Winter Solstice Celebration Atop Garfield

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Trip dates: Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Celebrate the beginning of the 2020-2021 winter season by joining us on a (somewhat) early winter hike to one of the best views in the Whites, Mt Garfield. With clear views of both Franconia Ridge and the Presidentials, views could be spectacular.

This hike is for seasoned winter hikers who are familiar with and have access to snowshoes, crampons and ice axes, which will be required of all who join us. Consider bringing lighter weight traction as well - we will make a decision at the trailhead on crampons vs. microspikes. You must have all the regular hiking essentials, including headlamps for the return.

Find the AMC Winter Day Hike Gear List here
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Expect about 12 miles and 3000+ feet of elevation gain. Pace will be about 1-1.5 mph.

Winter solstice begins this year at just after 5 am on Dec 21, so this will count for your 48 in winter (in case you were wondering).

To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.


Directions will be provided to approved participants.

Trip details

Trip region: 
New Hampshire, White Mountains
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Alex Nedzel

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.

Keith J Watling
Joe Comuzzi

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.

Jim Robinson

An avid outdoor person for many years, Jim has completed the NEHH and a couple mega-hikes, bagged a few 14ers, cycled internationally, and paddles. But he really enjoys the opportunity to share these adventures with others, encouraging their awe of nature and expanding their confidence and abilities.

Judith Watson
white mountains, hiking, winter, solstice, garfield
AMC Destination: 
Highland Center at Crawford Notch|Lonesome Lake Hut
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Adults (18+)


Registration required: 


Creation date: 
2020-09-04 10:46:53.0
Last updated: 
2020-12-06 00:33:05.633