Event Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]
Read the entire description before you RSVP. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself and others at risk. Consider this before you RSVP.
=== What We're Doing ===
The plan is to climb 10 of the 4,000 foot mountains in Maine. We will make the final decisions based on weather and other factors – the preliminary schedule will look something like this:
• December 27: Saddleback and Saddleback Horn. This one is about 7.2 miles and 3,100 feet of elevation gain - may be more depending on road conditions.
• December 28: The Bigelows - Avery and West. This one is about 9.1 miles and 3,330 feet of elevation gain - may be more depending on road conditions.
• December 29: North Crocker, South Crocker, and Redington. This one is about 13.5 miles and 3,700 feet of elevation gain - may be more depending on road conditions.
• December 30: Sugarloaf, Spaulding, and Abraham. There are two routes depending on road conditions - one is about 16.5 miles with 4,000 feet of elevation gain while the other is about 12.5 miles with 4,300 feet of elevation gain.
If conditions are right we might combine South Crocker, North Crocker, Redington, Abraham, Spaulding, and Sugraloaf, into a single trip. If we do this would be about 22 miles with 6,700 feet of elevation gain.
We will stay locally and reservations will be made based on the number of people who are interested in participating.
If you are interested in participating in this event sign up for the waiting list. I will add people that (1) answer the question that is part of the RSVP process and (2) have done similar hikes within the past three months. Preference will be given to those who have hiked with me in the winter.
RSVPs close 24 hours before the event.
The maximum group size for this trip will be 10 people.
Guests aren't permitted.
Dogs are only permitted with prior approval.
=== Trip Summary ===
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.
=== What to Bring ===
You will need winter hiking boots – if you wear them in the summer they aren't designed for winter use (e.g. insulation). You will need mountaineering snowshoes. Not all snowshoes are the same – some are designed for steep terrain with potentially deep snow while others aren't. These are the acceptable brands and models:
• Tubbs Flex ALP, Flex VRT, Flex TRK, or Mountaineers.
• MSR Lightening, Revo, or Evo.
• TSL Symbioz Elite or Expert.
• Atlas Aspect, Endeavor, or Series 10/11/12.
You will also need traction – while you can bring mountaineering crampons if you want I think all you will need is either Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons.
Use this link for a list of items needed for a winter day hike:
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.
=== Directions ===
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.
=== RSVP Instructions ===
RSVP Process: You will be asked one question after you click "YES" for this event - "Did you read the entire event description? Will you have the items required to safely participate in this event? What hikes have you done in the last three months? Where did you go and how long did it take? Provide details." Provide enough information for me to know a little about you. If you don't take the time to answer it sufficiently I won't consider adding you to this event.
Medical Information: You are responsible to let the event organizer know if you have any medical conditions or allergies that (1) could affect your ability to safely participate in this event or (2) could affect any first aid treatment that may become necessary while participating in this event. You can either provide all of this information to the event organizer beforehand or you can have a written summary of it located within an easily accessible part of your backpack.
Emergency Contact Information: You are responsible for providing emergency contact information to the event organizer in case we need to contact them. It's also a good idea to make sure someone that you tell someone where you are going, who you are going with, and when you expect to be back. You can either provide this information to the event organizer beforehand or you can have a written summary of it located within an easily accessible part of your backpack.
=== Random Group of Hikers 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 assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.
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