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National Heritage Corridor bike riding -Blackstone Valley Bikeway RI

Date: Sunday, June 13

Join us for the scenic bike riding in the Heritage Corridor RI. About the Blackstone River Bikeway One of the most exciting projects currently underway in the Heritage Corridor is the construction of the Blackstone River Bikeway. When completed, this bikeway will extend forty-eight miles from downtown Worcester, MA to India Point Park in Providence, RI. From there it will connect with the existing East Bay Bike path and continue on to Bristol, RI. The bikeway will serve as an alternate mode of transportation for commuters as well as the region's premiere recreational bicycle facility, connecting New England's second and third largest cities serving a population of more than 1 million. Currently almost 22 miles of the Bikeway have been completed, including about 14 miles of paved, off-road bike path. We will ride the 11-mile section between Valley Falls in southern Cumberland to the terminus in Woonsocket. We will begin at the parking lot on Rte. 116 in Lincoln. We will ride south to the Valley Falls end and then head north to the Woonsocket end before returning to the parking lot. There will be an opt-out when we pass by the access path to the parking lot on Rte. 116 as we ride towards the northern end. The total distance is 22 miles for those who ride up and back. We will ride at a moderate pace, around 10-12 mph with a few breaks. Event Rating; 2 Distance; 22 miles Duration; 2 1/2 - 3 Hours Bring plenty of water, a snack, helmet, repair kit (spare tube/ flat repair. You may also want to use sunscreen, although most of the trail is shaded. Both Road bike and hybrids bike are fine for this ride. Since it is still during the pandemic, please bring facemask and keep at least 20 feet and above distance to each other while riding.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: 690 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI
Region: Rhode Island
Leader: Mike Barry
Co-Leader: Rosa Zhang
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: https://blackstoneheritagecorridor.org/exploring-the-blackstone-river-valley/maps-tours-guides/blackstone-river-bikeway/

Hike Mount Moriah

Date: Sunday, June 13

Join us for a pleasant hike to the summit of Mt. Moriah (4,049) via the Carter-Moriah Trail, with great views of the northern Presidential on our way up, at the summit, and on our way down. In addition to the great views, the trail also features a few steep, sections to challenge ourselves with. We plan to hike 9 miles at a moderate pace, with 3300' of elevation gain. We will be observing and practicing all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines as outlined by the AMC and CDC, including face coverings in the parking lot and whenever 6ft of physical distancing is not possible. 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 continue with the activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: June Mackenzie (junebug147@gmail.com) 781-932-1071 (Before 8pm) , Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Spring Hike in the Blue Hills Beginner

Date: Sunday, June 13

Join us for a beautiful hike at the Blue Hills Reservation. Be prepared to hike about 3.5 to 4 hours. Bring a backpack with water, extra layers, snacks, lunch, mask, hand sanitizer and sunscreen. This hike and many others are open to the public so you don't have to be an AMC member. All participants must sign-up and communicate with the leader ahead of time. In order to adhere to AMC guidance, the total number of participants including leaders will be capped at 10. After you register, the hike leader will send you detailed information on meeting location and planned trails. We will wear masks and abide by social/physical distancing for the duration of the event. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chao Xie , Michael Oliverio
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register

Sea Kayak Rescue Practice

Date: Sunday, June 13 - Sunday, June 13

The Tune-up was cancelled last week due to cold, rain, and wind. Many of us skipped rescue practice last year due to Covid19, so we need practice. Join us at lake Cochituate Sunday morning and practice strokes, braces, and rescues. Show up at 10:00 or later and stay as long as you wish. Note that we will park and launch at an obscure gate (Cochituate North Lake ) just east and across the bridge from the state park (see map) This is a free parking area with an outhouse. Water temperature is around 68 degrees, which is reasonable for swimming in neoprene. Dress for swimming and mindful of air temp and wind. Don't forget your paddle float, bilge pump, and spray skirt. (boat and paddle too, duh.).

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: lake Cochituate, Natick
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeff Barrell (JBarrell2@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jeff Barrell

AMC Boston 20s & 30s Steering Committee #BeOnlineWithAMC

Date: Monday, June 14 - Monday, June 14

Interested in learning about the inner workings of the AMC Boston Young Members (20s and 30s) Committee? The Steering Committee is generally scheduled to meet on the second Monday of every month from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Our meetings are open to all in AMC YM. If interested, contact secretary Michael Hanley (mjh92794@gmail.com) for information on location and other details.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Video Conference
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Hanley (mjh92794@gmail.com)

Hike Pearl Hill/Willard Brook State Forests - Townsend, Ma

Date: Tuesday, June 15

Join us for a 8 mile loop hike with 1,250' of hiking elevation gain through Pearl Hill and Willard Brook State Forests. Be prepared to hike about 5 hours including stops and lunch break. The Mountain Laurel understory in bloom is spectacular. Our route will follow the Friend's Trail (yellow) to Damon Pond. We will then take the Brook Trail (blue) along Willard Brook and out to rt 119 where we will cross to visit Trap Falls for our lunch break with picnic tables/rest rooms before returning via the park service and woods paths to Pearl Hill parking skirting Pearl Hill Pond. This hike affords a delightful variety of state forest habitats to view along streams, mixed N.E. hardwoods, white pine stands and ponds. Swimming and camping are an added option.  Heavy rain cancels - you will be notified the evening of 6/14 if canceled. What to bring: Lunch, snacks, around 2 liters of water, daypack/backpack, whistle, appropriate footwear, hiking poles (if you use these), insect protection/repellant, sun protection including hat, rain gear (just in case), headlamp, and personal first aid kit. Many of these which are on the American Hiking Society's list of 10 essentials at https://americanhiking.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ten-Essentials-fact-sheet.pdf 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Pearl Hill Pond DCR Trail Head, 102 New Fitchburg Road, West Townsend
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: June Mackenzie , Debra Taylor
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Trail map can be downloaded here from the Willard Brook site.

20s & 30s Black Heritage Trail Walk

Date: Tuesday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 15

Casual 2-mile walk through Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood and surrounding areas along the Black Heritage Trail. All participants must sign-up and communicate with the leader ahead of time. In order to adhere to AMC guidance, the total number of participants including leaders will be capped at 12. After you register, the leader will send you detailed information on meeting location and planned trails. We will abide by social/physical distancing for the duration of the event. Please follow local guidelines regarding masks. This walk and many others are open to the public so you don't have to be an AMC member.

Activity Categories: Social Events, Walks
Location: Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chao Xie , Taylor Valley
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Pond Socials at White Pond, Concord, MA

Date: Wednesday, June 16 - Wednesday, September 1

Join our series of Wednesday evening (4:00 - dark) pond socials running June 5 - Sept 1. These are informal gatherings at White Pond in Concord (near Walden Pond) to practice paddling skills, rolling, and play around. Show up with your own boat or Register to rent a boat. There are WW kayaks and associated gear available to rent for $10 ($15 for non-members.)'. You must Register here and a PayPal link will be provided. You'll need to transport the kayak from the boathouse to the pond and back (approx. 5 miles). This is NOT a formal instructional or clinic and knowledge of basic boating skills are necessary including demonstrating a wet exit before paddling on the pond.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: White pond, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Melanie Rausch (mellrr@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: easy - moderate

Morning Paddle at Whitehall State Park, Hopkinton Ma

Date: Thursday, June 17

Join the Forty Plus committee for a 3 hour relaxed paddle at Whitehall State Park. Kayaks and canoes are welcome. All paddlers will be required to wear a PFD, are expected to have some prior paddling experience and be able to maneuver their boat around obstacles. After the paddle participants are welcome to have lunch with the leaders at the park.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Whitehall State Park, Hopkinton, Ma
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Ellen Stanley (ellstan@comcast.net) , Teresa Pagliuca , Ann Hargleroad
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Whitehall State Park info

20s & 30s Online Game Night

Date: Friday, June 18 - Friday, June 18

Join us for another online game night using our Discord server! We play free online games and you can join for however long you'd like. For an email reminder, please sign up below, or feel free to hop on the Discord whenever you're available.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Katherine Blair

Introduction to paddling Woods Hole

Date: Saturday, June 19

Visit Hadley's Harbor and Elizabeth islands from Woods Hole. The ~12 mile trip will cross Woods Hole channel at slack tide to Lackey's bay, then meander through Hadley's Harbor in time for lunch on one of the Elizabeth islands. In the afternoon, we'll paddle downcurrent through Woods Hole passage back to the launch. This trip will encounter strong tidal currents and possibly 15-20 knot tailwinds in the afternoon. We will cross Woods Hole passage twice. Paddlers should be experienced with assisted rescues and paddling in level 2 conditions.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Woods Hole, MA, 41.5275° N, 70.6760° W
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
Leader: Josko Catipovic 401-862-1584 (1800-2000)
Co-Leader: Michael Dangelo
Trip Difficulty: Level 2 - Moderate to Difficult exertion

Mt. Monroe

Date: Saturday, June 19

Join us for a late spring hike to Mt. Monroe, 2021 style. This will be an out-and-back hike along a generally quiet trail, moderate pace. Expect several ladders and wooden steps along the way, and some rugged terrain. We'll ascend to an amazing ridge with fantastic views at the top, weather permitting. Hikers should have current above treeline experience and physical conditioning. Expect cold temps up high. Rdtrp. dist. 10.5 mi. Typical late spring gear for Mt. Washington region. Elev. gain approx. 3300 ft. Ltd. to 8 socially distanced hikers. "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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Monroe
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jennifer Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com) , Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

20s & 30s Navigation 101 Finding your way around the Blue Hills

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

Please read the description in full before signing up. There will be one hour homework you need to do before the event. Do you have trouble finding your way out of a phone booth? Wish you could go hiking by yourself, or with friends, but fear it would lead to your being on the news that evening? Or three days later when you are finally located? This hike is for you! There will be one hour homework you need to do before the event. Given covid, you will have to print the map yourself. The participants will take turns leading us and everyone will get to help figure out how to get us to the next destination. But don't be nervous, I've never led a hike where we didn't get home... eventually. ^__^ Seriously, if you don't feel confident hiking alone or with your friends/family because you can't find your way around: Come on this hike! No compasses, math, or knowledge of which side of the tree the moss grows on are required. I'll explain how to use the map to find your way around. We'll also learn what to do when it becomes obvious that the map does NOT match what you are seeing out there. (Don't panic, at a local park/forest you are never that far from someplace that will make sense.) This hike will be at the Blue Hills, and will run about 4+/- hours. Depending on how things play out we may cover up to 5-6 miles, and will include some elevation gain, although they won't be super-strenuous 'Skyline end-to-end' type hikes. All participants must sign-up and communicate with the leader ahead of time. After that, the hike leader will send you detailed information on meeting location and planned trails. This hike and many others are open to the public so you don't have to be an AMC member.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chaoran Xie (chaoranxie@gmail.com) 617-237-0880
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Rock Program Refresher

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

A workshop for previous participants of the AMC Boston Rock Program to brush up on skills that may have been neglected over the last year or two. We will meet up at Quincy Quarries in a group of up to 12 persons for each session. More sessions may be added if needed. The day will not follow a fixed schedule but focused on the interest of the participants. Most of the time will be spent practicing skills as this is not an instructional class. Come prepared with questions and ideas on the skills you need. Bring your climbing gear and any rock gear you have or wondering how to use including: rope, webbing, static rope, biners and slings. We will not be using club gear, as when you are on your own you only have your own gear. If you don't have any, not to worry. We will have enough among us. We will likely not need the full four hours allocated. The rest of the time/afternoon will be spent climbing for those interested (weather permitting). Registration is required for this workshop. It's only open to graduates of the rock program (and those who instructed/assisted).

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Quincy Quarries
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Ron Birk (amc@rbirk.com)

Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Safety & Rescues

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

This is Part 2 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast. In this session, we will focus on the safety gear every coastal paddler should have with them and how to use it. We will discuss emergency communication on the water (VHF radio, cell phone or satellite). We will practice both self-rescue (with a paddle float) and assisted rescues in the event of a capsize. You WILL get wet during this session. A wetsuit or neoprene layer is recommended and you should have a paddle jacket or windbreaker with you to prevent getting chilled. This is NOT a beginner kayaking course. This is a course for paddlers who are comfortable exploring lakes, rivers, and tidal estuaries in their kayak but would like to venture into coastal environments. The class requires participants to own or have access to a kayak 14' or longer with sealed compartments in both the bow and stern, perimeter deck lines, and a cockpit suitable for a spray deck. Participants must have a paddle, PFD, paddle float, and pump. We do not offer rentals with this class, but we can assist you in arranging rentals with one of the area outfitters. While we encourage participants to attend all 3 sessions, you are free to register for a single session if you choose. We require participants to adhere to COVID protocols while participating in this class. Masks will be required on-shore when loading and unloading and social distancing will be observed throughout the class. Participant screening is required. We will contact you after you register to make sure that this class is right for you.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Hingham Bay
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marty Jensen (marty.jensen@live.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Lower Winnipesaukee Class 3 Whitewater

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

The Lower Winnipesaukee is hosting "River Days" over the weekend with a guaranteed release of 800 cfs. This is a nice medium Class 3 level suitable for open boats as well as kayaks. The Winnie is a relatively short run and can be done more than once in a day.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Franklin and Tilton, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Conrad Nuthmann (ccn12@live.com) 978-582-9265
Co-Leader: Jonathan Schleffer

River Rolling

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

Have you learned to roll in flat water but still find yourself swimming in rapids? Come turn that pond roll into a combat roll! We'll tune up in flat water, and then practice flipping and rolling in a swirly class 2 rapid in the beautiful Pemigewasset River in NH. As a warmup, we may join the White Pond social in Concord MA for a practice session on the preceding Wednesday evening, June 16. Saturday morning we'll meet at the Pemi play wave in Bristol, NH, or another nearby river, depending on water levels. This will allow participants to join the Winni River Days festival at Mill City Park in Franklin afterwards, with time to run the upper or lower Winni if they're interested. Prerequisites: a >50% reliable roll in a pond, and basic class II river running skills. If you need to rent a boat and gear, you must be able to pick it up in Lincoln, MA during the preceding week, and transport it safely in or on your car. If you are registering on this web site, or thinking of registering and have questions, please also email me directly so that I have your contact information.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Pemigewasset River, Coolidge Woods Road, Bristol, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Susan Carter (carter.susie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: David Yang
Trip Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Upper Winni, NH

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

Join us on the beautiful Upper Winni Class I-II fun. Perfect for beginners with WW experience.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Tilton, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Melanie Rausch (mellrr@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: Doug Ross (Doug.ross@mail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Class II

20s & 30s: Volunteer for farm chores at Drumlin Farm

Date: Saturday, June 19 - Saturday, June 19

Join AMC Boston's Young Members (20s & 30s) to volunteer at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary! We will assist the crops manager with weeding, planting, and harvesting crops. Afterwards, we can explore the farm and wildlife sanctuary. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. We recommend long pants for working in the fields, as well as boots or other closed-toe shoes. Please bring water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), and work gloves. Please register in advance as Mass Audubon has a cap of 20 volunteers at this time. Since we will be outside, masks are optional where social distancing is possible.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Location: Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kate Bentsen

Mt Moosilauke Day Hike

Date: Sunday, June 20

Who is ready for a day trip up to NH, to get a little more vertical than we have in Eastern MA? Come join Marcelo and Jim on a hike of 4,802 foot high Mt Moosilauke, with a summit that many claim has the best view in the White Mountains. We'll take the typical route, Gorge Brook Trail to the summit, then Glencliff Trail to Carriage Road to Snapper Trail back to Gorge Brook Trail on the way down, which is about 7.5miles and 2,520ft of vertical gain, plus possibly another 1.5miles of easy road walking to/from the parking lot depending on which parking areas are open by then. The snow is already gone from the trails, but mud is certainly possible. We'll try to average a 2mph pace excluding regular stops and a lunch break, so bring enough extra clothing, food, and drink to be happy outside for around 7 hours. We'll get an early start to try and beat the crowds! 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. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Marcelo Knapik , Jim Hutchinson
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Status of Lodge, access road and parking

20s & 30s: Mount Chocorua + Middle Sister Loop

Date: Sunday, June 20

Join fellow young members as we ascend Mount Chocorua (3500') for some of the best views in the White Mountains! This loop begins on the popular Piper trail and continues via fun scrambles up Nickerson and Carter Ledges to the scenic summit of Middle Sister. After enjoying Middle Sister's open ledge views, we will embark on the Middle Sister and Piper Trails to the summit of Mount Chocorua. After taking in the 360 degree views, we will descend via the Liberty, Hammond, Weetamoo, and Piper trails. This 8 mile loop is appropriate for experienced hikers who are comfortable with a moderate to fast pace and 3000' of elevation gain. 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. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Priyanka Patel (papatel98@gmail.com) , Samantha Mandel
Trip Difficulty: Difficult

Spring Leadership Training Program

Date: Tuesday, June 22 - Tuesday, June 29

This follow-on program is for AMC members who have completed virtual leadership training and are interested in organizing and leading Boston Chapter trips and activities. Participation in the program qualifies you to co-lead trips and activities for Hiking/Backpacking, Bike, Ski, Young Members, Forty Plus, Family Outings, Paddling and other Boston committees. This program is open to AMC members who have completed the AMC virtual leadership training in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. It builds on the background from the virtual program with case studies and extensive in-person experience, spread over two evening virtual sessions and one Covid-aware in-person weekend day. Topics include trip planning and trip organization, safety, leadership approaches, and group dynamics. The program emphasizes experiential learning and decision making skills. The in-person component is conducted in small groups, maintaining face coverings at all times and physical distancing where possible. You must actively participate in both weeknight sessions and one weekend day to complete the program. The two evening sessions are held online Tuesday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 29 from 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm. Weekend sessions are held 8:30 am - 5:30pm on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 in various Boston-area locations. Date and location are assigned after registration; we will do our best to accomodate preferences for location and date, including transit accessibility, but can not make any guarantee.

Activity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jonathan Niehof , Phillip Baraona , Amy Kelliher
Link: Register here

20s & 30s Black Heritage Trail Walk

Date: Tuesday, June 22 - Tuesday, June 22

Casual 2-mile walk through Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood and surrounding areas along the Black Heritage Trail. All participants must sign-up and communicate with the leader ahead of time. In order to adhere to AMC guidance, the total number of participants including leaders will be capped at 12. After you register, the leader will send you detailed information on meeting location and planned trails. We will abide by social/physical distancing for the duration of the event. Please follow local guidelines regarding masks. This walk and many others are open to the public so you don't have to be an AMC member.

Activity Categories: Social Events, Walks
Location: Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chao Xie
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Bedford, MA Evening Ride

Date: Wednesday, June 23

21 Mile evening ride through Bedford, Carlisle and Acton. 13-14 miles per hour pace. The ride shouldtake about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Please bring water and a snack. Road bike or hybrid is fine. Since it is still during the pandemic, please bring a mask.

Activity Categories: Bicycling - Evening
Location: Bedford, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Steve Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (10:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Co-Leader: Patty Lynch (plynch_melrose@yahoo.com)

Thurs PM Ride-Lincoln

Date: Thursday, June 24 - Thursday, June 24

Come and enjoy a great evening ride in metro West! Show and Go ride of 20.4 miles at 12-14 mph pace. Riders will be automatically confirmed upon registration in AMC Activities database but are expected to be able to maintain listed pace. Print your own cue sheet/map or download gps file to your device/App of choice; paper cues sheets and maps are no longer provided. Helmet and bike in good condition required. Riders should be able to fix a flat and complete the ride in about 1.5 hrs. Rain cancels. Meet at 6:00 for 6:15 start at Lincoln Schools Smith School lot by tennis courts on Ballfield Rd off Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773. Today we will ride the Water Row 20.4 mile loop, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27367069

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Evening, Bicycling - Road
Location: Lincoln Schools Smith School lot by tennis courts
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Mike Barry (hallkaren812@gmail.com) 617-257-2251, Karen Hall
Trip Difficulty: Int/Adv
Link: RWGPS Route

White Water Instructional- For Beginners

Date: Saturday, June 26 - Sunday, June 27

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun, safe, and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers. Practice wet exits and learn basic paddling skills on flat water, then we will run the lower Fife (class I-II) practicing these skills. On Sunday, we'll run the full Fife section of the Deerfield River. Students must be comfortable on and in the water and able to transport their own gear. Dates: June 24 (after work to pick up kayaks & gear) at our boathouse in Concord, Ma and June 26 & 27 (weekend) in Charlemont, Ma. We will camp at a local home and eat out at restaurant Saturday nigh. Tuition: $150/$170, Member/Non-Members. Includes boat, paddle, PFD, etc. (-$40 with your own gear). Camping/meals (~$50) not included.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Charlemont, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Melanie Rausch (mellrr@yahoo.com) , Susan Carter (Carter.susie@gmail.com)

Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Planning & Navigation

Date: Saturday, June 26 - Saturday, June 26

This is Part 3 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast. In this session, we will focus on planning and preparing for a day trip along the coast. We will meet on Zoom a few days before the class and go over nautical charts, tides, weather, and contingency planning. We'll assign everyone homework to plan our trip along the coast. On the day of the class, we'll discuss our plans and then navigate along our chosen route. This is not a full-fledged navigation clinic (we offer that in a different class) but an introduction to the trip planning process and the basics of navigation along the coast. This is NOT a beginner kayaking course. This is a course for paddlers who are comfortable exploring lakes, rivers, and tidal estuaries in their kayak but would like to venture into coastal environments. The class requires participants to own or have access to a kayak 14' or longer with sealed compartments in both the bow and stern, perimeter deck lines, and a cockpit suitable for a spray deck. Participants must have a paddle, PFD, paddle float, and pump. We do not offer rentals with this class, but we can assist you in arranging rentals with one of the area outfitters. While we encourage participants to attend all 3 sessions, you are free to register for a single session if you choose. We require participants to adhere to COVID protocols while participating in this class. Masks will be required on-shore when loading and unloading and social distancing will be observed throughout the class. Participant screening is required. We will contact you after you register to make sure that this class is right for you.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: South Shore
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marty Jensen (marty.jensen@live.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Day Hike to Sandwich Dome

Date: Sunday, June 27

Lets explore lesser traveled trails to the Sandwich Dome summit doing a loop hike on the Flat Mountain Pond Trail, Gleason Trail and Bennett Street Trail. The trails are steep with many stream crossings. This will be a challenging climb up and down, the hike is 8.3 miles with 2900 feet of elevation gain at a moderate pace. To go on the hike you would have had to done a similar hike and elevation gain in the past 6 months. We will be observing and practicing all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines as outlined by the AMC and CDC, including face coverings in the parking lot and whenever 6 ft of physical distancing is not possible. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 330-334 Bennett St, Sandwich, NH 03227
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Barbara Amoroso , June Mackenzie
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Kinsmans and Lonesome Lake

Date: Sunday, June 27

Hike the Kinsmans and Lonesome Lake. Moderate-to-fast pace - slightly ahead of book time. Total hike distance 11.5 miles with ~3,500 feet of elevation gain. Expected hike time 7-8 hours. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: J.R. Lowry , Marcelo Knapik
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous

20s & 30s Franconia Ridge Loop

Date: Sunday, June 27

Join Boston Young Members (20s & 30s) for one of the most beautiful hikes in the Whites. Appearing at #6 on National Geographic's list of top hikes in the world (in the world!), the Franconia Ridge Loop Trail affords unmatchable views of the surrounding peaks and countryside. We will ascend via the Falling Waters Trail (roughly 3 miles) with beautiful waterfall views the whole way up, then we will hike along the ridge line (grabbing two 4,000-ft peaks along the way, Lincoln and Lafayette) for roughly 3 miles, and then descend via the gorgeous Bridle Path for the last three miles. The total mileage of the hike is 8.9 miles, and the net elevation gain is just under 4,000 feet . The hike will move at a moderate to fast pace and the elevation gain and length both make this a difficult hike, so this is suitable for hikers with prior hiking experience and a comfortable fitness level. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Samantha Mandel , Sean Trimby (sean882@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Difficult
Link: Register here

Fife over the 4th of July weekend

Date: Friday, July 2 - Saturday, July 3

The Fife section of the Deerfield is a great fun class II trip.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Charlemont, Ma
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Melanie Rausch (mellrr@yahoo.com)

Boston Family Outings July 4th Weekend at Cardigan Lodge

Date: Friday, July 2 - Monday, July 5

Great opportunity to get to hike, walk, swim, play and enjoy the outdoors with other families at Cardigan Lodge and Cardigan Mountain in Alexandria, NH!! Kids all ages welcome! AMC members/non-members welcome! We offer multiple hikes, walks, and activities to accommodate a variety of ages and abilities. Cardigan Lodge is peacefully located at the end of a dirt road on a 1200-acre reservation owned by AMC in Alexandria, NH. Bunk rooms are coed and sleep 4-5 people with shared bathrooms. Cardigan Mountain is a moderate hike of 5 miles roundtrip and 1750 ft elevation gain to a bald summit with beautiful views and a fire tower at the top. Numerous shorter and easier trails leave from the Lodge and provide a more leisurely walk for the littlest participants or those who prefer a more relaxed pace. If it's rainy, there will be organized crafts and indoor games for families to enjoy. All meals from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast and a trail bag lunch are included. Adults $180 Children ages 18 and under $120 (non-members $210; $150 respectively) includes sheets and towels.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Alexandria, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@gmail.com) 978-470-0243
Co-Leader: Chandra Leela Velpula (cvelpula@yahoo.com) 978-996-4708 (Between 6pm and 10pm)
Link: Register here

North Twin and South Twin Mountain Day Hike

Date: Sunday, July 11

So you've done various warm up hikes already this year and want something more strenuous? Come join Bert and Jim on a quad burner to the tops of North Twin (4,761 ft) and South Twin (4,902 ft)! Some claim it is time to find a new hobby if you don't fall in love with these mountaintops. We'll take the North Twin Trail to access these heights, which follows the pristine waters of the Little River and has one river crossing that should be low enough by then to rock hop - but it is a good idea to bring hiking poles for balance, just in case. The total roundtrip will be around 11.2 miles and roughly 3,700ft of elevation gain, although we may skip South Twin or otherwise shorten the trip if adverse weather or our actual hiking pace dictates that. We'll shoot for a 2mph pace while walking, but after you add in regular stops and a lunch break, you should bring enough extra clothing, food, and drink to be happy outside for a solid 8-9 hours. 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. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, but everyone should bring a mask in case social distancing isn't possible or someone on the trip exhibits symptoms.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Bert Ruiter , Jim Hutchinson
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Trail Map on Gaia

New England Trail - MA Section 6 (Holyoke, Easthampton)

Date: Sunday, July 11

Hike the scenic ridge line of the Mt. Tom Range following MA Section 6 of the New England Trail. Hike distance 6.8 miles with 1700 feet of elevation gain. Moderate pace. Expected hike duration 5-6 hours, with additional time for car spot. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Central Massachusetts
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: June Mackenzie
Co-Leader: J.R. Lowry
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Registration

Mid-Week Kayak Camping in Maine

Date: Tuesday, July 13 - Thursday, July 15

Avoid the weekend crowds and join us for mid-week camping on Jewell island in Casco bay. We will setup base camp for two nights and check out Eagle island or Harpswell. You will need camping gear and a suitable kayak to carry your gear, plus ability to pack your boat. The routes we take during the weekend will vary from 8 to 15 miles. Jewell sits on the outer edge of Casco bay, so you need to be able to paddle through 2-4' seas for a mile or more, depending on our route. We are subject to changing weather conditions (monitored with VHF radio) and you need to be capable of paddling in fog, wind, chop, or whatever nature thrusts before us. Registration and screening is required. See link below to register.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Casco Bay, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: Jeff Barrell
Trip Difficulty: Difficult

NH Presidential Range Hike

Date: Saturday, July 17 - Sunday, July 25

An AMC tradition for over 50 years, the annual NH Presidential Range hike is a strenuous and wonderful 9-day hut-to-hut group hiking adventure amid some of the most spectacular peaks in New Hampshire's rugged White Mountains. Depending on the daily hike options you choose, you will trek between 42 and 61 miles, gain 15,000'-22,000' of elevation, and summit between 12 and 24 high peaks, 18 of which are on the official AMC 4000 footer list. Four AMC leaders and max 21 hikers. We hike in small groups averaging 5-7 people based on each day's chosen route options and paces. For more details, visit http://www.amcnhprh.org. Please note that participants are expected to comply with the CDC, state, and AMC-issued COVID precautions in place at the time of the trip. Registration deadline: extended to June 15, 2021. Cost: $1145/$1195 (AMC members/non-members), due upon acceptance; covers 8 nights lodging, lodge and hut dinners and breakfasts, gratuities, trail lunches/snacks, and in-hike transportation. Cancellation: up to 6/10/2021, full refund minus associated transaction costs if any; after 6/10/2021: refund possible to the extent that we are able fill your spot with a hiker from the waitlist. 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. Questions? Contact L Alex Nedzel at prh "at" hb.amcboston.org.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Bretton Woods, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Alex Nedzel , Elizabeth Ryan , Jonathan Niehof , Pam Wilmot
Trip Difficulty: strenuous
Link: PRH website

Circumnavigate Cape Ann

Date: Sunday, July 18 - Sunday, July 18

This is a 19 n-mi (23 mi) tour around Cape Ann out of Gloucester. Participants will need to have a worthy boat (>16') and capable of maintaining a 2.3kt (2.75 mph) pace for hours between breaks. The pace and distance make this a level 3 or strenuous trip, not for the casual paddler. The open side (east) of Cape Ann is exposed to open water, so we hope for calm water and gentle breezes. If conditions are poor, we shall consider an alternative objective in the area.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: Colin Clark
Trip Difficulty: Lev 3 (Strenuous)

Circumnav of Deer Isle

Date: Thursday, July 29 - Sunday, August 1

The Maine coast around Deer Isle contains around 90 islands. We will visit and camp on some of these on a 4-day adventure circumnavigating Deer Isle. We will pack and unpack boats each day, so kayak camping experience is required. This trip is rated level 3 (Difficult) as we must paddle a segment each day regardless of conditions. One segment is 8-10 nautical miles in Penobscot bay, the largest bay on the Maine coast. This section is nearly open water and subject to high seas if winds prevail. Participants must be capable of paddling this segment (all day) in possible headwinds and waves (hopefully not, but is possible). The rewards however are great as we see some beautiful areas of this coast from Vinalhaven, Isle au Haugh, and Desert Isle in Acadia.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeff Barrell , Marty Jensen
Co-Leader: Jeff Barrell
Trip Difficulty: Difficult

Dead River, Class III

Date: Saturday, August 14 - Sunday, August 15

The Dead is one of the longest continuous sections of whitewater in the Northeast (14 miles). It is a combination of class II and class III rapids, with hardest rapids near end of run. Dead is located in rural Western Maine. Camping at Webb's Campground.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: West Forks, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Charles Sweet (sweet@alum.mit.edu) , Craig McKinnon (wwoc1@yahoo.com)

Midcoast Maine Bike Weekend September 24th-26th, 2021

Date: Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26

Midcoast Maine Bike Weekend September 24th-26th, 2021 Join us for a fun weekend of cycling, dining, and enjoying the breathtaking views of Midcoast Maine. We will be staying at the Rockland Harbor Hotel in the classic coastal town of Rockland, home of the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum. Our cycling routes will take us inland; past lakes, mountains, and farms, as well as coastal; along idyllic harbors. On Saturday, we will take a ferry to bike around North Haven, a quintessential Maine island - with a microbrewery! Each day will include 2 rides: one a moderate 13mph pace averaging 22 miles with elevation gains of 1500 ft, and an advanced ride of 14+ with a range of 30-40 miles with elevation gains above 2600 ft. Most roads are pavement, but some scenic roads are packed dirt. We will enjoy the towns of Rockland and Camden, and have two Happy Hours (BYOB). Midcoast Maine is known for excellent dining, so we will eat food from popular area restaurants. Saturday and Sunday breakfast are included with the hotel reservation. Dinners and lunches are not included. There is a non-refundable Registration Fee of $39.00 payable to AMC once registered for the trip. This fee will cover food for two Happy Hours as well as partially defray volunteer leader costs (such as navigation, lodging, setting up and leading rides, logistical support, and meal arrangements). Participants will self-pay for lodging, food, and the ferry to North Haven Island. Participants can make reservations at the Rockland Harbor Hotel under the AMC Group name. The hotel is offering rooms ranging from $238.71-$260.51 per night (per room) which includes a 9% lodging tax. All rooms have two queen beds, so that cost can be shared with roommates. If people are seeking a roommate, we can try to help but are ultimately unable to guarantee this. Participants should consider this when booking a room. Tickets for the ferry to North Haven are $22.50 each. We welcome newcomers, so will be saving 3 spaces for folks new to AMC.

Activity Categories: Bicycling - Road
Location: 520 Main Street, Rockland, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Susan Christopherson , Karen Hall , Mike Barry
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Prospectus for Midcoast Maine Weekend September 24th-26th, 2021