Activities for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee

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Potluck & Slideshow - The Best Unknown Place to Backpack in the World

Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

IMPORTANT: You *MUST* register for the show using the button above. A keycode will be emailed to all registrants the day before the show in order to access the building.

Nasja Mesa...the best unknown place to backpack in the world. Join Cambridge, MA photographer Harvey Halpern as he shows photos from his two latest long backpacks (33 and 24 days in length) on Nasja Mesa in Southern Utah. Harvey will also update you on the legal and political battle to reverse President Trump's illegal evisceration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both in Utah.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Camping
Conservation
Critical Treasure
Hiking
Photography
Social Events
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Julie LePage

Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses into the lesser-traveled corners of NH & ME. She also hosts the AMC Boston Slideshow Series and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program or leading winter hiking trips.

Winter day hike to Field, Willey, & Tom

Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 AM

The plan is to do a moderately paced loop hike over Tom, Field and Willey. This trip is about 10 miles and 3,600 feet elevation gain. WHP participants are welcome to join.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Casey Ajalat

Casey leads trips year around for the hiking/backpacking committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He is heavily engaged in the H/B leadership and training programs such as Spring/Fall Leadership Training as well as our educational programs in the Spring and Winter Hiking Programs. Like other hikers that hike before sun up and after sun down and do 20+ miles, Casey likes to do the same only keep it under 10 miles :) He's experienced but not a speed daemon

Coleader: 
Yvette Marts

A 3-season leader and 4-season co-leader for the AMC Boston chapter H/B committee. Completed all 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers in winter. Completed a single day Presidential traverse and single day Pemi-loop in the summer of 2018. Hiked several 14,000 footers in Colorado. Advanced Wilderness First Aid certified.

Moriah and Shelburne Moriah in Winter

Saturday, March 2, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for an out-and-back hike up Mt Moriah (4,049 ft) and Shelburne Moriah Mountain (3,735 ft) - a total distance of 16.8 miles and an elevation gain of 3,700'. The plan will be to approach from the north via trails that are less used in winter. After summiting Mt Moriah, if time and weather permit, we will continue back along the ridge to the summit of Shelburne Moriah Mountain. On a clear day this hike offers incredible views of the Presidential Range, the Wild River Wilderness, and the rest of the Carter Range.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Coleader: 
Brett Power

Mighty Moosilauke (4K) (TW72)

Sunday, March 3, 2019 12:00 AM

Enjoy the "gentle giant," Mt. Moosilauke. This westernmost of the NH 4000-footers provides great views from the summit ridge, when the weather cooperates. We'll extend our time above treeline with a side trip to the south peak (on the Trailwrights 72 list) for a total of 8.2mi of hiking and 3400' of climb. The group will move at a moderate but relentless pace, with about 3mi exposed to the weather, so previous above-treeline winter experience is a must. This is a great opportunity for those with some experience to have a longer day out in the wind.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Leah Salloway

Winter backpack to Jefferson and Adams

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a winter backpack to Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams. Weather permitting, we will camp above treeline in a protected area between Jefferson and Adams. Weather permitting, we will enjoy sunset and/or sunrise from the top of the Adams. In case of bad weather above treeline, we will camp at the RMC's Perch tent site. Previous winter alpine hiking and camping experience is an absolute requirement for this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Canceled
Leader: 
John Etzel
Coleader: 
Michael Dorfman

Winter day hike to Mt Cabot and possibly The Bulge and The Horn

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00 AM

The plan is to hike Mt Cabot (4170ft). Cabot is the tallest mountain in the Pilot Range and the northern most 4,000 footer. Depending on the conditions (trail and weather) we may add The Bulge and The Horn (both on the NE Hundred Highest list).

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Pat Grimm
Coleader: 
Yvette Marts

A 3-season leader and 4-season co-leader for the AMC Boston chapter H/B committee. Completed 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers in winter. Completed a single day Presidential traverse and single day Pemi-loop in the summer of 2018. Hiked several 14.000 footers in Colorado. Advanced Wilderness First Aid certified.

Steve Duly

AMC Advanced Skills Workshop (AWS)

Friday, March 15, 2019 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:00 PM

The AMC Advanced Skills Workshop (AWS) is designed to introduce experienced winter hikers and climbers to the basic skills required for climbing high altitude mountains such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and beyond. The AWS topics will include roped team travel on a moderate to high angle snow slopes and glaciers, ice axe use and self-arrest, advanced belay systems, crevasse rescue, snow anchors, and high-altitude medical issues and medications.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Kellie A Connelly amckellie@gmail.com

Kellie is a 4-season leader with a preference for the winter season! She has extensive experience in the Whites and Adirondacks, and successfully summited Mt. Rainier, WA in 2017 and 2018. She also participates in H/B Leadership Training and enjoys teaching others about the joys of hiking and sleeping outside, especially in the snow! Her 2019 adventures include a 3-week expedition in July to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and continuing to work on her winter NH & NY.

Mt. Washington

Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a hike up Mt Washington (6,288') on the last weekend in Winter! Full winter gear will be required, including crampons and ice axe. Route will depend on forecast and conditions. Can be combined with Leaders's Sunday hike. Contact Leader Joe about accommodations $9/person/night.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi jcomuzzi@kateharper.com (978-448-9837)

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.

Keith Watling

Mts. Eisenhower and Pierce

Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us on a winter day hike of Mt. Eisenhower and Mt. Pierce. Expect a hike of 10 miles with 3700 ft. elev. gain. (We might include Mt. Monroe if conditions permit). Leaders will choose an alternate hike in case of inclement weather. Enjoy spectacular views and an above treeline experience. Full winter gear required. Ltd. to 8 experienced winter hikers.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Robert Asch basch247@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Jen Newland je_newland@yahoo.com

Liberty & Flume in Winter

Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us as we tackle Liberty (4,459 ft) and Flume (4,328 ft). Expect a moderate/fast pace over difficult terrain. We will either do an out-and-back hike via the Liberty Springs and Franconia Ridge Trails (10.2 miles, 4250' elevation gain) or a traverse via the Liberty Springs, Franconia Ridge, and Osseo Trails (10.7 miles, 3800' elevation gain). We will make a final call on route the week before the hike based on trail conditions. Previous winter hiking experience is required, as well as a strong level of fitness. Contact a (co)leader if you have any questions.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Leah Salloway gronkleah@hotmail.com
Coleader: 
Zoe Karp zoe.karp@gmail.com

Willey, Field and Tom

Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a winter hike up Mts Willey (4,285'), Field (4,340') and Tom (4,051'), a distance of 8.5 miles with 3,500' elevation gain. Can be combined with Leader's Saturday hike. Contact Leader Joe about accommodations $9/person/night.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi jcomuzzi@kateharper.com (978-448-9837)

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.

Keith Watling

Winter Harvard Cabin day trip weekend

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:00 AM

We'll be doing winter day hikes out of this rustic cabin off Route 16 south of Pinkham Notch. Based on group and leader interest, we'll do an Intermediate-ish hike or hikes on Saturday and something likely on the way home on Sunday. The calendar says it will be Spring but it will still be winter. Great time to winter hike with lengthening days. Full winter gear (proper clothing, winter boots, traction and snowshoes) is required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Gordon Haff
Coleader: 
Lisa Connors
Majid Ali

AMC Boston HB 2019 Spring Hiking Program

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 12:00 AM to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:00 AM

Tuesdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Ever wanted to try hiking or backpacking and didn't know where to get started? Are you rusty and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Do you want to get involved with our organized hikes and meet other hikers? Then the 3-Season Spring Hiking Program (SHP) is for you! This interactive course consists of 5 instructional sessions to introduce the basics of spring, summer and fall day hiking and backpacking in New England.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Casey Ajalat ajalat@gmail.com (781-333-8723)

Casey leads trips year around for the hiking/backpacking committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He is heavily engaged in the H/B leadership and training programs such as Spring/Fall Leadership Training as well as our educational programs in the Spring and Winter Hiking Programs. Like other hikers that hike before sun up and after sun down and do 20+ miles, Casey likes to do the same only keep it under 10 miles :) He's experienced but not a speed daemon

Chris McCarron

Fast-paced, Show & Go Conditioning Hike Series in Middlesex Fells (5/2)

Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christine Malinowski
Paul Terenzi

Fast-paced, Show & Go Conditioning Hike Series in Middlesex Fells (5/9)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christine Malinowski
Paul Terenzi

Fast-paced, Show & Go Conditioning Hike Series in Middlesex Fells (5/16)

Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christine Malinowski
Paul Terenzi

Fast-paced, Show & Go Conditioning Hike Series in Middlesex Fells (5/23)

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christine Malinowski
Paul Terenzi

Fast-paced, Show & Go Conditioning Hike Series in Middlesex Fells (5/30)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christine Malinowski
Paul Terenzi

Franconia Ridge Loop with stay at Greenleaf Hut

Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, July 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Join the leaders for a classic White Mountains loop with a stay at the AMC's Greenleaf Hut. On day 1, we'll hike up Falling Waters Trail, passing many waterfalls, and then along the Franconia Ridge to Little Haystack Mountain. We'll then continue on the Franconia Ridge Trail, which is above treeline and part of the Appalachian Trail (AT), over to Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette, two NH 4,000 footers. From Mt Lafayette, we'll hike down to Greenleaf Hut for dinner.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Paul Terenzi firemanpaul@comcast.net (781-389-8115; before 10 pm)
Christine Malinowski

Presidential Ridge Hike with Stay at Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Saturday, August 3, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 4, 2019 12:00 AM

A unique opportunity to stay at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut, near Mt. Washington. Come join the leaders on this fun hike on the presidential ridge. We'll start early on Saturday morning on the Crawford Path Trail, which is the oldest maintained footpath in the United States. We will hike up to Mt Pierce then across open ledges with magnificent views in all directions to Mt. Eisenhower, which again has excellent views, then on to Mt. Monroe, passing over Mt. Franklin on the way and ending at Lakes of the Clouds Hut for dinner.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Paul Terenzi firemanpaul@comcast.net (781-389-8115; before 10 pm)
Christine Malinowski