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    Winter Gathering NH Barnes Field February 21-23

    ok, here goes...

    It short words, I had the greatest time in my life app 8 years ago when I went on the vftt winter gathering at Barnes Field in NH. I'm sure there are people out there who want to go but are a little nervous about what to expect. I will do my part by calling up Barnes Field to find out about permits and other logistics. Maybe the experienced ones out there could help out with some hikes. Have a nice camp fire if possible. I'm just an average Joe that would like to experience the fun all over again. Pete Hicky playing guitar around the fire, Bring back the Chair! The weekend after that is the ADK winter weekend so maybe the dates I picked aren't so good. If someone else has ideas please post them so maybe I can join in on the fun. I don't mind helping out any possible way I can. I heard it's first come first served at the camp site, I will call them in the next week.

    When: Friday February 21 - Sunday 23
    Where: Hopefully Barnes Field to camp out but I'm sure you could find the local motels or Hostels to stay in.

    Hikes? Easy ---moderate---difficult.....I would do a nice moderate hike and smell the roses! OK, last time I fell for the "volcanic ash" comment...and yes I did believe him for a few seconds on top of Pierce. That's how amazed I was when on the top. I'm not ashamed to say that story at all. Best to all...David

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    Very cool! Count me in for at least one night.I am good for some firewood and beer[mostly for tim].Thank you for taking this cause up.Please remember,No out of state firewood!!!Gorham has plenty of overflow places to stay if the field fills up...
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    FYI - The ADK winter gathering is the weekend following (2/28-3/2 2014).

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    Maybe we can try to get somebody on all ADK46 and NH48 summits!!! :-)

    I most likely will be headed to the ADK winter gathering...

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    Wow, I actually have that weekend off. I'll pencil it in.
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    I have a trip to Jay Peak booked that weekend. It's too bad, I have fond memories of those gatherings and would definitely have taken part if not for the conflict. I hope a lot of people go and you all have a great time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    FYI - The ADK winter gathering is the weekend following (2/28-3/2 2014).

    Tim
    Yep, I know about that. That's a difficult one for me because it's tough to drive the 250 miles Friday night, hike and have fun Saturday and then drive home Sunday.

    I have off the week of Feb 17-21 for presidents week and thought I could get up to NH possibly Feb 20, relax and do a nice moderate hike or just a site seeing hike that Friday, hike and relax Saturday night and then do the long drive home Sunday. The weekend before is Presidents week and I don't think it would be easy for me or others to leave on Feb 14th Valentine's Day. That might make it a little uncomfortable with da boss! (wife of 28 years )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Oak View Post
    Very cool! Count me in for at least one night.I am good for some firewood and beer[mostly for tim].Thank you for taking this cause up.Please remember,No out of state firewood!!!Gorham has plenty of overflow places to stay if the field fills up...
    Can you give more details on the "overflow places" I would like to write it down for myself. Thanks

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    I won't know for sure until about a few days before the gathering but tentatively I'd love to go.
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    I called Barnes Field today. First come first served. $10 each vehicle. I asked "what if 3 people are in the car with 3 tents?" Same reply, $10 per vehicle. Warming tent is fine. Campfires are allowed, keep it safe. Dogs allowed on leach. They plow 11 sites and others do use them. $ goes into an envelope and deposited into a drop box to be collected. Respect the place. So if all goes as planned months from now, I'm hoping to get up there on Thursday with my nephew and other friend or two. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
    Can you give more details on the "overflow places" I would like to write it down for myself. Thanks
    I have stayed at the colonial fort inn,
    the grand view in Jefferson and White birches campground[which is open for winter].A lot of places have closed the last few years in that area.It seems in general real easy to find inexpensive lodging in the Gorham area during winter.Maybe peakbagger has some updated info? Hope this helps

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    [QUOTE=coldfeet; Warming tent is fine. Campfires are allowed, keep it safe. QUOTE]

    oops, this sounds like we're having a camp fire INSIDE the warming tent, no, no, no... Camp fire is somewhere else at a site. When I went to the gathering years ago some people had portable heaters inside the warming tent that were I believe connected to propane tanks that were outside the tent. Tables were set up in the tent and the large white gas stoves were inside there cooking food. I can remember it like yesterday.

    Thanks for overflow info, it's great for many people.

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    that was one of the best weekends of my life. met so many great friends. i would love to go. i think it was jan 2005.
    why are there people like Frank??

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    GF and I will probably spin by to hang out...do they allow randoms to drop in and out? Or is it registered guests only?

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