There is a third Hancock?
After summiting South and North Hancock (an admirable feat in itself) we'll strike out on a bushwhack to find the trail-less summit of Northwest Hancock, one of the Trailwrights peaks. From there the challenge will continue as we bushwhack our way off the summit to rejoin the established trails somewhere down in the valley below. If all goes well the days hike will be approximately 12 miles (~3 miles off-trail), 3,000ft. elev. gain.
In addition to the "unrelievedly steep" climb up South Hancock, the hike will include upwards of ten stream crossings, long stretches off-trail navigating obstacles (dense forest, blowdowns), and a significant descent down the Northwest Hancock landslide described as quite steep with unstable footing.
Participants should be prepared for a strenuous day and be familiar with actually relying on map and compass skills. There's a good chance that part of the hike out will be after dark.
Group size limited, bushwhacking experience preferred.
I love to hike and backpack, and lead all kinds of trips from beginner, to extra-long day hikes like a single day presi traverse, to multi-day backpacks and bushwhacks. I even lead trips overseas for the Adventure travel committee. It's all good! I've hiked the 100 Highest peaks in NE, the NH 4000 footers in winter, and hope to someday hike a long trail like the PCT or the AT.