Activities for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee

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AMC Boston Chapter 2017 Spring Leadership Program

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:00 AM to Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

This program is for AMC members who are interested in organizing and leading Boston Chapter trips and activities. Participation in the program qualifies you to co-lead trips and activities for Hiking/Backpacking, Bike, Ski, Young Members, Forty Plus, Family Outings, Paddling and other Boston committees. The program consists of lectures, small group exercises and role-play scenarios spread over two evening sessions and one weekend session, with a follow-on session to organize actual trips. Topics include trip planning and trip organization, safety, leadership styles, and group dynamics.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Leadership Training
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Phillip Baraona

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: 
Full
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.

Nicsa Dagger-Cain (781-420-9146; Before 9:00 p.m.)

Finished my co-leading training in 2016. I love hiking in all seasons, traveling when I can and cooking at home.

Mount Morgan & Percival Loop Hike, Holderness, NH - joint with AMC family. Difficulty=B3B

Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a day hike along with the AMC family group on Mount Morgan (2220')/Mount Percival (2212') loop (~ 5.3 miles; 1575 feet of elevation gain). This hike is appropriate for kids and adults ages 8+ with some hiking experience on open rocky ledges. We will hike open ledges, a series of fun wooden ladders and tight squeezes through rock caves, cliff faces and rock scrambles, not for the faint of heart, as well as an alternate path or two should caves and ladders not be your thing. The climb is moderate to steep.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Peter Monnes
Coleader: 
Jeanne Blauner
Nadiya Teplyuk

Mt. Monadnock

Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for an early spring hike up Mt. Monadnock. This will be an out-and-back hike along the less crowded Pumpelly Trail. Roundtrip dist. is 9 mi. Elev. gain approx. 2300 ft. Microspikes required in case of remaining ice. http://regi.amcboston.org/1526

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jennifer Newland je_newland@yahoo.com
Coleader: 
Dilrukshi Vitharana

Galehead and Gateau (A3C)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Join 2 experienced 4-Season Leaders on their birthday for a celebratory day hike of 4,024' Galehead Mountain. This moderate hike of 10.2 miles round trip and 2,450' elevation gain will be rewarded with a veritable cakefest to be provided by the leaders and coleaders at the Galehead Hut after bagging the summit. Competition for a place on this hike will likely be fierce such that offers of additional baked confections will be gratefully received and could hold sway with the Leaders when screening prospective participants.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Kellie A Connelly amckellie@gmail.com

Kellie is a 4-season leader with a preference for the winter season! She extensive experience in the Whites and Adirondacks, and is picking away at her 48's and 46'r lists, but seems to spend too much time repeating the "fun" ones! She also participates in H/B training programs and enjoys teaching others about the joys of hiking and sleeping outside, especially in the snow! Her ongoing adventures include finishing her NH 48 on Owl's Head, Ice Climbing in Ourary, CO, and Mount Rainier in August.

Keith Watling

Mt Hale and Zealand Falls Hut

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a moderate-pace mid-spring ascent of Mount Hale (4054), with a visit to Zealand Hut. Expect limited views for much of the hike, with some rocky footing, stream crossings, sections of wet trail, and a ~1 mile road walk. Total mileage=8.7/Total Elevation Gain=2350', Difficulty Rating=A3B

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Linda Haines

Linda Haines has been an alpine skier most of her life, adding nordic skiing in 2005 to her hiking, biking, running, skiing/snowshoeing passions. She's a certified running coach, has been a full AMC hiking/backpacking leader since 2012 and is now adding AMC biking, skiing and Adventure Travel leadership. She's hiked the NH 4Ks, Banff/Jasper, Bryce/Zion/Escalante, Tetons, and the Swiss Alps and tries to do new ski/hike/bike/run adventures each year, leading groups or on her own.

Coleader: 
Rachael White

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.

Mt Isolation in May

Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:00 AM

We will reach Mt Isolation via Davis Path from the Glenn Boulder Trail. We will start at Glenn Ellis Falls, hike up to Glenn Boulder and hike down to Mount Isolation. Our potential alternate below treeline route is the Rocky Branch Trail. The distance is 12.6 miles with 5,150 feet of elevation gain/loss. We will be getting and early start.

This hike is involves significant elevation gains and losses throughout the route. There is a 1,350 gain on the return to Glenn Boulder. Please be in good physical condition.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carl Gustenhoven

Carl is an avid hiker who enjoys, mostly, day hikes in the Whites. He has completed the New England 100 Highest Peaks, two circuits of the New Hampshire 4,000 Footers and over 40 of the New Hampshire 4,000 Footers in Winter. Please read the trip description carefully, if it says 'Peak Bagger' or 'experienced hiker', the trip is goal oriented and will not be suitable for beginners. Otherwise, we'll be out for enjoyment and the chance to take in whatever life on the trail has to offer.

Keith Watling

Mt. Moosilauke

Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Mt. Moosilauke Loop Hike. Great views, with over a mile above timberline, highlight of this loop is over a 4800' summit. Seven miles, 2300 vertical feet, and good trails make a reasonable day for intermediate hikers who have gotten out a few times this year. With driving, the trip will take all day; carpooling strongly encouraged.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
John Lisker john.lisker@juno.com
Coleader: 
Zeynep Ozyuksel zeynep@ozyuksel.net

Twins, Zealand and Hale in a Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Get the Spring into your legs with this single-day assent of 4 four thousand foot mountains on the edge of the beautiful Pemigewasset Wilderness. Entering and exiting the North Twin Trail we will hike a loop over North Twin, South Twin, Zealand and Hale. Views of surrounding mountains are spectacular! We expect this strenuous 18-mile loop to take about 12 hours to complete.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Robert Zoletti

Rob is a Boston AMC 4-Season leader who loves hiking anytime and anywhere but especially above tree line. He has completed more than 200 4000' summits, mostly in the winter, and feels it's time to get out and see more of the trails without snow! His best adventure so far was summiting 14,410 foot Mount Rainier in June 2016 with an AMC team.

Coleader: 
John Lee

John, an AMC member since 2011, became a co-leader in 2016 to enjoy the outdoors in company of other hikers. He is working on his New England 48 and is WFA/SOLO certified. He likes winter and above tree-line hiking, and is starting to do more backpack hikes. Other big pursuits, outside of family and his dog, is love of fiddle music.

Twins & Galehead Carspot Hike

Saturday, May 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with this moderate-pace car spot hike that will cover three of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers. We'll pass over the densely-wooded summit of North Twin (4761) and continue on to South Twin (4902) where, if the weather is clear, we should have some great views. We'll continue on to the summit of Galehead (4024) with a stop at Galehead Hut. Expect wet trails and several stream crossings. If the weather is clear we 'll take time to stop and enjoy the view at several outlooks along the way.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
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: 
Rachael White

Vermont 4,000 footers weekend!

Saturday, May 27, 2017 12:00 AM to Monday, May 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Working on the NE 67? Join us for a three-day peak bagging weekend as we hike all five 4,000 footers of Vermont.

Day 1: We'll meet on the way to consolidate cars and plan to hit the trail at a civilized hour, allowing for drive time. The day's goal is Mt. Killington (9.6mi/2650'), with a possible side trip to Pico.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
VT
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof jtniehof@gmail.com

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.

Coleader: 
Brittney Kleinfelter brittneykleinfelter@gmail.com

Brittney is a peak-bagging hiker, having completed the NH 48 4,000 footers in four months and two days. Her favorite hikes include a Semi-Pemi loop and a Solo Presi Traverse. She is WFA/AWFA/CPR/AED certified.

Mt. Cabot + Bulge and Horn (NH 48, NE 67, 52 WAV)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Working on the NH 48, NE 67 or 52 WAV? This hike has something for you! This is a great opportunity to take a group trip over one of the more distant peaks of the White Mountains. We'll take a steady pace over Mt. Cabot (NH 48) and make our way over to The Bulge (NE 67) and The Horn (NE 67 + 52 WAV), pausing along the way for plenty of water breaks and lunch. While this is one of the "easier" 4,000 footers for those of you just starting out, it is still a strenuous hike. While not known for its views, the trail is pleasant with gentle grades and plenty of scenery to enjoy.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Steve Donovan deskofsteve@gmail.com

Steve is an avid hiker and Co-Leader with the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He hikes regularly in New Hampshire's White Mountains and Adirondacks of New York.

Coleader: 
Brittney Kleinfelter brittneykleinfelter@gmail.com

Brittney is a peak-bagging hiker, having completed the NH 48 4,000 footers in four months and two days. Her favorite hikes include a Semi-Pemi loop and a Solo Presi Traverse. She is WFA/AWFA/CPR/AED certified.

Hancock and South Hancock Loop Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a moderately-paced loop hike that will cover two of the 4,000 footers of New Hampshire: Hancock (4420) and South Hancock (4319). The ascent will be steep and rough, and participants should have recent experience hiking in the White Mountains or in comparable terrain. There will be several brook crossings along the route, and we will travel along an old logging road for part of the ascent. Total Mileage=9.8/Total Elevation Gain=2700'/Difficult Rating=A3B

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Barbara Amoroso
Phillip Baraona
Coleader: 
Rachael White

Annual Single-Day Presidential Traverse

Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a hyper-scenic single-day odyssey over the challenging terrain of NH's iconic Presidential Range! We will hike in two teams. A southbound team will follow the classic route from the Appalachia trailhead in Randolph, NH to the Crawford Path trailhead in Bretton Woods. The route includes 10 peaks (Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, South Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Pierce), 7 of which are official 4000 footers. Stats: 20 miles and 8600' of cumulative elevation gain at a moderate pace (1.5+ mph).

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NY
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi jcomuzzi@kateharper.com (978-448-9837)

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.

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.

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.

Karen Hoagland

Mount Jefferson

Sunday, June 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Come join us to hike Mt. Jefferson, New Hampshire's third tallest mountain. If the weather cooperates we will have amazing 360 degree views including Mount Washington to the south. We will climb Mt. Jefferson via an out and back on Caps Ridge Trail. The total mileage will be 5 miles and the elevation gain will be 2,760 feet. Even though we will be taking the easiest route to the summit, the trail is steep, rough, and involves scrambles over ledges. This hike is not a good choice for beginners, hikers who feel uncomfortable on rock slabs, or anyone with a fear of heights.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Morgane Treanton

Mt. Washington via Great Gulf and Wamsutta

Saturday, June 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Redliners rejoice! Join us for a challenging but unique trip to Mt. Washington. We'll start the day bright and early as we head up the Great Gulf Trail, known for its steep valley, remarkable views of the surrounding mountains and attractive cascades.

We'll reach Spaulding Lake just in time for lunch before continuing to the summit (weather pending). After spending some time enjoying the summit views, we'll take an unusual descent down the Wamsutta trail before rejoining the Great Gulf. Total distance + elevation: 15.7mi/5,395'

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Fred Smith fredsmithhikes@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Brittney Kleinfelter brittneykleinfelter@gmail.com

Brittney is a peak-bagging hiker, having completed the NH 48 4,000 footers in four months and two days. Her favorite hikes include a Semi-Pemi loop and a Solo Presi Traverse. She is WFA/AWFA/CPR/AED certified.

Trail Maintenance on Mt. Isolation

Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:00 AM

"First you must find... another shrubbery! Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must place it here, beside this shrubbery, only slightly higher so you get a two layer effect with a little path running down the middle. ("A path! A path!") Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!"
? Graham Chapman

Trip details

Activity: 
Conservation
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof jtniehof@gmail.com

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.

Coleader: 
Brittney Kleinfelter brittneykleinfelter@gmail.com

Brittney is a peak-bagging hiker, having completed the NH 48 4,000 footers in four months and two days. Her favorite hikes include a Semi-Pemi loop and a Solo Presi Traverse. She is WFA/AWFA/CPR/AED certified.

PEMI LOOP (extended) WEEKEND BACKPACK

Friday, June 30, 2017 12:00 AM to Sunday, July 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us for a challenging yet rewarding extended loop around the pemigewasset wilderness; approximately 36 miles, hopefully hitting the summits of 11 magnificent 4000'ers for a total elevation gain of +/- 10,000 ft. We will plan to camp at established sites along the trail and will also be attempting at least one sunrise summit. At the sites a caretaker will collect a fee of $10 / person. Total cost will be $20 for both campsites. We will collect this in advance.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Leah Salloway
Coleader: 
max heller

Trail Maintenance: Fishin' Jimmy + North and South Kinsman

Saturday, July 1, 2017 12:00 AM

"The long distance hiker,
a breed set apart,
From the likes of the usual pack.
He'll shoulder his gear,
be hittin' the trail;
Long gone, long 'fore he'll be back."
? M.J. Eberhart

The trail everyone loves to hate is due for some summer cleaning!

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
US
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof jtniehof@gmail.com

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.

Coleader: 
Brittney Kleinfelter brittneykleinfelter@gmail.com

Brittney is a peak-bagging hiker, having completed the NH 48 4,000 footers in four months and two days. Her favorite hikes include a Semi-Pemi loop and a Solo Presi Traverse. She is WFA/AWFA/CPR/AED certified.

Family/HB Weekend Backpack to Ethan Pond

Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:00 AM to Sunday, July 16, 2017 12:00 AM

This is a joint Family and Hiking.Backpacking trip. We will be backpacking 2.7 miles up a steady incline to the tentsites at Ethan Pond. The elevation gain will be 1420', 4". The campsite is located on the shore of a pristine mountain pond. Those ambtious enough may try to summit the nearby Mt. Wiley (4285) after making camp. On Sunday morning we make a three mile detour, roundtrip and without full packs, to view Ripley and Arethusa Falls. Registration URL:  http://regi.amcboston.org/1476

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Mark Warren markwarren@mmwarren.com (617-233-1520; Before 8:00 pm)

For all of this decade, I have led the annual Beginner Backpacking trip for Hiking/Backpacking's Spring Hiking Program, so I used to interacting with newcomers.