Join us for a "Black Friday" hike to Mts Starr King (3915', on the 52 With A View list) and Waumbek (4006', one of the northernmost NH 4000 footers) via the Starr King trail. Capitalizing on the opportunity to burn off excess turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie from the prior day, we will hike 7.2 miles round trip at a moderate pace, with 2900' of elevation gain on one of the mellowest mountain trails in the Whites. Winter conditions are likely - traction required.
A moderate hike up Mount Roberts (2582') located in the Ossippee Range and on the 52WAV list. This is a 5.2 mile out and back hike with a 1500' elevation gain. The moderately graded trail has some steep ascents that will take us across open ledges providing incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The summit will have a view north towards the White Mountains. Hikers should have recent NH hiking experience with AMC and be prepared for cold weather.
Join us on this December above tree line hike to the 5,712 foot summit of Mt. Jefferson. Exact route will be decided based on conditions. We expect to hike 10 miles at a moderate pace, with 4500' of elevation gain. If conditions and group stamina permit, we will continue on to the 5,799 foot summit of Mt. Adams (an additional 2 miles and 800' elevation gain). For this hike, you must be in strong hiking shape, have winter above tree line experience and full winter gear, including full crampons and ice ax. We will hike at a moderate pace.
Become a local explorer on an early winter hike across approximately 9.4 miles of the Bay Circuit Trail in Lincoln and Wayland. Never heard of the Bay Circuit Trail? It's a long-distance trail the loops around Boston from Plum Island to Duxbury, joining conservation land and points of interest in the greater Boston area by trails and roads. This section will take us past farms, fields and wetlands along the Sudbury River and along the edge of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Participants should be prepared for rolling terrain and for cold weather, with waterproof boots, rain/wind gear, and warm winter layers, including hat and gloves. We'll plan on parking cars at both ends of the hike, so re-tracing our steps will not be necessary and we can see more of the BCT. Register at REGI link Registration URL: http://regi.amcboston.org/1704.
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This class will be held at the beautiful Thoreau Outing Club in Concord Ma 235 Forest Ridge Rd concord Ma http://www.thoreau.com/ directions go on to the Thoreau club web page and hit the button for directions, detailed from your front door.
The AWFA course goes into greater depth than the WFA on the basic first aid subjects. The course emphasizes leadership skills and presents new skills such as litter packaging and traction splinting. Students must have a current SOLO WFA certification in order to take the AWFA Part II. The Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This class will be held at the beautiful Thoreau Outing Club in Concord Ma 235 Forest Ridge Rd concord Ma http://www.thoreau.com/ directions go on to the Thoreau club web page and hit the button for directions, detailed from your front door.
Join us for a beautiful and relaxing hike on Dec 9th to hike Mounts Welsh & Dickey in the White Mountains. We'll be using the 4.5 mile round-trip, moderate-grade Welsh-Dickey Loop trail. The trail features a 1650' elevation gain and should take us around 4 hours to complete. As we climb Mount Welch, we will reach an area of open ledges that features great views (weather permitting), as does the exposed summit. The climb from Welsh to Dickey is steep but not overwhelming. From there, the climb down is enjoyable, with lots more open ledges. We'll get some great views of Sandwich Mt, Mt Tripyramid, Mt. Tecumseh and others, as well as the town of Campton. Given the date, conditions could range from cool fall weather with some patches of ice, to cold and windy wintery weather with snow. Due to the terrain and weather, you must have proper gear (adequate clothing for cold weather hiking, rain jacket & pants, and microspikes) and done some comparable hikes this year. We expect snowshoes will not be required, although that could change, potentially requiring us to alter plans, if snow comes early. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1731.
Are you an experienced AMC hiker and curious about how volunteer-led AMC hiking and backpacking activities are governed? The Boston Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee meets monthly to handle such matters as overseeing the chapter's hundreds of hiking/backpacking leaders and leader candidates, coordinating educational programs, adminstering our finance, setting policy, etc. Interested guests are welcome to sit in. For the particulars, contact Stephen Conlin, the chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. [NOTE: this is not where our leaders and co-leaders coordinate to plan specific outings -- that happens separately between the relevant individuals as each trip idea develops.]
Join us to celebrate the end of 2017 with an overnight stay in Zealand Hut and the goal of summiting two 4000'ers: Mts. Zealand and Hale. We'll hike in via the Zealand Road (closed in winter) and drop our sleeping gear at Zealand Hut before continuing on to the wooded summit of Zealand Mountain (4260'). We'll return to the hut for a cozy evening and dinner. The next morning, we'll carry all our gear and exit over Mt. Hale to return to our cars. Day 1 is approximately 11 miles and 3000' elevation gain, while day 2 is 7.5 miles, 1600'. The route is subject to change based upon weather and conditions. The hut is staffed by a caretaker during self-service season and, while the main room of the hut will be heated in the evening, the adjacent sleeping rooms are unheated. This trip is suitable for experienced winter hikers who have been on hikes of comparable length this fall. If you are an experienced winter day hiker wanting to test out an overnight before committing to winter camping, this is a great opportunity to do so. The hut kitchen is well stocked with cooking equipment and water.
Try and that new winter gear. We'll do Jefferson via Jewell. Expect an early start and long day. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/1719.
Why settle for the old NYE routine in the city when you can do something spectacular that few people have done...Ring in the new year from one of NH's 48 4K's. Join us on this rare member only trip and celebrate the new year in true hiking style. The best part is that you don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to hike. This is one occasion where you actually sleep in the day OF the hike. Although a fun hike and we will take our time hiking, this is a serious winter hike in winter conditions and at night. We'll be hiking ~12 miles with ~5000' of elevation gain. Proper preparation and winter experience is a must. You must be in good physical condition and have plenty of experience in winter hiking with all the appropriate gear (see gear list). While the common areas of the Hut are somewhat heated by a wood stove, it will be cold in the bunk rooms. Your sleeping bag should be rated to at least 0 degrees. Participants are responsible for their own food. Basic cooking supplies (including a stove, pans, and cooking utensils) are available at the hut. Bring your own mess kit for eating.
Come join us to hike Mt. Jackson, a 4000 footer named after Charles Jackson, a NH state geologist of the 19th century. We will hike via the Webster-Jackson Trail. The hike will be an out and back with a total mileage of 5.2 miles and the elevation gain will be 2,547 feet. Weather permitting we will have nice views. Book time is 4 hours, but we will go slightly slower than that. Note that we will go as fast as the slowest hiker. Some previous winter hiking experience needed. Boston Chapter AMC winter hiking program graduates are encouraged to join us on this hike. Join us on this excursion for good company. Required winter hiking gear includes among other things: Microspikes or Hillsounds (no substitutes allowed), insulated winter boots, gaiters, waterproof layers, warm layers, gloves, hat, headlamp/flashlight, lunch/snacks, a minimum of 2 liters of water in nalgenes, etc. You should have crampons and snowshoes (a decision on whether we need those or not will be last minute and dependent on weather conditions). No cotton clothing.
Feel like a very long winter walk in the woods? Working on your winter 48 or the grid? Join us for a moderately-paced winter hike to Owl's Head: the middle of the Pemi in the middle of winter! Participants should be prepared for an early start, a long day, a couple stream crossings, good cheer, and walking out in the dark. Recent winter experience at 10+ miles, and full winter gear, including crampons and ice axe, required.
Come join us to hike Mt. Tecumseh, New Hampshire's shortest 4000 footer, which is named after a native American Shawnee warrior and chief. We will hike via Mount Tecumseh Trail. The hike will be a below treeline out and back with a total mileage of 5 miles and the elevation gain will be 2,300 feet. The hike will afford a few views of the Waterville Valley ski area and the Sandwich Range Wilderness. Some previous winter hiking experience needed. Boston Chapter AMC winter hiking program graduates and current 2017-2018 participants are encouraged to join us on this hike if they have completed several hikes in winter conditions prior to this trip. Join us on this excursion for good company. This trip is cross-posted in H/B and Young Members. Required winter hiking gear includes among other things: Microspikes or Hillsounds (no substitutes allowed), insulated winter boots, gaiters, waterproof layers, warm layers, gloves, hat, headlamp/flashlight, lunch/snacks, a minimum of 2 liters of water in nalgenes, etc. You should have crampons and snowshoes (a decision on whether we need those or not will be last minute and dependent on weather conditions). No cotton clothing.
The classic loop over two four-thousand-footers, with nearly two miles above treeline in a 9 mile day with 4000 feet of climbing. There may be views. There will likely be wind. There will definitely be a great day of challenge and reward. This is a goal-oriented trip. Above treeline experience required. Expect an early start and steady pace with few breaks. If the weather is not suitable for going above treeline hiking, the leaders will select an appropriate alternative hike in the area. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1728.
This trip goes off the beaten track! Snowshoe through a beautiful winter landscape breaking our own trail and possibly visiting two peaks in the Pemigewasset Range on the way. We'll drop transportation at the Hancock Notch trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway, and then begin on the Sawyer River Trail. We will break trail 8 miles over rolling terrain (with stream crossings) to the Hancock Notch Trail, and return to our cars. On the way, we may attempt a visit to a talus field south of the trail, and perhaps summit two of Mt. Huntington's peaks (3770'), both on the NH "hundred highest" list, and off-trail! Minimum total distance: 10 miles over mostly rolling, occasionally steep, terrain. Possible addition of several more miles and 1200 feet of gain. An alternate route may be substituted depending on weather or trail conditions. This trip will require excellent physical endurance. WHP participants with winter day-hiking gear and prior snowshoeing experience are welcome. Gear: Below tree-line winter day-hiking gear. See: http://hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf Gear notes: Bring insulated winter hiking boots that you have tested with your snowshoes. Prefer high-float snowshoes or ones with add-on tails for deep snow. If using poles, remember your snow baskets! Bring ski googles or other eye protection in case we go off-trail. A tree branch in the eye is no fun.
Come along for a winter ascent of two southern Presidentials, Monroe (5,372 ft) and Eisenhower (4,760 ft), and an 11.8 mile, 3,554 foot elevation gain day (final route will be determined by weather and trail conditions). Joined by a spectacular (in good weather) but exposed above-treeline ridgeline, these peaks are suited to experienced winter hikers. Participants should have previous above-treeline experience, and come prepared with full above-treeline gear, including rigid double plastic or hybrid mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe. If it's not an above-treeline-on-the-Presis day, we will reroute this trip to alternate peaks.
Take in 360-degree winter fire tower views (weather permitting) and make good use of longer late-winter days on beautiful Mount Carrigain. This 14.2-mile, 3712-ft elevation gain hike will combine a roadwalk, travel over flat bottomlands, and a steady climb to a scenic ridgeline and firetower. Participants should have above-treeline gear including face mask, goggles, and crampons, as well as recent winter 4k experience at similar distance and elevation gain.
Join us for a winter hike up Mt. Moosilauke, with its stunning views of the White Mountains ranges and southern valleys. This out-and-back hike will take us about 8 miles (rt) on the Glencliff Trail (AT), over the open summit of South Peak and continuing to the main summit at 4,802'. The summit is above-treeline and very exposed, so appropriate above-treeline gear is required. We'll hike at a steady pace climbing approximately 3,300' of elevation. We expect this hike will take between 6-8 hours with breaks, weather permitting of course. If we get a bluebird day, this will be a beautiful hike up a New England Classic. This trip is only suitable for fit and experienced winter hikers who have above treeline experience and have hiked a few times with similar mileage/elevation in the months preceding the trip. You'll need full winter gear including insulated boots, crampons, snowshoes and full face protection. Ice axes are recommended. Please describe your experience and gear when registering. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/1730.