Celebrate New Year's Eve Among the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Isn't it time to break routine on New Year's Eve and do something unforgettable?
On this Discover Outdoors Holiday, we whisk you to the stunning and snowy White Mountains in New Hampshire for an unforgettable winter adventure. From snowshoeing to huddling by a wood stove in an authentic mountain hut, we'll discover what it means to be backwoods mountaineers.
We will leave New York City the morning on Saturday and enjoy the scenic drive north, arriving mid-afternoon at our bunkhouse for the night. We'll stretch our legs with a moderate hike to get in some winter views. Tonight's home cooked meal will be the perfect preparation for a big New Year's Eve. After a good night's rest, we'll spend our day snowshoeing through the epic White Mountains on an adventure to a backcountry hut. After dropping our gear, we'll head out to tag the summit of Carter Dome. After our climb, we'll return to Carter Notch hut to spend a night like real mountaineers — huddled by a wood-burning stove in a modest mountain hut, telling tales and listening to the snowfall just outside. Tonight, we'll ring in 2018 at 4,000 feet!
The next morning, we'll depart early, descending back to the trailhead and taking in our final views of the mountains before heading back to NYC. Plan to arrive by about 9PM with a brief stop for lunch on the way.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30
Meet your DO Guide at Broadway and West 76th St at 5:45 AM for a 6:00 AM departure
Drive to Crawford Notch, NH with a stop for lunch
3-4 mile hike
Evening at Shapleigh Bunkhouse
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
Hike to Carter Notch Hut (3.8 miles)
Summit Carter Dome (3.2 miles)
Evening at Carter Notch Hut
MONDAY, JANUARY 1
Hike back to trailhead (3.8 miles)
Depart for NYC, stop for lunch on the road
Return to NYC by approximately 9PM
Total Miles: Approximately 14 over three days
Total Elevation Change: Approximately 7,000 feet over three days
- 2-3 base top layers (synthetic, non-cotton)
- Mid-weight top layer (moister-wicking long sleeve)
- Heavy layer (puffy jacket or fleece)
- Down parka or ski jacket
- Waterproof and windproof shell
- Winter hiking or ski pants
- Long underwear or compression pants
- Insulated, waterproof hiking boots (i.e. Gore-Tex lined)
- 2-3 pairs heavyweight wool hiking socks
- 2-3 synthetic sports bras
- Comfy shoes or slippers for evenings
- Warm hat
- Expedition weight mittens or gloves
- Large backpack, at least 40 liters. No daypacks, shoulder bags, duffels, etc. Everyone will be required to carry a portion of our food to the lodge.
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or less
- Sleeping bag liner (highly recommended)
- Capacity for 3L of water in bottles (if you opt for a bladder, please also bring at least 2 L bottles as backup as bladders and hoses often freeze)
- Camp towel
- Neck warmer / balaclava
- Trekking poles or ski poles
- Small first aid kit
- Optional: extra phone battery and cable
- Optional: camera, journal, book
- Snowshoes and microspikes will be provided as needed
- Personal medications
- Money for meals on the road Saturday and Monday
Night one: Shapleigh Bunkhouse
Your first evening will be spent in a shared bunkhouse adjacent to the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. You will be in a bunkhouse with up to 16 other guests and will be in a bed with linens provided. There is a common area for all guests to enjoy. There are bathrooms and showers and dinner and breakfast will be enjoyed at the Highland Center.
Night two: Carter Notch Hut
Carter Notch Hut is located in the Wildcat Range and sits at 4,422 feet. During our stay, the bunkhouses will not be heated so an appropriate sleeping bag is required. Pillows are provided but blankets and linens are not. Meals will be prepared by your DO guides and all adventurers will be asked to help hike in the food for the stay along with their gear.