Come practice your winter hiking and above treeline skills on this winter traverse of the Moat Mountains! Our intended 9.6 mile route across Moat Mountain Trail is rated 'difficult' and has 3,250 feet of vertical gain. It will take us most of the day. It has significant portions above treeline and some steep ledge sections, and will be a great chance to work on skills including crampon and snowshoe use, navigation, and safely handling weather. Since our focus is on practicing such skills, we will go even in marginal conditions, breaking trail as needed, although if we encounter difficulties or are behind schedule, we will retrace to our starting trailhead rather than completing the traverse. Participants must have prior winter hiking experience. Winter Hiking Program participants who have done other trips with above treeline exposure are welcome on this hike.
Stephen loves the outdoors, particularly in winter. He started hiking and backpacking as a teen and has not stopped since. He has hiked the NH 4000 footers several times in all seasons, and thru-hiked the AT in 2016. Stephen has led trips for the AMC for many years. He prefers backpacks (multi-day when his schedule allows), and hikes at a relaxed pace.
Jim has hiked all 48 of the NH 4000 footers, many in winter, and has also done various expedition climbs including Mt Rainier, Denali, and Kilimanjaro. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and now daydreams about trying the Continental Divide Trail someday.