Summit #12 at 12:12 on 12/12/12 - a 12 mile hike

  • December 12, 2012 · 7:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]


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RSVPs for this event will close two days before it is scheduled to occur.

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.


What we're doing


After the success of last year's 11 mile hike to the summit of #11 (Eisenhower) at 11:11 on 11/11/11 I thought we could try a 12 mile hike to the summit of #12 (North Twin) on 12/12/12. The plan is to hike up North Twin Trail to the summit of North Twin (#12 on the NH4K List) and then continue on to South Twin. If we time it right we will hit the summit of North Twin at 12:12 PM on our way back from South Twin.

We will use the North Twin Trail to reach North Twin and then the North Twin Spur Trail to reach South Twin. From South Twin we will then return following the same route in reverse.

Winter has arrived at the higher elevations up north so you need to be prepared for cold temperatures and windy conditions along with snow and ice on the trails. While you will not need snow shoes you will need to have some type of additional traction for you shoes like Kahtoola MICROspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons (not the "Pro" version).

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.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they are experienced "hikers", well-behaved, you bring a leash in case you need to use it, and you have a copy of their most recent rabies vaccination. Be sure to indicate in your RSVP if you will be bringing a dog.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 11.2 miles and climb about 3,860 feet. It should take an average hiker about 7 hours 32 minutes to complete this trip (this doesn't include time for rest/food breaks).

This event is considered to be MODERATE 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.


Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation orspend 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 have anyquestions either refer to the list below or contact me.

Winter has arrived at the higher elevations up north so you need to be prepared for cold temperatures and windy conditions along with snow and ice on the trails. While you will not need snow shoes you will need to have some type of additional traction for you shoes like Kahtoola MICROspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons (not the "Pro" version).

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!



Right now the plan is to meet at the trailhead of the North Twin Trail at the end of Haystack Road. However, if the road is closed then we will have to meet at the winter parking area and hike into the summer parking area. I will update this just before the event since I am not sure when the forest roads will be closing. According to Google Maps this spot is about 153 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 43 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 theHiker 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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  • Soccer M.

    maybe 11/12/13 for summit #14. :D

    December 13, 2012

    • Michael B.

      Yes! We have a winner. Could be 11/12/13 for #14 at 15:16 (3:16 PM). We would then have one more 12/13/14 for #15 before we would have to reconfigure again. But these two will be listed!

      December 13, 2012

    • Michael B.

      I just added the 11/12/13 and 12/13/14 hikes to the calendar - otherwise I would forget your great idea. Thanks again.

      December 19, 2012

  • Jesse

    Gorgeous day..

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Even though the temperatures were a it crisp once we got to the higher elevations, the skies were blue for most of the day. Great views of the snow-capped Presidentials and Franconia Ridge. Since the road was closed we had to park at the winter lot and use the snow mobile trail to reach Haystack Road. The trails were wet in spots down low but frozen solid up high. There were some ice flows that challenged the grip of the microspikes but there were few slips and falls. The river crossing looked more difficult than it turned out to be. Hit the summit of N Twin at 11:11 so a good number but not the 12:12 was hoping for. Made good time getting out and was able to get to my daughter's concert right on time. A great day "at work" with some great people.

    December 13, 2012

  • Michael B.

    The "winter" route adds about 1.5 miles each way. There is a snowmobile trail that we will hike to reach Haystack Road.

    December 11, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Haystack Road is now closed. We will leave from the "winter lot" which is at the end of Little River Road. Get off 93 as you would for Haystack Road and go past Haystack until you see The Mountain Bean Coffee Shop and a sign for Seven Dwarfs Motel on your right. That is little River Road. Take the right and drive all the way to the end - you will see a big ditch and another gated bridge on your right. Add an extra 15 minutes to your commute. See you in the morning.

    December 11, 2012

  • Michael B.

    The weather forecast looks pretty good - sunny but cold. Sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -8. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 22 mph. Unless there is a significant change we will only need microspikes - you can leave the snow shoes and crampons at home.

    December 10, 2012

  • Domenic D.

    It will be difficult to get the rest of the world on board but I'm thinking that we could go to a 48 month year. This would allow us to get all 48 in (the 48 mile hike might be pushing it). I think anyone getting paid monthly would be sure to embrace it. Perhaps the card industry could get creative and come up with additional "special days" in order to sell cards. There are possibilities if we collectively put our minds to it. Usually after a long day of hiking things that seemed illogical make more sense! Anyways I hope everyone enjoys Thanksgiving!

    2 · November 19, 2012

  • *Omama M.

    This is neat. Have fun. :-)

    November 17, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Good question Domenic, one we were actually talking about earlier tonight. Not sure what we will do for 13/13/13. We can do the date, year, and time (go military). We can pick the summit and get theilqge right too. The month thing is an issue though. Any suggestions?

    November 17, 2012

  • Marcia

    haha. I like it.

    November 17, 2012

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