Two-day Backpack Pemi Wilderness~ Eight 4k footers in the (Advanced level)

  • October 20, 2012 · 7:00 AM

Organizers - Monica Trust [masked] and Michael Blair [masked]

We will be putting everyone on the waitlist and we will add people to the trip in September.

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Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event. If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them.

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.

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What we're doing

This trip is meant for experienced hikers who have overnight backpacking experience and are conditioned for hiking many miles with a lot of elevation gain. Please do not sign up if you have never backpacked and if you haven't hiked more than 12-14 miles per days. The plan is to backpack two days climbing eight 4000 footers. We will begin our trip at Hale Brook trailhead and hike 2.2 miles to the summit of Hale (4054 ft). We will head over to Zealand (4260 ft.) through some steep ups and downs ~5.5 miles. Be warned this part of the trip will be one of the more difficult. We will drop our packs at the junction of the Zealand spur trail and hike to Zealand Mountain. Then we will continue our trip over Mt. Guyot to the tentsite. We will stop at the Guyot tentsite unload and set up camp before going to the three Bonds. First we will summit Mt Bond (4698 ft), and then to Bondcliff (4265 ft.) and return to f West Bond (4540ft.) for a possible the first day. The first day will hike 16.2 miles with an elevation gain of 7233 ft. The book time for this hike 11 hours and 40 min, not including breaks and setting up our tents.

The second day we will eat breakfast, pack up and hike 2.8 miles to South Twin (4902 ft.). We will then hike 2.6 miles roundtrip to North Twin (4761 ft.) and back to South Twin. We will hike 1.1 miles to Galehead hut, where we will drop our packs and hike 1 mile roundtrip to Galehead Mt. (4024 ft.) and then back to the hut. We will complete our trip by hiking out 4.8 miles out to the Gale River trailhead. Day two we will be hiking 12 miles with an elevation gain of 2304 ft. with a book time of 7 hours 9 minutes.

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.

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Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~1.5 MPH) trip we will hike about 28.2 miles and climb about 7,537 feet over the two days.

This event is considered to be ADVANCED 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.

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Weather

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.

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Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

We will finalize the details before the trip but be sure you have extra space in your backpack after you pack your gear. I will coordinate with everyone to make sure we have the necessary group gear.

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.

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

TENTS: This is not car camping – we won’t have unlimited space to set up our tents. Unless you will be using a one-person bivy sack or a one-person hammock you will need to share a tent with someone - use the comment section for this event to coordinate this among yourselves.

WATER PURIFICATION & STORAGE: I have a water filter, a 10 liter & a 20 liter water buckets for bringing water back to camp, and a 10 liter water bag for storing clean water. We could use one more filter so let me know if you have one that you want to bring.

FOOD: Each person is responsible for his or her own food – you will need to carry it and cook it yourself. You will also need to bring a way to hang it (i.e. “Bear Bag”) or protect it (i.e. “Bear Canister”).

STOVE & FUEL: We should bring at least two stoves and fuel. It would be good if we brought the same type so we could share fuel. I have two Jet Boils that I could bring and I have enough fuel canisters for the group. I also have a pot and a frying pan. Let me know if you have a stove that you want to bring.

We will finalize the details before the trip but be sure you have extra space in your backpack after you pack your gear. I will coordinate with everyone to make sure we have the necessary group gear.

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.

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Directions

We will be meeting at the Gale River trailhead to car spot and then drive over to Hale Brook Trailhead. Click for customizable driving directions (google.com)

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.

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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.

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  • Michael B.

    I don't think you can have a bad time in the woods with the randomites. Despite the threat of rain we had about two minutes of snow flurries (on North Twin) and less than that of a light mist (at Galehead Hut) on day two. The skies were gray at the start of the trip but they ended up being blue by the time we hit the Bonds. It was nice to see some people who hadn't really experienced a backpacking trip have such a good time.

    October 24, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Thanks to everyone for the wonderful pictures!

    1 · October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a fantastic hiking trip- great people, challenging hike, awesome views of Bonds on Saturday, fun camping, and the wonderful pictures everyone posted make it even more memorable--thanks so much!

    October 24, 2012

  • Colin C.

    Super hike. Great to meet everyone. Hope to hike with you all again soon.

    October 22, 2012

  • Larry P.

    T'was an epic adventure. Was a nice meeting new people and hiking with old friends. Thanks M & M for putting this together...

    October 21, 2012

  • Monica

    What a great trip on so many levels! Great to meet new people and always wonderful to hike with Michael, Monica and Al! Thank you all for making this an awesome weekend! Also, M/M, thank you so much, for lending me gear to be part of this trip and being fabulous organizers as always! Sign me up for the next backpack :)

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome group of people and a very fun trip!

    October 21, 2012

  • Monica T.

    With the threat of rain, we still decided to push on with our trip. I'm glad we did. Thanks for joining us everyone. We enjoyed your company. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

    October 21, 2012

  • Al

    Awesome hike ! Strong team ! Thanks Mike and Monica !

    October 21, 2012

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