1 Mile West of the Hairpin Turn
Ho Ho Ho! Please join in a hike of Mt Osceola (#24; 4,340 ft) and East Osceola (#34; 4,156 ft). We'll hike via the Greeley Ponds Trail, from the Greeley Ponds Trailhead to the Mount Osceola Trail. Continuing via the Mount Osceola Trail, we ascend the steep trail to the tree-covered summit of East Osceola. Crossing the ridge to the summit of Mt Osceola, we encounter Santa's Chimney, a scrambly section of the trail. After a short time out at the summit, we return via the trails in reverse order.
The hike is 7.6 mile/2300 feet gain. We will be hiking at a pace of 1 to 1.5 mph/30 minutes per 1000 ft gain. At this rate, the hike should take about 7 hrs including breaks.
After the hike, the plan is for an overnight of winter camping off the trail, and participating on the hike the next day over on Lafayette. This is completely optional, and you can just do the Osceolas hike. If interested in the overnight, we will pick up our gear at the cars, then find a spot with a good snow pack. Snowshoes will be required to bushwhack to a site a few hundred feet off the trail. Each should have a tent (or share), food, stove (or share), and cookware. This assumes, of course, a reasonable snow base, screening by Paul Williams to join the hike on Dec 25, and of course, reasonable weather. We break camp in the morning--one night.
NOTE: To sign up for this hike, please add yourself to the wait list. When you RSVP, you must answer all the questions. Your RSVP will be confirmed after screening. 9 people maximum.
Prerequisite: You must have experience on a similar "intermediate" hike this summer, such as the Lafayette Loop, Moosilauke, etc.; some prior winter hiking experience in the Whites; and, you should be able to keep an overall pace of around 1 to 2 mph up/down a mountain. Note, you agree to hike with the group and wait at all trail junctions. Please see https://goo.gl/4h71DH (https://goo.gl/4h71DH) for further information.
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No pets allowed. No guests allowed.
You must bring water, food, and clothing appropriate for conditions on the summits.
START TIME/LOCATION: 8 AM, Meet at the parking lot (http://firstname.lastname@example.org,-71.4116061&hl=en), Be ready to go at 8 AM!
HIKE DISTANCE/ELEVATION GAINED: 7.6 mile/2300 feet gain.
HIKE TIME: About 7 hours. We will be hiking at a slow, consistent pace, considered a "leisurely" hike by some. Note, for safety, we hike together and stay together. We always wait at trail junctions to regroup.
SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES: 7:20 am/4:13 pm EST.
CURRENT WEATHER: Accuweather: http://goo.gl/joVoai (http://goo.gl/joVoai) Mount Washington Observatory: https://goo.gl/hIr4PU (https://goo.gl/hIr4PU) NOAA (Weather.gov): http://goo.gl/KYY5OM (http://goo.gl/KYY5OM)
CANCELLATION: Generally, snow will not cancel this event unless it is a blizzard. I'm planning on doing an overnight camp trip if the snow is deep enough, otherwise overnight at a hostel.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCLAIMER: In order to participate in this activity, you acknowledge and agree that 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.
CARPOOLING: In your RSVP, you will be asked to provide information regarding your transportation, location, and hiking ability. This information will be used to help form carpools. If you do not want to car pool, please indicate so in your response.
DIRECTIONS: From Boston, take I-93 North, ~150 miles (2 hours) to Exit 32; take Route 112 east 9.8 miles.Please use the following link to get your directions: http://binged.it/1TN37VT (http://binged.it/1TN37VT) From Boston, it is about 2:45 hours drive time with no traffic, including time for a 10-minute break.
CONTACT: Ken[masked] (Note, cell phone reception will be intermittent. Use texting.)
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