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NH4K - Carrigain (INTERMEDIATE)

  • Dec 2, 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 footers in NH - Carrigain (#13 @ 4,700'). It is one of the highest peaks along the southeastern ridge bordering the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area. An observation tower on the summit provides hikers with a stunning view of the surrounding White Mountains. We will be using Signal Ridge Trail to reach the summit and then retrace our steps to return to the trailhead.

It could be cold and windy, it could snow, or it could be warm with blue skies. Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need warm layers, wind protection, and traction among other things. I will update everyone if weather conditions more than what is described below. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions 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.

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

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) out and back trip we will hike about 10 miles and climb about 3,600 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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Directions

We will meet in the parking area on the south side of Sawyer River Road, which is off of Route 302 west of Bartlett, NH. According to Google Maps this spot is about 174 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 5 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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  • Monica T.

    Great hike, despite the boot situation. Thanks for joining us and hope to hike with you all again.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike.

    December 3, 2012

  • Jesse

    Better weather than expected thanks for a great day..

    December 2, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Timing is everything. With the threat of afternoon rain I considered starting a little earlier - had we done that we would have had no views. The group coming down from the summit at about the time we would have been said the summit and the fire tower were completely in the clouds. However, as we approached the clouds cleared and exposed the summit and tower. Then once there the views from the tower were worth the effort. It felt like it was raining all day - the warm temperatures caused the snow in the trees to melt and drench us. It did rain, but o my at the very end of the hike. Got to welcome some new randomites to the trails today.

    December 2, 2012

  • Michael B.

    The forecast for tomorrow has improved slightly - rain showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 16 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. The hike is still on - bring rain layers, warm layers, and microspikes.

    December 1, 2012

  • Michael B.

    The weather for Sunday looks like crap - rain showers, mainly after 1 PM. High near 38. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. While I hate canceling events I am leaning towards canceling this one. I will let everyone know tomorrow.

    November 30, 2012

  • Ethan S.

    Reposting in case missed: Can anyone give me a ride back at the end of the trip somewhere close to Arlington, MA. I have a ride to the trailhead (my wife), but not back.

    November 29, 2012

  • Ethan S.

    Can anyone give me a ride back somewhere close to Arlington, MA or in that direction? My wife and I are driving up for the weekend, but she needs to go back early.

    November 28, 2012

  • Stuart

    I have a car and will be driving up from the Boston area if anyone wants a ride.

    November 28, 2012

    • SK

      Hi Stuart - I would also like to join... I will be driving up from Boston and can meet at any convenient location that you suggest. Thanks!

      November 28, 2012

    • Stuart

      Great. I will get back to you with time and place. What part of Boston are you coming from?

      November 28, 2012

  • Jesse

    is the gate on 302 end of Sawyer River Road open?

    November 27, 2012

    • Michael B.

      So far. Hoping to sneak this in before they close it.

      November 27, 2012

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