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The Winter Hiking Program (WHP) teaches the best practices of winter hiking and backpacking in New England. WHP students will have the opportunity to attend five nights of lectures, small group breakout sessions, and hands-on opportunities with winter hiking and backpacking gear, taught by Boston Chapter AMC leaders, during November and December (from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Nov 4, 11 & 18, Dec 2 & 9 at AMC Cabot Auditorium, 4 Joy St., Boston, MA). Topics include heat management and winter hiking clothing, group hiking techniques, energy management and nutrition, winter travel and snowshoeing, winter safety and injury prevention, above tree-line hiking, non-technical use of ice axe and crampons, winter weather, camping techniques & equipment, back-country food prep and more. There will be numerous weekend trips offered exclusively or preferentially to participants in this class to put your learning into practice. This is also a great opportunity to meet lots of other people who love hiking and enjoy the outdoors! Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/996.
Celebrate the season with us with an early winter overnight to the Kinsmans (4293 and 4358ft) on Sat and Cannon (4100ft) on Sun with an overnight stay at beautiful Lonesome Lake Hut. We will feast on a gourmet dinner prepared by chef Tony with a delicious dessert, breakfast, after-hike snacks, and warm beverages also included. The terrain is moderately difficult and will require some winter hiking experience. Warm clothing, insulated boots, and microspikes are required as is a 0 degree or warmer sleeping bag as we will be staying in unheated bunk rooms (see gear list for more details). $70 covers food (except for lunch and on-trail snacks) and bunk .
Early winter hike to the peak of Mt Crawford approximately 5 miles with 2,100 feet of elevation gain over moderate terrain with snowy and possibly icy conditions. Mt Crawford is on the White Mountain 52 with a view list and with clear skies there will be 360 a degree view including views of the presidential range from the peak. Hiking speed will be at a moderate pace (1.5 mph) winter gear /micro spikes / or snowshoes conditions are required. Bring snacks, lunch, at least 2 liters of water. Unsafe driving conditions will cancel this hike.
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
This class will be at AMC Cabot Auditorium, 4 Joy St., Boston, Ma
Our auditorium is located near Park Street T Station (Red and Green Line subways), the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common. There will be subsidized parking at the garage underneath Boston Common. Light Breakfast and lunch and Snacks and drinks will be provided at Cabot Auditorium.
feel free to bring your own food to meet your Dietary restrictions
Moderately paced loop hike in the 625-acre Noanet Woodlands . This hike has about 400' of elevation gain and areas of uneven terrain, and is about five miles long. Along the way, Co-Leader Gary Bosse will give a brief history of the land. We will stop at Noanet Peak, a rock outcropping with a view of the Boston skyline, and again at the Dover Union Iron Works Mill site which employed an innovative solution to maximize water power in the early 1800's. This event is limited to 10 hikers.
Are you an experienced AMC hiker and curious about how volunteer-led AMC hiking and backpacking activities are governed? The Boston Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee meets monthly, and interested guests are welcome to sit in. For the particulars, contact Alex Nedzel, the chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we learn by going on beginner day hikes in the Pinkham Notch area. Enjoy the first taste of real winter, crisp air and no annoying, flying bugs on the trail. Stay at a crisp, rustic cabin and share the camaraderie and cooking of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner. (BYOB) Bring your questions and learn winter outdoors skills. We will choose one or two beginner-ish hikes each day which will range between, approximately 5 to 8 miles with 1,000 to 2,000 feet of elevation.
Come join us to hike Mt. Tecumseh, New Hampshire's shortest 4000 footer. We will hike via Mount Tecumseh Trail. The total mileage will be 5 miles and the elevation gain will be 2,200 feet.
Previous winter hiking experience preferred but not required. AMC winter hiking program graduates and current 2015-2016 participants are encouraged to join us on this hike.
Meeting time will be early (prior to 7:30am). Join us on this excursion for good company. This trip is cross-posted in H/B and Young Members.
This hike is open to all participants of the Winter Hiking Program. It is an excellent opportunity to use new skills, test gear and physical ability while getting to know other hikers in a pleasant and educational setting. Experienced leaders will assist with winter techniques and questions about hiking, and the Appalachian Mountain Club itself. Mt Jackson's elevation is 4,052 feet with a moderately steep trail. The trailhead begins in Crawford Notch across from the Highland Center. The hike is just over 5 miles (round trip) with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. We plan on a comfortable pace and hiking time will vary depending on the group, weather, and trail conditions.
Join a combined NH-Boston leadership team for a very special visit to this challenging 4000 footer. Though barely over 4000' in elevation, the trailed route to it entails 7 miles of hiking (14 round trip), with 5 significant water crossings and 3600' of elevation gain.
What makes this trip special is that if conditions permit, we'll include two miles of bushwhacking in order to pursue a direct route to and from the Montalban ridge that shaves almost 6 miles off the trailed route, netting to approximately 10 miles of hiking, 3400' of elevation gain, and a single water crossing.
Please do not sign up for this trip unless you are an experienced, in-shape winter hiker with an interest in bushwhacking. Because we will be venturing into the remote Presidential-Dry River Wilderness, group size is limited.
Book one more backpack for 2015 and join the leaders for an overnight trip to the Pemigewasset region to Mount Carrigain. Our objective summit offers stunning panoramic views of multiple peaks in the White Mountain National Forest.
Day one: 10.3 mi, +3900'
Day two: Sunday: 3.7 mi, +0'
Prior backpacking and winter day hike experience is required.
Please join in a 7.6 mile/2300 feet gain hike of two of the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire, Mount Osceola (#24; 4,340 ft) and East Osceola (#34; 4,156 ft) from the north via the Greeley Pond and Mount Osceola trails. This trail is steep and contains a step chimney, which may be icy. We will be hiking at a standard 2 MPH/30 MIN PER 1000 FT GAIN pace, but will depend on the conditions of the trail.
Join us for a winter day hike with the goal to stand on the summits of North (4,293') and South (4,358') Kinsman mountains. Following the western approach via the Mount Kinsman and Kinsman Ridge trails we will pass some historical features including an old sugar house and an area where the Kinsman Cabin once stood. If weather permits the north summit, though wooded offers a beautiful view of the Franconia Ridge. The round trip is 10 miles with 3,900' of elevation gain and our estimated time is 8 to 9 hours depending on weather conditions.
Join us for a fast-paced, invigorating pre-winter hike to Galehead Mt. (4024') and the closed-up Galehead Hut, then continuing up South Twin Mt. (4902') and over/down North Twin Mt (4761'). Because the forest roads will be closed, we'll be hiking some extra approach/exit miles to/from the trailheads. The total distance will be 14.5 miles, with 4000' of elevation gain. We will get a very early start entailing a car spot, and plan to complete the hike in 8-12 hours depending on weather/trail conditions. Full winter gear is required, including mountaineering snowshoes, crampons, and light traction (depending on what we can learn about the conditions immediately before the hike, we may be able to leave one or more of these items in the car).
We'll go up Falling Waters and down Bridle Path, can be combined with L's hike on Sunday. Contact L Joe about accommodations.
We will be hiking up to Mount Eisenhower via the Crawford Path and will travel, approximately, 10 miles and gain/lose 3,000 Ft of elevation.
Winter trip to start the new year, we'll try for Washington from the west side and get Monroe on the way! With 9+ miles to cover and 4000'+ of elevation to gain in winter conditions carrying full above tree line winter gear, you need to be an experienced, strong winter hiker to participate safely on this trip. Can be combined with Ls Sun hike, contact L Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night).
Long winter day to summit Owls head in winter. Will do the Black pond bushwhack and possibly the Brutus bushwhack, depending on conditions.
Join us for a moderate winter hike up Mt. Whiteface (4,020 ft) and around the ridge loop! We'll take the Blueberry Ledge Trail up to the wooded peak of Mt. Whiteface, stopping to take in the view of the Lakes Region from the lookout ledges, before following the ridge on the Rollins Trail. Skirting The Bowl Research Natural Area, we'll meet up with the Dicey's Mill Trail and follow it back to the trailhead. This loop will be 9.8 miles, with over 3,300 ft of elevation gain and a book time of 6.5 hours. Please register at: http://regi.amcboston.org/1041 or click the Register Now button.
We'll try Washington/Monroe if the weather didn't cooperate on Saturday, otherwise we'll do Jackson. Full winter gear required, can be combined with Ls Sat hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night)