AMC Boston Winter Hiking Program

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The registration link will be found on this page at that time.

Interested in getting outdoors more this winter?

The Hiking & Backpacking Committee’s 2023-24 Winter Hiking Program (WHP) teaches participants the skills and knowledge needed to safely and enjoyably hike in New England during the winter. WHP participants will attend live lectures led by AMC Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Leaders, and then have the chance to try out their skills through a series of instructional hikes held throughout the winter months.

Unlike the past few years, the WHP instructional sessions are returning to the live, in-class format, and will be held at a Medford MA area location at the following times:

  • November 1st from 7pm to 9pm EST
  • November 8th from 7pm to 9pm EST
  • November 15th from 7pm to 9pm EST
  • November 29th from 7pm to 9pm EST
  • December 6th from 7pm to 9pm EST

Class instruction 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. Class instruction includes numerous “breakout sessions”, with hands-on opportunities to observe and learn about winder hiking and backpacking gear. There will be numerous hikes and weekend trips offered exclusively or preferentially to participants in this class to help participants put learning into practice. This is also a great opportunity to meet lots of other people who love hiking and enjoy the outdoors!

If you have general questions about our WHP program, please email the program organizer, Eric Robbie. With questions about registration, please email the WHP registrar, Chris McCarron.

A participant’s place is the program will be secure upon receipt of payment (provided program availability remains). Refunds for cancellation will be offered up to one week prior to program start.

Note: All gear needed for the hikes will be discussed during the instructional program. Please be advised that safe and responsible winter hiking requires a considerable investment in clothing and gear. The WHP can help participants understand the equipment requirements for different types of winter hiking, to enable participants to equip themselves appropriately for the kind of activities that each wants to join.