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Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
Hiking the White Mountain 4000 Footers
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  • 1. Hiking The White Mountain 4000 Footers Philip Werner [email_address]
  • 2. What You’ll Learn
    • Getting Started
    • Recommended Day Hiking Gear
    • Weather
    • Above Treeline
    • Seasons
    • Winter Hiking and Mountaineering
    • After the 4000 Footers
    • Q & A
  • 3. About Philip Werner
    • Member Appalachian Mountain Club
    • Member Randolph Mountain Club
    • Appalachian Trail section hiker
    • Completed 4000 Footer List in 2010
    • Trail maintainer, White Mountains
    • Hiking blogger at SectionHiker.com
  • 4. The White Mountains
  • 5. White Mountain 4000 Footer List
  • 6. Why People Climb the 4000 Footers
    • Great family activity
    • Physical and mental challenge
    • Learn new skills
    • Meet outdoor-minded people
    • Dogs love it!
    • Thrill of danger
    • Train for major expeditions
    • Awe-inspiring scenery
  • 7. Adams - 5774
  • 8. Bondcliff - 4265
  • 9. Webster Cliff
  • 10. Sabbaday Falls
  • 11. Spruce Grouse
  • 12. Getting Started
    • Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Guide
    • Map Adventures White Mountains Waterproof Map
    • White Mountain National Forest Parking Pass
  • 13. Regional Hiking Groups
    • Meetup.com
      • New England Hiking Meetup (1400 members)
      • Random Group of Hikers (1800 members)
      • 4 Seasons Hiking Group (1200 members)
    • Appalachian Mountain Club
      • Many different chapters (MA, NH, etc)
      • Numerous day hikes
      • Instruction
      • Membership is not required
  • 14. Start Easy and Low
  • 15. Route Planning Checklist
    • Weather forecast
    • Recent trip reports
    • Route and landmarks (bring a map, compass)
    • Distance
    • Elevation change
    • Special gear or traction
    • Water crossings
    • Water sources
    • Book time
    • Turn around time
    • Sunset time
    • Bail out options
    • Group review before hike!
    • Leave trip plan with friend who will call State Police if you are overdue
  • 16. Recommended Day Hiking Gear
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Map and compass
    • Water bottles or hydration reservoir
    • Emergency whistle
    • Pocket knife
    • Matches and a Fire Steel
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Duct tape
    • Rain jacket and rain pants
    • Wind shirt
    • Running shoes (dry faster after stream crossings)
    • Hiking poles
    • Sun tan lotion
    • Mosquito Repellent
    • High calorie food (1.5 lbs per day)
    • Leash for your dog
    • Water filter or purifier for long hikes
  • 17. Peakbagging Strategies
    • Hike one peak per trip
    • Hike multiple peaks in one day
    • AMC Hut-to-Hut traverse
    • Multi-day backpack over multiple peaks
    • Backpack the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail (26 peaks)
    • Winter hiking or backpacking
  • 18. White Mountain Weather
  • 19. White Mountain Weather
    • Trail conditions are seasonal
    • Dangers
      • Thunderstorms and lightning
      • High winds and frostbite
      • Cold weather and hypothermia
      • Avalanches and burial
  • 20. Seasonal Trail Conditions
    • High water crossings
    • Road closures
    • Foliage
    • Blow downs
    • Postholing
    • Ice/Traction Requirements
    • Monorail
  • 21. Mountain Weather Forecasting
    • Mountains make their own weather
    • Pressure gradients bring wind
    • Thunderstorms bring hail and lightning
    • Nor’easters bring heavy snow
  • 22. Predicting the Weather with Clouds
    • Cumulonimbus Clouds
      • Anvil shape
      • Big and tall
      • Darkness
      • Heavy rain, hail, and lightning
    • Lenticular Clouds
      • Pancake, saucer, or wave shaped
      • Occur near tall mountains
      • Heavy rain, hail, and lightning
  • 23. Avalanche Forecasting
    • Avalanches occur throughout the Whites, not just on Mt Washington
    • Generally safe on hiking trails under tree line
    • Winter hiking requires additional gear and training
  • 24. Treeline Warning
  • 25. Hazardous Above Treeline Peaks
  • 26. Above Treeline is Potentially Dangerous
    • Wind chill
    • Frostbite
    • Hypothermia
    • Lightning
    • Hail
    • Poor Footing
    • Whiteouts
    • Sun Burn
    • Scarce Water
    • No Shelter
  • 27. Above Treeline Safety
    • Treeline occurs around 4,500 ft in the Whites
    • Track forecast for several days prior
    • Summit is always optional
    • Bring protective clothing and emergency shelter
    • Know how to navigate with map and compass (not a GPS or phone)
    • Safety is always BELOW treeline
  • 28. Seasonal Conditions
    • Mud season and lingering snow through May
    • Black fly season first half of June
    • Best hiking mid-June through September
    • Autumn leaves peak by mid-September
    • First frost by end of September
    • Winter conditions from October through May
  • 29. Spring on the Appalachian Trail
  • 30. Summer on Lincoln - 5089
  • 31. Autumn on Carrigan - 4700
  • 32. Winter in Tuckerman Ravine
  • 33. Winter Hiking and Backpacking
    • Don’t go alone
    • Requires special training and gear
      • Ice axe
      • Crampons
      • Mountaineering boots
      • Winter Above Treeline Skills
    • Much more dangerous
    • Very physically demanding
    • Recommended training
      • AMC Winter Hiking Program, Boston Chapter
      • International Mountaineering Climbing School, North Conway
      • EMS Climbing School, North Conway
  • 34. Washington - 6288
  • 35. Washington Avalanche Forecast
  • 36. Winter Summit of Washington
  • 37. After the 4000 Footers
    • New England Hundred Highest
    • 52 with a View
    • Trailwrights 72
    • Winter 48
    • The Grid: 48 x 12
    • New Hampshire Appalachian Trail
  • 38. References
    • http://www.amc4000footer.org/
    • http:// www.mountwashington.org/weather/summit_forecast.php
    • http://trailsnh.com/
    • http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm
    • http://home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/index.html
    • http:// home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/difficulty.html
    • http://forum.hike-nh.com/index.php
    • http:// viewsfromthetop.com/forums/index.php
    • http:// www.meetup.com /New-England-Hiking-Meetup/
    • http://www.meetup.com/random-hikers/
    • http://www.meetup.com/4-Seasons-Hiking-Group/
    • http://www.hbbostonamc.org/index.php/Table/Instructional-Programs-Workshops/
    • http://www.ime-usa.com/imcs/index.html
    • http://www.emsclimb.com/mtn/mtn.html
    • http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/
    • http:// www.hbbostonamc.org /
    • http:// www.randolphmountainclub.org/index.html
  • 39. Questions?

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