Instruction (Skills)

AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.

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

Navigation Clinic

Sunday, July 14, 2019 12:00 AM

This session will cover the basics of sea kayak navigation with both practical sessions on land and on the water. Topics covered will be: chart and compass skills, boating channels and navigational aids, tides, and nav-on-the-move. Preference given to those who attended the Intro to Boston Harbor on June 16 or in previous years. Otherwise must be confident in a sea kayak in coastal waters and have assisted rescue skills.. This session will take place in Hingham Harbor. A 15 foot (minimum) sea kayak with fore and aft bulkheads, spray skirt, PFD, are required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Dennis Blejer djblejer@verizon.net

Dennis Blejer is an AMC Boston Chapter sea kayak leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayak Trip Leadership and Open Water Skills

Al Daggett

Alex Daggett is an AMC Boston Chapter sea kayak leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayak Trip Leadership and Coastal Kayak Instructor.

Registrar: 
Dennis Blejer djblejer@verizon.net

Grassy Pond Conservation Land, Acton

Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Slow-paced nature walk through fields and forests to Grassy Pond looking for summer wildflowers and fruits. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 1:00-4:00pm. Rte 2 to Exit 42 (Rte 27/Main St, Acton). Follow Rte 27 north for about 1 mile through Acton Center and turn left on Nagog Hill Rd. Go 1.1 miles. Parking lot on left just past small meadow. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Boot Boutwell

Trip details

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

Kids Intro to Fishing trip, Medfield, MA

Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Family Kids Learn to Fish class. Come join us 8 am - 11 am as we teach kids ages 6 and up to learn the basics about bait fishing. We cover topics such as reading water, bait, lures, bobbers. We meet at Rocky Woods in Medfield, MA by 8am Sunday June 23rd. You don't need a fishing license.

Since we have a limited number of rods, we will restrict this to 10 kids plus parent(s). Remember to bring water, snacks and/or lunch.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)

Trip Leader with AMC Family Outings for over 10 years. Also Treasurer and Trip approver.

Beginning Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, June 9, 2019 12:00 AM

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling
Paddling - Whitewater
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Bryan Smith
Melanie Rausch

Boston Harbor Instructional

Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Intended for intermediate sea kayakers who want to take their skills to the next level. This training session will cover strokes, use of skegs and rudders, rescues, navigation, tides, crossing boating channels, and group cohesion and leadership. It will take place in Boston Harbor and will include paddling around the Inner Harbor Islands. Intermediate sea kayaking skills are required, including the ability to re-enter your kayak with an assisted rescue. Expect a full day of instruction, training, and paddling.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Dennis Blejer djblejer@verizon.net

Dennis Blejer is an AMC Boston Chapter Sea Kayak Leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayaking Trip Leadership and Open Water Skills

Al Daggett

Alex Daggett is an AMC Boston Chapter Sea Kayak Leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayaking Trip Leadership and Coastal Kayaking Instructor

Registrar: 
Dennis Blejer

Sea Kayak Spring Tune-Up

Saturday, June 1, 2019 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM

An annual training event for sea kayak enthusiasts on Lake Cochituate, Framingham. We will work all essential skills for safe and effective paddling on the ocean. This is a good opportunity to refine and improve techniques and get ready for the upcoming season. This year we welcome new comers and beginners to sea kayaking.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Dennis Blejer djblejer@verizon.net

Dennis Blejer is a Boston Chapter Sea Kayak leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayak Trip Leadership and Open Water Skills

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