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Hello everyone, it's my pleasure to announce to you:



3rd Annual Great Mazda Climb!

Hosted By: NEMAC (Formerly NEM6)
Date and Time: Saturday, August 1st 2015

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Admission:
Adults (13+): $30
Kids (5 - 12): $15
Under 5: Free

Full Itinerary Herehttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1U-u2jXexqAOPkQhWvPnSivsQwLnK8-WEwb1QZhBo5Rg/pub

Unfortunately, the mountain climb officials require payment for the use of their roads, and since the roads require so much maintenance, they were forced to raise their prices. The prices listed above will include your meal for the day, plus 10 raffle tickets.

The event is still very much in the makings, but we've got some great ideas for everyone this year. For those of you who missed the original event at this location, you can view it here: http://forum.mazda6club.com/usa/255865-great-mazda-mountain-climb.html

This year, we will be returning to the location of the original mountain climb at beautiful Mt. Washington in Gorham, NH.

Preceding the event will be a long, very fun drive on one of the most scenic roads in New England, the amazing Kancamagus Highway..

We will be having a cookout and raffle just like last time. More details are to come, so start spreading the word now!

Some of our favorite pics from the 1st annual event:




Parking Map:


We are still very much open for suggestions for event details, so please discuss any ideas/thoughts/concerns here.

The Seasons Resort wants us back. We officially have a group rate and group location. There are three buildings (6, 7, & 8 IIRC) that have a large number of rooms open and are close together. We'll be taking those. That being said, here's the rate information:

Group Rate: 2 Nights and Tax Included
2 Bedroom non A/C - ($190/night) - $414.20
2 Bedroom A/C - ($205/night) - $446.90
Townhouse with A/C (1 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($220/night) - $479.60
Penthouse non A/C (2 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($220/night) - $479.60
Penthouse A/C (2 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($245/night) - $491.09

Group Rate: 3 Nights and Tax Included
2 Bedroom non A/C - ($166.33/night) - $543.89
2 Bedroom A/C - ($191.65/night) - $574.97
Townhouse with A/C (1 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($206.19/night) - $618.57
Penthouse non A/C (2 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($206.19/night) - $479.60
Penthouse A/C (2 bedroom with sleeping loft) - ($227.99/night) - $683.97

Couple things to note:
  • All 3 Night prices include an optional 4th night free if interested.
  • You MUST call to get the group rate, online reservations will not work. The phone numbers are: 800-332-6636 OR 603-374-2361
  • When calling, be sure to let them know you're looking for the "Great Mazda Climb Group" section or rate.
That should be all you need. It would appear, with a 3 night stay, the resort is taking about 25% off as a group rate for us. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Reviews of the nearby hotels from a forum-goer:
I don't remember how far back in the thread it was, but someone inquired about lodging choices. I have personally stayed in and can vouch for:

North Conway Hotels | North Conway Grand Hotel | NH
Can be a bit pricey, but keep an eye on their site as they often run specials. Excellent place to stay though. Have stayed 3 or 4 times and it has been top notch every time.

Green Granite Inn, a North Conway Hotel
Stayed here once when the above hotel was full. Not bad, but not as nice as ^^^. Perfectly acceptable accommodations, just not as nice.

The Seasons Condominium Resort - Affordable Family Resort in Mt.Washington Valley
This is condo resort and could be an unbeatable value if some want to travel as a group. They are all individually owned so your mileage may vary, but the unit we stayed in was great except for the limited supply of hot water. (If you don't take 3 showers back-to-back it was fine.) The clubhouse/gameroom/indoor pool area is a bit dated but everything was functional when we went last December. Rates of 130/night for a 2-bedroom becomes very easy to swallow when you start dividing it up. And you get the option of bringing your own food if you don't want to eat out. It's north of North Conway, but actually puts you a bit closer to the Auto Road (23 vs. 34 minutes according to GoogleMaps)


North Conway is THE place to kill time in the off hours as there's lots of restaurants, shopping, and other activities. It's not too far from the base of the Auto Road and the drive between the two is nice. Someone mentioned Mount Washington Cog Railway - Climb to the Top of Mount Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing Cog Railway trains! and I will just chime in with this: EXPENSIVE! Priced to match the steep grade of the Jacob's ladder trestle (300' long at a grade of 37.41%) at $62 per adult. Don't get me wrong it's a good once-in-a-lifetime trip, but it is on the other side of the mountain from where most will be staying (55 minutes) and I didn't want to have someone drive all that way only to have a coronary due to sticker shock. :D
And my own, personal experience:
I've personally stayed in the Residence Inn in North Conway - Very nice place with good rates. Nice clean up-to-date rooms. Only quarrel was with the air conditioner unit in the room. Was quite loud and turned on and off throughout the night. Other than that: Highly recommend.

Edit: I'd like to revise this original experience to mention that the current rates for the hotel are quite steep (~$300/night) and I do not think that it's worth such a high price to stay here.

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In with a Mazda this year. So can I cook again?
If you want to cook again I'm sure we can have that arranged somehow. Was a blast the first year we held it.
 

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If you want to cook again I'm sure we can have that arranged somehow. Was a blast the first year we held it.
Excellent.. Hey cooking for that many people was a breeze.
 

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Excellent.. Hey cooking for that many people was a breeze.
The biggest issue is we don't have your huge truck this year, so we'll have to have people trying to tote things up either ahead of time or shared between a few cars.

I know between my pop up tent, all the raffle stuff, and everything else, even my trunk was full haha.
 

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You forget I have a CX9. I think I can manage a good amount of it between the roof racks and the back. I just can't fold down all my seats since I have the baby seat. I can strap my tent to the roof of the CX9 if need be.
 

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You forget I have a CX9. I think I can manage a good amount of it between the roof racks and the back. I just can't fold down all my seats since I have the baby seat. I can strap my tent to the roof of the CX9 if need be.
I did forget that haha. Kept thinking you only had the suburban. Okay well that thing fits a ton in it, my parents have one. This still all depends on our group's funding as well, we may be able to have some sort of catering or something along with the grills.
 

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Yeah the Burban fits a ton but not very baby friendly/cheap to drive. So we would have the CX9. I still have one of my small grills and Wim has all the hotplates we used from the first climb. I see tables as the difficult thing to transport/source but I am sure we can come up with something.
 

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Yeah the Burban fits a ton but not very baby friendly/cheap to drive. So we would have the CX9. I still have one of my small grills and Wim has all the hotplates we used from the first climb. I see tables as the difficult thing to transport/source but I am sure we can come up with something.
Yeah the tables are the big thing for sure. Maybe we could get @Lara6 to show up with her Xterra and bring the tables haha.

Going to have to have a meeting about all this stuff soon.
 

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Also, @Mr.Smoke please start spreading the word to the Canucks. I've got a guy in my group who's going to be posting the thread on a few forums. JD is in the area and has volunteered to start getting the info out around your whole area.
 

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Also, @Mr.Smoke please start spreading the word to the Canucks. I've got a guy in my group who's going to be posting the thread on a few forums. JD is in the area and has volunteered to start getting the info out around your whole area.
Ive been discussing it with some of the guys already & plan to get as many of us out as possible.

JD? You mean the guy who traded his 6 in for a Kia? :p

You can go ahead & my name to the list as well. I certainly wont be missing this.
 

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Ive been discussing it with some of the guys already & plan to get as many of us out as possible.

JD? You mean the guy who traded his 6 in for a Kia? :p

You can go ahead & my name to the list as well. I certainly wont be missing this.
Awesome, thank you sir.

Just added a rough rendering of the parking situation and whatnot to the OP.



First year we had about 60 cars and we fit everyone in "Section 1" of the parking area. Hopefully we have even more people this year and will have to use the open area of the lot rather than just the edges :)
 

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Do we still have last time's spreadsheet of needed items? That way we can start planning what we might need. Also now is the time to start putting in for vacations.
 

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Do you even have to ask if we will be there?
 

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Do we still have last time's spreadsheet of needed items? That way we can start planning what we might need. Also now is the time to start putting in for vacations.
I still have copies of the full itinerary from the first event. We'll have to make some small modifications but I think that day went perfectly so we shouldn't really change anything. Perhaps push the times back a little so we don't have to wait quite as long for the trip to the summit.
 

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I still have copies of the full itinerary from the first event. We'll have to make some small modifications but I think that day went perfectly so we shouldn't really change anything. Perhaps push the times back a little so we don't have to wait quite as long for the trip to the summit.
Yeah there was a bit of a lull after the raffle finished and we could go up. I'm sure we could come up with something to fill it if need be or push lunch back to 2ish. It still took a while to set up for everything.
 

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Yeah there was a bit of a lull after the raffle finished and we could go up. I'm sure we could come up with something to fill it if need be or push lunch back to 2ish. It still took a while to set up for everything.
Though, honestly, I think the people who stayed around and played some silly lawn games had a good amount of fun. I think we should plan on bringing those again.

Perhaps we'll make it an all-day thing, but we'll also schedule a Kancamagus highway cruise at a specific time (say 2:00) that will arrive around 3 - 4:30. We eat and raffle from 4 - 5:30 and cruise at 6:30. Something to that extent.

The biggest thing I worry about is weather, which is part of the reason I was in favor of pushing the event back a bit this year. The last few Junes and Julys have been rainy.
 

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Midday cruse might not be a bad idea. Most of us who set up missed the cruise because we were working. And depending on weather I'm sure some people would take a small hike, or we can bring lawn darts.
 

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Midday cruse might not be a bad idea. Most of us who set up missed the cruise because we were working. And depending on weather I'm sure some people would take a small hike, or we can bring lawn darts.
Yeah we'll see what works best. There's a big grass area right next to the parking lot, so we could always bring lawn darts or any other BBQ-type game.

I forget how well-groomed that grass is though, I believe it was kept low enough to walk without problem.


I don't think we should have people arrive, THEN go out for a cruise though. The Kanc is a good hour from base camp, so we don't want people to have to drive past it just to turn around and drive it again. Keeping things later in the day will allow people from further to not have to get up as early.
 

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I forget how well-groomed that grass is though, I believe it was kept low enough to walk without problem.
Roughly 2-3" Pretty decent soccer (football) grass as well. NEMAC mud wrestling?
 
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