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Mt. Tecumseh (INTERMEDIATE)

  • May 5, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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Organizer: Joe Ciarcia[masked]

BOOTS ON TRAIL AT 10:00 AM (so aim to arrive in the parking lot around 9:40 to 9:45)

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If you are interested in participating be sure to read the entire event listing before you RSVP - then answer the questions that are part of the RSVP process. While the objective of this event is to enjoy ourselves, your safety, and the safety of the others, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands, overestimate your skills and abilities, or come unprepared you may put yourself and/or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.

Please note that we will hike this mountain at a moderate pace - this is not a workout hike but also not a nature walk.

Use the message board below to coordinate rides etc.

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Tecumseh (4003’) is the shortest official 4,000 footer and home to Waterville Valley Ski Area. Views to the immediate north include Osceola (4340’), the highest peak in the region. East, across the valley there are views of North Tripyramid (4180’) and Middle Tripyramid (4140’).

Recent trip reports indicate that there may be some ice at he the upper portion of the hiking trails, microspikes or Hillsounds are mandatory for this hike.

While I have hiked these peaks before, I did all of my current research using the AMC's White Mountain Guide, a trail map, and the Internet.  You should become familiar with this information since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

If dangerous weather conditions cancel this event I will notify confirmed participants of any planned changes a day or two ahead of time.

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Trip Summary

On this trip we will hike the Tecumseh trail that leaves the north west corner of the parking lot of the Waterville Valley Ski Area. On this moderate pace trip we will hike 4.94 miles round trip.

We start as a group, stay as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. If you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us or want to head off on your own, this isn't the trip for you. Likewise, this trip isn't for you if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you or want us to go on without you. Fatigue and other unexpected conditions can alter our plans.

If you have ANY questions about your ability to participate in and complete this entire trip please contact me.

Dogs: Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they are experienced hikers.

Guests: Guests are not permitted on this hike. All participants must be members of Random Group of Hikers. All participants must individually sign up and respond to ALL RSVP questions.

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Weather

Spring has sprung but given New England's wild weather we need to be prepared. Be prepared with layers to layer up or down depending upon the temperature.

Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this hike - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two before this event.

Click here for the current weather forecast (noaa.gov)

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

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Clothing and Equipment

Below is a list describing the minimum required clothing and equipment to participate in this event. DO NOT rely on others to have extra clothing or equipment to share with you once we are out on the trails. Bring enough to keep you warm and protect you from the wind in case we have to stop/wait in one place for a prolonged period of time.

Footwear: Microspikes or Hillsounds are mandatory. Be sure to have a way to attach these to your pack. There's still tons of snow at the higher elevations and warm days can turn a packed trail into a pile of mashed potatoes. Throw your snowshoes in the car. I will make a determination at the trailhead as to whether or not we need to bring them.

Clothing: Dress in layers to easily regulate body temperature. Wear synthetic shirt/pants and bring a fleece jacket/wool sweater. Winter hat. Face shield/balaclava. Winter mittens/gloves. ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON.

Outerwear: Windproof breathable shell, GoreTex or equivalent.

Food and Water: High-energy snacks, food for lunch, enough water to stay properly hydrated during the trip. Hydration bladders may freeze during winter - bottles with insulating sleeves work best.

Other Essential Gear: Map and compass. Plastic whistle. Headlamp with two sets of spare batteries (lithium work best in cold temperatures). Chemical hand/foot warmers. Personal first aid kit. An emergency space blanket (e.g. mylar). Small pocket knife or multi-purpose tool. 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. Extra hat, mittens/gloves, and socks.

Optional Items: Waterproof/windproof pants. Waterproof gaiters. Trekking poles. Camera.

You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

You will need to bring any medications or medical supplies that you may need during the trip.

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Directions

We will begin this hike by meeting at the north west corner of the Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot at 9:30 AM. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is about 133 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 43 minutes to drive there.

Click here for customizable driving directions to the meeting spot (google.com)

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As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you and your guests 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 described at 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.

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  • sandy

    Thank you Joe, for my first 4K! See you all on the trails

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Marlene

    Joe did a great job of leading us on a beautiful day for a hike. Great meeting and hiking with everyone.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Joe

    Nice to see everyone, thanks for hiking with me! If anyone is interested here is the GPS data of our hike today:

    http://adventures.garmin.com/by/shewhorn/tecumseh/

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Mike

    Was up there today. big no to snow shoes but micro spikes will be needed after the first 1/4 mile all the way up to the summit. There was a lot of melt going on today but most of the trail was still snow covered.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Marlene

    Joe, what is your latest thinking on snowshoes?

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Microspikes are needed for top 30%. Snowshoes are not needed.

      May 4, 2013

    • Joe

      If your hiking weight (so your weight with pack, boots, water) is > 200 lbs you might want them but I don't think they're mandatory. On the way up Osseo to Flume I encountered the first patch of snow at 2500', the first significant stretch of snow at 2700 feet and full coverage at just under 3000 feet. Others with my Microspikes or bare booted (they were also traveling lighter). I started post holing and slipping off the monorail at 3600' so I put my snowshoes on until we hit bare rock on Flume. I also used them between Flume and Liberty. The rest of the trip I bare booted, didn't touch the Microspikes all day (but still DEFINITELY bring your Microspikes/Hillsounds)

      May 4, 2013

  • Bang N.

    Don't feel prepared

    May 3, 2013

  • Mike

    Change of plans, heading up there tomorrow. I'll update everyone on the trail conditions if I remember. Enjoy

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Shahzad

    I would like to carpool

    May 1, 2013

    • Marlene

      How about if I meet you at dascomb road around 7:45-7:50?

      May 3, 2013

    • Shahzad

      That sounds good. My number is[masked] 5657. See you there than.

      May 3, 2013

  • sandy

    Assuming we don't need snow shoes and I can go, anyone driving from the natick/Framingham area and want to carpool?

    May 2, 2013

  • Barbara

    sorry, too much work to do this weekend

    April 30, 2013

    • Joe

      Don't work too hard! :-) We'll catch ya the next time.

      May 2, 2013

  • Mike

    Owen the dog will be tagging along

    May 1, 2013

    • Joe

      Excellent. I should have my pup (Zoe) with me as well.

      May 2, 2013

  • Debra

    Darn it. I am already hiking this with the NE Over 40 Group. Will see you there!

    April 24, 2013

    • Debra

      Ah, my dates were incorrect. I did get to do this last weekend. :( Can't on the 5th. It is my AMC Rock Climbing Graduation. I will keep an eye out for more postings. ;)

      May 1, 2013

    • Marlene

      glad you didn't miss the hike.

      May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too only have micro spikes! So do keep us posted! Is anyone leaving from the Worcester or Boston area? Would like to carpool if possible!

    April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone for carpool??

      April 30, 2013

  • sandy

    I'm a maybe, I don't have snow shoes ,just microspikes...will update closer to the date.

    April 24, 2013

    • Joe

      The long range forecast is calling for highs in the low sixties for the next 10 days. I'm guessing we won't need the snow shoes BUT... we might need waders instead! :-) Might be a bit muddy.

      April 25, 2013

  • Barbara

    I also have only microspikes, so if snowshoes are required, I will have to cancel.

    April 24, 2013

    • Joe

      The extended forecast calls for warm temps over the next week and a half. Given that Tecumseh is one of the more southern peaks (and the lowest in elevation of the 4000 footers) I suspect the sun will do a job on the snow pack up there over so I'm not anticipating the need for snow shoes. It is New England though.

      I just read through a few trail reports from the weekend. They all used microspikes although one noted the possibility for post holing:

      "Mud, snow and ice to ~2300'. Bare booted to that elevation. Spikes to the top then back down to 2300'. Snowshoes might be required later in the day. Some bare booters were postholing 1-2' several days earlier."

      I'll have my eyes on the trail reports for the coming week.

      April 24, 2013

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