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Mt Cabot Winter Hike (Intermediate)

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Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.

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What we're doing

The plan is to hike Mt Cabot (4170 ft) in the White Mountains. This is 9.4 miles up and back hike with 3100 ft of elevation gain. This hike is intermediate (~1.5 mph). Depending on conditions, the trail might be icy, slushy, packed out, or new powder, so please be prepared. Snowshoes with traction and microspikes/hillsounds are REQUIRED on this hike(see below). I'd like to complete this hike within 7-7.5 hours, however, it may take longer if trail condition is not good. Prior winter hiking experience is required.

We will meet at the Trailhead of York Pond Trail on York Pond Rd at 9:00AM. We will hike up the York Pond trail to the Bunnell Notch Trail to the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to Mt Cabot and back.

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 a slow rather than a moderate hiker and expect us to constantly wait for you.

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Weather

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

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Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Below is a list describing the minimum required items to participate in this event. Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. 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.

  • Footwear: Waterproof/Insulated winter hiking boots with synthetic or wool socks. Gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots. Mountaineering snowshoes with aggressive teeth for traction while climbing. Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound Crampons are acceptable for this trip. Since we won't be using these items all of the time either have space in your pack or a way to secure them to the outside of it.
  • Clothing: Dress in synthetics, fleece, and/or wool layers to easily regulate body temperature. Make sure your layers fit comfortably over each other. DO NOT WEAR COTTON - while cotton is a great insulator when it is dry, once wet it doesn't dry easily and it rapidly draws heat away from the body.
  • Outerwear: Insulated jacket with a hood. Windproof/waterproof shell (with hood) and pants. Make sure your outerwear fits comfortably over all of your other clothing. Fleece/wool hat, balaclava or face shield, neck warmer, and glove liners. Windproof/waterproof over-mittens. Goggles.
  • Food and Water: Bring high-energy snacks, food for lunch - pack extra "just in case". Bring enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip - use insulated wide-mouth bottles instead of a hydration bladder since the mouthpiece/tube can freeze.
  • Shelter: Be prepared to spend a night in the woods if you have to. Options include an ultralight tarp, a bivy sack, or an emergency space blanket which packs small and weighs just ounces.
  • Other Essential Gear: Map and compass - don't just bring them know how to use them. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries - lithium work best in colder temperatures. Trekking poles. Personal first aid kit with an emergency space blanket. Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. Matches or wind-proof lighter and fire starter. Toilet kit (e.g. hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a zip-lock bag to pack out your used personal hygiene items). Sunscreen. Lip balm. Sunglasses. Waterproof cover for your pack.
  • Optional Items: Camera

Directions

According to Google, the trailhead is[masked] miles away from Boston and will take 3.5 to 4 hrs in good conditions. Please allow plenty of time and be packed and ready to go at 9:00 am. We will not wait for more than a few minutes as we will NOT have cell coverage at the trailhead.

We will meet at the York Pond Trailhead past the Berlin Fish Hatchery on York Pond Road in Berlin, NH. From the fish hatchery gate at York Pond, continue west 2.1 mi. west of the fish hatchery gate (sign) at a parking area on the left near a fenced raceway. York Pond Road can be quite slippery and is slow going, so please allow plenty of time.

Google Maps (this is to the other trailhead .1 mile south of ours—see above, ours is on the left near the end of the road): https://local.google.com/maps?f=d&daddr=44.498149,-71.358444%28Unknown+Pond+Trailhead+-+south%29

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 Hiker 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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  • Pam

    February 25, 2013

  • Bob

    2 · February 24, 2013

    • Pam

      Great shots Bob!! Thanks for sharing. There's a really great one of paprika that Joe would love. I'll email you.

      February 24, 2013

    • Matt D.

      Nice pics!

      February 25, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Great hike with a great group. Snowy off and on, and in the clouds, a Cabot kind of day. Never seen so many people in the North Country before, not counting our group.

    Hope everyone got home OK. I nabbed W#44 Sunday before the drive home, which was way easier than expected as the light snow wasn't sticking to the roads at all (at least on 93). Pinkham Notch received about 3" overnight, Gorham about 1". Sounds like things were messier further South Saturday evening.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Pam great time hiking with you all Hope you all made it home ok I got my hike in on Sunday # 24 in the books and no snow in VT all the way home on 91

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Pam

      That's great Dave! So good to see you again! Congrats on #24! Our drive was a bit hairy at times, but after Concord it was ok. Franconia notch and a bit south was the worst.

      February 25, 2013

  • Pam

    Had a great time with some great folks. Thanks for joining me! And many thanks to Bob for driving us home through the snow and rain!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Bob

    It was a great hike and a nice day for it. Pam set a very comfortable pace for it.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Bob

    It was a very nice hike. Thanks Pam.

    February 24, 2013

  • Rich

    Great day for a hike with a nice group

    February 23, 2013

  • Kenny

    btwn the weather an the trailhead distance...have to bail.

    February 22, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Sorry don't wanna chance it w the snow

    February 22, 2013

  • Rich

    Any chance of starting the hike an hour earlier so as to add some cushion to the bad weather expected later? We plan on driving back to Mass after the hike. Sorry Chris never stayed at Barnes in the winter so don't know.

    February 21, 2013

    • Pam

      Hey Rchard, the storm is going to be worst after 10 pm. We should all be home well before then, provided that there are no unforseeable problems. Most folks are driving 4 hours in the morning and an even earlier start means driving at even more ungodly hours, which is a safety issue in and of itself. I am just about to send everyone an email about being fully prepared to LEAVE the paring lot at 9, arriving early to get ready, having gear that works, and not taking any long stops, so we are down promptly. Looking forward to hiking with you tomorrow!

      February 22, 2013

  • Chris L

    I am going to have to work on Sat :-(

    February 22, 2013

    • Pam

      :-( It would have been good to see you again Chris! Another time.

      February 22, 2013

  • Chris L

    Anybody ever stayed at barnes field in the winter? Anybody interested in avoiding the early morning drive?

    February 21, 2013

    • Pam

      Someone in my trip lady weekend did and enjoyed it. I'm not a winter camper (yet)

      February 21, 2013

    • Pam

      Umm, that's last

      February 21, 2013

  • Early B.

    Haven't been to this one in winter but have lots of winter experience.

    February 21, 2013

  • Early B.

    Haven't been to this one in winter but have lots of winter experience.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in doing MT. Waumbeck on Sunday I would like to get two 4000 in because of how far my ride is I will be staying over Saturday still on the fence for Friday

    February 12, 2013

    • Matt D.

      Dave, I'll be heading to Moriah on Sunday after this hike if that interests you.

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks I have not done waumbeck yet will see talk on Saturday

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I am going up on Friday after work long ride, might even stay over and hike on Sunday anybody know of a cheap but clean and warm motel/hotel

    February 7, 2013

    • Pam

      Lots of options Dave. There's a good thread on Views from the Top called Cheap Sleeps. Priceline will get you good deals on either the Royalty Or Town and Country in Gorham

      February 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Pam I got a place in Jefferson called Skywood looks ok reviews sound good $55 for a night and near the trail head in the morning on Sunday

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • Inna

    Bummer... Can't make it on 2/23...

    February 7, 2013

    • Pam

      :-(

      February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it I have been up there for the last three weekends I want to go but need to do things at home

    February 7, 2013

  • dan

    I have to stay home to care for my family and home

    February 7, 2013

  • Pam

    Not looking good for Saturday. I'll decide tomorrow what to do, but I can't risk folks getting stuck in a blizzard Sat morning while heading to NH. We'll see how the forecast develops in the morning.

    February 6, 2013

  • dan

    I'm probably staying overnight in Jefferson because I need Waumbeck in Winter so I'll hike that Sunday. Anyone interested?

    February 6, 2013

  • Inna

    Pam, is there an option of moving this hike to Sunday?

    1 · February 6, 2013

    • Matt D.

      I'd suggest waiting until late tomorrow or later to make a decision, they ought to have a better idea of things sometime tomorrow evening. This storm will produce anywhere from 2" to 24" depending on how it forms. It would be a shame to postpone over 2" of snow.

      Remember, the local media likes to sensationalize and over-hype storms.

      If it ends up being the 12ish inches or more and if it keeps shifting a little later in the day like it has been doing, then driving could be "interesting" Saturday morning (and not necessarily advisable).

      Sunday is less desirable for me, but I'm probably in the minority there. I'm not driving all the way to Berlin and back in the same day, just not worth it to me.

      February 6, 2013

    • Pam

      I'm not making the call until Th night or Fri am. We need more info.

      1 · February 6, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Most models are calling for ~8" for Gorham/Berlin area Friday, mostly done by midnight. Subject to change as the storm system has yet to form.

    Bigger question is just going to be if roads are cleared by Saturday morning. I drove up right after E. MA got the 9" storm on 12-29/30, roads were okay, just took a little longer.

    Methinks snowshoes might be desired :D

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Pam

    Forecast currently on NOAA look good, but some are predicting 30 inches of snow on Friday evening. We'll have to keep an eye on that one.

    February 5, 2013

    • Matt D.

      30?!?!?! All right, we need the snow up there, but geez... Hadn't heard that one.

      February 5, 2013

    • Pam

      Only one model, and that's for Boston, less in the North Country. We shall see!

      February 5, 2013

  • Inna

    Would anyone coming up 128N interested in carpooling? I live near exit 30A in Lexington.

    February 4, 2013

    • Bob

      I am coming from Weymouth and I normally go up 93 but I could go up 128 to route 3 if you still need a ride. I think it's only a couple miles longer that way so no big deal.

      February 5, 2013

    • Inna

      Bob, that would be awesome! I'll send you an email to discuss the details.

      February 5, 2013

  • Pam

    After the hike I need a ride to Waterville Valley or possibly to Boston. Anyone willing to help me out?

    February 4, 2013

    • Bob

      I will be heading back that way down 93 through Boston to Weymouth so I could do either

      1 · February 4, 2013

    • Pam

      Thanks Bob! That would be great.

      February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it I have been up there for the last three weekends I want to go but need to do things at home

    February 1, 2013

  • Robert B.

    I don't wanna burn myself out for Sunday hike

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't get to these north of MA early hikes, Hope you all have a wonderful hike!!

    January 31, 2013

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