Instruction (Skills)

AMC Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program 2019-2020

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 7:00 PM to Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:00 PM

Want to get outside more this winter? Please join us for the AMC Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program 2019-2020, as follows: Oct 30 (Wed), Nov 6 (Wed), Nov 13 (Wed), Nov 20 (Wed), Dec 5 (Thu). The 2019-2020 Boston Chapter H/B Winter Hiking Program (WHP) teaches the best practices of winter hiking and backpacking in New England. Taught by AMC Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Leaders, WHP students will have the opportunity to attend lectures, small group breakout sessions, and hands-on opportunities with winter hiking and backpacking gear.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Jessica Halvorsen

Jessica Halvorsen is a 4-season leader with Boston's Hiking and Backpacking Committee. She has led or co-led more than 50 trips with AMC, and has completed the New England 67 4ks. She enjoys and leads a wide range of trips: from local walks to strenuous hikes and backpacks.

Glacial Features Walk, Sudbury

Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

9:30am-12:00pm. Registration Required via email; call only if you have questions. Limit 12 participants. Join glaciologist/geophysicist Bruce Porter for a walk through Gray Reservation/Haynes Meadow Reservation/Water District protection zone to explore the many features formed by the glacier that blanketed New England 10,000 yrs. ago. Kettles pit the plane and kame terraces rise abruptly to create beautiful vistas of the wetlands below. Be able to identify eskers, erratics, kames, and more on your next hike. Flat with one steep 50 foot section. Bring water.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bruce Porter
Registrar: 
Bruce Porter

AVALANCHE AWARENESS TALK

Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Being in the mountains in the winter can be a very fun and magical experience. But like all outdoors activities there are hazards that we need to be aware of. Avalanches are one of those winter specific hazards and they do happen in the Northeast. If you would like to learn more about avalanches and start learning about how to avoid this hazard, this talk is a great place to start. During this hour long presentation we will go over the basics of avalanches using some local examples and discuss steps you can take to be avalanche aware.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Instruction (Skills)
Skiing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Michael Bratina mbratina@gmail.com
Registrar: 
Michael Bratina mbratina@gmail.com

AVALANCHE AWARENESS TALK

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Being in the mountains in the winter can be a very fun and magical experience. But like all outdoors activities there are hazards that we need to be aware of. Avalanches are one of those winter specific hazards and they do happen in the Northeast. If you would like to learn more about avalanches and start learning about how to avoid this hazard, this talk is a great place to start. During this hour long presentation we will go over the basics of avalanches using some local examples and discuss steps you can take to be avalanche aware.

Trip details

Activity: 
Climbing/Mountaineering
Instruction (Skills)
Skiing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Michael Bratina mbratina@gmail.com
Registrar: 
Mike Bratina mbratina@gmail.com

Sea Kayak Rescues Instructional

Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rescues, self and assisted, can never be practiced enough to be a confident member of a sea kayaking trip, and to qualify for AMC Level 3, you have to be able to do both with confidence. We will practice in calm water, then find current and/or waves to test our skills around rocks and shoreline.

Kayaks with 2 bulkheads, extra paddle, spray skirt, and pfd required. Dress to get/be wet.
Bring water and lunch.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Al Daggett

Intro to Sea Kayak. No Boat? No Problem!

Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Learn the fundamentals of sea kayaking. We will work on boat fit, efficient strokes, and group and self-rescue techniques. Time will also be available to discuss types of kayaks and equipment for safe and comfortable paddling.

Come prepared to paddle with clothes, sun protection and foot covering that will stay on when you are in the water. Directions and more info will be sent with your registration confirmation.

$60 fee includes boat, PFD, paddle, and instruction.
Pay by credit card at https://tinyurl.com/yywg4qbv

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Elaine Batzer eabatzer@comcast.net (781-956-1386; before 7pm)
Mary Buntin

Map and Compass Instructional Weekend

Friday, September 27, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Weekend Map and Compass course held at the Harvard Outing Club Cabin in Pinkham Notch. If you've always wanted to truly learn how to use a compass, this is the course for you. We'll cover maps, compass, navigation and intentional bushwhacking, and will then apply these skills to hike two actual trail-less mountains. The second (Sunday) hike is optional, and entails a full day of bushwhacking -- possibly finishing as late as 7:00 on Sunday evening. Participation is strongly encouraged because you'll get to apply the skills you've learned.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

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.

Robert Zoletti
Coleader: 
Judith Watson

Judith is a keen hiker and completed the NH 48 x 4,000 in 2018. She is currently working on her Winter 48 x 4,000 and the 52WAV.

Laura Synder

Arlington's Great Meadows, Lexington

Saturday, September 7, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

9:00am-12:00noon. September is a wonderful season in New England: plants are weighed down with fruits and leaves are ablaze with colors. Come celebrate the season with a walk in Arlington's Great Meadows. We'll explore several different habitats during our journey: a pond, the pond edge, an upland forest, a field edge and a wet meadow. We will focus on plant ID as well as fun and interesting natural history about the plants we see, and also learn why Arlington's Great Meadows is in Lexington.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Boot Boutwell (781-729-4712)

Rock Meadow Conservation Land, Belmont

Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

8:30am-11:30am. Slow- paced nature walk through fields, forests and a wet meadow to enjoy nature in summer with a focus on all the summer wildflowers in bloom. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. ARRIVE EARLY. PARKING LIMITED. Steady rain cancels. Leader: Boot Boutwell

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Boot Boutwell (781-729-4712)

Intro to Current Play (L2 Sea Kayak)

Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a gentle introduction to the skills needed to enjoy playing in current in a Sea Kayak. Instruction will focus on edging, strokes, and bracing to maneuver in current, how to use eddy's, peel outs and ferrying in current of ~ 1knot.
Lunch @ Worlds End.
Wet exit absolutely required. This is for AMC Level 2 paddlers.
Limit of 10 paddlers. Fee: $10 donation

This trip is weather dependent!

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Al Daggett
Coleader: 
Marty Jenson

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