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NH4K - Osceola and East Osceola (INTERMEDIATE)

  • Jan 26, 2014 · 8:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked] 

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

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 so consider this before you decide to participate.

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What We're Doing

We are hiking Osecola and East Osecola instead of Moosilauke. The wind chill above treeline would be pretty nasty so let's stay in the trees. Also, we might get some protection from the summits themselves since the wind is coming from the west and we will be approaching from the east. :-)

SINCE THIS IS A LAST MINUTE CHANGE AND I WILL NOT HAVE ANY TIME TO SCREEN PARTICIPANTS IT IS ONLY OPEN TO THE PEOPLE STILL LISTED AS YES ON THE MOOSILAUKE HIKE.  

BE PREPARED FOR THE COLD AND THE WIND. ALSO, BE PREPARED TO KEEP MOVING - HAVE YOUR GLOVES AND HATS AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED HANDY. BRING FOOD THAT YOU CAN EAT ON THE GO.

Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) traverse we will hike about 7.8 miles and climb about 3,100 feet. It should take an average hiker about 5 hours 45 minutes to complete this trip. This doesn't include any time spent taking breaks along the way.

This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions - there is no guarantee we will complete the entire event as described here.

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. 

What to Bring

You will need snow shoes and mountaineering crampons (microspikes or hillsounds are OK only as a back-up to the crampons). Be prepared for windy conditions above treeline - have a windproof layer and goggles. 

Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - if you have any questions about what to wear and/or what to bring let me know.

• Click here for a list of items needed for a "winter" day hike.

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.

Weather

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

• Link for weather forecast: 

Directions

We will meet in the parking lot for the Greeley Ponds Trail. It's on the south side of Route 112 about 15 minutes east of Lincoln, NH. 

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 (gas and tolls).

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 Hike Safe 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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  • Wanda R.

    Cold but beautiful!

    January 26, 2014

  • Pete Y.

    Thanks for the great day guys! The Tilt'n Diner never tasted better! Hope to see you all again soon.

    January 26, 2014

  • Jo

    Well, I really hate doing this but I am going to bail. I seriously don't think my keen boots and summit gloves will be adequate or safe for what the NWS is reporting for temps tomorrow ( serious neg double digits) even at the Osceola s. So being prudent is not always easy, but bailing is the safe thing for me to do at this time. I really hope to meet up with you all at some point when temps moderate to a balmy zero. Be safe and stay warm to anyone hiking tomorrow.

    January 25, 2014

  • Wanda R.

    Sounds like a good plan! I'm excited to get one I don't have for winter. Have done East in winter with the boys, but went back down after that.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Here is the deal. We are going to hike the Oscelas from the Greeley Pond Trailhead on Route 112. I've updated the hike description the best I can from my phone. Since I won't have time to screen participants I am only keeping this open to those already as a YES for the Moosilauke hike. Sorry for the inconvenience and late notice.

    January 25, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Just getting reception after doing Carrigain today. Moosilauke looks to be too cold and windy to go above treeline so won't be doing that peak. Trying to figure out what to do with less exposure. Will update by 8 - we will be hiking somewhere.

    January 25, 2014

  • Wanda R.

    Is this hike still happening, or perhaps changing to something with less exposure?

    January 25, 2014

  • Monica

    sorry--same here; heard from others how cold it was already above tree line today and how brutal the winds were; planning to do hike below tree line tomorrow

    January 25, 2014

  • Kyle P.

    Hi guys, I'm going to bail out on this hike due to the temperature and wind - too cold for me. Hope to meet you all some other time!

    January 25, 2014

  • Ping Pong C.

    wish I could but work every Sunday. Want to hike with you all as I plan to do the Camino de Santiago walk this summer from Paris. In memorial of my Mom. I have run marathons, adventure racing, eco challenge. Work many hours on my feet, but need to start to prepare for the 3 month walk hike….keep me posted.

    January 25, 2014

  • Carmen A

    be careful all we are to have very fridig temps & dangerous winds

    January 25, 2014

  • Jo

    Michael I have the black diamond saber tooth crampons I used for ice climbing too, they have 14 points and r very aggressive.I luved them for ice. All I need r rigid mountaineering boots.!! I c a shopping spree in the future. Hopefully off season sale or an IME used rack.;) thanks again.

    January 24, 2014

  • Ragan M.

    I still feel crappy. I hope someone can take my spot and Michael and Monica, I will hope to see you soon. May the ADKs if I can take that time.

    January 24, 2014

  • Jo

    Thankyou both for for your valuable advice. Hopefully the temperature and wind cooperate. .

    January 24, 2014

  • Jo

    I have microspikes and hillsound pros..they work fine with the keens. I.have lightning ascent snowshoes. I do not have mountenerring crampons or ridgid boots, that was my concern. I have koflach degree ice boots and black diamond ice crampons, but I cant see hiking w thise.

    January 24, 2014

    • Pete Y.

      You should be fine with microspikes or Hillsounds.

      January 24, 2014

    • Michael B.

      If all you had were the rubber band version of the hillsounds (trail crampon) would say no but of you have the pro version OK - still not full mountaineering but they have longer teeth (which will bite through the snow to get to the ice better then the shorter teeth on the other version) and there are more rugged teeth under the toe.

      January 24, 2014

  • Jo

    Michael , I use keen summit County 11 boots, , microspikes, and hillsound oros. I can not find mountenerring crampons for the keens. My ice climbing black diamonds dont fit .Does this Hike require a mounternerring boot?

    January 24, 2014

    • Pete Y.

      Jo, summit county boots will be fine but you may need microspikes /Hillsound or some traction other than snowshoes if you crampons don't fit. What do you think Michael?

      January 24, 2014

    • Michael B.

      I have summit county two and have full crampons - Black Diamond contact strap with flexible center bar. They work perfectly together. Also have BD saber tooth with clips that I can use with my rigid mountaineering boots.

      January 24, 2014

  • Ragan M.

    After landing a coveted spot, I got the flu. I am on the mend, but may need extra rest. Will repost tomorrow AM. And if I'm going, also still need a ride from Boston area (Harvard Square).

    January 24, 2014

    • Michael B.

      It would be good to see you again unless you are hacking up a lung. Get better so you can join us. I've had a lot of success downing "Airborne" when on the cusp - blast the system with vitamin c.

      January 24, 2014

  • Jo

    peter and Michael , I just heard from Jen Edwards a friend of mine and she said climbed moosilauke w hillsound pros last weekend I think w random. . I just need to know that if I don't have mountaineering crampon if I would still be ok. saftey is of course paramount.

    January 24, 2014

  • Michael B.

    It's still early - I don't pay too much attention to the forecast until 24-36 hours before - but it's looking like it might be cold on Sunday. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and cold, with a high near 6. Very windy. While we won't be above tree line long, the combination of "very cold" and "very windy" makes me a little concerned. I will check the forecast again Saturday morning before I head up to Carrigain.

    January 23, 2014

  • Darren R. M.

    Hi All! Anyone want to carpool? Im happy to drive to a park and ride and meet folks on Sunday AM. Anyone?

    January 23, 2014

  • Wanda R.

    What is the meet or start time?

    January 23, 2014

  • Ragan M.

    How did I get this spot :). I'm looking for a ride from Harvard Square area, but could travel Saturday eve to get to you.

    2 · January 20, 2014

    • Michael B.

      You were quick on the keyboard. Chuck had to drop out so a space got opened up.

      January 20, 2014

  • Jo

    I'm looking flward to this hike. Thanks Michael and Monica.

    1 · January 17, 2014

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