Organizer - Monica Trust - [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.
This is a combined trip with the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club). The AMC requires a signed liability waiver for participation so ALL participants will need to read the waiver (read it by clicking here (http://files.meetup.com/492954/AMC%20Liability%20Release.pdf)) before you arrive and sign it at the trailhead in order to participate.
What we're doing...
The plan is to climb to two of the 4,000 footers in the Adirondack Mountains. Whiteface Mountain (4865 ft), is the fifth-highest mountain in New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Set apart from most of the other High Peaks, the summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses ofVermont and even Canada. Esther Mountain(4,240 ft) is the 28th highest mountain in New York State. Esther Mountain is named after Esther McComb, who discovered the mountain by accident! At the age of 15, in 1839, Esther became lost while trying to climb Whiteface from the north. Instead of hiking Whiteface, she hiked Esther Mountain and made the first recorded ascent. The Adirondack 46ers placed a tablet to her memory on the summit in 1939.
While this is not a backpacking trip, we plan to reserve a tent site or lean-to site at the Adirondack LOJ for Thursday night through Sunday morning. This will be our base camp. This trip is day 1 of the weekend. If you plan to sign up for the camping portion for the 3 nights, the cost will be a total of $60. If you would like to arrange your own lodging and attend this hike that is also an option. We will be reserving a site and there will be a deadline for reserving a spot for camping.
Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.
Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
What to bring...
Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - if you have any questions about what to wear and/or what to bring let me know.
Click for a list of items needed for a day hike (http://files.meetup.com/492954/Three_Season_Dayhike_gear_list.pdf). I will update everyone if weather conditions dictate that we bring more than what is described below.
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 the required items you put yourself and everyone else at risk.
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) traverse we will hike about 14 miles and climb about 3,700 feet. It should take an average hiker about 8 hours 30 minutes to complete this trip (this does not include time for rest breaks). We will meet at the Wilmington Trail, spot cars and drive to the Connery Pond and Whiteface Landing to begin our traverse. We will hike to Whiteface Mountain and then to Esther Mountain.
This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE/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 the summit).
I did my research using the Adirondacks Trails "High Peaks Region", 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=44.36632386703343&lon=-73.90365600585938) (noaa.gov) Sunrise time 5:36 AM Sunset time - 8:28 PM =====
We will meet at Wilmington Trailhead at the Whiteface Mt. Memorial Hwy, NY. According to Google Maps this spot is about 304 miles from Boston and it should take about 4 hours 50 minutes to drive there.
Click for customizable driving directions (https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Boston,+MA&daddr=whiteface+mt+memorial+hwy+,+Wilmington,+NY&hl=en&sll=44.388474,-73.815287&sspn=0.116047,0.308647&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFXpQpQIdCauZ-yESPDeU5xNaqymtQKJCdfzKTDESPDeU5xNaqw&oq=boston&mra=ltm&t=m&z=7) (google.com) The plan is to drive up Thursday afternoon and camp at the Adirondack LOJ. 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 $40 from Boston MA.
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.