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Scenic, fun and challenging 65-mile traverse of the High Peaks Wilderness starting in the Great Range and ending at Long Lake. Trip plans may change based on conditions and group make-up, but, as of now, include tagging peaks (the Wolfjaws, Armstrong, Gothic, Saddleback, Marcy, Skylight) and visiting remote Wallface and Scott ponds before following the Northville Placid Trail along the picturesque Cold River to end at Long Lake. Rated 'advanced' due to remote location, moderately-high daily mileage (avg. 12 mi/day in mtns.), steep/muddy/flooded terrain and non-technical climbing. Participants must exercise regularly and provide all their own gear and food. Sense of humor and funny trail stories warmly welcomed. This trip is being offered jointly by the AMC Boston and New York-North Jersey Chapters. Maximum: 6 participants. $10.00 nonrefundable registration fee ($5 for group first-aid supplies and $5 that contributes to AMC NY volunteer leader first-aid training expenses). Registration link: regi.amcboston.org/908
Enjoy 3 nights camping in northwestern Maine on a lake. We will offer a dayhike each day including several 4000 ft peaks including potentially Saddleback and Mt Abraham. Two hikes will be offered each day, in a range of 8 to 15 miles, including Saddleback, Mt Abraham, and Mt Blue, with one faster and one slower group. This trip is co-listed with Young Members ctee. Register at REGI link: https://regi.amcboston.org/919. The Registrar is Sonya Korabelnikova,email@example.com, (434)806-9967.
Chimney Pond, located in the Great Basin of Mt. Katahdin, is considered the most spectacular campground in Baxter State Park and "provides the best and closest access to all east side Katahdin trails." Spend four nights in a lean-to at Chimney Pond over Fourth of July weekend and, weather permitting, we will explore as many of the trails up Baxter (the main Katahdin summit and highest point in the state of Maine), Pamola, and Hamlin Peaks. Many of the trails available are rough and have a lot of exposure, and all of them are steep. This trip is open to fit and experienced hikers who are comfortable being near steep drop-offs and cliffs. Parking in Baxter SP can be tough and it's a long drive (5+ hours from Boston). Carpooling is HIGHLY encouraged. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/918.
Ready to take in one of the premiere hikes in the northeast? Franconia Ridge is a world-class hike and only a short drive from the Boston area. This hike, nearly 12 miles in distance and over 4,100 feet in elevation gain, will test both your endurance and your vocabulary as you try to come up with the many superlatives it takes to describe the views up high on the ridge. This hike is suitable for intermediate-level hikers or beginner hikers with a high level of physical fitness. We hike leaders are not speedsters and will be taking a moderate, stop-and-smell-the-roses pace. If you like to take lots of photographs of beautiful scenery, or just like to spend time in the mountains, then this is the hike for you. If inclement weather threatens on the 11th, we will reschedule for the 12th. (Please note that although we will be taking a moderate pace, this is a hike of a long distance so we won't necessarily be able to stop for terribly long amounts of time.) Sunday's hike is leaders' choice/TBD. We will have a group campsite reservation for the weekend. Details about the campsite will be sent to registered participants. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/925.
This car camp weekend will start off Friday night at the Pine Knoll campground located on beautiful Lake Iona where we will set up tents and socialize. Saturday morning we will wake up early with a pancake breakfast and carpool down to the trail head of south Moat. Here we will start our hike to the open peak of south Moat with 360 degree view (2772)we will continue across the moats from south to north (3201)and end up at Diana's bath (with a possible jump in water at end)3300 elev gain 9.6 miles 7.5 hours on trail.both peaks are on the 52 with a view list. We will then head back to Pine Knoll campground for Swimming, Steak Tip dinner, Hot Showers and S'Mores by the campfire. On day two we will wake up to a French Toast breakfast, break down tents and head to North Kearsarge (3268) 6.2 miles to a fire tower.and 360 degree views (back to campground to swim at end )
Want to be an asset on every group trip you participate in? Want to dramatically improve your chances of staying on trail no matter how poor the visibility or how sparse the trail markings? Heard about this "map and compass thing", but never had the opportunity to learn the craft? Well, this is your chance.
Join us for a backpack focused on learning the skills of map and compass navigation. The classroom will be one of the most breathtaking traverses in all of the White Mountains - the Twins and the Bonds - encompassing a total of five 4000 footers, each with spectacular views into the pristine Pemigewasset wilderness. Over the course of this two-day backpack, we'll spend significant time with on-trail exercises in the basics of map and compass use. We'll use these skills to determine if we're on the right trail, determine if we're going in the right direction and determine which peaks are which from the summits of each mountain we climb. We'll work through scenarios of limited visibility and limited trail markings. Although the focus of this backpacking workshop will be on staying on trail, these skills readily translate to bushwhacking up trail-less peaks all over the world.
We'll begin our traverse at the North Twin trailhead off of Haystack road, ascending North and South Twin mountains en route to Guyot tentsite, where we'll spend the Saturday night. Weather- and time-permitting, we'll hike over to West Bond sometime in
the evening to soak in the views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. On Sunday, we'll ascend the bare summit of Mt. Bond before dropping down and then up to the rocky, vertical face of Bondcliff. We'll end the weekend of beauty and education at Lincoln Woods trailhead. Backpacking distances are: Saturday: 8.4 miles, +3800' elevation gain; plus 1.8 miles, +700' for those who wish to tag West Bond. Sunday: 11.2 miles, +1200' elevation gain.
This trip will require an early start on Saturday morning in order to allow plenty of time for learning and practice. Both days will be sustained efforts with substantial mileage over difficult terrain. However, with the appropriate conditioning, this trip will be of benefit to both beginner backpackers and others wishing to broaden their map and compass skill set.
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: https://regi.amcboston.org/932
Leader: Brian Andresen firstname.lastname@example.org, Keith Watling email@example.com, Lenka Hostalkova firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first part of the three part Great-Gulf-A-Pa-Looza: Ascend Washington via Great Gulf and Wamsutta trails, descend via Craig T Nelson Trail, Old Jackson Rd, Great Gulf Trail back to the Great Gulf Trailhead. Great opportunity to cover a lot of terrain on tough trails that you're never going to get to otherwise!
You need to be in tip-top shape for this. 4800 ft base to summit, 16 miles, rough terrain.
(If you're a glutton for punishment, look for part 2 in august: great gulf to adams slide to adams, descend and exit by buttress and great gulf; and part 3 in september: ascend Jefferson via great gulf and six hubsters, top out on washington, descend via great gulf)
Join us for 9.8 mile intermediate loop hike at moderate-fast pace over two 4K peaks, 2,700 ft elevation gain. Easy parking/access off Kancamagus highway. Steep and rough in places--strong, fit hikers with recent White Mountains or equivalent hiking experience. Optional group dinner in Lincoln, NH following hike. Resgister at: http://regi.amcboston.org/947
Join us for a long weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) of hiking Northern Presidential trails that traverse Mts. Adams, Jefferson and Madison - three of the highest, rugged, and spectacular peaks in the White Mountains. We will stay two nights in an RMC cabin (either Crag Camp or Grey Knob), both located high on Mt. Adams while exploring the gnarly trails of the Terrifying 25 List. Plan on 10+ miles/ and 5000+ feet of cumulative elevation gain per day, strenuous hiking combining the steep scrambling of ravine hiking, exposed ledges, and steep descents on heavily-bouldered trails. Participants must be prepared for the distance, elevation, and rough terrain. Register at http://regi.amcboston.org//936. For more information about the cabins: http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/sheltersinfo/aboutourshelters.html
August Camp 2015 - Choice of 4 separate weeks in Oregon's beautiful Central Cascade Mountains (July 18 to August 15)! Studded with volcanic peaks, mountain lakes, wildflower meadows, old lava flows and miles of hiking trails, Oregon's Central Cascades is the place to be! Base camp is near Santiam Pass (elevation 4,800') where the Pacific Crest Trail traverses Route 20. Major hiking destinations are in the Deschutes & Willamette National Forests & the Three Sisters, Mount Washington & Mount Jefferson Wilderness Areas. This full service tent village accommodates 64 campers each week and offers multiple hikes each day for all levels of ability. Delicious meals and trail lunches are provided; great camaraderie and nightly campfires make for a memorable experience. Round trip transportation between Camp and the Portland International Airport (PDX) and to and from daily activities is provided. Plan your one or two week adventure now and be part of one of the AMC's oldest traditions. Questions about August Camp? Contact Sam Jamke at email@example.com.
A 7.5 mile loop hike with 2,300' elevation gain. Mount Chocorua is one of the most heavily hiked mountains in the Whites - and for good reason! This very beautiful, moderate hike leads to an open, rocky, cone summit with incredible views. Hikers break out of the trees to scramble up smooth rocky ledges before reaching the summit. There are fine northerly views of the southern Presidentials including Mt. Washington. We will be going at a very moderate pace to accommodate beginner/intermediate hikers. If there is time, we may take a dip in Lake Chocorua afterwards!
Madison Gulf Trail is one of the more adventurous trails up the fifth-highest mountain in New Hampshire. It is on the Terrifying Twenty-Five list and its headwall includes such challenges as "ledge outcrops, bouldery areas, and a rock chimney," and fantastic views. This is a two-day, one-night overnight; which day we summit Mt. Madison will be chosen depending on weather.
Summit day will be a rough and steep 10-mile hike with 4,100 feet of elevation gain. The shorter day will be under three miles with a very gentle downward slope, unless we decide to explore the Great Gulf before making our way back to the trailhead.
This hike is not recommended for beginners. Rock climbing experience is helpful but not required. It is also helpful if you have completed at least one of the trails on the Terrifying Twenty-Five prior to this hike (http://www.trishalexsage.com/p/the-terrifying-twenty-five.html) or other similar trails.
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: Registration link
Leader: Elisabeth (Liz) Westner firstname.lastname@example.org, Anne White (E-mail Anne White)
Co-Leader: Shannon MacKenzie (E-mail Shannon MacKenzie)
Join us on a looong, challenging day hike in the Pemigewasset Wilderness to Garfield, Galehead and Owl's Head! We will start very early, spotting cars, to hike 25+ miles, gain 7,200+ ft and summit three of NH's 4,000 footers, hiking at a relentless pace. Peak baggers: if you have been putting off the much-dreaded Owl's Head for fear of boredom, this is the hike for you! This is a strenuous trip, suitable for experienced hikers who are in very good shape and who are motivated to tackle a lot of mileage and elevation gain over little-maintained trails. Please have recent White Mountain hiking experience, at distances of 15+ miles, 6000 ft gain. Please register at: http://regi.amcboston.org/955.
Isolation. Known for being one of the last NH mountain many peak-baggers tackle, it's as remote as it is beautiful. But don't let the name fool you - you'll be in good company on this strenuous overnight hike. Join us for a rewarding overnight back country experience with 15 miles of round-trip hiking and 3,338 feet in elevation gain.
Working on your New England 4,000-footers or 100 highest? Then join us for a peak-filled, car camping weekend in the Green Mountains of Vermont. On Saturday, we'll hike the Bucklin trail to the summit of Killington peak. The distance is a modest 7.2 miles with 2,500 feet of elevation gain to the 4,241' summit. Portions of the hike will be along very scenic sections of the Appalachian and Long Trails. We will also have a Sunday hike that will be leaders' choice depending on group interest and energy level after Saturday's outing. Possibilities, however, will be Mount Mansfield (4,373) or Camel's Hump (4,083). Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/911
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/911
Leader: Peter Monnes (E-mail Peter Monnes), Keith Watling (E-mail Keith Watling)
Co-Leader: Rick Whitney (E-mail Rick Whitney)
This will be a fun and exciting trip. We will start out early AM on Saturday, taking the Lonesome Lake trail to the hut. After dropping some gear there, we will then take the Dodge Cut-off, Hi Cannon, and Kinsman Ridge Trails to the peak. We will hang out there for a while, and then head back down to Lonesome Lake via the Lonesome Lake trail, where the hut croo will serve us up a great meal. A celebration will follow. Sunday's hike is TBD. Register: http://regi.amcboston.org/905
We will hike this classic White Mountains trek in 3 days and 2 nights, crossing over ten NH4k summits along the way. With 9,000 feet of elevation gain and 32.8 miles, our plan is to stay overnight at the Liberty Springs and Guyot campsites as we make our way around the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Although we will be traveling at a moderate pace, please be an experienced backpacker if you plan to join us on this trip. Group size will be limited to 6 participants.
This night hike, starting in the late afternoon, will take us through the meadows and bogs of beautiful and rugged Zealand Valley, touring Zealand Falls and Zealand Pond areas before settling in to a DIY dinner, using our stoves, in the vicinity of the AMC Zealand Falls Hut (2630'), to enjoy the end of the day by watching the setting sun. Once daylight is far behind us, we will descend the trail in darkness, with hardly a quarter moon, to expand our skills by experiencing travelling in the forest at night. 5.8 mi RT and about 700' gain. We are strongly encouraging a comfortable ski lodge stay that evening, as we will not finish until around 11 pm or later. If you are a peak bagger, we are not going to the summit of Zealand Mountain. If you are a fast hiker, this is not a fast hike. We are going in just about any type of weather. This trip is about skills. Travelling in the dark. Perhaps travelling in the rain. We are not looking for people who would cancel because of sketchy weather. As long as it is not truly horrible or too dangerous, we are going. Fair weather hikers are not welcome. We are adventurers. Headlamps required! More info on our REGI registration page http://regi.amcboston.org/939.
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: http://regi.amcboston.org/939
Leader: Robert Freed email@example.com 617-460-5213 (Before 10 pm), Kevin McAllister firstname.lastname@example.org 508-380-0599
Join us for 18.4 mile long "walk" to remote Owl's Head summit from Lincoln Woods, 2900-ft elevation gain. This is a long, but easy hike for 8 miles, with final mile up the Owl's Head slide to the summit steep and difficult. Route includes several water crossings that are difficult in high water--be prepared for wet feet. This RT hike will take the average, moderate hiker 11 hours--be prepared for an early start and a long day.
This is the second part of the three part Great-Gulf-A-Pa-Looza: The highlight of the day is the long abandoned Adams Slide Trail which was last included in the '67 White Mountain Guide. It was called the "Beast of the East" and said to be the "steepest path of its length in the White Mountains" as it ascends 2300 feet in 1-1/4 miles. One section is reported to gain a 1000' of elevation in 0.3 miles. We'll start the day on the Great Gulf trail and take Adams Slide to the summit of Adams. Once we reach the summit, we'll descend via Star Lake Trail to make a resupply stop at the Madison Hut. We'll continue to descend via the also infrequently used Buttress trail and back to the cars via the Great Gulf Trail. You need to be in great shape for this and up for a little adventure. 4800 ft base to summit, 14 miles, rough terrain with a mile plus of rediscovering history (a.k.a. bushwacking). See https://regi.amcboston.org/941 for part one of the Great-Gulf-A-Pa-Looza and look for part 3 to take on Six Husbands to Washington in September.