North Brother (4151') is located in Baxter State Park and Maine's sixth highest peak. Its rocky summit features views in all directions!
More details will be added as the date approaches as there are many loop options and peaks that can be added on.
The Route: For this hike we will park at the Slide Dam Picnic Area and take the Marston Trail to the summit. Total Distance: 9 miles for North Brother.
I have one tentsite reserved at Nesowadnehunk for Saturday night that can hold up to 6 people. The site has been reserved and paid for, but split between 6 it is $10 a person. Please bring a backpacking tent, bivy, etc. or plan to share a tent with another attendee. I will be hammocking :)
Some info about the trail: http://books.google.com/books?id=9faQ6XZ0frsC&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&dq=slide+dam+picnic+area+north+brother&source=bl&ots=y5Y8-EjPLd&sig=HapjdvcZnj8vFBMSmHvUHbGaaJw&hl=en&sa=X&a...
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.
Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to.
Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
Footwear: Waterproof hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the mud and rocks out of your boots.
Clothing: Dress in synthetics, fleece, and/or wool layers to easily regulate body temperature. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly conducts heat away from the body.
Outerwear: Insulated jacket (e.g. fleece). Windproof/waterproof shell (with hood) and pants (e.g. gore-tex). Make sure your outerwear fits comfortably over all of your other clothing. Fleece/wool hat, and gloves.
Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip - use insulated wide-mouth bottles (e.g. nalgene), or a hydration bladder.
Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket (which packs small and weighs just ounces).
Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries). Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.
Optional Items: Trekking poles. Camera.
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 agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com