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Michele Grzenda (AMC Boston Young Members & Hiking/Backpacking Trip leader) will share her experience as a participant on a 2 week guided tour of Eastern China. Highlights include visiting 7 UNESCO sites including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Terra-cotta Warrior Museum. During a 5-day cruise down the Yangtze River, Michele's presentation will include side trips to Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest hydroelectricity project; Jingzhou, a city located on the banks of the Yangtze River with 6000 years history, and Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Fortress" is a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River. Photos and stories from Beijing, Chongqing, and Shanghai will inspire you to plan a trip there. Michele will share travel tips on how to find bargain guided trips!
All slideshows take place at: The AMC Cabot Auditorium, 4 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108. Potluck @ 6:30pm, slideshow @ 7:15pm
Potluck Info: Participation in the potlucks is optional, yet useful for that post-office work hunger. Homemade dishes are welcome, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome. Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (stovetop, oven, microwave, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed for stovetop. Potlucks start at 6:30pm.
We'll hit five official four thousand footers in this one-day tour of the northern Pemi, including Galehead (4024'), the South Twin (4902'), North Twin (4761'), Zealand (4260'), and Hale (4054') -- along with spectacular Mt. Guyot (4590'), an unofficial 4000 footer. Expect an early start and a long day at a moderate but relentless pace. Please have substantial recent winter experience. Full winter gear and a spirit of good cheer and adventure are a must. 24mi/6000'. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/1079.
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: https://regi.amcboston.org/1079
Leader: Alex Nedzel (E-mail Alex Nedzel)
Co-Leader: Jonathan Niehof email@example.com 617-372-1350 (before 8pm)
The Superbowl is over and it's President's day weekend. What better to do than to celebrate on top of a few 4000 footers. Weather permitting we'll hike up Monroe and Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, Crawford Path and descend via Jewell. If the weather isn't appropriate we'll switch the plan with the leader's hike on the Wildcats.
10.5 miles, approx. 4435 ft elevation gain
Previous above tree-line winter hiking experience required.
Join us to a great hike at Franconia Notch. We will hike up Mt. Liberty (4459') and Mt Flume (4328'). Trip is approximately 10 miles with about 4,000 ft of elevation gain. Plan on an early start and a full day of fun on the mountain. Full winter gear required; ask a leader if you have any questions.
Continue the President's day weekend celebration with a few more 4000 footers. We'll start at Nineteen Brook Trail and tag all the Wildcats on our way to Pinkham Notch.
If weather is poor on Saturday we will switch this trip with the Leaders Monroe/Washington trip.
9.3 miles, approx. 3950 ft elevation gain.
Previous winter hiking experience required.
Extend the President's Day weekend with a challenging out and back to the Mt. Osceola and East Osceola over Greeley Ponds trail.
7.6 miles, approx. 3200 ft elevation gain. If weather is poor on Saturday and Sunday, we will switch this trip with the Leaders Monroe/Washington trip.
Gear List Full winter gear... http://hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf
Join us on a mid-winter day hike to summit North and Middle Tripyramid, two 4000' peaks in the Sandwich Range Wilderness. We'll start from the north, on the Kancamagus Highway, and take an out-and-back route using the Pine Bend Brook and Mount Tripyramid trails. Total distance is 9.6 miles with 3483' elevation gain, and book time is 6 hours 30 minutes. Expect several stream crossings and some steep sections. Previous winter hiking experience is required, as are crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes.
We will go up the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail and down the Imp Trail. This hike is 10.8 mi with 3500 ft of elevation gain. Although both peaks are in the woods, there are some excellent outlooks of the Presidentials as well as views into Maine on a clear day. Participants should have previous winter hiking experience. We expect to move at a steady pace with limited stops. Please note your winter experience accordingly.
Join us for our single-day winter visit to the three breathtaking Bonds (Bondcliff Mt., 4265'; Mt. Bond, 4698'; West Bond, 4540'), with the option to ski (your choice, depending on conditions) the first and last 5 miles (the flat portions) of this 23 mile trip. We will hike at a moderate pace, with a total elevation gain of 4700'. Full winter gear and lots of stamina required.
Hike up Mt Moosilauke (4802') on the historic Carriage Road Trail. Conditions permitting we'll also climb the South Peak which has a great view of the main summit. This is an above treeline peak so full face protection and winter gear are required. Comparable winter hiking experience is required although qualified Winter Hiking Program students are welcome. 10.2 miles RT with 3100 feet of elevation gain.
Join us for a winter weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains. Arrive Friday evening. Two hikes will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday; intermediate hike with an objective of getting above tree line and a snowshoe trek more suited for new winter hikers, and something shorter and more relaxed on Sunday. 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, three meals and happy hour. Trail lunches and happy hour beverages not included. Winter Hiking Program graduates welcome. Please register at https://regi.amcboston.org/1059
We'll carpool up to beautiful Ellsworth, NH (located near Plymouth) Friday evening. After starting the woodstove to heat the cabin we'll probably keep warm shoveling 2 parking spaces and carrying our gear the 400 feet to the cabin. Then we'll get organized, relax and eventually head for bed. (3 single beds, 1 futon and some floor space.)
Saturday we'll rise and cook a group breakfast on the electric stove. We'll pack lunch then we're off to snowshoe (not a 4000 footer, less elevation gain than that. Once participants are chosen we can discuss and pick a destination.) We plan to return by supper, and we'll cook a group supper. After supper, if anyone is interested we can take a short snowshoe to a nearby beaver dam, and look for animal tracks (deer, moose, bear, bobcat, etc.) along the way.
Sunday we'll cook breakfast again, then pack up and head out, with a short snowshoe trip before heading back to the highway.
Group to share cost of food*, and kitchen duties.
Group limited to ~6
*Shared food (2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 supper) costs
Osceolas Out and Back
Join us for a late-winter hike up to the Osceolas, from Kancamagus Highway. From Greeley Ponds trailhead, we'll hike 3.8 miles up to East Osceola and Mt. Osceola, and return the way we came, for a total of 7.6 miles of snowy scenery and 3232 feet of elevation gain at a moderate pace. This is a great opportunity to tag two winter 4-ks, and enjoy fantastic views from atop Mt. Osceola, with relatively little above treeline exposure. However, full winter gear, including crampons, and previous winter 4k hiking experience is required to participate. Optional group dinner on the Kanc to follow the hike. Hope to see you there!
Explore the eastern Pemigewasset high hut of the White Mountains at Zealand Falls Hut (2640') in its beautiful winter setting! Enjoy a snowy weekend of hiking, focusing on scenery, good company and great food. Hike just over a mile to the Zeacliff lookout and take in views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness to the south and Willey Range to the east. Or simply kick back on the Zealand porch and gaze down the valley to peaks beyond and admire the power of water at the base of the falls. We will hike from parking lot on Rt. 302 for 6.6 miles (1,100' elev. gain) to the unheated rustic hut. Zealand Falls Hut is one of the three AMC high huts open in winter on a "self service" basis where guests provide their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, and cookware to prepare their own meals. Bunks, mattresses, and pillows are provided, but blankets are not. The cooking and dining areas are heated after 4 pm in winter, but the bunkrooms are not. A winter sleeping bag, 0°F to -20°F, is recommended. Because the bunkrooms are adjacent to the dining area, a sleeping bag, rated to 15°F to 0°F, may be adequate but not advisable when temperatures are forecast to drop into the single digits. The hikes will be chosen by the leaders to suit the conditions and participants. Possible hikes from the Zealand Falls Hut are: Zeacliff (rt: 2.3 miles, 1,133', 1:43) Zeacliff Pond (rt: 3.36 miles, 1,345', 2:21) Thoreau Falls (rt: 4.8 miles, 843', 2:50) Hiking out options on Sunday are: From Hut by Zealand Trail in winter (ow: 6.6 miles, 0', 3:20) From Hut Over Mt. Hale in winter (ow: 7.8 miles, 1,300', 4:05) From hut by A-Z and Avalon trails (ow: 5.5 miles, 1,200', 3:20) From hut by Ethan Pond trail (ow: 7.4 miles, 821', 4:07)
Payment is due upon application along with a signed copy of the Trip Waiver Form.
Join us for a moderate-paced winter day hike to the summit of Mt. Tecumseh (4,003') located in Grafton County, NH. We will hike 5 miles round trip with 2,250 feet of elevation gain/loss. This is a great trip to build or maintain your winter hiking skills and is suitable for recent Winter Hiking Program participants. Although most of the hike is below treeline, full winter gear and previous winter hiking experience is required.
Join us for a winter backpack to Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams. We will take Valley Way up and weather permitting, we will camp above treeline in the col between Madison and Adam. With good luck we will enjoy sunset and sunrise from the top of the Madison. On Sunday we will leave camp early, summit Adams and descend via Lowe's Path to a shuttle car. In case of bad weather above tree line, we will camp at the Valley Way tent site and attempt both Madison and Adams the next day. Previous winter backpacking experience is required.
Explore the Easternmost high hut of the White Mountains and the AMC's best kept secret - Carter Notch Hut (3288') in its unimaginably beautiful winter setting! Enjoy a snowy weekend of hiking, focusing on scenery, good company and great food. We will hike from 19-Mile Brook TH (1487') for 3.8 miles (1991' elev. gain) to the unheated rustic Carter Hut. Weather permitting, we will summit Carter Dome (4832') on Saturday (RT 2.5 miles, 1564' elev. gain) from the hut. Sunday we will hike about 3.0 miles from the hut (3288') up and over the hogbacks from Wildcats A (4422'), B (4305'), C (4285'), D (4062') and then hike down about 2.7 miles on Wildcat Polecat ski trail to Wildcat Ski Parking Lot C (2112'). The Hut sleeps 40 in 2 unheated bunkhouses. The cooking and dining areas are heated after 4 pm in winter, but the remote bunkhouses are not. A winter sleeping bag, 0°F to -20°F, is required. Participants will have the option of providing their own meals or participating in group meals. Cost is $55 for the lodging only option (you will need to provide your own meals and purchase your Polecat hiking permit). All participants will be responsible for providing their own lunches (Sat & Sun) and snacks (Sat & Sun).
This trip is suitable for graduates of the Boston HB Winter Hiking Program or those with similar experience. Moderate fitness and full winter gear required. Limit to 10 people.
Payment is due upon application along with a signed copy of the Trip Waiver Form.
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Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Registration Required: Yes
External Link: Trip Waiver Form can be found here:
Leader: Joan W Chambers firstname.lastname@example.org, Cliff Chambers email@example.com
Co-Leader: Adriane Otopalik firstname.lastname@example.org 507-327-9062
Join us on a beautiful winter day hike to summit North and Middle Tripyramid, two 4000' peaks in the Sandwich Range Wilderness.
We'll start from the north, on the Kancamagus Highway, and take an out-and-back route using the Pine Bend Brook and Mount Tripyramid trails. The total distance is 9.6 miles with a 3483' elevation gain, and book time is 6 hours 30 minutes. Expect several stream crossings and some steep sections. Previous winter hiking experience is required, as are crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes.
Please come prepared with suitable layers and footwear. The group will be traveling at a moderate pace to complete the trail during day-light hours.
Immerse yourself in a peaceful winter wonderland with a Sunday overnight trip to Zealand Falls Hut, on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. We'll hike in via Mt. Hale on Sunday morning, and spend the latter part of the day relaxing at the hut, taking in the beauty by the falls or atop Zeacliff, and preparing a hearty group dinner. Because it's a Sunday, there's a fine chance we'll have the place to ourselves by sundown. Monday we'll head out toward Crawford Notch, traversing the Willey Range--Mts. Tom, Field and Willey--on the way.
Zealand Falls Hut is self-service in winter. We'll have access to the kitchen for cooking. There's a wood stove in the common room, but the bunk rooms are unheated, so you'll need a winter sleeping bag (rated -20°F to 0°F). Pillows and mattresses provided. Contact Lisa with any gear questions.
The itinerary includes four 4Ks and one 52WAV.
Sunday, via Mt. Hale: 7.8 miles, 2375' elev. gain. Monday, via Field, Tom, Willey, Avalon: 11 miles, 3360' gain. Previous winter hiking experience required.
Mt Waumbek is the 3rd shortest of the NH 4000 footers and a classic Sunday hike. The Star King trail in Jefferson reaches Mt Star King after 2.6 miles of gradual trail where we will lunch. Another mile along the ridge leads to Mt Waumbek. Total trip mileage is 7.2 miles, with 2,600 feet of elevation gain.