This time on the Hiking Skills series, we are going to dig into how to plan a great trip. What do you need to know about researching your location, understanding restrictions and other red tape, and inspiration for your future trips. Unless you are planning to travel off the trails - a topic beyond this series - you'll need to know how to read the signs to stay on them. We'll explain what all those painted marks on the trees mean And finally we'll cover the basics of how to read a map. Note that off-trail navigation and advanced GPS technologies are beyond the scope of this intro series but we hope to cover that in a future talk.
Ever wanted to try hiking or backpacking and didn't know where to get started? Are you rusty and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Then join AMC Boston's Hiking & Backpacking Committee and friends for the Hiking Skills Webinar Series! Six instructional sessions will introduce the basics of spring, summer and fall day hiking and backpacking in New England. Topics change each week and include clothing, footwear, nutrition, essential gear, backcountry stewardship, navigation basics and more! Sessions are on Wednesdays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM EST.
Advanced registration for each session is required. Join as many as interest you. In the event that registration exceeds our Zoom capacity, we will repeat it out to our Facebook page. Access links will be sent to registrants the day before. Some topics will be recorded and made available to everyone who signs up for that session.
Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. International trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands, Newfoundland, Iceland and New Zealand.