The plan is to climb three of the 4,000 foot summits in NH. Tom (#40 @ 4051’) is the northern most peak of the Willey Range, which rises from the western boundary of Crawford Notch State Park. Mt. Field (23 @ 4340’) is the highest peak while Mt. Willey (4285’) is the second of highest.
Please be ready for a group picture at the train station at 7am because we will start on time.
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Expect a solid pace with a butt slide down Avalon trail, so bring your butt sled. Expect winter conditions and bring a headlamp in case there are problems and we finish in the dark.
Please bring snowshoes, Microspikes or Hillsounds, and a butt sled. Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they are well-behaved, you bring a leash in case you need to use it, you clean up after them, and you have a copy of their most recent rabies vaccination.
On this out and back trip we will use Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail, and reverse course to the Avalon trail to Crawford Depot. You will need to be prepared for snow-covered, and icy conditions.
We will hike about 10 miles and climb about 3,400 feet. This trip is considered INTERMEDIATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain.
I've done this route several times before and reviewed The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains, trail maps, and the Internet. You should become familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Click below for more information about each peak:
Tom (from peakbagger.com)
Field (from peakbagger.com)
Willey (from peakbagger.com)
We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (e.g. we might not reach the summit).
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. The higher we climb the colder, windier, and wetter it will be - we will need to be prepared.
Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two before this event. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.
Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies
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 out on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
Footwear: Waterproof/Insulated winter hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots.
Mountaineering Snowshoes are required. MicroSpikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons are required. Make sure your boots fit your gear.
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 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, balaclava or face shield, neck warmer, and glove liners. Windproof/waterproof over-mittens (e.g. Gore-tex).
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. If you bring a hydration pack (e.g. Camelback), expect it to freeze, so have your own Nalgene bottle water supply. Shelter: You should always 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 (lithium work best in colder temperatures). Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket (e.g. mylar). 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.
We will be meeting at the Crawford Depot parking area on the southwest side of Route 302 just south of the Highland Center. According to Google Maps this spot is about 164 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 51 minutes to drive there.
This is the URL for Google maps showing the route from Salem, NH to the parking lot: http://goo.gl/maps/GgCpL
Here are the coordinates of the lot:[masked],[masked]
While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride.
Disclaimer: 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, Event Organizers, 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 http://www.hikesafe.com.