This instructional hike is intended for participants in the AMC Boston Winter Hiking and Notch Weekend programs, with a limited number of spots available for qualified hikers in the general community. Using a map, a compass, an altimeter and a GPS receiver, we will attempt to attain the 3620' summit of Mount Hitchcock. The rub: there are no trails! You will learn about navigating through the woods in the winter, and experience the challenges posed by blow downs, spruce traps, deep snow, dense trees, cold and wind. It will be an intense, immersive, challenging introduction to map/compass-based off-trail winter navigation and travel. The route up to the summit will take the group over 2+ miles of terrain in deep snow, with varying slope steepness and vegetation density. We will take advantage of the trail we broke through the snow on our way up by exiting the same way. We will gain 2100' of elevation, and hike 5 miles round trip. This is likely to be the most arduous trip offered as part of the Winter Hiking Program, and there is a chance that the mountain may deny us the summit.
Alex enjoys hiking in all seasons. While best known for fast-paced single day, multi-peak mega-hikes and gnarly back country bushwhacks, he will enjoy sharing his love for the mountains just about anywhere, with hikers at all ability levels.
Bob Knudsen leads trips year round and has taught Map & Compass for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He was leader/co-leader on two Adventure Travel backpacking trips to the Canadian Rockies and one to Newfoundland. Bob has hiked the White Mountains for the past 12 years, and has completed the 48 NH four thousand foot peaks.