Location visible to members
Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]
Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all of the questions that are part of the RSVP process. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.
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 so consider this before you decide to participate.
What We're Doing
The plan is to climb one of the NH 4,000 Footers - #13 Carrigain. This will be a long day (made longer in winter because Sawyer River Road is closed) with a lot of climbing. If the weather is clear we should have some great views from the top of the recently refurbished fire tower at the summit.We can bring our sleds though to make some of the climb down and part of the road walk back to the cars a little more fun.
This trip will be run in conjunction with the AMC's Hiking & Backpacking Group and we will be taking 15 people combined from the two groups. ALL participants will be required to sign the AMC's Liability Release.
• Use this link to preview a copy before the event: http://files.meetup.com/492954/AMC_Liability_Release.pdf
Guests are not permitted.
Dogs are not permitted.
On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) traverse we will hike about 14 miles and climb about 3,900 feet. It should take an average hiker about 8 hours 55 minutes to complete this trip. 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 - there is no guarantee we will complete the entire event as described here.
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.
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 learning about the route and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
• Click here (http://www.trailsnh.com) for from trailsnh.com.
What to Bring
You will need snow shoes and some sort of traction (e.g. probably be fine with microspikes or hillsounds but mountaineering crampons would be good too). Since we will probably finish in the dark you will need a headlamp and some extra batteries. I will update this a few days before the hike when I know more about what we can expect to encounter out on the trails.
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 here (http://files.meetup.com/492954/Winter_Day_Hike_Clothing_and_Gear_List.pdf) for a list of items needed for a "winter" day hike.
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.
Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.
• Link for weather forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.09350315285847&lon=-71.44786834716797#.UrZRgf003U4
We will meet at the winter parking lot at the end of Sawyer River Road. This lot is located on the south side of Route 302 about 10 miles east of the AMC's Highland Center. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is 171 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours and 47 minutes to drive there.
• Link for driving directions: https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Boston,+MA&daddr=US-302+E%2FCrawford+Notch+Rd&hl=en&sll=44.086444,-71.353111&sspn=0.019574,0.037894&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFYi1oAIdcEK_-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&t=m&z=15
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 (gas and tolls).
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 Hike Safe 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.