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  • snowball42
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    in reply to: Sign Ups OPEN! #54023

    Nice job (again) on the signups! Super easy and it all seemed to go great. Now, who’s in charge of September weather?

    -snowball

    snowball42
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    in reply to: 2007 signups #52704

    While I understand the difficulty of signing up in advance, I feel that there are many other groups out there who face similar issues but don’t (and shouldn’t) get special treatment. I’ll admit to feeling a little chafed that some youth groups get special permission.

    This will be our third year doing it with a school group (actually two different school groups this year). Sign-ups are in the summer when all of our participants are scattered to the wind. I had my wife sign us up this year, because I was out running rivers that week.

    You know you will have scouts each year, just like I know I will have students (many of whom are actually scouts as well). I don’t think it is an undue hardship to sign up in the same manner we have done. I sign up the group as one individual so as not to monopolize space so others can feel free to join us and also so people know who we are.

    I hope this process never becomes so unwieldy that we have to resort to a lottery system. I’ll point out that just a few hours before kick-off, there are still many spots available.

    Have a magnificent hike everyone!

    -snowball

    snowball42
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    The North Kinsman Team will be meetig at the Lafayette Campground at 8:30 rather than 8:00.

    Everyone have a great hike!

    -snowball

    snowball42
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    . . . .gotta change my location

    snowball42
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    in reply to: Moriah #51757

    “There’s still question as to whether we saw a flag on Carter Dome or not. Also there seemed to be some activity on Mount Hight, but no word yet if there was a flag there. “

    Carter Dome flag was rigged for 50 mph gusts, but the winds were very light 🙁 , making the flag tough to see, even from Mt. Hight. We did fly our NH flag on Hight for a while as well.

    Great job everyone!

    -Nate

    snowball42
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    in reply to: Washington #51777

    We saw ya! Nice job!

    Nate

    snowball42
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    in reply to: A-10 flyby #51708

    The A10 was a great treat for the kids on Carter Dome – no tricks over our way, though 🙁

    Nice pictures, we missed it

    Nate

    snowball42
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    We’ll be heading out on 19 mile brook probably a little after you for Carter Dome.

    Have a great hike!

    Nate Snow

    snowball42
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    in reply to: Carter Dome #51586

    trekman- we will see each other from the summits (we hope), South and Middle will be between us – though unless S. is rather industrious, s/he will be tough to see.

    Our group is now at 10 from the Chester Academy Outing Club, so it appears that we will have a flag (perhaps a smaller Live Free or Die Flag) on Hight for a while.

    Looks like great weather!
    -Nate

    snowball42
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    @SilentCal wrote:

    37 out of 45! I’m also surprised we have no outing clubs or high schools groups this year. Any word on the fourth boy scout troop, Stephen???

    Members of the Chester Academy Outing Club will be manning Carter Dome this year. I just haven’t added them to the list yet! Hopefully with a few more this year not having to trek to Owls Head. Can’t wait!

    -Nate

    snowball42
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    While I agree with all that has been said on this, and I think there are compelling reasons to grant grandfather status in certain cases, I disagree with this idea on the whole. While at this point, it may only affect a couple of peaks, I think it necessary to think about the future and the fact that it could affect a larger percentage, and I’d be concerned with the “private party” argument proferred earlier, and the spectre of seeming elitist for those who got in on the ground floor.
    If people have a compelling reason, other than “i really like this peak” or “i want to not have to take my chances with signing up”, I think you could deal with it individually, like granting the Boy Scouts certain peaks, which works great (as long as 48 Scout troops don’t catch on 😉 ). Peaks as much as possible should be open to as many people as possible. my .02

    Very much looking forward to 2005 – and not really caring which peak – as they’re all awesome (though one with a view would be OK)

    snowball

    snowball42
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    The Lawrence (MA) Eagle Tribune did a great story on our group which included some info about the whole event(mostly accurate – there are more than 48 4,00 footers in the US?!). Front page on Friday, Sept 10th. I haven’t been able to access it online, but I have copies if anyone is interested.

    snowball42
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    I think it is more significant if it is only a one day event. Despite the fact that it would be more challenging for most people, I think that whatever day Sept 11th falls on would be best and carry the most meaning. If this doesnt work for folks than the nearest Sat (something consistent) would be my second choice.

    snowball42
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    in reply to: Owl’s Head #50201

    The picture of the Franconia Brook crossing was on the way out at about 4:45 pm. I did not take any here on the way in because I crossed first and was looking directly back into the sun, but the water was at least 3-4 inches higher at 10:00 am. Refreshing.

    snowball42
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    in reply to: Owl’s Head #50198

    The Owls Head team had a spectacular day!

    We were on the trail for about 11 hours total, with biking (always fun with 15 feet of PVC pipe duct taped to your bike), exciting stream crossings, the steep scramble to the peak, two folks finishing their 4,000 footers list with us, lots of positive support from everyone we met (more than I had expected on Owls Head), spotting of the flags on Lafayette, Lincoln, and Liberty from the slide, crossing paths with a very oddly attired DOC group, and one very tired dog.

    Most impressive was that three of our group were seventh graders – for some this was their first 4k foot peak. These kids did an amazing job all day long, working hard, helping each other out, spreading the message about what we were doing and why. Even at the end of the day as some of the adults were dragging and all were wet, muddy and tired, Rory, Chris and Keith (and Itasca the dog)were out in front, setting the pace and chatting (well, not the dog) and smiling happily. It was a real pleasure for them to be a part of this day.

    Thanks to everyone we met who pumped us up and encouraged us as we made our way along.

    Our pictures will be up soon. COngratulations to everyone who participated in this wonderful event. The Chester Academy Outing Club will be back next year, hopefully with a slightly ‘easier’ peak and more kids.

    -Nate

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