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NH4K - North Twin, South Twin, Galehead, Garfied (ADVANCED/EXTREME)

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 6:00 AM

****** Due to the difficulty of this hike, all participants will be automatically wait listed. Preference will be given to those who have recently completed hikes with similar elevation gain, and distance.

 

*** BLANK OR PARTIAL RSVPs WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE HIKE ***

All RSVP questions MUST be answered. We require this information for safety and planning. This information is only available to Random Group of Hikers trip leaders and is not shared with 3rd parties. RSVPs that omit any information including primary and emergency contact phone numbers will immediately be removed.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then 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.

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Organizer: Joe Ciarcia @ (415)[masked]
Meet @ 5:45 AM to spot cars. Depart parking lot at 6:00 AM for our start point.


What we're doing...

The plan is to climb four of the 4,000 Footers in NH - North Twin (#12 @ 4,761') and South Twin (#8 @ 4,902'), Galehead (#44 @ 4,024'), and Garfield (#17 @ 4,500'). We will start by spotting cars at the Garfield Trailhead before we head to our start point. North Twin Mountain, offers a challenging climb to superb outlook ledges near its summit. South Twin Mountain offers sweeping views to the south of the Franconia Ridge and Franconia and Lincoln Brooks valleys. Galehead... well Galehead doesn't offer much in the way of views, but it's a short diversion to bag so we'll bag it before stopping at the Galehead Hut for a break, after which we'll continue on to our final peak of the day, Mt. Garfield. Garfield’s rocky summit rewards hikers with a panoramic view of the surrounding Franconia Ridge and Franconia and Lincoln Brooks valleys.

Route:
North Twin Trail to North Twin
North Twin Spur to South Twin
Twinway to AMC Galehead Hut
Frost Trail to Mt. Galehead
Frost Trail back to AMC Galehead Hut
Garfield Ridge Trail to Mt. Garfield
Northeast on Garfield Ridge Trail to junction of Garfield Ridge and Garfield Trails
North/northwest on Garfield Trail to Garfield Trailhead parking lot.

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

Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they experienced hikers. If you are bringing your dog, please indicate that in the RSVPs. Bring a copy of their current rabies vaccination.

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Trip Summary

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) loop we will hike 15.56 miles and climb about 5,573 feet. It should take an average hiker about 10 hours, 34 minutes to complete this trip (this does not include time for rest breaks). While we are getting an early start, be prepared with the "10 essentials" including a headlamp, and extra batteries as unforeseen circumstances may require us to hike out in the dark.

This event is considered to be ADVANCED because of the distance, and EXTREME because of the pace, elevation gain, and technical water crossings. If you are uncomfortable shimmying across a log above fast moving water, this may not be the hike for you. 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. I have also hiked this route before. 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.

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Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. 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 if you have any questions refer to the list below or contact me.

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.

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Weather

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.

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Directions

We will meet at the Garfield trailhead. According to Google Maps this spot is about 148 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 24 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.

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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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  • SK

    Sorry have to bail out due to personal obligations that came up :-\ Hope you all have a great time!

    July 26, 2013

  • Liyuan H.

    Is anyone also coming from Boston? I'm wondering what the best plan is. To meet at 5:45 I'll have to either get up before 3 am and drive through the night or drive up there Friday night and sleep in my car... neither sounds fun. Is it possible that we start a little later, say 7 ?

    July 25, 2013

    • Joe

      We have to do a car spot which delays our start time. Book time is about 10.5 hrs. Based on experience a hike of this duration will usually add another 2+ hours for breaks so that would have us finishing around 7 PM. I want a little daylight buffer built in to the time as well so unfortunately a later start time is not an option with this hike.

      July 26, 2013

  • Htar Htar Y.

    Hi Joe,
    I will not be able to participate the hike. I am a bit sick. Thank you very much. Htar Htar

    July 25, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    My extreme apoligies, I had my dates mixed up and somehow thought this hike was scheduled for Sunday. Darn...I can not attend.

    July 25, 2013

  • Seth R

    Joe and all. Going to have to bail. Family obligation calls. Have a great time.

    July 25, 2013

  • Joe

    My apologies to everyone for being so slow on responding re: the waitlist. It's been a bit of a crazy month between work and school. Thanks for your patience!

    July 25, 2013

  • John

    Still waiting to see if I'm in.

    July 21, 2013

    • John

      Never mind.... Found something else to do instead

      July 25, 2013

    • Joe

      John, my apologies... I've been meaning to call a few people for the past week, I've just be swamped with work. Glad you found something.

      July 25, 2013

  • Htar Htar Y.

    I would love to join the hike. I have been hiking a bit for the last two months in NH: 11 out of 48 so far, and I did Zealand, the west bond, the bond and the bondclif this past Sat 7/6/13. Let me know if I will have a chance to attend the hike so that I can join other hikes.

    July 8, 2013

    • Joe

      Sorry I've been a bit behind in replying but you're in! The system should have sent you an update.

      July 14, 2013

  • Seth R

    Joe, I meant to fill out the questionnaire but accidentally navigated away from the page. Not sure how to get back to it again to get in on the hike.

    July 14, 2013

    • Joe

      Hi Seth, it's a little counter-intuitive but here's what you do:

      1) Click on "Change RSVP"
      2) It should update and show your status as "yes". Don't change anything there.
      3) Now just click the RSVP button again. It should bring you to the RSVP questions.

      July 14, 2013

  • Heather

    Joe
    This sounds like a great hike. I don't need any of these peaks in July or I would join. You are doing a great job leading, good to see you the other night at the Highland Center. Rock on!
    Heather

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Joe

      Thanks Heather. Great seeing you as well. Hope to run into you an Kali on the trail soon.

      June 29, 2013

  • Serife B.

    Hello All,
    I have a question; we are in a school project for six months, and we need to mark out couples of trails over the mountains and valleys for the students. These marks need to stay all these times, in rain, snow or shine, also we need to think about vegetation. Do you have any practical idea what to use or how to do this? If we use paint, which one do you suggest?

    Thanks for the suggestions,

    Serife

    June 25, 2013

    • Monica T.

      This is something that you would have to consult the forest service about. We do have some trail maintenace events listed where we might be replacing some existing blazes. They have specific guidelines that need to be followed when marking existing trails based on where they are and who maintains them. You should start by calling them: White Mountain National Forest at (603)[masked]

      1 · June 26, 2013

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