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NH4K - Garfield (INTERMEDIATE)

  • Nov 4, 2012 · 9:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]

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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 - 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.

RSVPs for this event will close two days before it is scheduled to occur.

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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What we're doing

The plan is to climb one of the 4,000 foot summits in NH - Garfield (#17 @ 4,500'). Upon reaching the summit we will be rewarded with a panoramic views of the surrounding Franconia Ridge and Franconia and Lincoln Brooks valleys. We will use the Garfield Trail to reach the summit and then return to the cars following the same route in reverse.

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.

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

Dogs are permitted on this hike provided they are experienced "hikers", well-behaved, you bring a leash in case you need to use it, and you have a copy of their most recent rabies vaccination. Be sure to indicate in your RSVP if you will be bringing a dog.

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Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 10.0 miles and climb about 3,200 feet. It should take an average hiker about 6 hours 45 minutes to complete this trip (this doesn't include time for rest/food breaks).

This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE 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 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.

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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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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 have any questions either 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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Directions

We will be meeting in parking lot on the north side of Gale River Loop Road south of Twin Mountain, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 149 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 35 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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  • Desiree

    What a wonderful hike for my first time with the Randomites! Great meeting everyone, looking forward to the next one!

    November 12, 2012

  • Sarah L

    An awesome winter wonderland hike. It was nice meeting/hiking with everyone. Thanks Michael and Monica for planning this hike.

    November 5, 2012

  • Michael B.

    You would think that on a day where there was quite a bit of mud, some snow, a little bit of ice, and no views from one of the summits with the best views there wouldn't be much fun. Well, you would be wrong. It was great day to be out on the trails hiking with some of the regulars while getting to meet some of the new members. Lots of great conversations with interesting people made the time fly by.

    November 4, 2012

  • SK

    Awesome Hike!

    November 4, 2012

  • Mike 5.

    Very nice. The snow made it very intersting.

    November 4, 2012

  • Monica T.

    It was great to see the regulars and meet some new folks. Yes, winter conditions are here! Some of us broke in our microspikes for the fist time this season. No views, but great company. Thanks for going us everyone!

    November 4, 2012

  • Al F.

    Awesome !

    November 4, 2012

  • soccer m.

    10 miles under 6 hours with snow, mud and water crossing? What a group hard core hikers! I'm so glad to meet everyone. Thank you Michael and Monica to leading This hike! Thank you AL!

    November 4, 2012

  • Kelly

    Was a good hike to ease into some winter hiking!! Met a lot of RHG regulars that I hadn't met yet...was nice to see everyone :)

    November 4, 2012

  • John

    Thank you Michael Blair, Monica Trust and the the rest of the meetup crew for an awesome day on Mt Garfield. Even with no view from the summit there always beauty in the mountains!

    November 4, 2012

  • Bruce R.

    Great time with great people.

    November 4, 2012

  • Michael B.

    FINAL UPDATE - BE SURE TO READ: If you have some sort of traction - either microspikes or something similar - bring them. There is a chance of snow showers, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Northwest wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    November 3, 2012

  • Sarah L

    Does anyone want to carpool? I'm coming from Framingham, but I can meet at the I-93 (exit 42) park and ride. Or anywhere else along the way.

    1 · October 30, 2012

    • Kelly

      Sarah, al and soccer mom? Do you have room for one more? If so what exit # is the Berlin park and ride?

      November 3, 2012

    • soccer m.

      Hi Kelly, I'm at I 93, exit 4 , 6:50 wait for Al& Sarah, I don't know Berlin p&r #.

      November 3, 2012

  • Bruce R.

    Any one who wants to carpool or has room. Let me know.
    I am in Andover. Thanks

    November 1, 2012

  • Michael B.

    A few things. (1) Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday night/Sunday morning so don't forget to adjust your clocks or you will be an hour earlier then everyone else. (2) The roads are open again so we will be meeting at the trailhead as originally planned. (3) The weather forecast right now looks good - mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. (4) There are still 10 people on the waiting list so if you are a yes and can't go be sure to update your RSVP so someone else can fill your spot.

    November 1, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Gale River Road is closed right now and I am not sure it will be open for Sunday so that will add about two miles of road walking to the trip. We will still be starting at the same time but the extra milage will add about an hour to the trip duration. Instead of meeting at the trailhead we will meet in the small lot near the gate on Gale River Road. Here is an updated link with the driving directions.

    https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Boston,+MA&daddr=Gale+River+Loop+Rd&hl=en&sll=44.238404,-71.635966&sspn=0.018171,0.040855&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFdIZowIdwN66-w&t=p&mra=ls&z=8

    October 30, 2012

  • Colin C.

    Please let me know if a spot opens up!

    October 22, 2012

  • Michael B.

    One of the "yes" people may not be able to make the hike because of an injury. Since there is a chance that she will still be able to make it I don't want to remove her from the list but in case she can't, I don't want to wait until the last minute to fill her spot with someone from the waiting list. I picked John M at random from the waiting list to add to the hike.

    October 15, 2012

  • John

    This "meetup" is new to me and I just have a quick question about the wait list. Is it a first come first serve if a spot opens up or do you get moved into a hike in the order you were put onto the wait list. Thanks!

    October 9, 2012

    • Michael B.

      Thanks Kelly for explaining it correctly. There are two settings the group can use, one automatically moves the person on the waiting list the longest into a spot when it opens up, the other is as Kelly describes - a note goes out and first person to get the spot gets to go. This is the setting we use. While this may not seem fair to some it assures us that the people that move from the waiting list to the going list still want to (and can) go. Using the other way we had too many instances when people got moved automatically and didn't still want to go but never went back to change their RSVP. We would end up with a bunch of spots being occupied by people who had no intention of going. At least this way we know there is still interest. It's no perfect but it's better than the alternatives.

      October 9, 2012

    • John

      Thanks Michael....makes sense! Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to join in if not have a great hike. I loved Garfield when I was up there in the spring!

      October 9, 2012

  • Michael B.

    In about five minutes some of you are going to get an email saying that your RSVP has been changed to NO by the organizer. If you get this note it is because you didn't answer the questions as described in the event description and the RSVP process itself. I don't have time to chase people for this information. You can rejoin the waiting list if you would like to be considered if space opens up but be sure to answer the questions.

    October 8, 2012

    • Michael B.

      In the email that everyone gets when they join it says to read the event description. In the email there is some text that includes the first paragraph or so of the even description "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." The idea is that people should read the description before signing up.

      October 8, 2012

    • Michael B.

      Lisa - I agree completely and have asked meetup to remove the ability to RSVP directly from the email and to no allow people to RSVP if they haven't completed the required steps. Maybe some day they will make these changes but until then all I can do is start every event description with a less than welcoming "you must do this" paragraph.

      October 9, 2012

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