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You are welcome to join us to hike Mt. Monadnock on Saturday via the most popular loop, White Dot trail up and White Cross trail down. The trail is quite steep and often has a fair amount of ice this time of the year. Therefore, microspikes are required, however Hillsound or full crampons are preferred and may be needed. It is expected to be cold day on the summit (14F, -10C), above tree line gear will be needed for summitting (hard shell, balaclava, googles, good insulation).
Please read the ENTIRE event description before signing up and answer ALL QUESTIONS on the RSVP. No guests are allowed - everyone must sign up. If you have winter hiking experience and are trained to hike 10+ miles of more than one 4K-footer, join me on this challenging winter hike of Carters: Imp, Lethe, Middle Carter, South Carter and possibly - Carter Dome. The full length of the hike will be around between 11 and 12.5 miles and depend on trail conditions and our speed. The hike ending time is relative - be prepared to finish in dark and have with you a functional headlight with the change of batteries or a charger. Also required: Mountaineering snowshoes with the built-in crampons and Kahtoola microspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons. No Yaktracks please! For more fun and to ease the descent bring your butt sled. Mine is very light, I carry it on a carabineer attached to my pack. Pack for winter conditions, including: -Insulated waterproof boots -Hand & toe warmers -Snowshoes and microspikes -Layers, including a warm puffy jacket -Several pairs of hats & gloves -Water parka, to protect your drinking water from freezing -Hot water & plenty of food/snacks If you haven't hiked with me before, please include on RSVP your cell phone #, so that I could contact you and ask questions about your experience and physical fitness. This is for your safety and the group's. Hike details: South Imp (3.2 mi) to North Carter Trail (1.2 mi) will lead us to the ridge, Carter-Moriah Trail, which we follow to reach 4 4K-footers (poorly marked - hone up your orienteering skills to find them): Mts. Lethe and North Carter (both over 4K but neither on the LIST), Middle Carter and South Carter. At the Zeta Pass intersection we make right turn and head West on to Carter Dome Trail and in another 1.9 mi - another right turn on to the fairly leveled and pretty Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, this time heading Northwest. This trail brings us to the parking lot in another 1.9 mi. At the start of the hike we will have an option of staging car(s) or walk under 2 mi to the Imp trailhead. After bagging the Middle Carter summit, we will decide if we want to bag the 3rd Carter, Carter Dome, and lengthen the route by 1.5 mi. If yes, then we pass Zeta Pass without making any turns and stay on Carter-Moriah Trail until we reach Carter Dome. We visit the АМС Hut situated on Wildcat River and in the picturesque section of Carter Notch, offering dramatic views on to the Wildcats, and from there head on to Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, which in 3.1 mi will bring us to the parking lot. We will begin the hike as a group and finish as a group, regrouping and checking in with each other at all trail junctions as well as before and after all river crossings, difficult sections of trail (e.g rock scrambles), and at tree-line. These guidelines apply to both the ascent as well as the descent - it shouldn't be a race back to the trailhead. Winter hiking is more challenging than in other seasons but also more rewarding. The group effort and comradery here can’t be underestimated. Be prepared to not only have fun but work hard, cheer your comrades and contribute to trail breaking. I am not an employee of the Meetup, and on this meetup hike I will not be a paid guide. Always remember that we all hike at our own risk, and I am simply a fellow hiker who is experienced to organize it. While we hike as a group, it’s still your responsibility to know the map of the area, have it with you and be prepared to orient on your own. The link to the parking lot is below: https://www.google.com.co/maps/place/Nineteen+Mile+Brook+Trailheadfirstname.lastname@example.org,-71.2229201,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cb3928bd91faf1b:0xc0c2e885994feb64!8m2!3d44.302201!4d-71.220726 I'll be looking at lodging options for Friday and Saturday nights. If someone is interested in joining, let me know and I'll look for larger quarters.