Organizer: John (LAG) Lagasse@ (978)[masked]
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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.
What we're doing
New snow in the Whites! Learn to Zipfy on a wider packed trail before riding on through the hiking trails. Lessons on stopping quickly and turning!
The plan is simple - we are going to hike up to Hermit Lake Shelter and do some sledding. Sledding down the John Sherburne Ski Trail - there are some long straights, a few sweeping s-turns, and lots of bumps at the bottom.
With a 9am start time we should be down the first run just in time for lunch in the cafeteria. Then up for the second run! Depending on when we finish the second run there may be a slight possibility of a third run.
- Lighter packs as we'll leave lunch at the bottom.
- Bring snowshoes and microspikes. Depending on trail conditions to the hut we may be able to forego the snowshoes. We'll determine that when we arrive at Pinkham.
We are not hiking to Tuckerman's Ravine.
It should take us 2 - 2 1/2 hours to get to the Shelter then sled to Pinkham Notch. For those who are up for more we should be able to get one or two more runs in.
The most popular choices are:
I'm not a fan of the Missile due to the handgrips being on the edge and used on a mountain trail your hands could hit anything sticking out of the snow. The Zipfy allows you to slide back and pull the handle back for quicker stopping or slowing down. Shovel Sleds are not recommended as bumps along trail are not as forgiving on the sleds.
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Be sure to have a way to secure your sled to your pack for the snow shoe up and your snow shoes to your pack for the sled down.
No helmets are required for the trail runs. If you want to bring one that is up to you.
Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.
Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
On this moderate pace (~1.5 - 2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 2.45 miles and climb about 1,854 feet. If the weather is nice plan to be out all day. People will be able to come and go as they please.
This event is considered to be MODERATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).
I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
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.
We will meet inside the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center near the fireplace by the front door. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is about 154 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 10 minutes to drive there.
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. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.
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.