NH4K - Mt. Carrigain TAKE TWO (INTERMEDIATE-ADVANC­ED)

  • December 9, 2012 · 8:00 AM

Organizer: Alex Nedzel @ (617)[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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What we're doing

If you couldn't make Michael and Monica's Carrigain trip scheduled for the prior weekend, or did make it and want a second high-octane dose of this mountain's terrific 360-degree views of the surrounding, steadily whitening peaks and countryside, then this trip has (or will have, once you register) your name on it!

The plan is to climb one of the 4,000 footers in NH - Carrigain (#13 @ 4,700'). It is one of the highest peaks along the southeastern ridge bordering the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area. An observation tower on the summit provides hikers with a stunning view of the surrounding White Mountains. We will be using Signal Ridge Trail to reach the summit and then retrace our steps to return to the trailhead.

It could be cold and windy, it could snow, or it could be warm with blue skies. Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need warm layers, wind protection, and traction among other things. I will update everyone if weather conditions more than what is described below. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions 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.

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

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.

On this moderate pace [masked] MPH) out-and-back trip we will hike about 10 miles and climb about 3,600 feet. It should take an average hiker about 7 hours to complete this trip, not including time for rest/food breaks. There is also a possibility in the event of snow that the approach road (Sawyer River Rd) will close for the winter ahead of our hiking date.  If that happens, it will add another two (easy) miles each way to our hike.

This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, elevation gain, and likley winter conditions. 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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Directions

We will meet in the parking area on the south side of Sawyer River Road, roughly 2 miles in from Route 302 west of Bartlett, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 174 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 5 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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AMC Trip

I am running this is an official AMC trip.  Once you add yourself here on Random, I'll be in touch to finalize your sign-up.

The AMC's participant waiver/release is pretty similar in spirit to Random's, except that you sign a hardcopy at the trailhead. You can preview it HERE.

Any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch via e-mail, or via phone at my number above.

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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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  • Chuck

    Beautiful crisp late fall day. Great company. Five stars.

    December 10, 2012

  • Chuck

    Great day with nice folks. Thanks to Alex, Shahzad and Julie for keeping the herd in check, mostly. The only drawback to such a large group is I didn't have a chance to meet everybody. I hope to join you folks for a future hike.

    FYI, some of us were wondering about the ruins we passed on SRR. I'm assuming that it is Livermore. http://whitemountainhistory.org/Livermore.html How cool is that? A White Mountain ghost town. Imagine if the Saunder's mansion were still there.

    December 10, 2012

  • Joe C.

    A wonderful hike with wonderful people on a wonderful day with wonderful views! While I would have liked some snow, it really couldn't have been a more perfect day considering the 360º views we had at the top. I'd expected low to zero visibility based upon previous forecasts so this was a pleasant surprise!

    December 10, 2012

  • Carrie

    Beautiful day with old and new friends! Thanks, Alex!

    December 10, 2012

  • Ragan M.

    Beautiful day, extraordinary views, no snow :(. Great group of hikers, well organized and lead by competent and trustworthy leaders.

    December 9, 2012

  • SK

    Hi just got confirmed for this hike! Is anyone still looking to carpool? I will be driving up from Boston and can meet you at any convenient location....let me know.

    December 8, 2012

    • Michael S.

      ok, you got see you then.

      December 8, 2012

    • Shahzad

      5.00 am it is than, I will see you guys tomorrow morning. My cell is[masked] if you had to reach me or text me.

      December 8, 2012

  • Ragan M.

    Looking to share a ride up from Cambridge/Boston. Happy to split gas, drive, get wherever I can to make it easier.

    November 29, 2012

    • Ragan M.

      Corrolla or Sentra 2-4 door car rents for @ 60.00 for the day and a half, pick up by 3 PM on Saturday in Central Square. I could then head north, picking you both up on the way. If one of you could meet me in Central Square, Saturday we could add a driver.

      December 7, 2012

    • Carrie

      Done! Ragan and Lei I'm going to message you guys so we can spare everyone else the rest of our back and forth :)

      December 7, 2012

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