Trip Planning Information and Resources

This page contains numerous links to various sites that you can use to help plan your next random adventure. While it is intended for organizers and leaders there is also information that participants should be familiar with.

While some of the links will bring you to other pages within the random site many of them will bring to a new page outside of meetup. Please let me know if there are any links that I should add or if any of them on this page no longer work correctly.

Recent Updates:

05/26/2013: Added lodging locations.
04/21/2013: Added Medical SOAP Note. Added hostel in Gorham. Updated broken links.




Here is a Trip Planning presentation that I have given at several of the AMC Leadership Programs.

Hike Safe - the Hiker Responsibility Code is a set of principles that will help hikers have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Here is a video that describes the code – click here

Leave No Trace is a set of principles designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts on the environment and others when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

Here is a video that describes these principles – click here

Here is a table that we will use as a way to compare different hiking events for the group.






Why are you going?

  • Peakbagger.com - More Hiking Lists then you could ever finish in a lifetime and a way to track your progress towards completing them.

    Is there a patch I can get to recognize my efforts?
  • ADK 4,000 Footer List (ADK 46)
  • AMC 4,000 Footer List (WMNF 48, NE 67, & NE Hundred Highest)
  • Catskill 3500 List
  • NH Fire Tower List
  • NY Fire Tower List




    Where are you going?

    Current Trail Conditions - Hiker maintained sites (if you use these sites you should post the trip conditions from your trip so others can benefit too.
  • Trails NH This site pulls information from more than 80 different forums and blogs to give the most comprehensive summary of trail conditions throughout the Northeast.
  • New England Trail Conditions This site provides trail conditions throughout the Northeast and has an easy to use form to input your own trail conditions report.

    Current Trail Conditions - Federal/State Agencies
  • Baxter State Park from Baxter State Park Authority
  • White Mountain National Forest from the US Forest Service
  • Adirondacks from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Catskills from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation

    Easy, Moderate, and Challenging Hiking, Biking, and Paddling ideas from the AMC.

    With more than 100 reservations in 71 communities across the Commonwealth, it's easy to find a Trustees Reservation near you. Use this link to find easy, moderate, and strenuous hiking, biking, and paddling activities.

  • 100 Mile Wilderness: This 100 mile long section of the AT is the longest wilderness section along the entire AT.

  • Cohos Trail: This 162 mile long trail goes from Crawford Notch to the Canadian border in Pittsburg, NH. You can then continue on the Sentier Frontalier's trail to Mount Megantic or Mount Gosford in Quebec, Canada. This is the only international trail in New Hampshire.

  • Long Trail: The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. Its 265 miles of mostly woodland path offers an opportunity to explore the superb public lands of Green Mountain National Forest and numerous other local areas. It was designated as a long distance trail in 1910 and follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont's highest peak.

  • Massachusetts Mid-State Trail: This 95 mile long trail extends from Rhode Island through the gentle hills of central Massachusetts and connects to the Wapack Trail in New Hampshire.

  • Metacomet-Monadnock Trail: This 114 mile long trail begins at the Metacomet Trail on the Connecticut state line and goes to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire.

  • Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway: This 50 mile long trail links Grand Monadnock with Mount Sunapee in southwestern New Hampshire. It winds along the Monadnock Highlands that divide the Connecticut and Merrimack River drainages.

  • Northville–Placid Trail: This 121 mile long trail runs through the Adirondack Park in upstate New York and extends from Northville, and traverses its way through forests, numerous lakes and ponds, old log roads, and even blacktop highways, on its way to Lake Placid.

  • Wapack Trail: This 21 mile long trail runs from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH, passing through sections of Ashburnham and Ashby, MA, and New Ipswich, Temple, Sharon, Peterborough and Greenfield, NH.




    When are you going?

  • Complete Sun Rise/Set Data

    Weather Sites
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Mount Washington Observatory
  • AMC Backcountry Huts
  • Upstate New York (Adirondacks) and Vermont

    Other "Weather Sites"
  • Information about Water Levels in NH
  • Information about Fall Foliage in NH
  • Information about Fall Foliage in NY
  • Information about Snow Depth in New England
  • Information about Avalanches in White Mountains

    Hunting Season Dates
  • ME Hunting Season Dates
  • MA Hunting Season Dates
  • NH Hunting Season Dates
  • NY Hunting Season Dates
  • VT Hunting Season Dates




    Who's going with you?

  • Hiking Time Calculator

    Various Hiking Clubs (besides the Random Group of Hikers)
  • Adirondack Mountain Club
  • Appalachian Mountain Club (Catskills & White Mountains)
  • Green Mountain Club




    What are you going to do once you are there?

    Hiker Forums – you don’t have to be a member to view the posts but have to be a member to post your own stuff.
  • Adirondack Forum
  • Adirondack High Peaks Forum
  • Catskill Mountaineer Forum
  • Rocks on Top
  • Views from the Top




    What stuff do you need to bring with you?

  • The Ten Essentials - Knowing the Ten Essentials is good. Carrying the Ten Essentials is better. You should have these items on EVERY hike.

    Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies for Day Hikes

  • Three-Season Day Hikes - Essential Gear
  • Three Season Day Hikes - Emergency Gear

    Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies for Backpacking Trips

  • Warm Weather Backpacking - This list is designed for basic multiday backpacking trips in temperate forest conditions (three-season). Typical temperature ranges would be 70s - 90s during the day and 50s - 70s at night.

  • Moderate Weather Backpacking - This list is designed for basic multiday backpacking trips in temperate forest conditions (three-season). Typical temperature ranges would be 50s - 70s during the day and 30s - 50s at night.

  • Cold Weather Backpacking - This list is designed for basic multiday backpacking trips in temperate forest conditions (three-season). Typical temperature ranges would be 30s - 50s during the day and 0 - 30s at night.

  • Group Backpacking - This is a list of gear and equipment for basic multiday backpacking trips in warm weather with groups of 10 - 12 people.




    How are you getting there / back and where are you going to stay?

    Road Conditions across the Northeast - state-wide information
  • ME Road Conditions
  • MA Road Conditions
  • NH Road Conditions
  • NY Road Conditions
  • VT Road Conditions

    Forest Road Status in the White Mountain National Forest

    ME Lodging
  • Bethel, ME: Chapman Inn
  • Andover, ME: Pine Ellis Lodging
  • Rangeley, ME: The Maine Roadhouse (contact Sue)
  • Stratton, ME: The Stratton Motel (contact Sue)
  • Millinocket, ME: Appalachian Trail Hiker Service and Lodge

    NH Lodging
  • Conway, NH: White Mountain Hostel
  • Gorham, NH: White Mountains Lodge and Hostel

    NY Lodging
  • Keene Valley, NY: Keene Valley Hostel (contact Jake & Robin)

    VT Lodging
  • Rutland, VT: The Hikers Hostel
  • Warren, VT: Hostel Tevere
  • Underhill, VT: Greenmont Farms Hostel




    What if something goes wrong?

    Wilderness First Aid/First Responder Training Programs
  • SOLO Wilderness Medicine
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Medical Associates

  • Medical SOAP Note-taking Outline

  • American Alpine Clubs "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" looks at each mountaineering accident, analyzes what went wrong and what can be done to best avoid making the same mistake.

  • The Mountaineers of the Pacific Northwest (outdoor club similar to Appalachian Mountain Club) Annual Safety Reports and Recommendations

  • The National Outdoor Leadership School's (NOLS) annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is an outstanding educational experience to help mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. After the conference they often post many of the Articles for the public to use.

  • Table of Contents

    Page title Most recent update Last edited by
    Clothing, Gear, and Equipment November 15, 2012 11:11 PM Michael B.
    Trip Planning Information and Resources May 26, 2013 3:14 PM Michael B.
    Self-Help Learning Links December 7, 2011 10:47 PM Michael B.
    Expectations of Organizers with the Random Group June 22, 2014 4:31 PM Michael B.
    Unwritten Rules of Trail Etiquette July 22, 2011 3:10 PM Michael B.
    Random Videos of Random Events August 12, 2010 8:42 PM Michael B.
    About Random Group of Hikers November 2, 2011 10:28 PM Michael B.

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