Organizer: Bill Robichaud [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
Not that 4k's aren't important, but since we'll no longer be in calender winter, let's hit a 100 Highest peak! Sandwich Mountain (3980 ft), also referred to as Sandwich Dome, sits at #68 of the New England 100 Highest list. If it were a mere 20 feet higher, it would be one of the most climbed peaks in New England. But it's not, so it sits in relative obscurity at the southwestern end of the Sandwich Range Wilderness. I don't know why this peak has languished on my 100 Highest list for so long, so please join me for my first (hopefully of many) event as an Organizer, and to knock this one off the list!
Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need warm layers, wind protection, snow shoes, and traction among other things... it's still winter. I will update everyone if weather conditions dictate that we bring more than what is described below. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions contact me.
Click for a list of items needed for a winter day hike (http://files.meetup.com/492954/Winter_Day_Hike_Clothing_and_Gear_List.pdf). Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. If you don't have the required items you put yourself and everyone else at risk. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.
Guests ARE permitted - Please send me a message regarding your guest, their fitness level, and gear.
Dogs ARE permitted on this hike.
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 slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 8.7 miles and climb about 3033 feet. It should take an average hiker about 5 hours and 52 minutes to complete this trip (adjusted for slower winter travel but this doesn't include time for rest/food breaks).
We will be ascending from the trailhead on the Drakes Brook Trail, 3.2 miles and 1840 feet, to its junction with the Sandwich Mountain Trail. The Jennings Peak spur is 0.1 miles and 58 feet away, and we can decide as a group whether to hit this peak on the way up or the way down. From here, the Sandwich Mountain Trail reaches the summit in just under 1.1 miles and 660 feet of climbing. For the descent, we will take the Sandwich Mountain Trail all the way back to the trailhead, going over Noon Peak in the process.
This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE 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.
Click for current trail conditions (http://www.trailsnh.com/) (trailsnh.com) =====
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.
Click for the current weather forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=43.90209787866277&lon=-71.4938735961914) (weather.gov) =====
We will meet at the Sandwich Mountain Trailhead, on east side of Rt. 49 just south of Waterville Valley, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 127 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 11 minutes to drive there.
Click for directions (https://local.google.com/maps?f=d&daddr=43.938254,-71.511019(Sandwich+Mountain+Trailhead)) to the Sandwich Mountain Trailhead. (google.com)
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 (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.