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Offline JakeDatc

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3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:04:32 AM »
Looking to do some warm up hikes.   i'm thinking at least a 30-50mi loop.     I was thinking monadnock or pisgah  area.  down south to stay away from any ice.

ideas?

oh and this would be asap since the weather is looking pretty nice this week.   anyone got weekdays off? :)
« Last Edit: April 02, 2012, 01:07:10 AM by JakeDatc »
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 08:41:46 AM »
Jake this site has information about some loops in the Pisgah State forest http://pisgahmtntrailraces.blogspot.com/p/course.html.
For the last couple years I've been doing the wimpy (14 mile) version of the trail race. There are maps the show the race trail maps. It seems to me that I also saw more complete maps of Pisgah on links that are on the site. I'm thinking that you might want more for the number of days you are thinking.

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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 09:10:05 AM »
Just a thought-- how about circumnavigate monadnock  ???

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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 09:12:53 AM »
It seems difficult to find good loop hikes to the south, so when I do backpacking trips this time of year I tend to do sections of the AT in NY, CT, or MA. It's kind of a pita if you're solo because you need to spot a car, but there is a decent network of shuttle drivers available for a reasonable fee all along the entire AT. Most of them are either past thru hikers or retirees looking to supplement their income.

This pdf lists current shuttle drivers if you're interested:

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/docs/default-document-library/at-shuttles-parking-vandalism-web-3-20-2012.pdf
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 10:48:51 AM »
Yea,  I want to do the 50mi section of the AT through CT   but don't have anyone to go with at the moment..   wahh gf says she has "grad school"  or some crap ;)

i will look at the shuttles though.. maybe that will work. 

ugh.. the BC outfitters quoted like 75 bucks..  nevermind.    back to looking at loops :) 
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 12:46:52 PM »
but don't have anyone to go with at the moment..

Solo hiking can be quite rewarding... especially in the wilds of CT ;)

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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 01:27:37 PM »
no, it's not very rough terrain or exciting but i do need to get in shape if i'm going to do the Long Trail  in July.   And since my backpack is brand spanking new  some breaking in might be a good idea eh? 
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 02:05:08 PM »
I did the CT section last spring. It's harder than it looks despite limited amount of elevation gain/loss as compared to hikes in the Whites.
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 02:52:20 PM »
Not a loop trail Jake but perhaps check out the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail, 49 miles , has a lot of cool looking camp sites, and places it hits the roadside, so perhaps if you could find someone else to go, or get someone to help drive you could leave a car wherever you end up. Yeah does not seem to be many if any loop trips that are as long as you want in S. NH.

There is also the Wapack trail, I believe about 21 miles long one way, I did as a teenager alone in 2 days and hitchhiked back home, but one way would be to hike to one end (goes north pack monadnock to mt watatic in Mass) and turn around and head back the other way back to your car, just a thought, best of luck   

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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 02:57:05 PM »
Yea,  all  point to point routes have the same issues.     Some guys from backpacking light  are doing  Sunapee to monadnock in a few weeks but doing it in 3 days.   which is a bit above my level. 

Wapack could be an option and flip flop it. 
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 11:08:58 PM »
Anyone do the Tully trail loop?  it's only 22mi  but it has a shelter half way  and i could do a day trip from there?   i cant find a good map showing both it  and the monadnock or metacomet trails connecting
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2012, 08:24:58 AM »
I've done the Tully loop years ago. It's not the most challenging route but it does get you outside.
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2012, 10:35:55 AM »
I wish there was a map that showed the connecting area at least.  i guess i will just do 2 days 1 night at the shelter and then go to Farley Saturday and do some of that climbing shit
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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2012, 08:39:01 AM »
I've often used a bike hidden in the woods to help with point to point hikes.

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Re: 3 night backpack trip.. S. NH any loop suggestions?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2012, 09:24:27 AM »
jack the routes i'm thinking point to point are 3-4 days long and not in places where i would be able to do that.   i'll just find loops and partners to do the point to points.

looks like this week got changed to 2 days at rumney and half  day doing the  Welch-dickey loop  day hike
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