Winter Presidential Traverse

WELCOME TO THE NEM COMMUNITY!
The Presidential Traverse in winter is the most demanding mountaineering feat in the White Mountains. Harsh weather is the norm and the number one reason for calling it short. The second most popular reason for ending the climb short is client fitness level. You must be able to carry a 50lb. pack for multiple days in tough conditions. Peak physical conditioning is imperative.

ON THE DAY OF YOUR ADVENTURE
To set ourselves up for success, clients must stay with us the night before so that we can do a car spot, proper gear check and make arrangements to get anything we may need last minute. This takes the better part of 5-6 hours. On the first day of the traverse we will meet at 7:00AM sharp at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering. If you are late, we cannot wait for you, as a courtesy to our other climbers. Please plan your travel accordingly. Don’t forget to factor in pit stops, traffic, and navigation errors due to limited cell signals in the area.

For liability reasons, we do not offer transportation. Please plan to drive your car or carpool to the trailhead.

Your guided mountain adventure will run regardless of the weather. Come prepared for the worst and hope for the best!

Please bring your health insurance card with you.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Please wear synthetic materials such as wool, polyester, goose down, and tech wick. NO COTTON. We recommend that you layer your clothing so you can manage your body temperature appropriately. A proper backpack with a waist strap to carry your clothing, equipment, food and water is required.

We will provide first aid kits, shared group gear, ropes and other technical equipment as needed.

We do not provide food. Please plan to bring your own food for your adventure.

HOW TO FIND US
You can find directions to The Bunkhouse at NEM here. We strongly encourage you to stay with us the night before and after your climb.

We will meet at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering located at 1054 Pinkham Notch Road, Glen NH 03838. This address does not show up on GPS’s – we are 1 mile north of Storyland on the same side of the road [Located across from the Glen Ledge Convenience Store and Gas Station].

GRATUITIES and OTHER COSTS
Our guides are highly trained and have logged countless hours in the backcountry gaining the experience and knowledge it requires to become a guide for NEM. A typical gratuity for a job well done is 20% or $20pp/guide/day.

THE BUNKHOUSE AT NORTHEAST MOUNTAINEERING
The Bunkhouse is a fully-heated, hostel-style community bunkroom. It offers a dry, warm, and cozy place to catch some rest before and after your adventure. The Bunkhouse has one public shower with limited hot water. However there are quarter-operated showers 15 minutes down the road at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. BYOB. New Hampshire State Law prohibits underage drinking.

FOR MORE INFO
Please visit our website www.nemountaineering.com for more information on your climbing experience and to better prepare yourself. Also, friend us on Facebook for pictures and videos of past climbs and connect with others like yourself! Follow our guided climbs live on twitter, handle @nemguides. Share your adventure, share your success on Instagram with the hashtag #NEMGuides.

LET’S HAVE AN AWESOME ADVENTURE!
We are excited to show you what the mountains can offer. We know you will have an excellent adventure that you will be talking about long after your trip concludes. In the meantime…get out and train!

Don’t Forget! Notify the others.

NOTE: Each participant will need to secure rental gear and read the information on this page – unless you intend to do so on their behalf.

For your convenience, you may email this page to members of your party who plan to secure their own rental gear using the button below.

NOTIFY YOUR TEAM MEMBERS

COMPLETE GEAR LIST

Here you will find a complete list of mandatory items for this adventure. For your convenience, we have many of these available to rent below. To make sure we have your gear rentals available, we ask you to take a few minutes to secure your rental as soon as possible. Gear rentals within 72 hours of your scheduled adventure are not guaranteed.

OVERNIGHT GEAR
Foam Sleeping Pad, Blow Up Sleeping Pad, 0 Degree Sleeping bag

HEADWEAR
Beanie, Sunglasses, Goggles, Headlamp, Neck Gaiter or Buff

UPPER BODY
Base Layer, Light Insulating Layer, Heavy Insulating Layer, Parka

LOWER BODY
Base Layer, Climbing Pants, Hardshell Pants [Snowpants will suffice for climbing pants and hardshells]

FOOTWEAR
Mountaineering Boots, Crampons, Microspikes

GEAR & EQUIPMENT
Trekking Poles, Backpack with Waist Strap, Ice Axe, Eating Utensil(s), Mug/Bowl

HANDWEAR
Light Glove [2], Heavy Mitten

NUTRITION & HYDRATION
Trail snacks for 6-8 Breaks per day, 2-3 Liters of Water in Nalgene Bottles [No Hydration Bladders], 2 Dinners and 2 Breakfasts. Your meals must be prepared with boiling water.

SAVE 20% OFF YOUR CART USING COUPON CODE ‘CLIENT20’

 

 

MANDATORY ITEMS: IMPERATIVE TO SAFELY CLIMB ABOVE TREELINE

Backpack
Backpack

30L-40L for Day Trips 60L-70L for Overnight Trips

$20 / day Select date(s)
Climbing Pants
Climbing Pants
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal size.
$15 / day Select date(s)
Crampons
Crampons

Black Diamond Sabretooth or similar for Mountaineering. Black Diamond Cyborg or similar for Ice Climbing.

$15 / day Select date(s)
Double Plastic Boots
Double Plastic Boots
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal shoe size.
$20 / day Select date(s)
Hardshell Jacket
Hardshell Jacket
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal size.
$15 / day Select date(s)
Hardshell Pants
Hardshell Pants
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal size.
$15 / day Select date(s)
Heavy Gloves
Heavy Gloves

Black Diamond Access Gloves or similar.

$10 / day Select date(s)
Heavy Mittens
Heavy Mittens

Black Diamond Jupiter Mittens or similar.

$15 / day Select date(s)
Insulated Parka
Insulated Parka
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal size.
$25 / day Select date(s)
Light Puff Jacket
Light Puff Jacket
PLEASE NOTE: Please take into consideration that these are mens sizes. For women, please choose the male equivalent to your normal size.
$12 / day Select date(s)
Mountaineering Ice Axe
Mountaineering Ice Axe

Black Diamond Raven Pro or similar.

$18 / day Select date(s)
Trekking Poles
Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Trail Back or similar.

$18 / day Select date(s)

RECOMMENDED ITEMS: NICE TO HAVE ITEMS

Gaiters
Gaiters

Outdoor Research Crocodiles or similar.

$8 / day Select date(s)