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NEHH ... Sandwich Dome and (maybe) Jennings (INTERMEDIATE)
Read the entire description before you RSVP to this event. If you underestimate the demands; overestimate your knowledge, experience, 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 hike to one of the New England Hundred Highest peaks in New Hampshire - Sandwich Dome. We will use the Sandwich Mountain Trail to reach the summit. If conditions permit we might also add on the very short trip to Jennings on our way back to the parking lot. 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. - RSVPs close 24 hours before the event. - The maximum group size will be 10 people since we will be within a designated wilderness area. - Guests aren't permitted. - Dogs are only permitted with prior approval. 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 fast and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slow and expect us to constantly wait for you. On this moderate pace [masked] MPH) trip we will hike about 8 miles and climb about 3,000 feet. It should take an average hiker about 6 hours to complete. This event is considered INTERMEDIATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. Use this link for more information: - http://trailsnh.com/maps/index.php?find=sandwhich Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants. Use this link for the current weather forecast: - http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=43.9115&lon=-71.5109#.WRw3aFKZPUo WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING It's winter - don't show up without winter clothing and gear. Here's what you should have: - https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/954d1e_ab8ae9bb3c364ce1abc90829554e9225.pdf Mountaineering snowshoes plus basic traction are required - if it's not listed below you need to get approval from me before you bring something different. - Mountaineering Snowshoes: MSR Evo, Lightening, or Revo. Tubbs Flex ALP or VRT. TSL Hyperflex. Atlas Aspect or Spindrift. - Basic Traction: Kahtoola MicroSpike. Hillsound Trail Crampon. - Intermediate Traction: Kahtoola K-10 or KTS Crampons. Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro. - Mountaineering Crampons (optional): Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon. Camp Stalker Universal. Petzel Vasak Leverlock Universal. WHERE WE'RE MEETING We will meet at the Sandwich Mountain Trailhead which is on the south side of Route 49 near Waterville Valley. According to Google Maps this spot is about 125 miles from Boston and it will take about 2 hours 5 minutes to drive there. Use this link to customize the driving directions: • https://goo.gl/maps/RCZZ8uB6K242 While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. THE FINE PRINT 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 (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.

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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 (http://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.

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