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    Default Presidential Hike

    Hello Everyone.

    I am planning on Hiking the presidential range in 2 weekends. What is it that I should bring when it comes to food and how to cook it and all of that good stuff. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, are the huts open for people to go in and refill on water? How about showers? Thanks.

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    Default Presidential Traverse

    Are you planning on hiking the whole range? Are you planning an overnight stay? There is no camping above treeline. You could stay at Mizpah Spring, Lakes of the Clouds, or Madison Springs Hut. Pretty sure you'll need a reservation. They serve meals and give you blankets and pillows so you don't have to tote a sleeping bag along. You can get water there, no showers. You can get a shower at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, or swim at Lakes of the Clouds, not sure if this is allowed, but I've seen people do it. Here's a link:

    http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/huts...experience.cfm

    More useful info:

    http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/h...iking-gear.cfm

    If you still plan to camp there are designated areas below treeline. You'll need a map to find them and they require permits you can get at Pinkham Notch. For cooked meals you'll need a lightweight backpacking stove. Here:

    http://www.rei.com/camping/TOC/Stove...HP_CAMPING_TOC

    Pots and utensils:

    http://www.rei.com/camping/TOC/Stove...HP_CAMPING_TOC

    And lightweight food like this:

    http://www.rei.com/camping/TOC/Stove...HP_CAMPING_TOC

    Or do like I do and carry sandwiches and snacks. Cans of Chef Boyardee or soup is good, but gets real heavy when your toting it around, better off with packaged soup you add water to and simmer. Bring all your trash including cans back out and put them in a trash bin.

    I'm sure others will add to what I have suggested, keep checking this thread until you go. There is another similar thread started today in this forum and many other threads covering these and other subjects about climbing and camping in the Presidentials. Good luck and have fun.
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    You should be able to get water at the huts even if you aren't staying there. As Kevin said no showers. I'm pretty sure swimming in the Lakes of the Clouds is not allowed.

    There are public showers at Pinkham.

    What are your plans, camping or huts or one day traverse?

    What trailheads are you going to use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    You should be able to get water at the huts even if you aren't staying there. As Kevin said no showers. I'm pretty sure swimming in the Lakes of the Clouds is not allowed.
    I can remember as a kid swimming from one end of a lake at Lakes of the Clouds to the other - then racing to the hut for hot coco. That water was cold! I am sure it is not allowed now. It took several years before I was up to do more than just in and out of the water.
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    this is all good much needed advice! Just what I was looking for. I am confused about the camping (yes this is an overnight trip). I did not know you had to camp at certain areas? The only signs I've ever seen up there is that you can't camp where the trees are under 6 feet tall. Anyway, here's a link to the tent I bought, hope it's a good choice, seemed to have the most room with the least weight and best quality for the price. gotta love LL Bean! haha.

    Microlight Tent

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    Default Camping

    Looks like a good tent.

    There is no camping on the eastside of Mount Washington. There is no camping above treeline anywhere. There is no camping within 200' of any trail. There is no camping within 1/4 mile of any trailhead, hut, shelter, campground or body of water. If you get caught by the rangers camping anywhere else, and they do patrol, they will fine you.

    The designated places you can camp on the Presidential Range are Osgood Tentsite in the Great Gulf, Hermit Lake in Tuckerman Ravine and Nauman Tentsite near Mispah Springs Hut. Lakes of the Clouds Hut has some, but don't count on getting one. There are shelters run by the Randolph Mountain Club on Mount Adams.

    http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/

    You need permits for all and most are first come first serve. You can get them at Pinkham Notch or at Mispah for Nauman.

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    If you want to camp anywhere you'll need to go west, way west. Far fewer people means far fewer rules.

    As for the White Mountains the regulations do a good job at protecting the fragile environment from the millions of people that surround the mountains.

    You should pick up a White Mountain Guide. That goes over all the regulations about camping. On top of that it has maps and information about almost all the trails in the WMNF. To be honest, if you plan on taking more than one trip to the White Mountains the guide is pretty much the standard reference.
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    Default AMC White Mountain Guide

    Bill is right on. Most of the info in my last post is straight from the guide. The maps in the new guide even have distance between trail junctions marked beside each trail:

    http://www.outdoors.org/publications.../wmg/index.cfm


    There is also a guide specific to Mount Washington and the Presidentials:

    http://www.mountwashington.org/store...roducts_id=118

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    Default At least one sleeping bag for the group

    Quote Originally Posted by KD Talbot
    You could stay at Mizpah Spring, Lakes of the Clouds, or Madison Springs Hut. Pretty sure you'll need a reservation. They serve meals and give you blankets and pillows so you don't have to tote a sleeping bag along.
    Only thing I'd add is that although you don't need a sleeping bag, I always make sure that one of us in the group has one. If someone gets hurt in your group and you're above treeline, you might have someone immobile for a while. Even in summer, it can be very cold up there. The sleeping bag keeps them comfortable until they can evac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Be_Prepared
    Only thing I'd add is that although you don't need a sleeping bag, I always make sure that one of us in the group has one. If someone gets hurt in your group and you're above treeline, you might have someone immobile for a while. Even in summer, it can be very cold up there. The sleeping bag keeps them comfortable until they can evac.
    I guess it depends on the group I'm with. Guiding paying clients I don't know, I'd carry an emergency bag. A group of friends and family, all hikers, I wouldn't. a group of kids, I'd bring one.

    Just my opinion. I guess you have to weigh risk/reward for each situation.

    I have a lot of failures on big peaks that are well correlated to me carrying a sleeping bag on summit day. Not that one causes the other, but it could be a part of the problem.
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