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Hi fellow Northeasterners, My buddy and I are thinking about going to hike Mt Monadnock this saturday. Has anyone been up there in the snow? The weather says its going to be 25degrees with chance of snow. Any tips on gear we would need. Doesn't seem that bad of a hike but with snow and ice, I'm not so sure. Any advice from people that have been there in snow or shine, would be nice. Thanks.
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Never been to NH, much less Monadnock, but to be honest, player, anyone who asks, 'What should I bring?' when talking about winter backpacking should probably not go winter backpacking, unless they're asking the experienced guy they're going with. I hike the Ramapos and the Cats -- similar terrain and elevation.

That said, aside from standard, cold-weather backpacking attire;
  • More water than you think you'll need.
  • Crampons and/or snowshoes.
  • Tall, waterproof gaiters.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Stove, pot, ignition source, and fuel to melt/make potable ice/snow; fire starters.
  • Something very orange, like a garbage bag, poncho, or emergency tent.
  • A piece of CCF to sit on.
  • More dry socks than you think you'll need.
  • Good sunglasses/glacier glasses.
  • A real good insulating layer (sb, quilt, sweater, pants, booties, et al,) even if it is a day hike.

    Your winter day pack should rival your warmer weather overnight pack in weight. With attire, more.

    This isn't an endorsement to go out and buy this stuff; that'll only reinforce the notion of, 'If you have to ask...'

    But again, the most valuable piece of gear is that mushy, gray mass between your ears. That includes knowing whether or not to go.


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    Thanks for the reply. I've done a lot of camping this year but not many big hikes, aside from mt laffeyette and chimney pond. We want to tackle baxter peak this year so need to train now. We figured we'd pick up crampons gaitersand ice axes. For layers I read no cotten, but to what extent. Normally when I camp its 2 underarmor shits the cotten thermal cotten longsleeve cotten thermal cotten long sleeve hoodie jacket whool socks and gloves face mask and hat. Is the 2 under armor enough to stop the sweat from getting to the cotten. Any thoughts?
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    Views From The Top's NEw Hampshire Trail Conditions:

    http://www.vftt.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?13-New-Hampshire

    COTTON KILLS, period. I hike in it all the time in the winter but am smart enough to have the right stuff in my pack for when/if the cotton does get wet.

    Monadnock is the second most hiked mountain in the known Universe. I'm guessing it will be pretty darn well tracked but crampons are not necessarily going to be enough if there are any snow depth issues. Poles are good, would not know if Picks are recommended or not.


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    Thanks for the info, yeah I'm getting better layers with no cotton. Dont think ill be able to get crampons in time, so we'll just have to get microspikes and take it easy. Yeah we are getting poles over picks. Gonna be alotta fun!
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    Well my buddy and I successfully completed Mt.Monadnock. Great hike, was tons of fun. Definitly need crampons, lots of ice to climb. Took us 4 hours round trip. The summit got sketchy because it started to snow and got super windy and there are only a few trail markers above tree line, and they're white. White blazers and snow don't mix lol. All in all great hike lots of fun. Id recommend it to anyone in the area. cost 10$ to park your car.
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    You folks from Boston area? I was born in Brighton 50 years ago.

    It is really a nice set of trails not far from The Hub. Way to go. Someone posted an awesome video of Katahdin in storytelling you should check out. I love my Rockies Region ranges but at times remember, and envy your deciduous paradise. Have a great weekend on that "Greatest Mountain." It is VERY special round the world let alone in New England! Hike on!


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    Definitely need crampons, lots of ice to climb.

    Check out Hillsound Trail Pro crampons. Reasonably priced, and a lot more robust than microspikes. They're a great cross between Alpine crampons and trail spikes.

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    I don't own Hillsounds, but came accross this thread. I understand no product is perfect..and it seems they have descent customer service, but check out this thread..

    http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23758


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    yea, i spoke to a few people at the catskills 3500 winter weekend and heard some bad fails with the hillsounds and people going back to microspikes and real crampons.
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    I don't own Hillsounds, but came accross this thread. I understand no product is perfect..and it seems they have descent customer service, but check out this thread..

    http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23758

    The product they're showing are not the trail pro. The pro doesn't have chains, but are built like Alpine crampons with plates, (bot plates, at that,) and an adjustment bar. The primary difference between these and Alpine crampons is that they don't have long front spikes, and the metal is, admittedly, not as robust. But the sacrifice is negligible as I'm not kicking into ice falls.

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    sounds good

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