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Backpacking: Mt Cardigan Ridge - 2days 1 night (Intermdiate)

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Kamp J

Backpacking:  Mt Cardigan, Alexandra NH - 2days 1night ( Intermediate Trip )












small elevation gain. Staying in a tent.

Hiking time:

Day #1 - 8 miles @ 1.25mph = 6.5 hours hiking time.

Day #2 - < 4.1miles @ 1.75mph = 5 hours


This trip is ideally for the first time backpacker, good introduction. The more experience'd packer could consider this fun for the interesting geographic stops along the trail as well as socialization and great views into Vermont while the sun sets.  Due to the small camping space sleeping under the stars or buddy-ing up with another backpacker will be a must... FYI


Journey: Trip will follow the Welton Falls Trail & ridge out of Hebron NH to Elwell trail to Mt Cardigan Summit.

Day 1 - Hike 7.6 miles to just past Crag Shelter (lean-to) Then camp on ridge. Tents preferred. Shelter is very tired... Has water source. That night hike to the summit watch the sun go down over Vermont and return to camp for the night. Sights along the way will be the Cillies cave and hanging Rock.

Day 2 - Hike Continue on to Mt Cardigan Summit  stopping at Grotto Cave that morning. Take the West Ridge trail off the summit cross over Cliff's Bridge. Take a left on Skyland Trail over Rimrock and Orange Mountain. Left again on Vistmont Trail to Grand Jct then a right to the AMC Lodge and Left onto the lower manning trail Checking out Welton Falls a deep cave " Not named". Cars are parked about 10 minutes down stream of Welton Falls where there is another good swimming hole where there we pickup our shuttle back to our starting point along with your street cloths and what ever other tasty s we cache there for a picnic on the river.

Option #1- Free car camping Friday Night at the trail head for those looking for a full fun weekend. I can send info for this...


Gear list:


Food-Cold or Warm, Warm freeze dried add water only. OR if you want something that need simmering you need to bring your own pot for the community stove.

Need some Loaner stuff.. ?????

Because this is geared to first timers or intermediates, more seasoned packers attending would love you to add you incite to gear and life, independently on the trail

Seeing this is a beginner trip with a little more distance involved. We could, before we leave on the trail, start you off checking gear and talking about good packing styles of a multiple day trip & Food planning. Food planning is a skill in its self for a enjoyable time. We can cover other things like Pack fit human hygiene in the woods. What ever there might be a question. Or, we just sit and chill with a cup of coffee till we leave..:-)

Once in camp if there is interest. We can talk about other related backpacking tricks or skills. Things like low impact or survival topic's. One of my favorite things is to try to teach people how to fire without matches or lighter. Best survival tool in my opinion.. Good campsite fun..




Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Southern NH White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and USGS maps and also 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.

Map # 2


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

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When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…



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  • Jay B.

    You all took some awesome photo's Had to say something.. Cheers...

    June 17, 2013

  • Ferenc G.

    It was an excellent backpacking trip with beautiful views, I truly enjoyed it. I'm thankful for the opportunity to participate in this trip.

    June 17, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Weather was perfect! Sunset or the mountains of VT was perfect! Sleeping out was perfect! = Perfect trip!

    June 17, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Great time with an awesome group. good to see folks who just started backpacking. Remember it may be tough but the rewards are well worth it.

    June 16, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hey All,
    Well weather is looking perfect Sat 70's and Sunday Same... Might be a small breeze and temps could go down to 45 at night.. Not cold but you may want to include a hat and fleece in your bag... Remember lite is right.. ounces adds to pounds... Looks like I will be rolling up tonight so I will in and out of contact you can still email, Text, or call.. I will get it a some point... See you in the morning... 9am We will pair down gear there and head out one a dropped car is placed.. If anyone can show up early I can do that then.... See ya...

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • Karl R.

      Hi Amber, you were late too. I was last time. Not too much though

      June 14, 2013

    • Amber

      Hi Karl...yes I was.....and I didn't mean to sound like I wouldn't car pool with if anyone needs a ride, I'm all about it...

      June 14, 2013

  • Kristie W.

    Trying to shake this cold! Going to stay in this weekend, because I REALLY want to do the traverse next weekend! Have a great time!!

    June 12, 2013

    • Karl R.

      Sorry to hear that get better

      June 13, 2013

  • Samantha

    I'm taking my dad out sailing on Saturday for fathers day. Not gonna make to this one. Have fun!

    June 9, 2013

  • Delphine

    sorry can't make it that weekend

    June 7, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Sniff,,, Sniff its shit this weekend.. the % of rain throughout the weekend stinks.. Just don't think the fun factor will be there for everyone. Sorry folks... Guess its hiking waterfalls again this Sunday....

    I will move this trip to next weekend.. Hope you can still attend.. If not please take time to make the changes to your RSVP.... Thanks


    June 6, 2013

    • Ferenc G.

      Baha, Which meet-up is that hike organized by? I would be interested in that hike.

      June 7, 2013

    • Hiking with X.

      Moosilauke. If you guys are interested, let me know I will add you on my group. It is a Facebook thing, not Meetup. I m taking gorge brook up to ridge, n summit, carriage road down.

      June 7, 2013

  • Laurel

    Oops! Didn't see the date change.

    June 7, 2013

  • Laurel

    I didn't think I'd make it onto the trip since I was way down on the wait list, and made other plans. Sorry :-( Next time!

    June 7, 2013

  • Jennifer

    RATS RATS RATS! I have other plans for the rescheduled weekend, so I won't be able to attend. Guess I'll grab the next one. Have fun!

    June 7, 2013

  • Jay B.

    I Folks, weather is looking like a big ?
    I will wait till tonight after the 5pm news.. Tropical storms roll out really fast.. So I dont mind starting in the rain if it gets nicer during the day but not walking into the bad weather like rain... Maybe I can find another location with a hut option.. Dont know.... I will post tonight..

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Ferenc G.

    Jay, I have a couple of questions:
    -You mentioned the "car camping" option on Friday. I would be interested in that, could you send me information on it? I'm driving from Milton, NH, it's not a terrible distance, but would rather spend Friday night there. Anybody else up for that?
    -The ridge's water source: Might be a stupid question, but do I need water purifier for that? I have a filtering device, haven't had a chance to test it out.

    And on the survival topic: I would be interested in pointers for finding the right type of wood for bowdrill firemaking.

    Thanks, and looking forward to the hike,

    June 4, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Hey Ferenc, Camping is at the trail head.. It my camp I have a tent platform and land to camp on.. If raining on friday like it sounds like it might you may just want to meet us in the morning.. Water I will have a water pump with me.. We will pair down on the gear once we are all at the trail head.. Leave behind what we dont need doubles of. Bow Drill.. Hum dont know but we can try...

      June 5, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Its Only Tuesday... I will not make a weather call untill Thursday for the group... If you see the weather being foul and choose some other exciting thing to do for the weekend? Please take a minute to change your RSVP for this trip..

    June 4, 2013

  • Amber

    So it's going to rain this weekend. Is this still happening or are we postponing?

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personal gears are required in this trip? I'm a newbie but very interested to join this adventure.

    May 10, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Hi MF Yes you do need to have some basic items. we can share loaners stuff on some trips too.. Let us know what your missing after you RSVP and we can see then what available.. This trip is pretty full but we also have folks change there RSVP a lot in the summer. Let me know if you need more info.. Cheers..

      May 17, 2013

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