Hike the Presidential Traverse
The presidential traverse is over 20 miles long and crests 9 major peaks over 4,000ft and several sub-peaks. The majority of the climb is above tree line, exposing us to sun, rain, sometimes snow, and of course the White Mountains’ notorious winds. Participants must be avid hikers with previous camping experience and be in terrific physical condition.
To lighten our load, we leave the tents and cooking equipment behind. We utilize Grey Knob Cabin for sleeping arrangements.
Length: 2 Days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:3
When: May - October
1 person: $600 per person
2 people: $575 per person
3 people: $475 per person
4+people: Call for rates
Most of the required equipment [listed below] is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.
The presidential traverse requires top physical conditioning. We hold complete discretion to change the itinerary if we see that participants fitness level is lacking. In this case, there will not be a discount or refund.
7 DAYS PER WEEK
For your convenience, we climb 7 days per week.
ONE DAY PRESIDENTIAL TRAVERSE
The one day Presidential Traverse is a massive undertaking and should not be taken lightly. It requires an early start, hitting the trailhead at 3am. We require that you stay with us the night before and arrive early so we can do a gear check and get anything we may need.
Convenient, Affordable lodging available at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering. Spend the night for just $20 per person!
Length: 14 -18 Hours
1 Person: $350
2 People: $300
|[ ] Pack with Waist Strap: A 3000 cu. in. pack is the recommended size for one day climbs. Your pack MUST have a waist strap. A backpack will not suffice.||Camp M4|
|[ ] Light Insulating Layer: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. This should be an insulating jacket that extends well below the waist and above the knees. Goose down is recommended versus synthetic fill. It does not have to be waterproof, but that is a nice feature. Recommended that this layer has an insulated hood.|
|[ ] Headlamp:||Petzl Tikka XP2|
|[ ] Trekking Poles: Optional but recommended. Lightweight and collapsible.||Camp Backcountry Carbon|
|[ ] Hiking Boots: Sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good soles are mandatory. Sneakers or sandals will not suffice.|
|[ ] Sun Glasses: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses.||Julbo Dolgan|
|[ ] Hardshell Jacket: Goretex outer layer to block rain and wind.||Marmot Precip|
|[ ] Hardshell Pants: Goretex outer layer to block rain and wind.||Marmot Precip|
What Should I Wear?When considering clothing, you have to think in layers. You should be able to wear every layer that you bring at the same time. Hiking boots or sturdy trail-runners are acceptable footwear. Dressing in layers is a valid practice. You will need: lightweight wool socks, trekking pants, wicking t-shirt, wicking long sleeve shirt, light down or synthetic jacket, waterproof hard-shell jacket, waterproof hard shell pants (for rainy and windy days), lightweight gloves, warm hat and sunglasses. For time spent at camp, you may want to include synthetic base-layers.
What Size Backpack Should I Use?Please bring a 60L-70L pack. Your pack must have a waist strap and chest strap and designed for backpacking.
Will kind of footwear should I wear?Hiking Boots or Trail Runners.
Do I need any prior experience?You do not need prior experience to join us! We will be sure to take your experience level into consideration when planning which route we will attempt.
Can you recommend backpacking routes for me?We would be happy to recommend the appropriate route for you based on your goals, comfort level and experience level. Feel free to contact us for a recommendation.
Do we hike in bad weather?We usually will go out in the rain. Lightning will reschedule or end our adventure. Please plan for all weather conditions. We may just alter the plan based on the weather forecast.
Will we need traction?We should not see any snow or ice on our backpacking routes. If Microspikes are needed, we will provide them.
How Long are the hikes?Completely up to you! We can arrange a backpack with 4 hour days or 8 hour days. The difficulty can be modified accordingly.
What if our route ends in a different place than it started?We will utilize the cars of our guides and your car and place a car at the finish point. This is usually done the night before your adventure.
AM I SUPPOSED TO TIP MY GUIDE(S)?Tips are never expected, however if you think your guide did a great job, tips are welcomed and appreciated. A normal tip is 20% of the guide fees or $20 per guide per day.
WHAT HAPPEN IF I DAMAGE MY RENTAL GEAR?We offer rental gear insurance for $10. This covers any damage or loss that may occur to your rental gear. Without the insurance, you are responsible for the lost or damaged item(s).
HOW CAN I PAY FOR GEAR RENTALS?We accept all forms of payment including cash, personal check, credit and debit cards. Rentals must be paid for beforehand or on the day of the climb.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE/AFTER?We recommend The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering. For your convenience, we offer co-ed, hostel-style accommodations on site. The cost is $20 per person. To maximize your outdoor experience, we recommend that you stay in the area the night before your trip.
IS THERE A DEPOSIT TO SECURE MY SPOT ON AN ADVENTURE?Due to the nature of our business, we require payment in full upon booking. Large groups are encouraged to contact us prior to booking as deposits are accepted. You will also need to complete a health form and liability waiver to participate. WILL THERE BE PEOPLE THAT I DO NOT KNOW ON MY CLIMB? Unless you book a private climb, you will most likely be climbing with others. Don’t worry though…climbing creates bonds and friendships.
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?All NEM hiking and backpacking programs meet at 8AM sharp at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering, which is 1 mile north of Storyland on Rt. 16 in Glen, NH.
RISK MANAGEMENTSafety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.
DOMESTIC ADVENTURESPayment in full is due at the time of booking. Cancellations outside of 7 days are fully refundable except for a $50 service fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.
BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIERA non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURESA non-refundable deposit of $500 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check the individual pages. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure - but may vary. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.
CANCELLATIONThere will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
CHANGE OF DATEDate changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.
GENERAL POLICIESNEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).
NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.