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NH4K - Cabot (INTERMEDIATE)

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 9:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]

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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 to one of the 4,000 footers in NH - Cabot (#33 @ 4,170'). It's the highest peak in New Hampshire’s North Country, offering spectacular views from the site of a former fire tower, just southeast of the summit

We will use the York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, and the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to reach the summit. From there we will follow the same route in reverse to get back to the trailhead.

While you can bring Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons you may be required to bring mountaineering snowshoes and crampons too.

If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have anyquestions 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.

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 9.6 miles and climb about 3,100 feet. It should take an average hiker about 6 hours 30 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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Directions

We will meet in the parking area on the south side of York Pond Road near Jefferson, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 196 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 46 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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  • Joe

    Wonderful day. Made it to the hut myself but opted to stay behind whilst others went to the summit so I could de-ice the legs of my 4 legged companion. I'll have to do it again to put that one in the bag. Very nice and peaceful with the freshly fallen snow. Michael and Monica, thanks for putting this together.

    November 27, 2012

  • Monica T.

    It was just great to get out and hike. I loved the snow covered trails and enjoy the great company.

    November 26, 2012

  • SK

    Another great hike with beautiful wintry views and fun randomites!

    November 26, 2012

  • Michael B.

    It was quite blustery at the trailhead - which made leaving the inside of a warm car tough to do, but once moving on the trail it "warmed up". It probably never got above 25 degrees all day but the winds that were whipping all morning and at the summit seemed to disappear as we hiked back down. There. Was snow cover the entire way - nowhere deep enough for snow shoes (sorry Joe) but some found microspikes to be helpful after hitting the summit. Thanks to Larry for bringing me a present. The group did a great job maintaining a steady pace and limiting long breaks - definately something you want to do on a cold day. The cabin was a nice place to stop for lunch - even though it was unheated the fact that there was no wind made it seem "toasty". We will get you that summit Joe the next time.

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    was a lot of fun, a bit breezy and cold at the top, but we managed };-)

    November 25, 2012

  • Michael B.

    It's going to be chilly - so be prepared. We won't be taking long breaks so have your self and your stuff prepared to keep moving. A chance of snow showers, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -14. Windy, with a west wind around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    November 24, 2012

  • Mike 5.

    I wille at the Concord NH Carpool at 6:15 for anyone who wold like to carpool.

    I have a tan Volvo with NH vet plates. [masked]

    Mike56

    November 24, 2012

  • Mike 5.

    Does anyone want to meet in Concord? and if so, what time?

    November 20, 2012

    • Ivan

      I'm also interested in carpooling. Are you meeting in Concord MA or NH??. I also can carpool from Cambridge/Belmont/Watert­own area. Thanks

      November 24, 2012

    • Monica T.

      Just a note...from Concord, NH...it will take 2.5 hours according to the Google link Michael posted. See you tomorrow.

      November 24, 2012

  • Mike 5.

    Ivan, Concord NH. SK is coming from MA as well. You should talk with her but either way we can meet in Concord NH

    November 24, 2012

  • SK

    Is anyone from Boston/Cambridge or surrounding area interested in carpooling?

    November 24, 2012

  • Michael B.

    I have updated the link for the driving directions.

    November 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      damn...that's a long ride and I need to do it again this winter {:-(

      November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just looking at the "customized" directions, they lead us to the glen boulder parking area ... that's a long way away from Cabot };-)

    November 20, 2012

    • Michael B.

      I guess the hike should be an advanced hike then.

      November 20, 2012

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