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Hike: Full Moon Night Hike of Mount Monadnock

Please Read the Entire Description before RSVPing. If you do not answer the questions then I will waitlist you until further clarification.

We are meeting in Harvard MA at Dunkin Donuts where I have successfully left cars behind many times. We will try to squeeze into as few cars as possible to make trailhead parking work out. If you are coming from the West, contact me separately and we can work out a meet with you closer to the mountain.

The Plan: Hike up Monadnock in the evening with an almost full moon. We can sit out at the summit blocked from the wind for as long as we like (and hopefully take in a view) until someone gets cold - bring your belay puffy. Going a day early is preferred because the moon rises earlier and will be higher in the sky (sunset at 7:03, moonrise 6:37), with any luck we wont have any clouds and possibly can skip headlamps for much or all of the hike.

I am hoping we can hike from the West side on the Marlboro trail, it is my favorite because it opens up low on the mountain with fantastic views to the West and South over lengthy low angle slabs, this will really let us appreciate an almost full moon. The Marlboro trail also has some steeper section that are enjoyable, and there is harder 3rd class rock which when iced up can require a modicum of care right at treeline - so overall this can be a fun trail to make such a small mountain feel a little bit bigger.

With all that being said, the road conditions and parking leading up to the Marlboro trailhead can be bad in winter as it is often unplowed for a half mile beforehand and we may have to bail at the last minute and simply hike the private road from the South up to the Halfway House site and then take the White Arrow Trail to the summit. This is a more reliable route for winter parking and for the final walkoff it is very easy to plod back to the car. I may decide when we get to the mountain to switch to this plan if parking conditions or group ability dictates.

It is about a 75-90 minute hike in each direction depending again on trail conditions and the pace of the group. We will hike together as a group, not required to be in a super tight pack but never more than one hundred meters apart - especially above treeline we MUST stay together. If you are not in a group mentality then this is not the hike for you, we need to keep track of each other in the dark in winter.

Monadnock is a highly variable mountain in my experience, sure it is small but it can get serious weather and above treeline there are no cairns so understanding the route is essential for a night hike when it is icy and snowy on top. Hikers should approach this like any other White Mountain hike in winter, traction devices and good boots, gaiters, warm layered clothes with windshells and a headlamp with extra batteries are required. If we are lucky enough to get more snow then snowshoes might be required, I will update in case of this unlikely event.

I know it is only Monadnock and for sure this is not like those times when at 3 PM Jay suddenly tells you to flake out the rope one more time and put your headlamp onto your helmet because he is the mood to climb something else that is vertical and icy ....... but it is travel over potentially verglassed rock with a headlamp folks. If you are not comfortable navigating class 3 trails in winter with a headlamp then this hike is not for you.


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  • Robrrt D. S.

    Perfect night in every way! Great meetup, well organized, fun people to spend a spectacular full moon evening with! Nice job Jeff.

    March 27, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    I had a fantastic time, great group of prepared hikers, absolutely perfect conditions up on top and really all along the mountain .... could not have asked for a better scenario ....

    March 26, 2013

    • Nancy

      Totally agree Jeff, .. thanks again for organizing this!

      March 27, 2013

    • Geoff N.

      This was a great hike the mountain, weather, moon, sunset, trail and people. Thanks Jeff

      March 27, 2013

  • Mahmoud T.

    sry next time

    March 26, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    No snowshoes, def want crampons or micros in your bag in case the steeper terrain near the summit is verglassed. I myself will bring an older pair of 12 point step-ins that I have dedicated to the task of walking over rock ... Some people may find a walking axe useful as a cane or a 'sharp hand' but truthfully probably ski poles are a better bet for a little extra stability.

    Supposed to be 30F with 15mph winds and clear tomorrow evening, absolutely perfect conditions ... but please do dress appropriately.

    March 26, 2013

  • Mahmoud T.

    I have a friend is joining us with me, he have hiked in CA. so hope he can join us!!

    March 25, 2013

    • Mahmoud T.

      no he hasnt walked in crampons? does he need crampons and microspikes? he only hikes in summer time!!

      March 26, 2013

    • Jeff B.

      Mahmoud, did you read the hike description? Your friend cannot come with us, he is not ready and he has not read and digitally signed our waiver, he is not on our hike.

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Robert

    Has anyone seen the weather report? Snow shoes or Crampons?

    March 26, 2013

  • Jim H

    Have an issue at work

    March 25, 2013

  • Nancy

    Jeff,
    I'll be coming from Vermont, so I'll meet you at the trailhead.
    Thanks, Nancy

    March 25, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Of course ... you and Jeff D are coming from the West. Question for Geoff N/ Jeff D ..... either of you seen the road conditions/ parking possibilities on Shaker road recently?

    March 19, 2013

    • Jeffrey D.

      I haven't either. If I get a chance this wkend I will check it out and let you know. We could always do the Old Toll Road to the Cart Path, Mossy Brook, Marion and join the Marlboro for the top half, then come down another route, lots to choose from. That would be an interesting alternative.

      March 19, 2013

  • Geoff N.

    I have not

    March 19, 2013

  • Geoff N.

    Hay Jeff,
    I will meet everyone at the trail head, I am driving from the west

    March 19, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    ah, excellent questions Robert: we meet at 5 PM at Dunkin Donuts at 188a Ayer Road (aka Rte 110), it is just 100m North of Rte 2 on the East side of the road.

    March 18, 2013

  • Robert

    I assume there is only one Dunking Doughnuts in Harvard? What time are we meeting?

    March 18, 2013

  • Robert

    Hey guys my name is Rob(New Guy to the group) I am in!

    March 18, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Sounds good Jeff, we will see you there.

    March 7, 2013

  • Jeffrey D.

    Jeff, I am only a half hour away from M, so I will just meet you there.

    March 7, 2013

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