NH4K - Moosilauke (MODERATE)

  • November 9, 2012 · 9:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]

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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 - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

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.

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11/07/12: This was originally scheduled to be Moriah but I need to be done earlier than I had originally planned so by switching to Moosilauke (shorter drive and a shorter hike with less elevation gain) I am able to to still get up at a reasonable time, get a good hike in, and get done in time to get back home on time.

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What we're doing

The plan is to climb to one of the 4,000 footers in NH - Moosilauke (#10 @ 4,802'). Moosilauke is the western-most 4,000-footer in NH. The alpine summit, on a clear day, affords hikers stunning views, to the east (Franconia Ridge and Presidentials) and to the west (Green Mountains of VT and Adirondacks in NY).

We will use the Beaver Brook and Benton Trails to reach the summit and then return following the same route in reverse.

Winter has arrived at the higher elevations up north so you need to be prepared. Part of this hike will be above treeline so you will need to be prepared for windy conditions. You will also 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.

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Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 7.6 miles and climb about 3,300 feet. It should take an average hiker about 5 hours 25 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.

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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

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 have any questions either refer to the list below or contact me.

Winter has arrived at the higher elevations up north so you need to be prepared. Part of this hike will be above treeline so you will need to be prepared for windy conditions. You will also 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!

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Directions

We will be meeting in parking lot on the south side or Route 112 west of Lincoln, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 137 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 25 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.

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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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  • Joe C.

    Michael... is there a fee for the group or a donation for this meetup? I'm lookin' for a button to click but the noggin' isn't quite firing on all cylinders yet this morning.

    November 10, 2012

  • Joe C.

    Wonderful hike, I had a blast (as did Zoe). Looking forward to similar adventures. Off to Hilton's Tent City to check out some winter boots and a bigger day pack. Can't wait to break in the new snow shoes!

    November 10, 2012

  • Alex N

    Crisp, clear day on a mountain that's often in the clouds - in great company.

    November 9, 2012

  • Sarah L

    It was a nice sunny day in the snow. I wish we would have seen the moose! Really windy at the top. It was nice hiking with everyone. Thanks Michael for planning it.

    November 9, 2012

  • Michael B.

    It was much colder than forecasted (just 5 degrees at tree-line) but the group was properly prepared and was able to brave the cold. The sun was out, the skies were blue, and the views were pretty sweet - not a bad way to spend a Friday. The snow wasn't deep (6"-8") at the top so it was a nice way to ease back into winter.

    November 9, 2012

  • Michael B.

    With the recent weather going to change our route a bit. Instead of steep Beaver Brook Trail we are going to use the Gorge Brook Trail up and back. This new route is about 7.4 miles with about 2,600 feet of climbing. It should take us about 5 hours before you factor in breaks and time delays if there are any blowdowns (the most recent report says 2 or 3).

    That means instead of meeting at the Beaver Brook Trailhead we will be meeting at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge (as of two days ago the road was still open). The parking lot is at the end of the road. Here is a google map link for directions:

    https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Boston,+MA&daddr=43.993846,-71.814775(Al+Merrill+Loop+Trailhead,+Gorge+Brook+Trailhead)&hl=en&sll=43.993846,-71.814775&sspn=0.008382,0.020428&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFfZKnwIdiTG4-w&mra=ls&t=m&z=8

    It's about 142 mile and 2 hours 37 minutes from Boston.

    November 8, 2012

    • Alex N

      Michael, I'll join you and Sarah at the Exit 6 park-and-ride at 6:30. See you then. Silver Yaris 4door.

      November 8, 2012

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