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madmattdParticipantSeptember 9, 2016 at 10:49 pmPost count: 10
Needless to say if anyone’s looked at the forecast, the original plan is off. If you haven’t read the forecast, it is calling for a fair bit of rain/thunderstorms late Saturday night and lingering into the early morning Sunday. It looks right now like the bulk of that will be over by 8AM. The wind, however, is forecast to be in the 50-60mph rain sustained, with gusts in the 80s and even low 90s at 5000ft.
If we were heading to a peak below treeline, this would still be manageable as the trees will block a large majority of said wind. But Madison is very exposed. At this point we will head up Valley Way which is sheltered the whole way and re-evaluate at the Madison Hut (which is still open). We need to stay safe, and it is nearly impossible to walk in such winds. I’ll send an email with a few more details shortly.madmattdParticipantAugust 25, 2016 at 11:48 pmPost count: 10
Lisa (and Jeff if you are seeing this please let your plans be known), the plan is set, barring weather changing the route. We will meet around 6:30 at the trailhead parking for the Daniel Webster-Scout Trail (inside Dolly Copp Campground). We will leave a few cars and head over to the Randolph East parking area at 6:45, so we are heading up the Howker Ridge Trail by 7am. 4.4mi and 4450ft of occasionally rugged climbing will get us to the summit. Book time is 4.5hr, hence the 7am start so we are hopefully at the summit by 11:30 to set up in time for noon.
At 2pm we will pack up and head out via the Daniel Webster-Scout Trail, which descends 4.0 miles. We will likely exit somewhere around 5pm, and retrieve the cars. A brief tailgating session may occur, details later.
As said before, we have a solid flagpole and flag setup that has seen a variety of conditions in recent years. We hope to see everyone bright and early in just over 2 weeks!
I will also send this information out via email in a few minutes.madmattdParticipantSeptember 13, 2015 at 6:42 pmPost count: 10madmattdParticipantSeptember 16, 2013 at 12:14 pmPost count: 10madmattdParticipantSeptember 10, 2012 at 11:08 pmPost count: 10madmattdParticipantAugust 24, 2012 at 3:18 pmPost count: 10
7:30AM departure is the set time. Arrive earlier as needed to allow time to split up stuff to carry, stretch, and whatever else you need to do pre-hike. Note that the parking lot is not that large (~10-12 cars), we may need to park alongside the road.
Krpayer is providing a 5’x8′ flag and flagpole. Bring rope/paracord if you have it.
PM me or reply here with any questions/concerns.
See everyone in 2 weeks.