New Year's Eve White Mountains CelebrationCelebrate New Year's Eve Among the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
Intensity
5/10

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Isn't it time to break routine on New Year's Eve and do something unforgettable?

On this Discover Outdoors Holiday, back by popular demand, we whisk you to the epic Presidential Range in New Hampshire for a three night/four day winter adventure in the Whites. From snowshoeing to huddling by a wood stove in an authentic mountain hut and learning to build a quinzee, we'll discover what it means to be backwoods mountaineers.

We will leave New York City the morning of New Year's Eve and enjoy the scenic drive north, arriving mid-afternoon at the Appalachian Trail's Joe Dodge Lodge. After some independent down time, we'll kick off the New Year's Eve celebrations. A home-cooked meal at the lodge, the inevitable snowball fight, fireside games and more will lead us out of 2016 and adventurously into the year ahead.

After a good night's rest, you'll spend your first day in 2017 snowshoeing through the epic White Mountains on a four-mile adventure to a backcountry hut. Be ready 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. We'll even learn how to build an actual quinzee, similar to an igloo, and anyone who dares spend the night inside is welcome. Many DOers have!

The next morning, we'll summit Carter Dome, a 4,833 peak with views of the Presidential Range and Mountain Washington before a well-deserved night of relaxation at Joe Dodge Lodge.  

On Tuesday, we'll return to the city, refreshed, revived and ready for the year ahead. What better way to start 2017 than with a great adventure?

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You can win a brand new Alpha SV Jacket from Arc'Teryx Soho ($749 value) for your adventure! Share your favorite outdoor moments on Instagram with #Arcteryxsoho and #discoveroutdoors. Every photo is an entry and one winner will be chosen by 12/11.

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Level 5/10
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street

Trip Details

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
    • Meet your guide on the south east corner of Broadway and West 76th at 7:15 AM. Departure is promptly at 7:30 AM. 
    • Arrive at Pinkham Notch at 2:00 PM.
    • Short hike and New Year's Eve Celebrations
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
    • Snowshoe the AT to Carter Notch, drop extra gear at Carter Notch Hut
    • Optional: quinzee-building lesson near hut
    • Dinner at Carter Hut, stay night
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 2
    • Summit Carter Dome, Lunch back at Hut.
    • Snowshoe back to Pinkham Notch
    • Sleep at Joe Dodge Lodge.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
    • Return to NYC approximately 7:00PM.
  • TRIP STATISTICS
    • Total Snowshoe Miles: 15
    • Total Elevation Gain: 2,801 feet

 

Pack List

Packlist

  • Insulated, waterproof hiking boots (i.e. Gore-Tex lined)
  • Comfy shoes/slippers for evenings
  • Warm hiking socks (wool, two pairs minimum)
  • Gaiters
  • Base top layer (wicking t-shirt)
  • Mid-top layer (wicking long sleeve, mid-weight)
  • Heavy layer (sweater or fleece)
  • Winter hiking/ski pants
  • Long underwear/thermals
  • Fleece top and pants
  • Down coat or insulated parka
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Headlamp
  • Thermos
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Money for meals on the road Saturday and Tuesday
  • 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
  • While you won’t see temperatures as cold as the bag rating, it will assure you a cozy night’s sleep.
  • Sleeping pad or wool blankets
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase. You will stuff your winter coat into it to use as a pillow
  • Optional: neck warmer/balaclava
  • Optional: trekking poles or ski poles
  • Optional: liner socks
  • Optional: camera
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Win with Arc'Teryx

GEAR UP WITH ARC'TERYX SOHO

You can win a brand new Alpha SV Jacket from Arc'Teryx Soho ($749 value) for your adventure! Share your favorite outdoor moments on Instagram with #Arcteryxsoho and #discoveroutdoors. Every photo is an entry and one winner will be chosen by 12/11.

   

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