Activities for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee

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Lincoln and Lafayette

Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM

The classic loop over two four-thousand-footers, with nearly two miles above treeline in a 9 mile day with 4000 feet of climbing. There may be views. There will likely be wind. There will definitely be a great day of challenge and reward.

Recent winter hiking experience a must, including some above-treeline experience (e.g. Moosilauke, Eisenhower). Expect a very steady pace with few breaks.

If the weather is not suitable for going above treeline, leader will select an appropriate alternative hike in the area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Pam Wilmot

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.

Coleader: 
Jonathan Niehof

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Carter Dome Hike

Sunday, February 26, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Break your winter blues and see great views of the Presidentials and Mt. Washington on this 10 mile NH 4,000 footer hike. Gain 3300 feet and the company of your AMC friends. We expect to complete this moderately paced hike in approximately 9 hours, depending on conditions. This is a trip for fit hikers with winter hiking experience.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Alex Nedzel

Alex enjoys hiking in all seasons. While best known for fast-paced single day, multi-peak mega-hikes and gnarly back country bushwhacks, he will enjoy sharing his love for the mountains just about anywhere, with hikers at all ability levels.

Coleader: 
JEFF ISEN

Jeff is a four season hiker not yet known for much other than an occasional flash of humor or conversation.

Winter Wonderland at 13 Falls

Friday, March 3, 2017 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

If you're like us, you've always wanted to spend a winter weekend at 13 Falls. It's a magical place and the snow and ice should be wonderful. And now's your chance! We'll backpack in along the Franconia Brook Trail on Friday and stay there Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday, we'll get some peak, but which one will depend on trail conditions and weather. We may climb up to the ridge and do a loop over Garfield and Galehead, or possibly approach Owls' Head from the north via the Lincoln Brook trail.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Conlin

Stephen loves the outdoors, particularly in winter. He started hiking and backpacking as a teen and has not stopped since. He has hiked the NH 4000 footers several times in all seasons, and thru-hiked the AT in 2016. Stephen has led trips for the AMC for many years. He prefers backpacks (multi-day when his schedule allows), and hikes at a relaxed pace.

Fred Smith

Mt Garfield in Late Winter

Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:00 AM

A nice winter hike up to Mt Garfield (4500 ft) on the first weekend in March. There should be plenty of snow on the trail, and with weather permitting, great views from the summit.

The hike is 5 miles on the trail and and 1.2 miles on the Gale River Loop road (which is closed in the winter) for total of 6.2 miles one way (12.4 miles roundtrip). There will be 2-3 stream crossings, which are already reported to be iced over.

If high winds or other weather preclude hiking Garfield then the hike will be to Galehead, which is a few miles down the road.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bob Knudsen

Bob Knudsen leads trips year round and has taught Map & Compass for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He was leader/co-leader on two Adventure Travel backpacking trips to the Canadian Rockies. Bob has hiked the White Mountains for the past 9 years, and has completed the 48 NH four thousand foot peaks.

Coleader: 
John Lee

Mt Surprise and Moriah

Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a winter hike up Mt. Surprise and Moriah via the Carter Moriah Trail. Expect wonderful views throughout the hike as we climb up some steep ledges! This hike can be combined with the Sunday hike up Wildcats A-D. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1465.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bryan Jones bjones1017@live.com
Coleader: 
Rose Limanni rklimanni@gmail.com

The Twins and Galehead

Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a late-winter hike up North Twin, South Twin and Galehead mountains, three 4,000-footers north of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The views from South Twin's wide open summit are especially fine. We'll ascend North Twin Trail, take the spur to South Twin, swing west to Galehead, and descend via Gale River. 12 miles on trail, plus 2-3 on herd path/xc ski trail/road; ~ 4000' gain. Winter hiking experience and full winter gear required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Sonya Korabelnikova
Coleader: 
Lisa Robbins

Wildcats A-D

Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a day hike of Wildcats A-D. We will go via 19 Mile Brook and down by the ski slope. All winter gear is required, especially your crampons, snowshoes, and micro spikes. You can also join the Saturday hike up Moriah. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1464.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Canceled
Leader: 
Bryan Jones bjones1017@live.com
Coleader: 
Rose Limanni rklimanni@gmail.com

Mt. Hale via Fire Warden's Trail

Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

The Fire Warden's Trail, known for its lovely birch glades, ascends Mt. Hale from the northwest. The gently graded route isn't officially maintained, and doesn't appear on recent maps. We'll reach it from Little River, via the North Twin Trail. 8.5 miles round trip; ~ 2500' gain. Full winter gear, including snowshoes, required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Sonya Korabelnikova
Coleader: 
Lisa Robbins

Wild Winter Hike: Wildcat A and Wildcat D

Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

End the winter hiking season with a challenging out-and-back traverse of the scenic Wildcat Ridge with views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range and Carter Notch. Expect an early start and a full day of hiking as we attempt to summit two, four thousand foot peaks. We will start the day hiking up the Wildcat Mountain ski slopes ($20 fee for slope access pass, purchased in the main building) to Wildcat D, 4,062', complete with observation tower and then to Wildcat Mountain, aka Wildcat A, 4,422'.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bob Knudsen

Bob Knudsen leads trips year round and has taught Map & Compass for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He was leader/co-leader on two Adventure Travel backpacking trips to the Canadian Rockies. Bob has hiked the White Mountains for the past 9 years, and has completed the 48 NH four thousand foot peaks.

Coleader: 
Kate Sullivan

Kate enjoys hiking all year round. Especially winter hiking! She completed the 48 NH four thousand foot peaks in May 2016, and accomplished this in two years. There may be a winter 48 in her future! Kate is now a co-leader for hikes and is looking forward to becoming a leader.

Carter Dome, South & Middle Carter

Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us on this hike to Carter Dome, South Carter, and Middle Carter Mountains. This will be a moderately paced hike covering about 14 miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain. This hike can be combined with the Moriah hike on March 4. Contact leaders for local accommodation plans.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bryan Jones
Coleader: 
Rose Limanni

Potluck & Slideshow - Hiking in Oman & Cycling through Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Join David Loutzenheiser on the road less traveled through two countries not often on the American tourist circuit. In Oman, David explores the largest canyon in the country, hiking up to 8000 ft with expansive views and explores historic old forts and villages, all the while filling up on a daily ration of dates and more. In Sri Lanka, David switches to the bike as the main mode of transportation (for a while anyway), exploring the coast, unique wildlife, rainforests, and tea plantations.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Hiking
Photography
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Julie LePage

Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses in summer and fall in the lesser-travelled corners of NH & ME. In winter she leads day hikes and backpacks in NH & ME and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program. She also coordinates the AMC Boston Slideshow Series & Potlucks at AMC's Joy St Auditorium each month.

Hiking Extravaganza @ AMC Lonesome Lake Hut

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for three days and two nights to explore the southernmost high hut of the White Mountains at Lonesome Lake Hut (2760') in its beautiful winter setting! Enjoy a snowy weekend of hiking, focusing on scenery, good company and great food. With spectacular views of the Franconia Ridge across a pristine glacial lake, Lonesome Lake Hut offers big mountain scenery without the big mountain effort and is just 1.6 miles from the trailhead, making it an ideal first-time winter high hut overnight experience. We will hike from Lafayette Campground parking lot for 1.6 miles (950' elev.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Photography
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joan W Chambers

Greetings: After becoming a 4-season leader and voted Winter Hiking Leader of the Year in 2009 by the Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Committee, my husband (also an AMC leader) and I have continued to lead trips for AMC Boston Chapter throughout New England area and also for AMC Adventure Travel to domestic National Parks, Switzerland, Italy, France, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

Coleader: 
Cliff Chambers

Cliff leads three season hikes for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. Cliff has co-led multiple winter trips to each of the self-service huts for the HB Committee as well. Cliff has also extended his experience to hiking/trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations as the Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park, New Zealand, and Patagonia and has traveled to Norway, Poland, and Tasmania in Australia. Cliff has Advanced WFA and CPR certification.

Marianne Bonnard

End of Winter Harvard Cabin Peaks Weekend

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a late winter weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains. Plan to arrive Friday evening (before 11pm). Stay at a rustic cabin and share the preparation of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner. Fee covers Friday and Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday morning), happy hour and dinner (Saturday evening). Trail lunches and happy hour beverages are not included.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bob Knudsen

Bob Knudsen leads trips year round and has taught Map & Compass for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He was leader/co-leader on two Adventure Travel backpacking trips to the Canadian Rockies. Bob has hiked the White Mountains for the past 9 years, and has completed the 48 NH four thousand foot peaks.

Coleader: 
Claudine Kos

North and South Kinsman

Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00 AM

We'll do both Kinsmans. Route will depend on conditions and may involve some bushwhacking. Full winter gear. Can be combined with Ls Sun hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations ($9/person night).

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall. Hike with Joe a few times, and you're likely also to meet Paprika, the hiking hound.

John Sanford

Carter Dome after the time change

Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Carter Dome via Zeta pass, if conditions are nice, we'll do Mt. Height too. Can be combined with Ls Sat hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night).

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall. Hike with Joe a few times, and you're likely also to meet Paprika, the hiking hound.

Hedgehog Mountain and Mount Potash - two 52 WAV hikes

Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Come join us to hike two 52 with a view mountains - Hedgehog Mountain and Mount Potash in the Sandwich Range area. Both mountains have ledges with fantastic views if the weather cooperates. The total expected mileage is 8.7 miles and the elevation gain should be 2,650 feet.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Conlin

Stephen loves the outdoors, particularly in winter. He started hiking and backpacking as a teen and has not stopped since. He has hiked the NH 4000 footers several times in all seasons, and thru-hiked the AT in 2016. Stephen has led trips for the AMC for many years. He prefers backpacks (multi-day when his schedule allows), and hikes at a relaxed pace.

Coleader: 
Morgane Treanton

The Bonds as a winter daytrip

Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Conditions permitting, we'll try for the three Bonds from the Kanc as a day trip. Expect an early start and VERY long day. May require some above treeline gear. If conditions aren't good for an attempt we'll do some easier peak. Contact L Joe about accommodations the night before and the night after the trip ($9/person/night).

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall. Hike with Joe a few times, and you're likely also to meet Paprika, the hiking hound.

Coleader: 
Nadiya Teplyuk

Potluck & Slideshow: Climbing Mont Blanc & Via Ferrata

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us to experience Stephen Najarian's two most recent adventures in one slideshow. The first is climbing chimneys, mountain peaks, valleys, ladders and the via-Ferrata (the Iron Way) while exploring World War I caves and trench warfare sites and the Refugi's (Huts) system. The second adventure includes the view of the Valley of Sports in Chamonix, France from the mighty summit of Mont Blanc. My wish is that this presentation will inspire you to leave a new trail on your next adventure.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Photography
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Julie LePage

Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses in summer and fall in the lesser-travelled corners of NH & ME. In winter she leads day hikes and backpacks in NH & ME and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program. She also coordinates the AMC Boston Slideshow Series & Potlucks at AMC's Joy St Auditorium each month.

Mt Lincoln to Mt Lafayette to Mt Garfield Traverse

Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us on a late March traverse from Mt. Lincoln to Mt. Garfield. We will ascend the Falling Waters trail, hike the scenic Franconia Ridge and then the lesser used Garfield Ridge Trail to Mt. Garfield. We will exit on the Garfield Trail and hike to the Gale River road to our pre-positioned cars.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Robert Zoletti
Coleader: 
John Lee
Jeff Isen

AMC Boston 2017 Spring Hiking and Backpacking Program

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cabot Hall at 4 Joy Street, Boston MA

Ever wanted to try hiking or backpacking and didn't know where to get started? Are you rusty and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Do you want to get involved with our organized hikes and meet other hikers? Then the Hiking/Backpacking Committee's Annual 3-Season Hiking Program is for you!

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter as well as the coordinator for the chapter's Spring Hiking Program. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. Upcoming trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands and Iceland.

Casey Ajalat

Casey leads trips year around for the hiking/backpacking committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He often leads 3 Season and is heavily engaged in the H/B leadership and training programs such as Spring/Fall Leadership Training as well as our educational programs in the Spring and Winter Hiking Programs. Like other hiker that hike before sun up and after sun down and do 20+ miles, Casey likes to do the same only keep it under 10 miles :) He's experienced but not a speed daemon.

Charlie Linville: A Hero's Ascent of Mt. Everest

Sunday, April 9, 2017
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

In 2016, Charlie Linville became first combat-wounded veteran to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Enjoy a unique presentation hosted by Charlie and hear about his climb and involvement with The Hero's Project: an organization that helps catastrophically injured veterans climb the world's tallest mountains.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Hiking
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Elizabeth Ryan ryan.ej03@gmail.com

Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter as well as the coordinator for the chapter's Spring Hiking Program. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. Upcoming trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands and Iceland.

Keith Watling

Potluck & Slideshow: Lessons Learned from Climbing the 7 Highest Summits & More

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what's it like to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, and what's on the climber's mind? Or what it's like to tread through the blinding whiteness in minus 50 degrees in Antarctica day after day? This person, Lei Wang, grew up as an un-athletic book-nerd who considered walking a few blocks in the city during her first winter in Boston a daunting adventure. Lei is also the first Asian-American to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, including Mount Everest, and to ski to the North and South poles.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Photography
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Julie LePage

Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses in summer and fall in the lesser-travelled corners of NH & ME. In winter she leads day hikes and backpacks in NH & ME and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program. She also coordinates the AMC Boston Slideshow Series & Potlucks at AMC's Joy St Auditorium each month.

Potluck & Slideshow - Lessons Learned from Climbing the 7 Highest Summits & More

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what's it like to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, and what's on the climber's mind? Or what it's like to tread through the blinding whiteness in minus 50 degrees in Antarctica day after day? This person, Lei Wang, grew up as an un-athletic book-nerd who considered walking a few blocks in the city during her first winter in Boston a daunting adventure. Lei is also the first Asian-American to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, including Mount Everest, and to ski to the North and South poles.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Photography
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Julie LePage

Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses in summer and fall in the lesser-travelled corners of NH & ME. In winter she leads day hikes and backpacks in NH & ME and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program. She also coordinates the AMC Boston Slideshow Series & Potlucks at AMC's Joy St Auditorium each month.

Welch Dickey Early Season Hike

Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for one of the best known, most scenic hikes in the White Mountains. We will take the 4.5 mile Welch-Dickey Loop which includes a modest 1800 feet of elevation gain, featuring panoramic views, and open ledges. We plan a moderate paced, half day hike and is appropriate for beginners, those who want a good warm up, anyone who is working on the 52 WAV list, or anyone who just wants a good half day on the trail. Dogs welcome.

MicroSpikes and appropriate footwear will be required for this hike in addition to layers, 2 liters of water, and the normal 3 season gear.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Kyle Vietze (617-483-0334; Before 8:00 p.m.)

After leaving the Corporate world about 3 years ago, I have focused my time on helping people enjoy the outdoors through hiking, camping, back packing, and my work in the outdoor retail industry.

Coleader: 
Jeff Isen isen3624@gmail.com (508-846-5993; Before 9:00 p.m.)

Newly minted co-lead, retired surgeon who enjoys 4 season hiking, cooking, traveling, yoga, and conversation.

Backcountry Navigation Workshop with Map, Compass, and GPS (mobile)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00 AM to Sunday, May 14, 2017 12:00 AM

This two-day intensive workshop will teach you how to confidently navigate on and off trail using a map, compass, and GPS / mobile device. The first day of classroom instruction covers how to read topographic maps, how to use a compass with a map, triangulation, and magnetic declination, and how to plan and follow bearings and hand-rails, including outdoor field exercises on how to apply these skills in practical situations. Classroom instruction will also include how to leverage both available online computer resources and apps for your mobile devices.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Philip Werner philip@sectionhiker.com

Philip Werner is a four season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC Boston Chapter and has taught many hiking, backpacking, and navigation courses. A full time author and hiker, he's also the founder and editor of the popular hiking and backpacking website, SectionHiker.com.

Coleader: 
Beth Zimmer (603-707-9498)

Beth Zimmer is the Co-Chair for the AMC NH Chapter's Excursion (Hiking) Committee. She is a four-season hiker and bushwhacker, a volunteer trip leader and a volunteer instructor.

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