White Mountains National Forest
Day-Hiking with Kayaking
New Hampshire's White Mountains are a rugged and beautiful wilderness with
enormous granite peaks that rise far above tree line, offering sweeping
hundred-mile vistas on clear days. The Whites are also a land of primeval trees,
tumbling waterfalls, and charismatic wildlife such as moose, bears, deer, and
fox. We plan to hike some of the premiere trails the White Mountains have to
This trip is a Day Hiking Only trip with one day of Kayaking. It differs
from our traditional backpacking excursions because instead of camping out, we
spend every night at
Lodge in North Conway, a full service facility that provides amenities such
as a full country breakfast every morning, wireless internet, a swimming pool,
and a hot tub.
By "Day Hiking" we mean that we'll embark upon a series of 6 hikes, one per day
for 6 days. Unlike backpacking, we drive to a trailhead every morning and carry
only day packs containing a minimum of equipment. Most days we hike 5-10 miles,
rain or shine.
This trip is ideal for those who want to jump start their fitness regimen or for
those individuals who would find backpacking too strenuous. Some participants
have summitted the first mountain in their life on this trip. However, no matter
what your condtioning level, you will find the week challenging and hopefully
enjoyable. Because we're carrying significantly less gear than we would on a
backpacking trip, expect body composition change to be more moderate. One other
note: This trip is intended for those people who would cannot stand the thought
of being without plumbing, electricity, cell phone, and/or internet service.
This trip will take place May 30 - June 6, 2010. The hikes themselves will
occur May 31 - June 5, 2010. Here is the
We will be hiking to some of the premier mountain destinations in the White
Mountains tempered by a flat day of hiking and a day of kayaking. The hikes
themselves will include Welch & Dickey Mountians, Sabbaday Brook, Mt. Chocorua,
Lincoln Woods, Franconia Falls, Mt Crawford, and the tallest peak in NH, Mt.
We'll also spend a day of kayaking on the Androscoggin River with kayaks from
Great Glen Trails.
The White Mountains are a 2 hour drive from the airport in Manchester, NH (MHT).
Let us know if you plan to fly in and we'll shuttle you from the airport to
North Conway, NH. You may also have the option of flying into Boston, MA (BOS)
if you make advance arrangements, but check with us first to see if we can
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. While daytime temperatures in
the lowlands may be in the 80s, there may be snow on the upper reaches of Mt.
Washington. However, expect temperatures in the 60s during the day, but in the
50s at elevation.
Historical June weather
averages in the 60s during the day and 50s at elevation. However, be prepared
for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30.
Deborah Lusk, who lives in Phoenix, AZ is a
WMI certified Wilderness First Responder who has led this trip twice and also
guides for Arizona Outback Adventures. She makes a mean peanut butter and jelly
2nd guide TBD
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
Lower Gear or
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will
share a room in the lodge with another trip participant. You will be responsible
for getting to and from New Hampshire as well as personal equipment and any
If you drive, you will be responsible for transportation to North Conway, NH
where there is plenty of secure parking at the lodge for the duration of the
trip. If you plan to fly, fly in to Manchester, NH (MHT) we will pick you up and
drop you off at the airport (over 2 hours away from the lodge).
Covered expenses include 7 nights lodging at Cranmore Mountain Lodge (made to
order country breakfast included), ground transportation, 6 lunches, kayaking,
permits, National Forest usage fees, insurance, and awesome guides. Gratuities
for lodge staff are not incuded.