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. 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. Throughout the winter, there will be numerous day or weekend trips offered exclusively or preferentially to participants in this class to help you put your learning into practice, including a special program weekend at Cardigan Lodge on the weekend of January 24-26th, 2020. This is also a great opportunity to meet lots of other people who love hiking and enjoy the outdoors! The WHP takes place on 5 nights from 7:00-9:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Medford, 29 Oakland Street, Medford, MA. The dates are Wednesdays, October 30th, November 6th, 13th, 20th, and Thursday December 5th. Class sessions are located close to I-93 and municipal parking in Medford, as well as the 94, 95, 96, 101, 134 and 326 (express) MBTA bus lines. If you have general questions about our WHP program, please contact the program organizer, Jessica Halvorsen. With questions about registration, please contact WHP registrar, Chris McCarron.
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.