What we're about

We are a group of friends with similar interests - the primary one being hiking. It doesn't matter if it's a one-day trip or a multi-day backpack; we like climbing up and down mountains throughout the Northeast (and beyond). Having other people come along with us makes things even more fun. Other activities on our calendar include biking (rail trail, road, & off-road), kayaking (rivers, lakes, & ocean), skiing (downhill & cross country), and various adventure races.

Our approach is simple - the strength of a cohesive group is greater than the sum of its individual parts. We start as a group, stay as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. We travel in small groups (10-15 people) to lessen our impact on the environment and the others who are also out there enjoying the peace and solitude of the outdoors. The ultimate goal is to get outside, have a safe and enjoyable time, and then do it again.

Most of our hikes involve climbing to the highest summits in the Northeast. That means people may have to get up early, drive a long distance, and then spend most of the day hiking. There aren’t many late starts, short days, or easy/moderate level hikes on our calendar. Instead of trying to do something that another group has already perfected, we have partnered with the Blue Hills Hiking Club (https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Hills-Hiking) out of Boston, MA. If you live in the Boston area and want to get outdoors they offer almost daily hikes of varying distances and speeds.

If this sounds like fun then be sure to join our group and sign-up for an event.

Upcoming events (4+)

(ADVANCED HIKE) NE100 Vose Spur

Sawyer River Road Trailheads (Crawford Notch side)

=== HOW TO JOIN ===
1. Read the full post.
2. Answer the RSVP questions to put your name on the waitlist.
3. I'll add those with appropriate responses. (Be sure your answers went through, or ask if you need help.)

=== THE PLAN ===
VOSE SPUR (3,862'), a sub peak of Mount Carrigain involving a bushwhack.

DIFFICULTY: Advanced due to trail difficulty, pace, distance, and elevation gain.
DISTANCE: 12+ miles.
PACE: We'll hike at a steady not speedy rate (about ~1.5 mph) and stop to enjoy views temps permitting but HIKING TIME is relative. Plan on a FULL DAY and potentially coming down in the dark.

If you underestimate the demands; overestimate your knowledge, experience, skills or abilities; or come unprepared, you put the group at risk. I happily volunteer but you should do your own research for your own knowledge and safety: http://4000footers.com/vosespur.shtml

• No guests. RSVP for yourself.
• No dogs unless discussed in advance.
• Limited to 8 participants to reduce impacts to nature.
• We hike as a group so please understand we will coordinate with others for pace, breaks, and other decisions en route.
• Medical issues/ disclosures: You must share with the event organizer any medical issues, allergies, medications or other issues that could impact your ability to safely participate in this event or affect any emergency 1st aid treatment. You must convey this information to the event organizer in advance, keep a written summary of it located within easy access in your backpack, AND include an emergency contact and phone number as part of this information.
• We'll solidify details 24 hours before the event. Watch for weather updates here.

=== REQUIRED ===
NOTE: If you show up without suitable gear you may be turned away at the trailhead. NO COTTON CLOTHING WHATSOEVER.

GEAR TO BRING (Make sure it fits, is tested and you know how to use it):
• Traction: Kahtoola Microspikes, Hillsound Trail Crampons or Black Diamond Access Spikes (No knockoff brands because they're inclined to break). Optional: crampons.
• Mountaineering snowshoes equipped with crampon claws and heel lifts, designed for steep terrain with potentially deep snow.
• Insulated boots made for winter use (No summer or 3 season boots).
• Clothing/ Misc: Full waterproof and windproof outer shell, mid-layer fleece, wicking base layer, insulated mittens and glove liners, goggles, gaiters, face mask, balaclava, warm hat, insulated water bottles (not hydration bladders), sleeping/bivvy bag for emergencies, trail map, headlamp with spare lithium batteries (for the cold), sunglasses, extra socks. Ample winter hiking food (that won't freeze) & liquids to produce warmth.
• Emergency hand/foot warmers.

=== WHERE TO MEET ===
Sawyer River Road Trailhead. Note, it's closed in winter, but there is (possibly unplowed) parking at the gate on route 302.

=== RSVP QUESTIONS ===
1. Describe comparable hikes you've done the last 2 months.
2. Will you bring microspikes, snowshoes and crampons?
3. When ascending, do you take a left or right onto Carrigain Notch Trail?

Please answer in under 250 characters. Meetup deletes longer responses without notice. To say more, please message me.

=== THE FINE PRINT ===
Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation, you acknowledge and agree to: 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 (http://www.hikesafe.com/); 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. (Note, you may be hiking with us but you alone are responsible for your personal safety. The host of this event is a facilitator not a guide or a trip leader).

Your event host reserves the right to alter the itinerary before or during this event based on prevailing circumstances and conditions. Thanks for you flexibility.

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Join the Random Group of Hikers Facebook Page

Needs a location

We have a Facebook page and encourage you join it. While the Meetup page is good for scheduling events, it isn't that good for communicating non-event information like news stories and product reviews. We will post links to stuff like this on our Facebook page. You can also use the Facebook page to communicate with others who might be looking to coordinate informal hiking Meetups.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rndmhkrs

Join the Random Group of Hikers Facebook Page

Needs a location

We have a Facebook page and encourage you join it. While the Meetup page is good for scheduling events, it isn't that good for communicating non-event information like news stories and product reviews. We will post links to stuff like this on our Facebook page. You can also use the Facebook page to communicate with others who might be looking to coordinate informal hiking Meetups.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rndmhkrs

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