NCCOC - New Hampshire: August 8-13, 2019
Note change in originally announced dates (was Friday-Wednesday)
As of now plans are to leave Thursday, August 8, and return
on Tuesday August 13 (5 nights) but we have reserved the campsite
through Wednesday, 8/14, and could stay an extra day if we arrange that in
We will drive directly to the campground - a 9 hour drive including
stops. Meeting time: 8:30 AM Thursday August 8 at NCC (or if
arrangements are made, 10:30AM at Little Neck Shopping Center directions). (It may also be
possible to meet earlier at the Woodside LIRR station.) BRING LUNCH
FOR THE TRIP UP! We be stopping for dinner on Friday and dinner
on the the way back. Plan to
have enough money to pay for this. Camping and
transportation fees will be paid for by the school (FSA/SGA). We
expect to be returning very late on Tuesday. Since we will not
receive a supplementary budget, the school cannot subsidize all of the
food costs and you should expect to pay a total cost of $40 in
addition to the meals bought on the road. You need to give us
the $40 in advance; contact Don Wade (address at bottom) for
information on where to send it. There is a planning meeting tentatively
planned for Tue, 8/6 at 1:00 pm in the Club office, room 304 of
the College Union Building when we will make final plans, sign
waivers, assign equipment, etc.
We will be in a campground in tents for the 12 or so of us. The
campsite is right next to the car so you do not need to have backpacks to
carry your stuff to the campsite. We will be staying in tents at the
Campground. We will be staying at Barnes Field Group Campground, the
nearest town is Gorham, NH. More information on the campsite is at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=74421&actid=50.
If you want more information about the area: White Mountain National
Crawford Notch State Park, https://www.nhstateparks.org/
visit/state-parks/Crawford-notch-state-park.aspx; Franconia Notch
You will need a sleeping bag of your own (the club can lend you one if
arrangements are made in advance). We will bring extra foam
pads, If you have a tent, you should bring it; the Club has tents and
we will arrange in advance to have tents for everyone. The
club and I will bring stoves and pots, etc. We will bring or buy
paper plates and plastic ware but you may want to bring your own
silverware. There are NO showers or washing facilities once we are
camping in the park although we may go offsite once to use a pay shower
facility. There is no access to electricity or phones, We
believe there is cellphone service at the campground but it is
spotty elsewhere in the mountains.
It is too early for a forecast but in the past we have had highs in
the mid to upper 70's and lows at night in the 50s -- near ideal hiking
weather. And we have also had highs in the 90s and lows at night in the
80s-- way too hot. And we could have highs in the 60's and lows
at night of near freezing. It will be much cooler at the top of the
mountains; be sure you have windbreakers and sweaters to take with
you. If you will need a day pack, we can bring an extra
packs, please let me know in advance.
We will be hiking most days over some of the most strenuous terrain in the
Northeast. You must be prepared to face the physical risks
inherent in strenuous outdoor activities. Please see the
statement on the trip information page: http://www.nccoutdoor.org/Trip_Listings.htm#responsibility.
This is not a trip for those who have never hiked before or those
not prepared to spend all day hiking 8-14 miles or more.
What to bring (as a minimum - use your good judgment):
-Bring enough clothes for the 6 days including some spare stuff.
-sleeping bag, warm enough for 40-50's, as mentioned above
-pillow if you need it, or a small bag to pack your extra sweater in and use
as a pillow.
-a light windbreaker
-sweater(s) including something really warm for night and a hat for the
-a flashlight (we will have some extra if arrangements are made in
-a day pack for hiking (we will have some extra if arrangements are made
-hiking boots or whatever you will be comfortable in going over very rough
-Everything you need for hiking in an exposed area above tree-line including
sunscreen and a sun hat.
-A pair of work or gardening gloves to protect your hands when climbing on
-bathing suit, there may be a place you can go into just to rinse off.
-toothpaste, toothbrush, toiletries, shaving stuff, etc.
-a couple of towels for washing up
-comfortable shoes or loafers, clogs, etc. to wear around camp.
-any special snacks you may want (see below about food)
-any medication you need
-if you wear contacts, bring extras as well as a pair of eyeglasses to wear
if your eyes are irritated. (This is important.)
Just before going into the park we will stop at a good supermarket to buy
all the food we need for 6 days. Your deposit already made will pay
for the food. We'll discuss what type of stuff we need and we will
bring an ice chests so we can store a few days worth of stuff. If you
see something special you want, you can buy it then. If you have
any special dietary requirements (vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please let
us know in advance during the planning meeting.
Let me know if you have any questions or if I forgot anything. -------
Don Wade, phone: 718-426-8555; cell phone (on the trip):
917-697-5701; email: donwade(at)NCCoutdoor.org
Don Wade, 35-41 72 St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Prof. Janis Mazza, 516-670-6307