Upcoming Signature Events

Couch to 4K (September-October 2017)

The Couch to 4K program is now open for enrollment!

Sign up on REGI: https://regi.amcboston.org/1590

C4K is a series of hikes from September 6-October 9 intended to introduce participants to the basic skills and knowledge required for safe and fun outdoor experiences. Hikes are organized into five levels of difficulty, starting with local walks with little elevation gain and culminating in treks up the four-thousand-footers of New Hampshire.

Couch to 4K trip leaders will highlight important skills for safe hiking such navigation, hydration, nutrition, and proper attire. Most Couch to 4K events are on the weekends, but look out for weekday night "Hiking Boot Camps," where leaders will introduce hikers to exercises to build strength and prevent injury.

Sign up for as many (or as few) hikes as you would like, building from Level 1 hikes all the way to Level 5, or as far along as you would like to go.

Be sure to review trip descriptions to see which hikes are right for you. Here's a rough guide to how the Couch to 4K hikes are leveled:

Level 1 hikes include little to no elevation gain, and move at a moderate pace. These hikes are great opportunities to get to know your leaders and fellow participants, and to review some basic skills for hiking.

Level 2 hikes are on the shorter side, under 5 miles, and include some elevation gain and, in some cases, some rock scrambling or ledges. At this level and above all participants are expected to have appropriate footwear, clothing, water, and other essential gear.

Level 3 hikes are on the longer side, over 5 miles, and include some elevation gain with rock scrambling and ledges.

Level 4 hikes are 4Ks! These hikes include some of the shorter 4Ks with lower elevation gain. Expect rock scrambling, ledges, and stream crossings.

Level 5 hikes are tougher 4Ks, with more distance and elevation gain that a level 4 hike. Expect rock scrambling, ledges, and stream crossings.

The intended audience of the Couch to 4K program is young members (YM - hikers in their 20s and 30s), but all are welcome.

If you don’t have a car and are worried about how you’ll be able to reach the mountains, we have some options for you! Once you’re approved for a trip you’ll have access to the roster, where you’ll be able to find contact information for other people who are driving from your area.

Questions about the program? Contact organizer Sean Deshaies at thatamcbostonguy@gmail.com.

Young Members Fall Getaway Weekend (Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017)

Three Mile Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Cost: Members: $172; Non-members: $195

To Register: www.tinyurl.com/YMFallWeekend2017

Join 50 AMC Young Members for a weekend getaway to Three Mile Island Camp (TMIC), Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Situated on an island of 43 rocky woodland acres, TMIC offers a delightful recreational experience in the heart of New Hampshire's lake district. Participants will enjoy a weekend of canoeing, kayaking, sitting by their cabin or camp fire, playing games, and having a grand ole time! A couple of 'led' activities will be offered but mostly this will be an unstructured weekend to socialize, exercise, and relax! Lodging consists of quaint 2-person cabins each equipped with a little dock right on the water's edge. Wake up to the sounds of loons and beautiful sunrises! Delicious meals will be provided and are served family style in a warm, social atmosphere. Trip requires participants to arrive at loading dock on Friday for either the 5:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (or Sat. @9am) for a short boat trip to the island. No exceptions!

** Cost includes: Boat ride to and from the island, 2 nights lodging in 2-person cabins, all meals Saturday, breakfast & lunch on Sunday; unlimited use of canoes, kayaks, and lots of games.

Registration questions can be directed to the trip Registrar: Samantha Mandel samantha.a.mandel@gmail.com. General questions about the trip can be directed to Michele Grzenda: Michelehikes@gmail.com.