.

Clothing: Dress in layers to easily regulate body temperature. While it is summer, it can still get cold at elevation, especially in the evening. In the event of an injury requiring rescue, it may be some time before a team can reach you, or the hike out may take significantly longer. Be prepared for colder temperatures. Eye protection is highly recommend as the summit of Moosilauke can be quite windy. ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON.

Outerwear: Windproof/water resistant breathable shell, GoreTex or equivalent.

Food and Water: High-energy snacks, food for lunch, enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip.

Other Essential Gear: Map and compass. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries. Personal first aid kit. An emergency space blanket (e.g. mylar). Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack. Extra hat, mittens/gloves, and socks.

Optional Items: Waterproof/windproof pants. Waterproof gaiters. Trekking poles.

You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

You will need to bring any medications or medical supplies that you may need during the trip.



We will meet at the end of Ravine Road at the Gorge Brook Trailhead in Warren, NH. The GPS coordinates for the trailhead are [masked],-71.814775. According to Google it is 142 miles from Boston, MA and should take 2 hours, 29 minutes. Please use the comments section below to coordinate rides.

Click here for customizable driving directions to the meeting spot (


As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you and your guests 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 described at; 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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  • Michelle C

    Great trip with a good hiker/photographers. We got in some great pics...just no great sunny pics of the surrounding peaks. And the descent was a bit...wet still a great day Thank you Guys

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Jonathan L.

      Was a great hike. Thanks to Joe and Michelle for helping me check my first 4000 footer of the list. Great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and set the camera to manual! Loved hiking down in the hail...

      1 · June 28, 2013

    • Joe C.

      Congrats on your first! I thought it would take forever to get my 48 and I was amazed at how fast I flew through them! That rain was EPIC!

      June 28, 2013

  • Roxanne L.

    Unable to find anyone to carpool with. Can't drive 6 hours alone. Waste of gas when we are all going the same place. So sad people don't want to carpool.

    June 23, 2013

  • Trisha

    Due to the weather forecast, I'm going to skip this hike. I hope to get an opportunity to shoot some pictures with you another time!

    June 22, 2013

  • Roxanne L.

    We are driving from Boston. Anyone wants to carpool from any place in NH? Please let me know. Lets stay green by carpooling plus you'll get some money for gas.
    Two of us from Boston.

    June 22, 2013

  • Roxanne L.

    If anyone is interested in carpool please let me know. I could ride with you or ou could ride with me. I am willing to assist with gas.

    June 14, 2013

  • Angela

    I'm second guessing myself on this one after all. Sorry. Perhaps I should "work up to it" a little more. I am just so anxious to get started on a "real" hike! I'll keep working on it...thank you!

    June 17, 2013

  • sandy

    i'm a maybe, will update in a few days.

    June 14, 2013

  • Roxanne L.

    I live on the south shore but willing to mee anywhere in Boston or Park and Ride along the way off 93 or 95

    June 14, 2013

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