Organizer: Monica Trust@ [masked]
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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.
The plan is to climb two of the 4,000 footers in NH - Osceola (#24 @ 4,340'), East Osceola (#34 @ 4,156'). Mount Osceola is a 4,315 foot mountain located in the Sandwich Range. The mountain is named after a Native American Tribe chief. The views from the summit are not 360 degrees, but still amazing at around 220 degrees of clear views of Mount Washington in the Northeast and most of the rest of the White Mountains. East Osceola Mountain is a 4,156 foot and is not one of the New Hampshire 4,000 footers known for it's spectacular views like Mount Washington, or Mount Lafayette offer. The views at the summit are extremely limited, because it is surrounded by trees. You can find a thin path near the summit that veers off the path for roughly 25 feet to an outlook area, which is still difficult to make out good views.
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. 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.
On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) trip we will hike about 8.4 miles and climb about 3,186 feet. It should take an average hiker about 5 hours 47 minutes to complete this trip. This event is considered to be Moderate because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain.
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.
This trip is being offered to both the Random Hikers and the AMC so you will need to sign the standard AMC liability waiver. If you are not familiar with it you can review it by clicking here.
Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.
Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they have been hiking as often as you have - bring a leash and a copy of their most recent rabies vaccination.
Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies
Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or if you have any questions refer to the list below or contact me.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.
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 at 9:00 AM in the Mt Osceola Trail - it is located off Tripoli Rd, near Waterville Valley in NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 141 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 18 minutes to drive there.
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.