Moonwalker and 1836 presidential candidate (Jackson and Webster)

Bjorn Poonen (B), Geneviève Norris-Roozmon (coB)
Winter School
Trip level
Trip date
Sunday, January 16th, 2022
Difficulty rating
Prior winter hiking experience. Clothing suitable for subzero hiking.

We'll be heading out for a hike up Mt. Jackson and Mt. Webster on Sunday. Mt. Jackson is a 4000-footer at the southern end of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, with superb views in essentially all directions - you can see 30 other 4000-footers from it! The hike will be 6.5 miles with 2400 ft. of elevation gain. What makes it on the difficult side of moderate is some scrambling near the top (not quite rock climbing, but expect to use your hands) and the expected cold temperatures on Sunday (current forecast: sunny and clear, but 10F/-12C with wind chill down to 0F/-18C). There are also small stream crossings, but they are easy, according to recent trip reports.

We’ll hike up to Mt. Jackson first, following this route:

We're planning on going at a comfortable pace throughout the hike.

We’d leave the MIT Student Center at 6:00am on Sun Jan 16 and start driving back before sunset.

The required pre-trip meeting will be held on Zoom on Wed Jan 12 at 9:30pm, and then participants should go to office hours Thurs Jan 13 at 9pm at the MITOC office, W20-461, to rent/purchase the gear they need.

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Required clothing for subzero hiking includes: insulated winter boots (can be rented from MITOC - no summer hiking boots or sneakers!), full waterproof/windproof layers; full face covering (balaclava or buff or scarf); ski goggles (leaders have 2 extra pairs of goggles, or can be purchased from MITOC - if weather permits, sunglasses might suffice in place of goggles).


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
Jan. 12, 2022, noon
Signups closed at
Jan. 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
  1. What is your winter hiking experience? Give an example of a winter hike you have done before, including approximate distance, elevation gain, temperature, and conditions (if you remember them).

  2. What kind of exercise do you get regularly?

  3. Do you have the required clothing, or will you be able to get it by Sunday?

Signups for this trip are closed.