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Hike Mount Monadnock!

Dear BA Members,

 

Come hike with fellow BA members! Meet in the Shaws parking lot near the Porter Square T stop. Contact me at[masked] if you can't find us. Remember your bag lunch!

 

We are looking for drivers for all those who wish to attend this trip, so post a message if you are available to drive.

 

Mount Monadnock is a popular hiking destination for many who live in New England. It is a moderately challenging hike with typical New Hampshire terrain (rocky and steep) and close enough to Boston for a day trip.

 

Mount Monadnock It is one of the most frequented high peaks in New Hampshire and part of the White Mountain range, noted for its varied hiking trails and great views (e.g., http://bit.ly/IesTwk). And for the benefit of beginners and novice hikers, the summit is just under 4,000 feet. For more details on the White Dot Trail, please visit http://bit.ly/riC5mk.

 

Please check out the weather report in the following link for Mount Monadnock before attending this hike. This page will help prepare you for the weather conditions you will face and the type of clothing, footwear, and gear you will need. http://monadnocktrails.com/weather.trails.php

 

Check out the Mt. Monadnock weekly report for updated information on weather and trail conditions http://blog.nhstateparks.org/monadnock-weekly-report-04-05-13/

Chances are there will be some snow and ice still on the trails. Also, it's a New England spring, aka still winter weather conditions on the mountain, so that means bringing hats, gloves, an extra pair of hiking socks, hiking boots, gaiters, microspikes or crampons if you have them, layers, warm jacket, rain jacket, two liters of water, lunch, snacks, first aid kit, trail map, and compass if you have one.


This is a one day trip with the sole purpose of hiking to the summit of Mt. Monadnock. At a minimum, we require that anyone signing up have a basic fitness level comparable to walking 3 miles daily or running 3 miles three times per week. The hike will be 4 miles round trip and take an estimated 5-6 hours on the trail, including lunch. This trail is often busy with hikers and rated a 3 out of 5 in difficulty, meaning it can be noticeably steep at times, you’ll be breathing in deeper and faster, and you’ll probably need to step up onto or over rocks, tree roots, etc.

We will be hiking at a moderate to brisk pace, and we will want to keep all members together for the safety of all our hikers. So, cooperation to this end is important.

***Note: For safety, anyone in not wearing hiking boots or similar footwear and not carrying water will not be allowed to carpool with the group to Mt. Monadnock. 

What You Need To Bring:


All summits are potentially hazardous due to high winds and unpredictable weather. Please bring appropriate provisions and hiking gear in preparation. Note it tends to be colder than average New England temperatures at the summit. Think winter weather conditions when prepping for this trip. Please be sure to bring the following:

 

Cost: Monadnock State Park day use fee: $4 per person, $2 for children aged 6-12, children 5 and under are free and New Hampshire residents over 65 are also free.
A season pass is available for $60.

 

Hiking Equipment recommended by Hike Safe:

  • 2 Liters of Water (required)
  • hiking boots (required) No vibram 5-fingers or barefoot/light footwear as trails are expected to be wet and potentially snowy/icy. Wet/ cold feet mean turning back to the car
  • Sweater or Pile Jacket (required)
  • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
  • Hat (wool) (required)
  • Bag lunch (we will be on a mountain and driving for 8-9 hours, so bring lunch and snacks)
  • extra socks (required)(a welcome treat for the feet at mid-hike, or if you inadvertently step in a stream or snow. They also double as mittens…)
  • Flashlight or Headlamp (required) Dark falls quickly below tree-line.
  • gloves/ mittens
  • high energy lunch and snacks
  • winter jacket and shell
  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  • Pocket Knife
  • hiking poles
  • map
  • compass

Notice: Pets are not allowed on the mountain!
No Camping or Fires except at campgrounds!

 

Text/ call me at[masked] if for some reason you have trouble locating us.

 

NOTE: HIKING HAS INHERENT RISKS. DO NOT ATTEND THIS MEETUP IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOU ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED. AS A GROUP WE CAN DECREASE RISK BY BUDDYING UP AND LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER BUT NOBODY IS LIABLE FOR YOU. THIS IS A VOLUNTARY HIKE. IF YOU ATTEND, YOU ARE ASSUMING THE RISK.

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  • Emilie

    Thank you all for coming! Everyone was awesome!

    May 7, 2013

  • Kathryn V.

    I will try to remember to post the pictures tonight!

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Kathryn V.

      Of course, I had to work late last night. Tonight I won't be around. So hopefully tomorrow. Sorry for the delay!

      May 7, 2013

  • kenneth a. t.

    The hike was wonderfully pleasant,
    It was physically challenging to the extent that it was good exercise, in a pleasant environment, with good company.
    Was a bright sunny day, slightly cool at times, and pleasantly warm others, with a very beautiful view at the top.
    Was a number of people met on the trail, yet not too many, of various ages, from children to seniors, all making their way, which to me was a joy to see.
    Something I'd love to do again.
    Ken Thomas.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Kathryn V.

    We are in the parking lot now in front of Tags, leaving in 5 minutes!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Emilie

    Hats and gloves might not be a bad idea, either! The low for tomorrow is 42 degrees.

    May 5, 2013

  • Emilie

    Remember your bag lunch and snacks, lots of warm clothing and jackets, hiking boots and two pairs of socks, 2 liters of water, headlamps, first aid kits. See you at the Shaws in Porter!

    May 5, 2013

  • Kathryn V.

    So just double checking, we're meeting at Shaws at 9 correct?

    May 4, 2013

  • Elena

    Sorry, I can't join you tomorrow, 5/5/13. Have a good day!

    May 4, 2013

  • Sabin

    I am sorry for this late cancellation, something unexpected had appeared. I wish you a wonderful hike.

    May 4, 2013

  • Drew H.

    Might bring 2 but probably not. I come with a coup so I could fit 2 more with decent comfort

    May 4, 2013

  • danny

    Hi, Id like to go on this hike, but I don't have a car. Can someone give me a ride?

    May 2, 2013

    • Kathryn V.

      If you are able to take public transportation to Porter Square I think we have plenty of room.

      May 2, 2013

    • danny

      Awesome. Looking forward to it. I'll pitch in for gas and whatnot.

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Elena

    Hi, Sherri, do you still have one spot in your car for me? If yuarees, do we meet on Porter Square?

    April 29, 2013

    • Sherri

      Hi Elena, yes I have room and I'll be going to Porter Square first, so I can meet you there.

      April 30, 2013

  • Emilie

    It looks like Kathryn can take 2, Sherri 3, David 3, and Colin 2. We have lots of drivers, awesome! Do we have any more riders except Elena? Reminder to post if you need a ride. Also, please edit your RSVPs if you can no longer come. Thank you!

    April 30, 2013

    • Jennifer

      I had already posted as a rider and David was willing to give me a ride.

      April 30, 2013

  • Joel

    I have family stuff to do. Next one?

    April 29, 2013

    • Emilie

      Hi Joel. I plan on doing another hike if this one goes well!

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Sherri

    I can also drive. My car will fit 3 people. I'm coming from Waltham.

    April 29, 2013

    • Emilie

      Thank you, Sherri!

      April 30, 2013

  • Emilie

    Please note that I think we should all meet in Porter Square Shopping Center so that we all arrive at Mt. Monadnock at the same time. This will allow us to keep the group together. Thanks!

    April 30, 2013

  • Emilie

    Please post if you need a ride so that we have an accurate head count for Sunday. Thanks!

    April 29, 2013

  • Kathryn V.

    I can drive as well, either 2 or 3 additional people (my boyfriend may want to come on the hike as well, so I will update as soon as I know for sure).

    April 8, 2013

    • Kathryn V.

      Ok, my boyfriend Jay is going to come along too so I have 2 spots for others in the car! Or 3 if you want to get really cozy in the back seat. :)

      April 9, 2013

    • Kathryn V.

      Just bumping this, reminder that I have 2 open spots in my car.

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll drive. I can fit 3 other people in my car. I'm coming from Lowell so I can pick people up on the way to the Shaws parking lot.

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • Emilie

      Hi David, are you confirmed for 3 spaces in your car for Sunday, May 5th?

      April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep, 3 spaces.

      April 29, 2013

  • David W

    "HIKING HAS INHERENT RISKS." Are you frickin' kidding? Why don't we send the Christians? :-)

    I will be hiking a nice safe couch that day.

    April 29, 2013

  • Emilie

    Colin is able to take 2 people in his car, as well.

    April 29, 2013

  • Bob

    I'm coming from Hudson, NH. Are we meeting in the main parking lot?

    April 8, 2013

    • Emilie

      Bob, did you mean the main parking lot at Mount Monadnock? If so, then yes. Also, feel free to text me at[masked] if for some reason we get split up.

      1 · April 9, 2013

    • Bob

      Thanks, Emile.

      April 9, 2013

  • Emily S.

    I'm driving from the NH Seacoast if that is convenient for anyone. I'm in Exeter, NH. So if you are coming from North Shore area maybe we could carpool.

    April 9, 2013

  • Emilie

    Please post if you can drive! I encourage all those who have cars to offer rides. I would love to make this trip possible for all those who wish to attend!

    April 8, 2013

  • Kathryn V.

    BTW, I'm coming from Norwood, MA. So if anyone is looking for a ride from south of Boston we could coordinate something. Otherwise I don't mind meeting at Shaws near Porter either.

    April 8, 2013

  • Emily S.

    Will be driving from Exeter, NH

    April 8, 2013

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