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Mount Abraham: Six Peaks via Abraham Burn (Advanced)

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Aug 12 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Mount Abraham: Six Peaks via Abraham Burn (Advanced)Event Organizer: Paul-William, cell[masked]-4522.

Read the entiredescription and disclaimer, respond to the RSVP question and double check your response to make sure it went through.Everyone will be waitlisted until responses are screened. Please follow through with the RSVP or I will regrettably skip over your RSVP. If you are having difficulty with the RSVP interface, message or call me (the RSVP question is also shownbelow* for your convenience).

Responses DO NOT carry over from one event to another--you must fill them out each time.Please have your preferences for this Meetup set to receive messages from other members in case I have further questions for you.

=== WHAT WE'RE DOING ===

We're going to visit up to six of the peaks of Mount Abraham, one of Maine's finest 4K summits. The main peak is reached by trail. We'll get to the other peaks, which are rarely visited, via bushwhacking across open ledges and through an area that burned in a very hot wildfire in June of 2016. The size of the barren alpine area on Abraham is second in Maine only to Katahdin. Hiking through the burned alpine area will be a unique experience.NE4Kx1.

(Photo: Maine Forest Service)

DIFFICULTY:ADVANCED.DISTANCE:about 11.0 miles.PACE: Moderate, 2.0mph on average; we will stop for breaks, views, and to smell the roses. ELEVATION GAIN:3,800ftHIKING TIMEis relative. Plan on a full day of hiking-- we plan on getting out before dark but bring a headlamp just in case. This hike involves significant exposure above treeline, and potentially wet ledges. The bushwhacking, about 4-5 miles of it, will range from easy on open ledges to more to difficult areas of denser vegetation.

Put your name on the waitlist if you would like to go. I will add people thatrespond thoroughly to the RSVP question(s) AND have done similar hikes within the past three months.
No Guests--have your guests sign up and RSVP, please.
Dogs by special arrangement with the event host in advance.
This trip limited to 10 participants to responsibly reduce impacts to habitat, trails, and the experience ofother hikers.
What the group will expect of you:Humanity humility and cooperation. This is a social experience. We hike together/stick together as a group at the pace of the slowest member.Positive/cooperative attitudes are welcome.
Medicalissues/disclosures: YOU are responsible to disclose tothe event organizer any medical issues, allergies, medications or otherissues that couldcomplicate your ability to safely participate in this event oraffect any1st aid treatment in the event of an emergency. You mustconvey this information to the event organizer in advance AND keep a written summary of it located within an easily accessible part of your backpack. You must also include an emergency contact and phone number as part of this information.
Rain or shine event.Difficult weathermay cancel and/or modify the event. As usual, we do notwimp out about weather until forecasts solidify 24 hours before the event--mountain weather predictions can change rapidly. I will post FYI updates on weather in the days preceding the event, derived from multiple forecast sources.

===REQUIRED GEAR ===

NOTE: If you show up without the requiredgear you will be turned away at the trailhead. NO COTTON CLOTHING WHATSOEVER.

We are hiking in the mountains and subject to challenging weather, be prepared. Bring both warmlayers and light clothing layers. Bring a full rain shell,headlamp with spare batteries, emergency shelter or bag, sunscreen, bug repellent, trail map, warm hat and gloves, 1st aide kit, and enough food & water to get you through the day.Refer tothis link for a full list of items needed for a3-season day hike:http://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/gear-advice/three-season-gear.cfm

SPECIAL BUSHWHACKING GEAR: Long pants and shirt (also bring lighter and/or shorter layers for the trail portion), hat, safety glasses (less than $10 at your local hardware store--buy the kind that look like glasses, not goggles as they are less likely to fog up). Gaiters, gloves, and pack covers are also recommended.


===DETAILED ITINERARY & DIRECTIONS===

We will meet at the Firewarden's Trail located at the end of Rapid Stream Road in Kingfield/Strong Maine. Rapid Stream Road is off of West Kingfield Road, which in turn is off of Routes 16/27 in downtown Kingfield.

We ascend Mt. Abraham's main summit (4,049 feet) via the Firewarden's Trail (4.5 miles) then continue across the ledges easterly to the other summits. We will then bushwhack northeast to a snowmobile trail and descend to the Firewarden's Trail thence to the trailhead, making a loop. It is possible we could end up backtracking across the ledges and returning the way we came up, depending on ground conditions in the burned areas. This could extend our hike a mile or two.

===*RSVP QUESTION===

"What comparable hikes have you done in the last three months? Briefly describe them."
You must answer this question in 250 characters or less--
Meetup deletes longer responses without notice. If you need to tell me more, message me please.

=== Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer ===

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; you have consulted the appurtenant hiking guides and maps; you have informed the event host/organizer of any medical issues or other limitations you may have that could complicate your ability to safely participate in this event, you understand that the organizers and event hostsof this activity are volunteer facilitators; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. (In other words, you may be hiking with us but you alone areresponsible for your personal safety. The host of this event is a facilitator not a guide or a trip leader).

May the Force be with you.

Your event host reserves the right to alter the itinerarybefore or duringthis event based on prevailing circumstances and conditions. Your flexibility is appreciated and required. The itinerary of this trip is a Hobson's Choice.

How to find us:Firewarden's Trail, west of Kingfield, ME.

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