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Moosilauke in March

That’s right!! We’re climbing the broad shoulders of The Gentle Giant. A mountain that betrays the very nickname it is so famously known. A mountain born among mountains, climbed by men born among men, who, like us, jump into their pants both feet at the same time (the men, not the mountains).* And thou it is a gentle giant, be forewarned. As broad as its shoulders may be, it is still a giant, and as gentle as it may be, it is still a giant, and any fall from a giant, no matter how broad, no matter how gentle, can hurt. Just ask Jack.

* Be prepared to demonstrate this feat of feets during the hike.

IMPORTANT: Please answer ALL 5 RSVP questions or risk losing your spot on the hike. Also, questions may not appear should you respond via mobile. Should this happen, please update/re-click your "Yes" RSVP using a computer and complete your answers then.


ABOUT THE HIKE 

Our hike begins on the Glencliff Trail, Moosilauke’s southwestern approach, as it skirts a field, crosses a stream, enters the woods, and passes the Hurricane Trail (0.4 miles), all the while, adding only a fair amount of elevation over the first two miles. But, upon reaching mile[masked], be prepared… the mountain bears its teeth. Saying goodbye to its gentle nature, the Glencliff begins to head straight for the sky, straight for the clouds and straight for the biting wind. It’s here that we begin climbing the bean stock; it’s here that the trail steepens, the snow deepens and our muscles weaken.

We’ll follow the Glencliff to its end, to its junction with the Moosilauke Carriage Road (3.1 miles). Having reached the Carriage Road, we’ll take note of time and weather and decide on our next coarse of action. We’ll either head for the South Summit, by way of a small spur trail off to the right (should time and weather permit), or head straight for the summit-summit, via a left-hand turn (should only weather permit). From the junction, it’s about 500 feet to the South Summit & a mile to the summit-summit, a gorgeous winter mile of snow, ice, rock and wind, might I add. So before we head to either, we’ll layer up and gear up before heading up. Why? Because the South Summit is exposed, and the last half-mile to the summit-summit is above the trees, on the rocks, over the ice and in the wind. In other words, we’ll be in the proverbial “grasp of the giant” for no less than an hour, hour and a half.

Now, should the summit be windless, we’ll celebrate like we just discovered the Golden Goose, but should it be blustery, we’ll turn on our heals (having stolen the goose, which means "touched the summit") and run for the trees like the Giant himself is chasing us. Once back among the trees, we’ll catch our breath, don our sleds and head back to our cars by way of butt, boot or sled.

VERY IMPORTANT: As always, we'll be pay close attention to weather, time and trail conditions, and should there be any adverse weather, such as an approaching storm, or should trail conditions or time prove to be uncooperative, it may be necessary for us to avoid the summit, alter our plans, and/or cancel the hike altogether.

ALSO... We start as a group, hike as a group and finish as a group; noooooooo lone wolves need apply!!


EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Cold Weather/Winter Essentials (required):
• Mid or Heavy-weight Insulating/Wicking Layers (top & bottom)
• Mid or Heavy-weight Synthetic or Wool Shirt & Pant
• Insulating/Fleece Layer
• Down, Softshell or Hardshell Jacket (w/ hood, preferably windproof)
• Waterproof/Windproof Shell & Pant
• Synthetic or Wool Sock Liners (wicking layer)
• Synthetic or Wool Socks
• Sturdy Hiking Boots (waterproof & insulated)
• Hat & Gloves
• Glove Liners
• Extra Insulating Layers (top & bottom)
• Extra pair of Socks, Hat & Gloves
• Water (min. 2L) in wide-mouthed bottles
• Lunch (none freezing kind)
• Snack/Energy Food (extra food)
Magic Beans
• Map/Compass/Whistle
• Headlamp/Flashlight (w/ fresh lithium batteries)
• Emergency Blanket/Bivy (so small & light, there's no reason not to carry one)
• MICROspikes or Hillsounds (no other designs accepted)
• Snowshoes
• Gaiters
• Balaclava
• Goggles

the Remaining Essentials:
• Medication/First Aid Supplies*
• Water Filter/Treatment*
• Hand Warmers
• Light-weight Emergency Shelter/Tarp*
• Sleeping Bag & Pad*
• Stove*
• Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/sparky & kindling)*
• Repair Kit/Knife

Optional:
• Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Toiletries
• Trekking Poles
• Crampons
• Camera

* To Be Carried Among The Group

Please, let’s not underestimate anything; come prepared for the worst: cold-cold temps., rain, possible snow, early darkness, lots of wind, an overnight stay.


DIRECTIONS

From the south, take I-93 to Plymouth Exit 26. Follow US-3A/NH-25W toward Plymouth/Rumney. At the traffic circle, take first right and continue on NH-25W (Mt Moosilauke Hwy) toward Rumney. Follow Rt 25W for 20 miles passing thru Warren on the way to Glencliff Village; bear right onto High Street (the street sign may be missing, so look for a church instead); turn right prior to the church. Follow High St. for 1.0 mile; trailhead parking is on the right. Time: 3 hr 10 mins from Providence.

Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Providence...
Coordinates:[masked], [masked]


WEATHER & TRAIL CONDITIONS

Weekend AccuWeather Forecast: http://www.accuweather.com

7-Day NOAA Weather Forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/

6-Day Mountain-Forecast.com: http://www.mountain-forecast.com

MWOBS Higher Summits Forecast: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/

Trail Conditions: http://trailsnh.com/peaks/nh/4000/10-Mt-Moosilauke-4802

AMC Backcountry Weather & Trail Conditions: http://www.outdoors.org


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Moosilauke Summit: 4802'
South Summit: 4523'

Trails: Glencliff Trail, Moosilauke Carriage Road, South Summit Spur

Distance from Trailhead to Carriage Road: 3.1 miles
Distance from Carriage Road to Summit: 0.8 miles
Total distance (round trip): 7.8 miles

Elevation gain (approx.): 3300'

Exposure: Full
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Pace: Moderate

Sunrise: 6:24 am
Sunset: 5:36 pm

 

LIABILITY WAIVER

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 described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(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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  • Chris

    Jeff - so how did the panoramic pics come out?

    March 9, 2014

    • Jeff

      Not a lot of 1-on-1 time w/ my laptop this week; I'll post the pics this week. PS: they look good!!

      March 9, 2014

  • Jeff

    Saturday, I stepped out from under the trees and was immediately reminded of the very reason I do this... “stunning beauty made more beautiful by the climb to get there.”

    I had literally forgotten what it was like to step out into such beauty; I had forgotten the "feeling" of stepping out "into" such beauty.

    Grateful I am, for stepping “into” beauty is so much more rewarding than witnessing it. And very happy I am, for how well the day turned out for all who listened to their guts… though truth be told, I am a bit doleful for having missed out on an opportunity to hike w/ you.

    Bob, it was wonderful to meet and hike w/ you. And again, thank you for the ride. Dennis, Pat… you have my appreciation and admiration for your on-trail decisions. Scott, what more can I say, “always a pleasure.” Richard, you add "Rich-ness" to wherever you go. Chris, my man of laughter. Laurie, Congratulations!!! Your 1st winter “massif.” Dave, you’re a stalwart. As for Cheryl & Karen, I treasure you both.

    2 · March 3, 2014

    • David R.

      What's a stalwart? Is that something to tie a big boat to?

      March 4, 2014

    • Scott

      It was a magical day.. After all, how often do you get to see a GoPro guru skiing down the trail! Jeff you certainly wax poetic... (I think they have something at CVS that may help)

      March 4, 2014

  • David R.

    Any interest in doing another one in late March???
    Indicate one of three general preferences.
    1. A long hike, with car-spot, maybe a couple of Prezidentials. Personal sherpa required.
    2. A non-48, with interesting features like cascades, geysers, lava flows, etc.
    3. A more local, non-48 like Cardigan.
    Think about it for a day and let me know by this Wednesday night.

    March 3, 2014

    • Bob B.

      David I'm hiking Mt Isolation on 3/22 so the first two Saturday in April will be best for me.

      March 4, 2014

    • Cheryl H

      I'm interested in any of the above!:)

      March 4, 2014

  • Cheryl H

    Awesome!!!

    March 3, 2014

  • David R.

    Nice hike Jeff. Glad we kept to the plan. Nice to see all of you again. Keep fingers crossed the meetup stays up.

    March 3, 2014

  • Karen

    Awesome !!!

    March 2, 2014

  • Laurie

    Wow is all I can say. This hike was fantastic!

    March 2, 2014

  • Dennis

    Meander the path aglow, Like ants the easy flow, Surrender the breeze and view, Gravity relief for two

    2 · March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice pics so far... Sorry to have to miss this one at the last minute, but the forecasted wind chills were a concern. Glad you all had a good hike!

    March 2, 2014

  • Bob B.

    I'm really glad I chose this hike for this weekend. Moosilauke was the best winter hike I've experienced so far.

    March 2, 2014

  • naturegirl

    Hiking further south due to wind chill. Be safe.

    March 1, 2014

  • David R.

    Hi Hikers,
    By now I hope you all have finalized transportation and accommodation plans. Given the website issues of late, perhaps some conversations didn't complete. Bob Belanger has asked if anyone is riding up and back with him tomorrow, to contact him directly before 9PM tonight to confirm. He has plenty of room in his car.

    February 28, 2014

    • Bob B.

      Call me on my cell[masked]

      February 28, 2014

  • David R.

    Chris if you can get up here, I can get you back Sunday.

    February 28, 2014

    • Chris

      David - that might be the ticket if I ride up with Laurie and she winds up staying on Sun for skiing. I may need to get back earlier. I almost had to cancel out cause of a boiler/heat problem at work but luckily got it covered to be fixed tomorrow.

      February 28, 2014

  • Chris

    Laurie or anyone else who is looking at staying Sat night - carpooling? Would rather not take my jeep all the way as I've discovered I have a coolant leak - looks like it MAY just be a lower hose leaking a little from the clamp but don't know I'll have time to get it checked properly. So would rather be able to drive just locally to meet someone.

    February 28, 2014

    • Laurie

      Chris, I'm leaving from So. Attleboro around 5am. Not sure what time I will be coming back Sunday. Hoping to do some cross country skiing. Do you want to ride with me?

      February 28, 2014

    • Chris

      hmm - well, I would like to but what about your skiing on sunday and when were you looking at coming back? That's gonna be the kicker for me. Give me a call and I can explain more ... [masked]

      February 28, 2014

  • Karen

    If anyone going up and back on Saturday, I am looking for a carpool.

    February 26, 2014

    • Bob B.

      I have room in my car for 4 comfortable and willing to drive. Tell me where at Lincoln Mall you want to meet and what time and I will be there.

      February 28, 2014

    • Bob B.

      comfortably

      February 28, 2014

  • Jeff

    Everyone, please take note of the weather... if you haven't already.

    Summit forecasts range from biting wind chills (-20) to less fearsome (-6/-9) w/ temps in the upper teens. Expect wind speeds to reach above 30.

    Of course, all that is above tree line prognostications... and even though skipping the summit is an easy choice to make should the worst come true, it would be silly of us not to be properly prepared.

    Hard shells, wind proof layers, balaclavas, googles, extra gloves are a must. S. Summit, Summit, long breaks/short breaks, etc., TBD trailside.

    All my love,
    Jeff

    February 28, 2014

    • naturegirl

      googles : )

      February 28, 2014

    • Jeff

      I did it again... even after your tipping me off to the last time I did it :-)

      February 28, 2014

  • Liz

    I am doing an AMC backcountry ski workshop instead, but wish I could do both. Have fun! I can't wait to see pictures.

    February 28, 2014

  • David R.

    Ah, technology. Wonderful when it is left In the car, back at the house, or even lost in the snowbank. Like Ken, sneaking in an email. I'm leaving RI soon, traveling north. Does everyone have a ride up and back. Given possible weather, I'd like to hike MT Crawford Sunday, then get 'outta Dodge' early afternoon. [masked] cell.

    February 28, 2014

    • Bob B.

      David I'm still planning to driver up and back on Saturday. Looking forward to the hike tomorrow.

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sneaking this weather forecast in here before the site goes down again: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.0245109&lon=-71.83091730000001

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    February 27, 2014

  • Jeff

    After having heard back from you all, it looks as if we are 16/17; we are large enough to give splitting the group a try.

    Of all the options available to us, we'll keep the meet time & place the same...

    Then at the trail head, we'll split the group into "those who would like to hike faster" & "those who would like to hike slower..." (I trust that separation on the trail will happen rather quickly).

    As a result, we'll get to hike in smaller groups, yet we'll also get an opportunity to meet up on trail. For example, meeting at the Carriage Road trail junction seems to me to be a natural meet point (ie... as the faster group returns from S. Summit the slower group should be cresting the top of Glencliff).

    Here's to a wonderful day!!!
    Jeff

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Chris

      I'm definitely on the slower hiking list

      February 26, 2014

  • Chris

    SO ... car-pooling ... ?
    I'm on the going up saturday morning list (I have a class fri night) and up for staying sat night instead of a long drive back then.
    Up sat - back sun ...
    Who's on this list and looking to car-pool?

    February 26, 2014

  • David R.

    if anyone is interested, I have a place to crash Friday night. My brother owns a brand new mobile home in Holderness, 10 minutes off RT 93, exit 24. They aren't there, and the place is ours. Space for 6. If you are interested, let me know TODAY by 8PM. No cost, just a nice place to crash before the hike Saturday. We can talk details later. Also, let me know who is staying at the lodge Saturday so I can let them know. Richard, Laurie, Chris, I have you on the list still, yes?
    Thanks

    February 26, 2014

    • Laurie

      Yes for Saturday night

      February 26, 2014

    • Chris

      Yes - I would say I'm in for Saturday night as well. Should we be bringing sleeping bags?

      February 26, 2014

  • David R.

    Weather at 4800 feet forecast is 9 degrees, wind SW 25. Summit of "Gentle Giant".

    February 26, 2014

  • David R.

    Temps on Saturday high 28, WNW wind 8 MPH.
    Warren NH.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • David R.

    Anyone else staying at the lodge Saturday night?
    I think we should eat in the Plymouth/Rumney area,
    then book it over to Bartlett.

    February 24, 2014

    • Debra

      There is another restaurant off 32 in Woodstock. The Woodstock Inn. They have really good food.

      February 25, 2014

    • Chris

      I might be interested in staying saturday night as well depending on how things wind up with carpooling. Laurie - so you're back in? I thought you were dropping out of this one - it'll be nice to have you of course.

      February 25, 2014

  • Debra

    Besides Richard, is there anyone else wanting to stay at the Lodge? We should let them know just in case.

    February 25, 2014

  • Jeff

    Richard...

    What?? No pre-hike photos!!

    I'm looking forward to seeing how much we all enjoyed the hike, before actually doing it.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Daniele

    Have fun all but I'm just not ready for this as I was out doing nothing for the last two weeks. Hope to connect with you in the spring/summer.

    February 21, 2014

    • Chris

      Daniele - you dont' have to be doing something every weekend to be 'up' for this. Last hike I did was when we did Willey and Field in the middle of January. I manage to do one maybe every other month. Only sometimes do I manage more frequent then 3 or 4 weeks between but not usually.

      February 24, 2014

  • David R.

    Certified this weekend by SOLO for Wilderness First Aid. I highly recommend anyone taking this course.

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did it back in the fall, very worthwhile and interesting.

      February 24, 2014

  • Ken

    Too big of a group for me. Have fun.

    February 24, 2014

  • Patrick

    I've been planning, all along, to go up & back the same day. But, looking at the map, it's an estimated 3hr, 15min drive from Smithfield... so, leaving by 5:00am in March...

    Any interest in carpooling up on Friday and staying in the Plymouth area?

    February 24, 2014

    • Dennis

      I think we should start a renegade group and start at 9:00 AM!

      February 24, 2014

    • Jeff

      Dennis... remind me to kick you in the shins :-)

      February 24, 2014

  • Debra

    I didn't see where I could sign up again. Looks like some people may have dropped out. Let me know if I can join in. I did email John to see if I could become an organizer.

    February 23, 2014

  • Jeff

    I like that we're all looking out for others, while at the same time we're also looking out for ourselves. That's RIO!! That's you!!!

    I also want to say that I like the idea of creating a 2nd group, because it will open the hike to all those we would like to see join us. But at the same time, I'm also cautious; by splitting the group, we'll be running into a few scenarios that have pros & cons and will require a concession or two from each of us.

    BUT... before any of this is considered, I would like to have everyone reconfirm your intentions to hike Moosilaule (this includes everyone on the "yes" RSVP & the "waiting" list). It is of no use to split the group and have cancellations leave one or both groups too small.

    Jeff

    February 22, 2014

    • Bob B.

      I'm driving up and back the same day. I live in Woonsocket so we can meet off 95 near MA/RI Border. We can take my car from there.

      February 23, 2014

    • Bob B.

      My car is a Taurus so it can seat 4 people comfortably, 5 is will be a little cramped in the back seat.

      February 23, 2014

  • Debra

    Since there are several organizers, did you want to make 2 groups?

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Cheryl H

      Part of the enjoyment of hiking with RI Outdoors is the smaller group sizes and being able to socialize with everyone. Splitting the group or allowing for larger group rakes away from that...just my opinion.

      February 21, 2014

    • Cheryl H

      *takes

      February 21, 2014

  • Bob B.

    It's been a while since I have signed up. I'm still looking forward to participating in this hike. I bought my Magic Beans at Stop & Shop last week and I have been practicing jumping into my hiking pants.

    February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I trust you know you'll be asked to demonstrate the jumping thing. :)

      1 · February 20, 2014

    • David R.

      With temps as cold as they say, the pants will stay up on their own, making the jump easier.

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • David R.

    All are invited to stay at "Club Tropicana", my lodge in Bartlett on Rt 302. It's real name is the Lawrencian Ski club. 25 bucks a night. Sunday we could hike Mt Crawford, taking the Davis path this time, not the Crawford path up the wrong mountain! Get done hiking early enough to avoid ugly traffic. Even if you don't hike, the lodge option is available.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • David R.

    10 day forecast on the Weather Channel is 14 degrees for a daily high in the town of Warren, NH. Wind is mild but cold from the North west. A bit cooler on the exposed summits of course. I bet competitors in Sochi wish they had those conditions.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • angela

    Is there a timeframe/deadline for notifying those on the waitlist?

    February 17, 2014

    • Jeff

      As for attendance limits... most of the RIO organizers keep their groups small. As a general rule, we keep the "big" hikes limited to 10 (periodically increasing the size to no more than 12). On "moderate" hikes, we'll start at 12, and, on occasion, go as high as 15.

      February 18, 2014

    • Jeff

      And last but not least... the "waitlist" pecking order is largely structured as a "first-on; first-off" hierarchy.

      February 18, 2014

  • angela

    How does one plan for this hike if waitlisted? It's difficult to schedule/make transportation arrangements at the last minute. Please shed some light on this topic

    February 17, 2014

    • naturegirl

      This group generally carpools as much as possible. You just need to wait to see if you make it on the trip.

      February 17, 2014

  • Laurie

    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2014

  • Jeff

    It seems I was a bit too cryptic. The answers to question four are: 1) jump into a pair of pants both feet at the same time, and 2) magic beans.

    January 1, 2014

    • Jeff

      Correction... the judges have ruled!! Mime & heated trekking poles are also acceptable. [I think the fix is in.]

      January 1, 2014

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