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Pemi Loop Plus Backpack on Memorial Day Weekend

  • May 24, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Lincoln Woods Trailhead

Everyone will be put on the waitlist and I will add people to the trip as soon as I review your answers to the questions and/or talk with you. There will be no more than 10 people total on the trip including organizers. This is a cross post with the AMC, and you will have to register on that site too at this link: You don’t have to be an AMC member to do so.


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event. If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - if so, use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them.

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

We will be hiking over some of the most scenic mountains in New Hampshire including Mts Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Bond, and Bondcliff as well as the "bonus" peaks along the way-- Galehead, North Twin, and West Bond. That's 11 4 ks! The 3-day/3-night trip is approximately 37 miles with about 12,500 ft of elevation gain and is not suitable for first time backpackers. We will meet Friday afternoon and spend the night at Liberty Springs Campsite (start time depends on group availability), Saturday night at Garfield Ridge Campsite and Sunday night at Guyot.

This trip is meant for experienced hikers who have overnight backpacking experience and are conditioned for hiking 13 miles/day with a lot of elevation gain and a full pack for all of the trip. Please do not sign up if you have never backpacked and if you haven't hiked more than 12 miles per day.

We will begin our trip on Friday afternoon at the Whitehouse trailhead at the Flume Friday afternoon in Lincoln, NH after having spotted cars at the Lincoln Woods trailhead. We’ll hike up to the Liberty Springs tentsite (3.3 miles, 2569 ft) and stay there for the night. We may tag Liberty and Flume that evening, depending on start time, or wait until early the next morning.

Then we will continue our trip over Mt. Lincoln, Lafayette, and Garfield to the Garfield Ridge tentsite.  Day 2 mileage including Liberty and Flume is 11 miles, 4,500 ft . The next day we will summit Mt Galehead, South Twin, North Twin and then stop at the Guyot tentsite, for a total of 10 miles and 3,500 ft of elevation. On the final day we will summit West Bond (4540ft.), Mt Bond (4698 ft), and then to Bondcliff (4265 ft.) and hike out the Lincoln Woods trail for a final day total of 12 miles and 1,600 ft.

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 very slow hiker. We will not be rushing this hike, but you must be in appropriate physical condition and used to hiking with a full pack.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~1.5 MPH) trip we will hike about 36 miles and climb over 12,000 feet over the three days. This event is considered to be ADVANCED 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 all of the summits).

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. However, we will not cancel if the forecast merely calls for rain. Be prepared to hike/camp in the rain as well as sunshine.



It will unfortunately be bug season by late May. Bring a head-net, repellant, and long-sleeved clothing or bug-net shirt/Jacket.


Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

We will finalize the details before the trip but be sure you have all the gear needed for a cold weather backpack. Tentsites are typically very crowded on Memorial Day and you will be expected to share a tent with someone else unless you have a hammock. We will discuss this prior to the trip.

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.

If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.

Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk.

If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions either refer to the list below or contact me.

TENTS: Unless you will be using a one-person bivy sack or a hammock you will need to share a tent with someone - I will help coordinate this and use the comment section for this event as well.

WATER PURIFICATION & STORAGE: Please make sure you have a water filter or some other method of purifying and storing you own water. We will share so that not everyone has to bring one.

FOOD: I will provide breakfast and dinner for the group after discussions with everyone and we will divide preparation and camp chores. However, make sure you have plenty of snacks and lunch foods. You will need to store all your food and scented items in the bear locker on site.

STOVE & FUEL: We will need several stoves and fuel. I have a canister stove and a small pot but it's too small for everyone. Let me know if you have a stove and pot and what type/size and we will coordinate.

MONEY: You will need to bring approx $52 -- $8 to pay the 3 different caretakers if they are there, plus $30 approx—will confirm—for food. We will finalize the details before the trip but be sure you have a little extra space in your backpack after you pack your gear for group gear and food. I will coordinate with everyone to make sure we have the necessary group gear.

Do not assume others will have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail unless these have been arranged in advance. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone.



We will be meeting at the Lincoln Woods trailhead on the Kanc to spot cars the drive to the Whitehouse trailhead at the Flume Gorge. Google maps:

Lincoln Woods:,-71.587604%28Lincoln+Woods+Trailhead%29

Flume Gorge:,0,7341349013019803049&ei=tEJzUYahMc_I4APA-4Bw&ved=0CLcBEPwSMAk

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.

Peaks we will be hiking

Bondcliff (4265 ft)

Mt Bond (4698 ft)

West Bond (4540 ft)

South Twin Mtn (4902 ft)

Galehead Mtn (4024 ft)

North Twin (4,761)

Mt Garfield (4500 ft)

Mt Lafayette (5260 ft)

Mt. Lincoln (5089 ft)

Mt Liberty (4459 ft)

Mt Flume (4328 ft)


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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  • John W.

    Be careful. Bad weather all weekend.

    May 23, 2013

    • Pam

      Yeah, we are shortening the route and starting a day later. We will be safe. I've backpacked in the rain before and it can still be fun.

      May 23, 2013

    • John W.

      I'm hiking Cabot & Waumbek Sunday & Monday. Staying the night at Cabot cabin.

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested but need to sort out some schedule conflicts.

    May 9, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Just a bit of a heads up regarding camp spots being available on Memorial Day Weekend in the Whites. Everyone is anxious to get out after a long winter. Last year a friend and I did a Bonds Traverse on Memorial Day Weekend. We passed the Bonds and the campsite site was completed full. During the day we passed at least thirty other backpackers for that weekend who were planning on staying at Guyot that night. Point being that Guyot is small with limited spaces so be prepared if they or any of the other areas are full, it’s my understanding the camping spaces are taken on a first come first serve basis.

    April 22, 2013

    • Pam

      Hi Jeffrey, Yes, Guyot is very busy on Memorial day weekend-- they fit folks in with a shoehorn and use the overflow spots up on the trail and through the woods. Kinda looks like a tent city slum. On the otherhand, we should be fine for the other two sites.

      April 22, 2013

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