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jekylczar
11-18-2008, 10:23 AM
Hello everyone, just wanted to introduce myself as a new member to the forum. I reside in southeast Tennessee and would like to plan a Mt. Washington trip soon. I just finished Not Without Peril, quite a few amazing stories.

I would like to try and make a trip in late spring of 09. Couple of questions I need answers to before I start planning my trip. Which would be the best airport to fly into? What are my transportation options from the airport to the mtn? And are there campground accommodations for me at the base of the mountain?

Many thanks.

JimS
11-18-2008, 03:24 PM
Mid may is one of my favorite times of year to hit the trails up mount washington. Earlier, you still have snow instabilities, later you have bugs. Flowers are out, temperatures are moderate (by MWO standards) and weather stabilizes from it's winter pattern.

If you can rent a car, I would fly into portland. If you need mass transit, fly into boston.

There is a bus that goes from boston to the base of the mountain twice a day...and an amc shuttle that goes around the trailheads in the whites.

Most campgrounds are not open yet in mid may, but there are a few. Pinkham notch amc visitor center is a great location at the trailheads, a bit more $ than camping, but you get two meals with your stay. Check out outdoors.org for that.

There are also shelters a bit of a hike into the woods that are available in may, such as hermit lake at the base of tuckerman ravine, halfway up your Mt. Washington hike.

Start with researching these locations, and ask anymore questions you have here...it's a great community...

KD Talbot
11-18-2008, 03:32 PM
1.)Your best bet is to fly into Manchester, Pease, or Portland. If you can't Logan in Boston will do, but will add 40-50 miles to the trip to MW.

2.) Best thing would be to rent a car. You'll need transportation around the area once you get here.

3.) You can backpack into Hermit Lake Shelters from Pinkham Notch or there is Dolly Copp CG a few miles north on Rte.16. You'll be several miles from town.

There is also the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in Pinkham Notch which provides rooms and meals, but is IMOP expensive. There is also the Highland Center in Crawford Notch which is a similar set-up. For either of these you need to book now.

KDT

jekylczar
11-18-2008, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the great info! Looks like there are flights from Chattanooga to Manchester with a change in Charlotte that aren't too expensive. Prices for rental cars seem very reasonable. I'm really getting excited about planning this trip!

Bill O
11-18-2008, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the great info! Looks like there are flights from Chattanooga to Manchester with a change in Charlotte that aren't too expensive. Prices for rental cars seem very reasonable. I'm really getting excited about planning this trip!

Yes, rental cars are almost always curiously inexpensive. Don't ask why, just take it.

TrishandAlex
11-18-2008, 04:29 PM
Welcome to the forum!!! :):):)

FisherCat
11-18-2008, 04:36 PM
1.)Your best bet is to fly into Manchester, Pease, or Portland. If you can't Logan in Boston will do, but will add 40-50 miles to the trip to MW.

KDT


Don't forget if you can use them, Southwest Airlines flies into Manchester.Usually a good deal pricewise.

Brad
11-18-2008, 09:56 PM
There used to be good options going into Pease - but now SW airlines into Manchester is normally the best deal.

Knapper
11-19-2008, 12:43 AM
I could be wrong, but there is no longer any commercial airlines into Pease airport. So the closest that fly here are MHT, PVD, BOS, BTV, or PWM. Southwest was mentioned, they are usually cheapest to MHT or PVD but you might want to try Jetblue as well. I have used them flying home out west a few times since they have been cheaper than SWA at times. Also, keep in mind that when using travelocity, expedia, etc., SWA and Jetblue do not come up on them. And if you find a good deal on either one of those travel sites whether it is a cheap flight or car, try the companies main site as well as they are sometime cheap once you take away the convenience fees other sites charge. A good place to search for cars, flights, hotels, etc is kayak.com; it is the google of travel searches. I am not trying to advertise, this is what I used to tell all up coming volunteers when I was volunteer coordinator.

Brad
11-19-2008, 05:12 AM
And JetBlue has been a nice sponsor for MWO for some of the STP awards.

hobbes
11-19-2008, 08:37 AM
So the closest that fly here are MHT, PVD, BOS, BTV, or PWMDon't forget YUL and BGR!

jekylczar
11-19-2008, 08:47 AM
Thanks to everyone for the help. Looks like I can't catch a JetBlue flight anywhere close to me, but after looking at some of the air fares, I pretty encouraged that I might be able to find something fairly cheap.

I am aware of the STP hike every year, but are there any other group hikes? Since I will be alone, I'd like to find some folks to hike with. Any ideas?

Bill O
11-19-2008, 09:00 AM
Don't forget YUL and BGR!

Don't forget JFK, LGA, EWR or Hartford. You might even be able to find a really cheap flight to Chicago and drive from there.

This is really turning into an epic trip. When you add up all the driving, flying and layovers you might be able to fly across the ocean in less time than this trip is going to take.

Kayak.com is a great resource. I recommend figuring out where you want to leave from, how far you want to drive when you land and go from there.

And use some common sense too. A four hour roundtrip drive from BTV or BOS might cost more in gas than you save from flying to Manchester or Portland.