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After Work Ski

Date: Wednesday, January 17

Get outdoors after work at the Weston Ski Track with your AMC friends! All experience levels welcome, there will be a free lesson for beginners.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Weston Ski Track
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Julia Doucett
Link: Register Here

Young Members Book Club: Becoming Odyssa

Date: Wednesday, January 17 - Wednesday, January 17

Join a group of Young Members to discuss Jennifer Pharr Davis's Becoming Odyssa, the story of a thru-hiker's Appalachian Trail experience. The Amazon description reads: "After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need."

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: davis square
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Rachael White
Link: Register

Stowe XC Ski Weekend - Part I

Date: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

Join us for the classic Stowe cross-country ski weekend trip. Ski at Von Trapp's and Stowe Mtn. Resort as the ski season gets going. Enjoy comfortable rooms, roaring fireplace, indoor pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Sign up now to secure your space. Downhill skiers welcome. Cost of $195 covers 2 nights' lodging and 2 breakfasts. Adv. Beginner/Intermediate.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Stowe, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Jennifer E Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com) , Tom Hollis (seas100@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Jennifer Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: A2B

Winter Harvard Cabin weekend in Pinkham Notch

Date: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

Join us for advanced beginner to intermediate winter day hikes in the Pinkham Notch area of New Hampshire. Stay at a crisp, rustic cabin and share the camaraderie and cooking of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner (BYOB)--in moderation. We will choose one or two hikes each day. The difficulty of the hikes will depend on conditions and group interest. However, you should plan on a full day of hiking with significant elevation gain. Full winter gear (proper clothing, winter boots, traction, and snowshoes) is required. Please refer to the clothing and equipment and day hiking gear list on the AMC Website at http://www.hbbostonamc.org/index.php/Table/Gear-Lists/. We will probably not require full crampons for the weekend but they may be needed for one of the Saturday hikes. Please discuss with the leaders.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Gordon Haff
Co-Leader: Celeste Cabot
Registrar: Celeste Cabot
Trip Difficulty: A3B

Harvard Cabin Weekend

Date: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

Join us for advanced beginner to intermediate winter day hikes in the Pinkham Notch area of New Hampshire. Stay at a rustic cabin and share the camaraderie and cooking of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner (BYOB in moderation). We will choose one or two hikes each day. The difficulty of the hikes will depend on conditions and group interest. However, you should plan on a full day of hiking with significant elevation gain. This trip is suitable for graduates of the Winter Hiking Program. Please register with Celeste Cabot: celesteana93@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Jackson, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mark Warren (markwarren@mmwarren.com) , Gordon Haff (bitmason@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Celeste Cabot (celesteana93@gmail.com)
Registrar: Celeste Cabot (celesteana93@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Canceled: Carter Dome Winter Hike

Date: Saturday, January 20

Carter Dome (4,832 ft) via Nineteen-Mile Brook & Carter Dome Trail. Total 10 miles and elevation gain of 2,500 ft. Excellent views from the summit on a clear day. This hike will be at a moderate pace and require full winter gear.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Carter Dome
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Registrar: Steve Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm)

North and South Kinsman

Date: Saturday, January 20

Both Kinsmans in winter. Route may involve some bushwhacking if conditions permit. Full winter gear, including snowshoes, crampons and possibly ice ax.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi , Keith Watling
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie
Trip Difficulty: AA3B
Link: Register Here

Galehead and the Twins

Date: Saturday, January 20

Join us for an out-and-back hike up Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin mountains - three 4000-footers. Look forward to spectacular views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and surrounding mountains. We'll hike from Rt.3 to the Gale River Trailhead, and then use that trail to access connecting trails to the Twins and Galehead. We will hike approximately 17 miles, and gain about 4400 feet of elevation. Expect to start and end by headlamp, hiking at a steady pace with few breaks. If the weather turns out not to be suitable for this plan, the leaders will select an alternative route or an alternative hike. Winter above-treeline experience and full winter gear required, including appropriate winter boots and crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes (we'll decide at the trailhead what traction to carry). See recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions. Participants may be asked at the trailhead to carry some group gear.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Elizabeth Ryan
Co-Leader: Eliot Levine
Trip Difficulty: AA2B
Link: Register Here

Enjoy Winter in the Middlesex Fells

Date: Saturday, January 20 - Saturday, January 20

Weather depending snowshoe or hike in hilly terrain west of I-93; 10 AM-1 PM. Details like meeting point will be sent after registration.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Middlesex Fells
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Uschi Kullman (ukullamc@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: Judi Lecount (windsurf22@aol.com)
Registrar: Judi Lecount (windsurf22@aol.com)

Intermediate winter wonderland hike up Mt. Tecumseh

Date: Sunday, January 21

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Paul Terenzi
Co-Leader: Morgane Treanton
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Registration

Intermediate winter wonderland hike up Mt. Tecumseh

Date: Sunday, January 21

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Paul Terenzi
Co-Leader: Morgane Treanton
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Registration

Mount Moosilauke

Date: Sunday, January 21

Winter trip to four thousand footer with great views. Full winter gear required, possibly campons and/or snowshoes.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi , Keith Watling
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie
Trip Difficulty: A2B
Link: Register Here

Intro to AT (Alpine Touring) Skiing

Date: Sunday, January 21

January 21, 2018 (Sun) Learn to use AT (Alpine Touring) ski equipment for uphill travel in a safe learning environment. If you are looking for some instruction on how to use AT skis, and to learn the basics of skinning and uphill travel, this trip will meet those needs. We will go to Loon Mtn. ski area in Lincoln, NH where instruction will be provided. Topics covered include AT gear basics, setting up for skinning, how to skin efficiently, transitions (skinning-to-skiing, and skiing-to-skinning), as well as thermal and nutrition management. The idea is to provide an opportunity for people to learn the basics of backcountry ski travel in a safe and controlled environment. A purchase of a $20 ticket at Loon Mountain will be required. Participants will also need AT ski equipment, appropriate winter clothing, and a day pack to carry water, food and extra layers. Please contact Mike Bratina for further details at mbratina@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Skiing, Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Loon Mountain Ski Area
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)
Registrar: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)

Mt. Moriah North-South Traverse

Date: Sunday, January 21

Join us on a hike to one of the northernmost 4000-footers in New Hampshire. The summit of Moriah has large areas of bare rock slabs that offer fantastic views in all directions including the Presidential Range to the west, the Carter Range to the south, and the Baldface Ridge to the southeast. This hike will cover 9.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 3500 feet. Experience hiking mountains in winter required. Expect an early start and steady pace with few breaks. If the weather is not suitable for this hike, the leaders will select an alternative hike in the area. Full winter gear required, including appropriate winter boots and crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes (we'll decide at the trailhead what traction to carry). See recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions. Participants may be asked at the trailhead to carry some group gear. Register at http://regi.amcboston.org/1759

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Eliot Levine
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Mount Tom winter day hike

Date: Sunday, January 21

Winter day hike to NH's Mount Tom. The base hike is 8 miles with 2100 ft of ascent, but depending on group inclination and time we may optionally try to climb Mt. Field as well. You will need full winter gear including snow shoes with traction and light traction, such as micro-spikes. The leader will check trail and weather condition reports 3 days before the hike to determine whether crampons are needed; bring them if you own them.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: White Mountains
Region: New Hampshire, North Country
Leader: Robert Asch
Trip Difficulty: A3B

Joe English Reservation, Amherst, NH

Date: Sunday, January 21 - Sunday, January 21

A 7 mile quiet, hilly wander 9:30am-3:30pm through varied woodlands on well maintained trails. Meet by Peabody Mill Environmental Center, Brook Rd, Amherst, NH. From Nashua, NH, Rte. 3 exit 7, 101A W to junction 101 E (7.4mi) toward Amherst/Manchester. Turn left after 5.7mi on Horace Greeley Rd, left again 0.4mi on Brook Rd. Go 1.4mi to pkg at dead end. No advance reservation required. Call if weather uncertain. No dogs; non-AMC members $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: New Hampshire, Monadnock Region
Leader: Mark Levine (trailmark@verizon.net)

AMC Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, January 21 - Sunday, January 21

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Linda Haines (linda.haines6624@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jeffrey Johanson
Link: Waterville Valley Web Site

The Throne, Groton

Date: Sunday, January 21 - Sunday, January 21

1:00pm. Come hike thru one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels in the area, featuring mostly upland forest and a variety of wetlands. About 2 hours, moderate pace. Meet at the end of Castle Drive, 42.6260N 71.6171W.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop (olin@embedinc.com) 978-742-9014

Hike, Cutler Park Reservation

Date: Sunday, January 21 - Sunday, January 21

Meet at 1:00PM. This will be a 2 to 3½ hour walk in Cutler Park, located in Dedham and Needham. Bring water and snacks. Wear hiking/sturdy walking shoes/ traction gear will be mandatory for snow/ice. Trails are mostly dirt, with some boardwalks, flat, with some gentle hills. Moderate pace. Heavy rain cancels. Contact leader if uncertain.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: 110 Kendrick St. Needham, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Oliverio

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Date: Sunday, January 21 - Sunday, January 21

Join us Sunday evening January 21st from 6 - 8 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6 - 6:30 or 7 pm we discuss committee business and larger events coming up. This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly. Our meeting and trip planning agenda is more for adults. Registration required at this link https://goo.gl/forms/chmn9q8B2J4YumMb2 or click on the "register" button above.. Contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606 with questions.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Auburndale Library, 375 Auburn Street Auburndale MA 02466
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546 (NCA 9.00) , Amy Kelliher (amycbean@yahoo.com) , Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Renee Spring (spring3renee@yahoo.com) , Liz Little (lizklittle@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Boston Chapter Conservation January Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 23 - Tuesday, January 23

Meeting to plan Conservation activities for 2018, including follow up on the Parks & Water lobby day, and developing our program for the LWCF renewal campaign. Plan a spring event around Earth Day. Discuss ideas for walks, cleanups, invasive removal, and Leave No Trace training.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Meetings
Location: Alewife area of Cambridge. Contact leader for exact location and sign up.
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Joan Entwistle (joan.entwistle@gmail.com)

Ice Skating @ City Hall Plaza

Date: Wednesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 24

Let's check out the skating path around the Boston sign in City Plaza. We'll meet at the rink at 7pm, and skate until we are tired or the venue closes (9pm). After skating, feel free to join us after at a nearby restaurant for snacks or drinks. Cost: $15 (half off for Boston residents, educators, Military/Vets, and Berkshire Bank card holders; $2 off with Uber app); $8 for rental. Website: http://cityhallplazaboston.com/skating-path/

Activity Categories: Ice Skating
Location: 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Rath
Co-Leader: Karyn Benson
Link: Register

Winter Weekend at Joe Dodge Lodge

Date: Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28

Winter Weekend -Joe Dodge Lodge Jan. 26-28. Start the year off enjoying Hiking and/or xcountry skiing/yoga 2-nights at Joe dodge Lodge, NH. Includes 2-Breakfast- 2-Dinners and Happy Hours. Contact Pagliuca.t@gmail.com for more info and registration forms. Room cost per night per person from $82.00-$112.00 (depending on room selection) An additional AMC administrative fee of-$25.00- Payable with registration form. (L) pagliuca.t@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing, Yoga
Location: 361, NH-16, Jackson, NH 03846
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Steve Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com)

Stowe VT Cross Country & Downhill Weekend Ski Trip

Date: Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28

Join us for a fun-filled ski weekend in snowy Stowe, Vermont. Choose either downhill or cross country skiing (or do one day of each!). Experience in skiing is required or you can take lessons at the resort (at additional cost). We will be skiing at an easy to moderate pace on Advanced-Beginner to Difficult terrain at Stowe, and for cross country skiing we'll be at one of Stowe's outstanding cross-country ski centers (Von Trapp or Stowe Ski Resort). We will share rooms in a local hotel, with pool and hot tub, and go out to dinner on Saturday night. AMC Members $165, Non Members $185. Cost includes 2 nights in a hotel (double occupancy), happy hour Saturday night, and breakfast both days. Some private rooms are available for an additional cost. Lift tickets and/or trail passes are additional. Lift tickets to Stowe Ski Resort will be offered at nearly 20% discount from online prices! Trail lunches are on your own. Leader: Aldo Ghirin, Co-Leader: Marcella MacKenzie To register for this trip please contact Marcella.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Stowe
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Aldo Ghirin , Marcella MacKenzie (marcelmacnz@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Green to Double Black Diamond
Link: Stowe Ski Resort

Ice Program

Date: Friday, January 26 - Sunday, February 11

The Boston Mountaineering Committee's annual Ice Climbing Program teaches waterfall ice climbing and technical mountaineering skills to students with outdoor rock climbing experience. We focus on the equipment, techniques, and practices that are useful on the mountains and crags of New England as well as ice climbing areas worldwide. Our program is entirely volunteer run and offers new climbers the opportunity to meet and learn from our community of climbing enthusiasts. Application This course does not teach basic climbing skills and most admitted students will have experience both rock climbing outdoors and participating in outdoor winter activities. We assess each student's level of experience through our application system in order to maximize safety and education for all participants. Basic lead belay and knot skills are also tested at the mandatory first lecture. Admittance into the program is usually quite competitive since class size is approximately 20 students. We encourage you to take your time and fill out a quality application. The application period for the 2018 Ice Program is now closed. Applicants will hear a response from the organizing committee before Christmas regarding the status of their application. Class schedule There are two mandatory lectures in Boston. With the recent move of the AMC headquarters from the longstanding location in Beacon Hill, we needed to find a new space for this year's lectures. Our friends at Arc'teryx are graciously hosting us! Click Class Schedule link above for specific details. Boston Lectures The first lecture is open to all prospective students. It will provide an overview of the program and you'll get a chance to meet some of the instructors. Prospective students will also take a few quick tests, including a lead belay test. Feel free to bring your own harness and belay device, although we will provide it if you don't bring one. The second lecture is focused on logistics, planning, and basic instruction in the classroom environment. This lecture is required for all accepted students and those on the wait list still looking to get into the program. New Hampshire Weekends Following the lectures, two weekend trips take place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Students are provided with lodging at the Harvard Cabin in Jackson, NH for Friday and Saturday nights of both weekends. This is a rustic cabin with loft sleeping. A large group dinner will be included on Saturday nights. Lodging is covered with the program fee and students are expected to stay in the cabin.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: John Gassel (gasseljo@gmail.com)

Mount Cabot, Bulge, and Horn loop hike

Date: Saturday, January 27

Join us in the northern White Mountains for loop around Mount Cabot, Bulge, and the Horn. This 11.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail, located near Berlin, New Hampshire, covers some steep terrain. The trip may involve significant trail breaking and is likely to be a fun challenge and a long day in winter conditions. We will be climbing more than 3,100 feet, but will mostly be in the trees. You must be in good shape, own appropriate winter gear, and have winter hiking experience to participate in this hike. We plan to hike at an moderate but steady pace (1.5-2.0MPH). Note the northern location of this loop and plan your travel accordingly. Traveling some or all of the way on Friday evening may be preferable for some participants.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Cabot
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eliza Grinnell (eliza.grinnell@gmail.com) , Pam Wilmot
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register HERE

Maine Peakbagging Weekend

Date: Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 28

Two challenging winter hikes are on the agenda for this weekend visit to the Rangeley/Stratton area, with as many as 5 4K peaks and 1 Hundred Highest peak in the crosshairs: (1) We will hike 11 miles and gain 2600' of elevation to summit South Horn (3805') on Bigelow Mt. Optionally depending on time, conditions and stamina, we may also summit North Horn (3792') and/or West Peak (4145'), and/or Avery Peak (4088') via an additional 4.2 miles and 1600' of elevation gain for the full monte. (2) We will summit South Crocker Mt. (4050') and Mt. Redington (4010'), hiking 15 miles (includes 9 miles of road walking or skiing, as well as approximately 3 miles of mild bushwhacking) and gaining 3500' of elevation; optionally depending on time, conditions and group stamina, we may also hike an additional two miles with another 1000' of elevation gain to include (North) Crocker Mt. (4228'). Most likely on the Friday before the trip, the leaders will decide on which day of the weekend each of these hikes will fall. These hikes are intended for stronger hikers with significant winter experience.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Alex Nedzel (alex@nedzel.com) 781-862-7823 (before 9pm) , Keith Watling
Trip Difficulty: AA3B
Link: Click here to register

Telemark Casual Clinic

Date: Saturday, January 27 - Saturday, January 27

Day skiing at Ragged Mtn (NH). Mostly skiing with volunteer instructors offering hints and suggestions as a follow-up to Jan 6 telemark clinic at Wachusetts. You can learn a lot skiing with advanced skiers who challenge you and ski runs you may normally avoid. All abilities are welcome (not suitable for first-timers). Cost is approx $50 for lift pass. Ragged Mtn is small, family owned resort about 2 hours drive from Boston. There are a variety of trails from easy to advanced with some ungroomed trails and glades.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Telemark
Location: Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jeff Barrell (jbarrell2@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: All abilities (except first-timers)
Link: Ragged Mountain resort

Blue Hills Hike, Milton

Date: Saturday, January 27 - Saturday, January 27

Blue Hills - 5 mile brisk-paced hike along yellow triangle trail with rolling hills, 9:30am-noon. Meet at Houghton's Pond parking lot. From Rte. 93/128 exit 3 (Houghtons/Ponkapoag), go N 0.5 mi. to stop sign, R on Hillside St. 0.2 mi. to Houghtons Pond lot on R. Bring lunch and water. Storm cancels. Bring traction devices for boots.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias

Grassy Pond Conservation Land, Acton. "Bare Trees and Naked Shrubs: No Leaves? No Problem!"

Date: Saturday, January 27 - Saturday, January 27

Slow-paced nature walk through fields and forests to Grassy Pond learning to identify deciduous plants in winter. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 1:00pm-4:00pm. Rte. 2 to Exit 42 (Rte. 27/Main St., Acton). Follow Rte. 27 north for about 1 mile through Acton Center and turn left on Nagog Hill Rd. Go 1.1 miles. Parking lot on left just past small meadow. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass Audubon, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, and the Friends of the Middlesex Fells as well as the AMC.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Boot Boutwell 781-729-4712

Show & Go series (XC)

Date: Sunday, January 28 - Sunday, January 28

Meet at Waterville touring center at 10am for groomed XC skiing. Skating, classic, or whatever you're style or pace you'll likely find someone to ski with. No need to register, just show at the touring center at 10, purchase a group pass, and sign the release form.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: waterville valley touring center
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: Rick Gershberg

Bicycle Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 30 - Tuesday, January 30

Bicycle Committee Meeting is open to those who would like to volunteer on events or rides. We meet in Bedford MA, please contact us for more details.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Karen Hall (bikeamc812@gmail.com) 781-271-0654

Great Brook X-C skiing or snow shoe

Date: Wednesday, January 31 - Wednesday, January 31

Join the 40 Plus Wednesday Wramblers for a 6 mile intermediate level cross country ski around beautiful Great Brook Ski Touring Center in Carlisle, MA. Depending on snow conditions, we may choose to snowshoe at an alternative location at the leaders discretion. Please see GreatBrookSki.com for more information. The Wednesday Wramblers activities are part of 40 Plus's new Let's Get Out There! local hikes and walks where the pace ranges from easy through moderate to faster. Whether you're new to hiking, haven't hiked for awhile, or want to up your hiking level, you're bound to find something of interest in "Let's Get Out There!

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Massachusetts
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Joan Blaustein
Co-Leader: Kathy Blythe (katherineblythe@comcast.net)
Registrar: Kathy Blythe (katherineblythe@comcast.net)

Family Calumet Junior (kids 8 & under) Winter Weekend in West Ossipee, NH

Date: Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. This trip is targeted to families with younger children, 8 & under, but kids all ages are welcome AMC members and non-members alike. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavillion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. Accommodations are rustic comfortable. The lodge has a lounge, kitchen, bathrooms with showers on the first floor which is where the group shares our meals and down time. The 2nd floor sleeps up to 22 (three bedrooms for 2, 8, and 12) in bunk-style firm beds. The sleeping areas are co-ed, so families can stay together. Bring your sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and towels. The cabins are insulated and heated and sleep up to ten (four bunk beds and two single beds). Those staying in the cabins have their choice of the bathrooms in the lodge or separate heated bathrooms. Group meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $115 for adults in the Retreat lodge or $95 in cabins. Kids 7 - 21 years enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $85. Kids six and under enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $45 including all meals Friday evening to Sunday lunch. To Register contact: Laurene Poland, ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373. AMC Trip Policy

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Calumet, West Ossipee, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@yahoo.com) 617-835-6532, Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373, Joanna Jung (jjinbox@verizon.net)
Registrar: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Boston Family Outings

Backcountry Ski Touring in the Whites

Date: Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4

Join us for a weekend of day trips - novice (easier) to intermediate backcountry ski tours - in the White Mountain National Forest between the Kancamagus Highway and Waterville Valley. Hilly, gently rolling, to flat terrain to be encountered. Must have intermediate cross country ski skills with downhill control/strong snowplow. Trails such as Greeley Ponds, Kancamagus Brook, Livermore Road, and Tripoli Road are likely destinations; leaders reserve the right to make changes pending actual trail, weather, and snow conditions. Lodging in Town Square Condos at Waterville Valley. Contact Aldo for more information and registration.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Aldo Ghirin , Mike Barry
Registrar: Aldo Ghirin
Trip Difficulty: Novice to Intermediate

Craftsbury VT Cross Country Ski Weekend

Date: Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4

Come join us in rural Craftsbury VT at one of the largest and most scenic cross country ski networks in New England! The registration fee of $220 includes two nights lodging in double occupancy rooms, three meals a day (Fri dinner to Sun lunch), and access to the ski trail system for 3 days. There is also ice skating on the lakes, yoga classes, and an indoor gym, and sauna, all included in the price. Please register through the link.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: craftsbury, vt
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Loutzenheiser (dloutzen@gmail.com) 617-259-0275, Shannon MacKenzie
Link: Register

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH

Date: Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Ages 8+ $95 and "Youth" Fee (ages 3 - 7) $80 includes all meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch, 2 nights' lodging in rustic inn with shared bath, lots of smiles and camaraderie!, Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register with leader Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com,508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Pinestead Inn, Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer
Registrar: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: All Levels
Link: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH

Lincoln & Lafayette in Winter

Date: Saturday, February 3

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: franconia notch
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti , Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Yvette A.M. Marts
Trip Difficulty: A2B
Link: Register Here

Winter Waumbek Hike, overnight stay in Gorham and Hot tub

Date: Saturday, February 3 - Sunday, February 4

7.2 miles, 2917 feet elevation gain/loss B3B Build or maintain winter hiking skills and experience (or work on your winter 48 summits or grid) with a moderately-paced winter hike to Mt. Waumbek. On the way, we will also tag Starr king (52 with a view). Aimed at previous or current Winter Hiking Program participants, this 7.2 miles, 2900-foot elevation gain hike will offer an opportunity to summit a 4,000 footer in winter with little above-treeline exposure. Previous winter hiking experience a plus, good fitness level, and full winter gear required. Because it is the 2nd Northern-most 4,000 footer mountain in NH, , participants have an option to stay at a local hotel after the hike. The leaders have blocked a set of rooms at a local hotel (with hot tub!) which will be held until the end of December at a weekend rate of $130 per night per room. Tax included so you can split the room with friends 65.00 per person or cheaper with the more people per room

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Waumbek
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Broadmoor Mass Audubon walk, Natick

Date: Saturday, February 3 - Saturday, February 3

10:00am-Noon. Meet at the Visitors Center. Join us for a walk in this convenient (Natick on Route 16), yet expansive wildlife retreat. Moderate pace, easy trails with some gentle hills and rocks. Bring water and snacks. No children or dogs. Severe weather cancels, if snow on the ground, we will snowshoe. Call Lisa if uncertain. Charge: $5 if not a Mass Audubon member, plus $1 if not an AMC member.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Lisa Fleischman 617-244-5747 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Mary Wisbach 781-771-3680 (before 9pm) , Julia Hsia
Link: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, South Natick

Mt. Cube - 52 with a View

Date: Sunday, February 4

Mt. Cube. Tired of the same old 4000 footers? Try 52 With a View. Mt. Cube is in western New Hampshire on the AT. 52 With a View peaks are picked because they are "prominent" - higher than everything around them and have spectacular views - in this case a stunning view of the Green Mountains in Vermont to the West and North towards Moosilauke and beyond. ~5 miles roundtrip, 2500 ft elevation gain. We will be hiking up the Cross-Rivendell trail on the west side of the mountain (Fallback is the AT on the southside if parking or trail conditions are an issue.) Hike will be at the moderate pace typical of the Forty Plus committee. Full Winter Gear and Experience Required.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Orford, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: William Swanton (Bill.Swanton@gartner.com) , Ellen Stanley
Registrar: Bill Swanton (bill.swanton@gartner.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: 52 with a View

Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, February 4 - Sunday, February 4

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Nordic ski area http://www.waterville.com/ski-ride/nordic-center.html
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Carla Tishler (carlatishler@gmail.com)

Powisett Farm, Dover

Date: Sunday, February 4 - Sunday, February 4

Gentle walk, open fields. Snowshoe/walk, thru meadows, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Meet at Trustees of Reservation Powisett Farm, at grey barn near the entrance. I-95/Rte. 128 Exit 16B to Rte. 109W for 1 mi., then R on Dover Rd. becomes Powisett Road. 2.5 mi. to Powisett Farm on left. Rain cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. Snow shoes if snow.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jean Veigas 781-449-4324

February Ski Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 7 - Wednesday, February 7

Come ski with us! If you are a skier or snowboarder of any type, and would like to get engaged with leading trips and helping to organize ski related events this is the meeting to be at. While the discussions are predominantly around coordinating trips and events, this is a great opportunity to get in contact with other skiers, see what we have to offer, and to find a place to help develop ski and snow related outings and events. Please contact Mike Bratina at skiing@amcboston.org for the meeting details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)

Maine Woods BC Ski Touring Adventure

Date: Thursday, February 8 - Sunday, February 11

Discover the remote Maine woods on true ski adventure. We'll be based at West Branch Pond Camps within the AMC's 70,000 acre reserve east of Greenville, Maine. We will BC ski on unbroken trails, winding up the White Cap Mtn ridge and through hills and woods on a trails ranging from wide roads and open ponds to narrow trails and some bushwacking. The terrain will vary from well graded dirt roads to some steeper stuff. Some of the trails will be unbroken and we will cut the tracks, but some will be packed out and some trails near the camp may be tracked. The BC tours will be 10-12 miles and 2000'-2500' feet of rise and wind up mountain ridges and through some thick woods. Expect some climbing and descending but advanced downhill or tele turns are not required. Climbing skins are not required, but if you have them may be an aid and a good thing to bring. Participants should be comfortable climbing and descending on varied terrain and conditions. The best ski will be a metal edged, double camber touring ski with a profile of about 67-57-62 and bring a pair also 10-20 cm wider in each dimension if the snow is deep like it was in 2015. Our cozy cabins in West Branch Pond Camps are rustic, but come with all the basic amenities; they are heated with wood stoves, there are toilets and a shower in the bath house and our hearty meals will be cooked by the camp owner, Eric Stirling and his staff and taken in the kitchen of the dining hall. Our large cabin has a nice sitting room for our socializing after a nice day skiing in the woods. Electric service typically is on from 5 - 9 pm daily. Each night, you'll find ambience, great company and hearty replenishment after a great day in the woods! The trip officially starts on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at noon sharp when we meet at the cafe in Northwoods Outfitters, 5 Lily Bay Rd in Greenville, Maine, 04441. After meeting up and purchasing any last supplies we will drive together the approx 30 miles to WBPC together; the last 20 miles are on a dirt road which is usually pretty well plowed out. We will then have a few hours of "shakedown ski", followed by full days of skiing on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, February 11th, after about a 2/3 day of skiing we will head back to Boston at about 2 pm. Greenville is about 5 hours from Boston. Of course, you can extend the trip by booking directly with WBPC!

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: West Branch Pond Camps, Township A, Range 12, Greenville, ME
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251
Co-Leader: Roger Scholl
Registrar: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251
Trip Difficulty: BC Skiing Intermediate/Advanced
Link: Trip Brochure

Backcountry Ski Workshop

Date: Friday, February 9 - Sunday, February 11

Come ski the backcountry! The Backcountry Ski Workshop offers a chance for backcountry skiers of all disciplines and levels to tour in the backcountry and learn new skills. Whether you are a novice who wants to learn the fundamentals, or an expert looking to refine your skills, this weekend will have something to offer you. There will be groups for Nordic backcountry, telemark and alpine touring, offering basic instruction as well as more advanced groups focused on a full day of touring. The workshop will be based out of Cardigan Lodge with tours and instruction happening in the surrounding area. Meals, lodging, and instruction is included in the workshop cost, participants will need to provide their own equipment; we can help locate rental locations. Cost for the workshop is $200 members / $250 non-members. Please contact Cheryl Hacker (Registrar) for more information.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Skiing
Location: Cardigan Lodge
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)
Registrar: Cheryl Hacker (cheryl.hacker@gmail.com)
Link: FAQs Page

Ski in Snow-filled Stowe

Date: Friday, February 9 - Sunday, February 11

Ski where the snow is! Join us for cross country skiing in Stowe Vt, home to the finest network of groomed cross country trails in New England. Cost of $160 pp includes 2 hot breakfasts & 2 nights lodging (double rooms) at a comfortable inn with hot tub & pool. Single room option for additional fee. There will be guided intermediate level cross country outings; location dependent upon conditions. Downhill skiing on own with other interested participants.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Stowe, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Karen Brody (kbrodybel@gmail.com) 617-448-5097 (before 9 pm)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

SKI IN SNOW-FILLED STOWE

Date: Friday, February 9 - Sunday, February 11

Ski where the snow is! Join us for cross country skiing in Stowe, VT home to the finest network of groomed cross country trails in New England. Cost: $160 pp includes 2 hot breakfasts & 2 nights lodging (double rooms) at a comfortable inn with hot tub & pool. single room option for additional fee. There will be guided intermediate level cross country outings; location dependent upon snow conditions. Downhill skiing is on your own with other interested participants.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Stowe, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Karen Brody (kbrodybel@gmail.com) 617-448-5097 (Before 9:00 pm)
Registrar: Karen Brody (kbrodybel@gmail.com) 617-448-5097 (Before 9:00 pm)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Snowy Backpacking Adventure on Franconia Ridge

Date: Saturday, February 10 - Sunday, February 11

Join us for a snowy backpacking adventure on Franconia Ridge! Nestled in the trees on Mt Liberty, we'll enjoy the sunset, and then be greeted by the warm rays of the sun at dawn! (Weather permitting!) We'll park at the Whitehouse trailhead, and then make our way to Mt Liberty. Not much of a view as we grind our way up to the ridge, covering 3.6 miles and gaining a hard-won 3000 feet of altitude. But, we will be rewarded with the wonderful experience of being above treeline on Mt Liberty (4,459 ft), and possibly also Mt Flume (4,328 feet, adding a 3 mile round-trip, 600 feet of gain). Prerequisites: At least one prior winter backcountry overnight camping trip (low elevation OK). Prior winter ascent of a 4000 footer. Please refer to the link for suggested gear. Sharing gear (tents, stoves) will be facilitated. Let us know if you are missing anything and we'll try to match you up with extra gear. Winter Hiking Program participants that meet the prerequisites are welcome!

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Franconia Ridge
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Conlin
Co-Leader: Ed Batutis
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Hike Mt Clinton and Eisenhower

Date: Saturday, February 10

Join us for a day hike to Mt Clinton and Eisenhower in the Presidential Range in NH. This is an above tree line winter hike. Previous above tree line winter experience required. We will be hiking the Crawford Path and the Mt Eisenhower Loop Trail roundtrip to summit both peaks. Total Distance 10.8 miles 3100 feet of elevation gain The traihead is on Mt Clinton Road where there is a parking area, across from the Highland Center. This hike depends on good weather, if there is bad weather then an alternative less exposed hike will done. Gear List: Full winter gear

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: June Mackenzie (junebug147@gmail.com) 781-932-1071 (Before 8pm)
Co-Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Winter Kinsmans

Date: Saturday, February 10

Join AMC Young Members as we head up the Kinsmans! Expect a moderately paced winter hike to North and South Kinsman via the Mt. Kinsman trail (the western approach). Weather permitting, we hope to enjoy some views of Franconia Ridge from the north summit, as well as some vistas along the way. This hike will be approximately 10 miles round trip with 3,900 ft of elevation gain. Please have some winter hiking experience. Required winter hiking gear includes among other things: Microspikes or Hillsounds (no substitutes allowed), insulated winter boots, crampons, snowshoes, gaiters, and waterproof layers. A decision on what traction to carry with us will be made at the trailhead, dependent on weather conditions. See gear recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Leah Salloway
Co-Leader: Zoe Karp (zoe.karp@gmail.com)
Link: Register Here

Mt Roberts in Winter, 52 WAV Series

Date: Sunday, February 11

A moderate winter hike up Mount Roberts (2582') located in the Ossippee Range and on the 52 With a View 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 by having full winter gear. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1747.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Moultonborough, NH Castle in the Clouds, Lakes Region
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Robert Freed
Co-Leader: Rosa Zhang
Trip Difficulty: B3C Not long, not tall, but with steep parts
Link: Register Here

Spring Hill and Nashoba Brook conservation areas, Acton

Date: Sunday, February 11 - Sunday, February 11

Relatively easy hike/snowshoe loop of about 5.5mi through contiguous Spring Hill and Nashoba Brook conservation areas, Acton, MA. 9:30am-1:30pm. Spring Hill contains the longest Acton segment of the Bay Circuit Trail that passes through this pleasant, quiet and wooded area. Adjacent Nashoba Brook is a scenic area with abundant stonework, early mill sites, a 'potato cave' and the historic pencil factory site. Meet 9:20am at Spring Hill Rd. cul-de-sac, off Pope Rd, Acton. From the Rte 2 Concord Rotary head NW on MA 119 W/MA 2A W 0.9mi to right on Pope Rd. Continue 1.9mi to left on Spring Hill Rd. Cul-de-sac is 0.3mi. Storm cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Mark Levine (trailmark@verizon.net)

Intermediate Cross-Country Skiing at Windblown 2/11

Date: Sunday, February 11 - Sunday, February 11

Cross-country skiing at Windblown! Windblown is only 1.5 hours from Boston and has 40 km of trails. We may split the group in half depending on skill level and what people want to do. Some cross-country experience required. We will ski for a few hours in the morning, break for lunch, and ski for a few more hours after lunch. Windblown has a cafe, but please also bring snacks, plenty of water, and extra warm layers for yourself. Trail Pass cost is $20 Ski Rental cost is $20

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: 1180 Turnpike Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071,
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Caitlin Hall
Co-Leader: Susan Kraft
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Register

Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, February 11 - Sunday, February 11

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Nordic ski area http://www.waterville.com/ski-ride/nordic-center.html
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Carla Tishler (carlatishler@gmail.com)

Fitch's Bridge to Hayes Woods, Groton

Date: Sunday, February 11 - Sunday, February 11

1:00pm. We will cross the scenic Nashua River, hike along a old railroad bed, thru the Johnston Conservation area, around a lovely beaver pond in Hayes Woods, and back. Meet at Fitch's Bridge, 42.62549N 71.60886W. Park by either end, but note that cars can't cross. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop 978-742-9014

Boston YM Steering Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, February 12 - Monday, February 12

Interested in learning about the inner workings of the AMC Boston Young Members (YM) Committee? The YM Steering Committee is generally scheduled to meet on the second Monday of every month from 7-9 pm - dinner is provided! Our meetings are open to all in AMC YM. If interested, contact Zoe K (zoe.karp@gmail.com) for information on location and other details.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Karp (zoe.karp@gmail.com)

Family President's Day Calumet Winter Weekend, West Ossipee, NH

Date: Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. Accommodations are rustic comfortable. The lodge has a lounge, kitchen, bathrooms with showers on the first floor which is where the group shares our meals and down time. The 2nd floor sleeps up to 22 (three bedrooms for 2, 8, and 12) in bunk-style firm beds. The sleeping areas are co-ed, so families can stay together. Bring your sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and towels. The cabins are insulated and heated and sleep up to ten (four bunk beds and two single beds). Those staying in the cabins have their choice of the bathrooms in the lodge or separate heated bathrooms. Meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $115 for adults in the Retreat lodge or $95 in cabins. Kids 7 - 21 years enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $85. Kids six and under enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $45 including all meals Friday evening to Sunday lunch. To Register contact: Kremena Dimitrova, kyanakieva@gmail.com, 857-928-0533

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Ossisspee New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Kremena Dimitrova (kyanakieva@gmail.com) 857-928-0533, Daniel Parvanov (parvanov@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: Helene Guezennec (lnguezenn@hotmail.com) , Kate Atanasova (ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Kremena Dimitrova (kyanakieva@gmail.com) 857-928-0533
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Calumet

Presidents Weekend Winter Fun for Families in Vermont

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

Winter fun in the heart of the snow belt in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont! Cross country and downhill skiing nearby at Burke and Jay Peak. Other xc options a short drive away. Also Ice skating, sledding, sleigh rides, snow men, etc. Stay at large ski house. Group meals, great company. $180pp for the 3 day weekend, includes 2 dinners, 3 breakfasts and snacks. Leader/Registrar Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding
Location: Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com)

Winter Weekend in the Berkshires

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

Join us to explore the trails in western MA, southern VT, and eastern upstate NY on the three-day President's Day weekend. We will visit cross-country (XC) skiing areas and backcountry (BC) ski locations. Intermediate XC abilities needed (including downhill control on touring equipment). If sufficient snow is not available, we will hike various scenic trails in the area. Our lodging is at a relaxing country home with private and semi-private accommodations available. Enjoy beautiful scenery, the company of fellow skiers/hikers, and hearty meals fit for a foodie! Cost is $218-258/per person. Register with Aldo. (If conditions do not allow for XC or BC skiing, alternatives such as hiking, downhill resort skiing, etc. will be available.) (Google Map below shows general location of the town of Hancock, MA. Specific directions to the lodging will be given after registration is completed.)

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Hancock
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Aldo Ghirin
Co-Leader: Glenn Barnes
Registrar: Aldo Ghirin
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Areas

President's Weekend in White Mountains, NH February 16 - 19, 2018

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

Join AMC friends for Cross Country - Back Country Skiing at moderate level, easy pace including snowshoeing from novice to experienced. Ski Touring Center available to all levels. Downhill skiing at Waterville Valley nearby. Stay at comfortable Mountain Fare Inn, Campton, NH. $365 covers lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 happy hours.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Campton, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Nancy DiMeo (bndimeo@gmail.com) 978-649-6255 (before 9:00 p.m.) , Robert DiMeo (bndimeo@gmail.com) 978-649-6255 (before 9:00 p.m.)
Registrar: Nancy DiMeo (bndimeo@gmail.com) 978-649-6255 (before 9:00 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: easy to intermediate

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC Noble View Outdoor Center, Russell, MA

Date: Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor. A full bath house with hot showers are within a short walk from the cabin. We all help with meal prep and clean-up in our communal/family style kitchen and dining area. $85/person includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and lunch style fixings/snacks throughout the day. Register: Millie Mugica: millie.mugica@gmail.com, 603 891 5726

Activity Categories: Conservation, Hiking, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: AMC Noble View Outdoor Center 635 S Quarter Rd, Russell, MA 01071
Region: Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley
Leader: Mildred Mugica (millie.mugica@gmail.com) 603-891-5726
Co-Leader: Doris Tenant (dtennant@tllawgroup.com) , Yerina Mugica (yerina_mugica@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Millie Mugica (millie.mugica@gmail.com) 603-891-5726
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings Trips

Carters Winter Weekend

Date: Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18

Join us for a weekend of fun in the snow and on the 4,000-footers! We'll spend the weekend at a hostel in NH, allowing us to hit the trails early in the morning and enjoy the evening with the group. This is a winter weekend for experienced winter hikers who have 4000-footer experience in the winter, and who are comfortable with longer day hikes in the winter. Full winter gear, including crampons and snowshoes, will be required. Our peak goals for the weekend will be all three of the 4,000-footer Carters: Carter Dome (4832'), South Carter (4430'), and Middle Carter (4600'). Weather and trail conditions will determine whether we summit those peaks in one day hike, two day hikes, or not at all. There are several smaller and more sheltered hikes in the area should we need to change our plans. Maximum distance for the single-day summit of all three peaks would be 13.5 miles and 4800' of elevation gain; if we divide the peaks into two day hikes we would be covering 10-11 miles and 4000' of elevation gain per day. Trip Rating=AA3A

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Rachael White
Trip Difficulty: AA3A
Link: Register Here

Winter Sports Weekend in Quebec

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

Spend Presidents Day weekend in the winter wonderland of southern Quebec at Mt Orford National Park. Activities include your choice of cross country and downhill skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, fatbiking, local sightseeing tour, or a visit to the spa. Trip fee of $210 includes three nights lodging double occupancy with ensuite bath, three breakfasts, and three dinners. Limited to 60 participants. Registration closes on February 1. No refunds or changes after February 1. Leaders Marianne Bonnard, Shannon MacKenzie, Caitlin Hall, and David Loutzenheiser.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Magog, Qc
Region: International
Leader: David Loutzenheiser , Shannon MacKenzie (tuscola16@gmail.com) , Caitlin Hall (ceh5169@gmail.com) , Marianne Bonnard
Link: Register

"Let's Get Out There" at the Lonesome Lake Hut

Date: Friday, February 16 - Saturday, February 17

Have you ever wondered what it is like to stay in the high huts in the winter? Spend a fun weekend with the Forty Plus at the Lonesome Lake Hut in Franconia Notch. Group will make a fantastic meal and will spend a cozy night with great food and friends. On Saturday, an optional hike will be offered. This trip is aimed at the beginner winter hiker with some experience. Full winter gear will be required. 1.6 mi to hut, 950 elev gain. The huts are unheated and you will need a warm sleeping bag, microspikes, snowshoes and room in the pack for group food. Cost: member $48.00, non-member $58.00 ($20.00 to Leaders for Food) This trip is part of the 40 Plus's new Let's Get Out There! Program where the hike pace ranges from easy through moderate to faster. Whether you're new to hiking, haven't hiked for a while, or want to up your hiking level, you're bound to find something of interest in Let's Get Out There!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Ellen Stanley (ellstan@comcast.net) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Registrar: Ellen Stanley (ellstan@comcast.net)

Annual Ski & Games Trip Bretton Woods (Intermediate) Intro

Date: Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18

Annual Ski & Games Nordic Skiing with downhill option at Bretton Woods. Feb 16-18. Stay at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch, just minutes away from Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Bring board or other games to play in the evening. Intermediate level trip.$195-$289, depending on the room type: 2 persons per room with private bath, 4 or so per room with shared bath. Fees include Sat/Sun breakfasts, Sat dinner, 2 nights' lodging and linens/towels, shared or private bath. Cross-listed with Intro and Ski committees. Bring games to play, trail ticket money, and lunch food. Fees are approximate, so depending on number of participants. we hope to refund participants as we have in past years.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Highland Lodge
Region: New Hampshire, North Country
Leader: Debra Smith (Lawdeb@aol.com) , Carla Schwartz
Registrar: Debra Smith (Lawdeb@aol.com)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Annual Ski & Games Trip to Bretton Woods

Date: Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18

Annual Ski & Games Nordic Skiing with downhill option at Bretton Woods. Feb 16-18. Stay at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch, just minutes away from Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Bring board or other games to play in the evening. Intermediate level trip.$195-$289, depending on the room type: 2 persons per room with private bath, 4 or so per room with shared bath. Fees include Sat/Sun breakfasts, Sat dinner, 2 nights' lodging and linens/towels, shared or private bath. Cross-listed with Intro and Ski committees. Bring games to play, trail ticket money, and lunch food. Fees are approximate, so depending on number of participants. we hope to refund participants as we have in past years.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Highland Center at Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Debbie Smith (lawdeb@aol.com)
Co-Leader: Carla Schwartz
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Mt Carrigan in February

Date: Saturday, February 17

Mt Carrigan in February via Signal Ridge Trail. A great, long hike in winter to the top of Carrigan(4700') and the great views from the firetower at the peak. This hike is 14 miles which includes a 2 mile road walk (one way) from Hwy 302. Elevation gain is +3484 ft. We plan to hike this at 2+ mph pace and is best for experienced winter hikers who know their gear and how to layer and thermo-regulate to minimize stops. Standard winter hiking gear (crampons, snowshoes, microspikes, face mask, goggles) is expected and final decisions will be made at the parking lot. Headlamps and extra batteries are a must.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: White Mountains
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Leah Salloway
Co-Leader: John Lee , Celeste Cabot
Trip Difficulty: AA2B
Link: Register Here

Hancocks in the Winter

Date: Saturday, February 17

Stretch your winter legs and join us for a below treeline winter hike to the peaks of North and South Hancock. Starting from the Hancock Overlook off the Kancamagus Highway, this round-trip hike is 9.8 miles with roughly 2,900' of elevation gain. We will reach the summits via the Hancock Notch, Cedar Brook and Hancock Loop trails. There are several stream crossings and a 0.5 mile steep section just prior to summiting and a similar 0.5 mile steep section on the way down. We will maintain a moderate pace and, weather permitting, will have views of Mt Garfield, the Osceolas and the Sandwich Range. Full Winter gear is required, with the potential for snowshoes, microspikes and crampons depending on conditions.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Hancock, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith Watling , Robert Zoletti
Co-Leader: Carlee Schmidt
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Hike Mt Whiteface and East Sleeper

Date: Saturday, February 17

Winter hike to Mt Whiteface and East Sleeper. We will take the Blueberry Ledge Trail to the summit to Mt Whiteface and continue on to East Sleeper via the Kate Sleeper Trail. Total Distance 11 miles with 3100 feet of elevation gain Full winter above treeline gear including crampons and ice-ax required

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Wonalancet, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) 978-448-9837
Co-Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton

Date: Saturday, February 17 - Saturday, February 17

Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm. Bring lunch & water. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. If no snow, bring traction device for boots. Storm cancels.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034 (7-9pm)

Cannon Mountain in Winter

Date: Sunday, February 18

Join us for this beautiful day hike up Cannon Mountain (4080'), one of a limited number of 4000' White Mountain peaks that offer a 360-degree view. In Cannon's case, the centerpiece of the view is the spectacular Franconia range. The route up entails a few steep, rocky stretches on which to try your skills, with some great views along the way, including the vista from the top of Cannon's famous cliff face, home of the former Old Man. This is a good beginner trip and we will have a late start. This hike can be combined with Leader's Sat and Mon trips. Contact L Joe about accommodations $9/person/night.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Cannon
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) , Karen Hoagland (karenjacobs1@verizon.net)
Co-Leader: Chao Xie (chaoranxie@gmail.com) 617-237-0880
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Nordic Center Kick & Glide Show & Go Ski - Waterville Valley, NH

Date: Sunday, February 18 - Sunday, February 18

Ski Committee show and go Sunday XC ski series. Meet at noted touring center at 10 am for 5-6 hours of moderate paced, led machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders at trail head near lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Nordic Center, Town Square, Waterville Valley, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251
Trip Difficulty: Novice to Advanced
Link: Waterville Valley Nordic Center

40+ Board Meeting

Date: Sunday, February 18 - Sunday, February 18

The next 40+ Board Meeting will be : Feb. 18th at 4:30

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: 30 Corporate Drive Burlington, MA.
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)

North and South Twin

Date: Monday, February 19

Located in Grafton county, North and South Twin are spectacular peaks and a great winter hike. We will approach South Twin, the larger of the two peaks at 4,902 Ft via the Gale River trail, crossing back over the summit on the descent. It will be a full day covering roughly 16 miles with approximately 3,282 of elevation gain. Registrants should be experienced winter hikers with recent winter hikes of at least 10+ miles and 3,500 ft of elevation gain. Full winter gear and footwear including crampons and snowshoes are required. We will decide on gear for the day at the trailhead. Can be combined with Ls Sat and Sun hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night). Please contact leaders with any questions regarding this hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) 978-448-9837, Karen Hoagland
Trip Difficulty: AA3B

Family Feb. Vacation 3-Day Getaway, Noble View, Russell, MA

Date: Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25

Enjoy winter hiking, snow shoeing & sledding, then warm up next to the wood burning stove with home cooked meals, friendly smiles and other families enjoying snacks, games or crafts. If you have x-c ski's...bring them! Typically, others do, too! Noble View is known for well marked trails & beautiful vistas overlooking the Pioneer Valley. The trails are easy for families of all ages whether hiking, on shoe shoes or x-c skis. Families with kids of all ages are welcome! We have snow shoes you can borrow (let us know) and/or you may bring your own outdoor equipment and indoor games to play/share with others. Russell Pond may be frozen enough for ice skating, too! We'll have to see... "Snow much to do!!!"... The Double Cottage at Noble View is rustic and cozy warm with the wood burning stove, but with no running water (that's at the Bath House!). Everyone gets to share the responsibilities for meal prep in the well-stocked kitchen, and clean-up. The Bath House is a short walk away and features running hot & cold water, hot showers and eco-friendly, flush toilets. Sleeping accommodations are co-ed to try to keep families together in private rooms (no promises). Bed numbers vary per room, so bring along an air mattress for the kids to use on the floor. Don't forget your sleeping bags and pillows! Bedding is not supplied. If you like downhill skiing, there are a few areas close by you may want to explore on your own. (Lift tickets & equipment not included in fee). $125/pp covers meals: 2 dinners (possibly 3 depending upon your arrival time) 3 breakfasts, lunch fixings and snacks throughout the day; lodging; use of Noble Views trails and facilities. Cross-listed with AMC Berkshire Chapter. Register with Margo Chapski at familyprograms@amcberkshire.org.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Noble View Outdoor Center 635 South Quarter Road Russell, MA 01071
Region: Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley
Leader: Margo CHapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org)
Co-Leader: Susan Cournoyer (suecour@gmail.com) 617-794-8658
Registrar: Margo Chapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org)
Trip Difficulty: Easy/relaxed
Link: Boston Family Outings

Family Skiing in Mad River Valley - Warren, VT

Date: Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25

Join AMC families in Mad River Valley for a fun-filled Vermont ski weekend. Mad River Valley offers two premier downhill ski resorts, several cross country ski areas in addition to opportunities for sledding, ice skating and dining out options. Choose your own snowy adventure each day and spend the evening hanging out with other families at a clean and well-run hostel. Cost $165 pp, includes 3 nights lodging with continental breakfasts, appetizers and snacks, and one dinner. Leader/ Registrar: Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Mad River Valley, Warren, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com) , Amy Kelliher (amycbean@yahoo.com) 978-250-3316
Registrar: Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

XC Ski Weekend at the NH Chocolate Festival!

Date: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25

Join us for a ski/ snowshoeing weekend Feb.23-25, which is also the weekend of the famous New Hampshire Annual Chocolate Festival in North Conway - Sunday the 25th of February. Known by many as the 'Sweetest Day on the Trails", this may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free! Chocoholics, join us to cross-country ski the trails and enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable! Participants can take their pick between cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. We will be skiing at an easy to moderate pace. We will stay at a cozy cabin which can accommodate 12 and includes a basement with foosball, pool table, air hockey, and ping pong table! Meals include Saturday dinner and breakfast both days. Trip costs: $145 for member $165 for non-members; price cost includes 2 nights stay, snacks and (Saturday dinner), breakfast both days, and Chocolate Festival Pass ($30) for Sunday. Bring money for trail lunches, and ski rental/tickets for Saturday. Leader: Zoe Rath. Co-leader: Madeline McGill

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: North Conway, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Zoe Rath (zrphoto@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Madeline McGill
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Register Here!

Cross Country Skiing in Waterville Valley

Date: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25

Join us for a cross country skiing weekend in Waterville Valley, NH. We will stay at the Mountain Fare Inn. The Inn features en suite rooms with full breakfast & nearby skiing. This is a collaborative trip with the Southeastern Mass Chapter.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Wayne Cardoza
Co-Leader: Barbara Hathaway , Jeannine Audet
Registrar: Barbara Hathaway (barb224@tmlp.net) 508-662-0724 (before 8 PM)

Pemi Range Snowshoe

Date: Saturday, February 24

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.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Pemigewasset Range
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Ed Batutis
Trip Difficulty: A3A
Link: Register Here

Monroe and Eisenhower in Winter

Date: Saturday, February 24

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Monroe, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kellie A Connelly , Keith Watling
Co-Leader: Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, February 25

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Arlington
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mts. Jackson and Pierce

Date: Sunday, February 25

Join us for an above-treeline hike to two 4000-footers in winter. We'll head north from Jackson to Pierce to enjoy views of the southern Presidentials and Mount Washington. We will hike about eight miles, gaining 2900 feet of elevation. This trip requires previous experience hiking 4000-footers in winter. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1764 Full above-treeline gear including full face protection and appropriate winter boots and crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes (we'll decide at the trailhead what traction to carry). See recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions. Participants may be asked at the trailhead to carry some group gear.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Philip Werner
Co-Leader: Eliot Levine
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Please register at URL provided in trip description.

Nordic Center Kick & Glide Show & Go Ski - Waterville Valley, NH

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

Ski Committee show and go Sunday XC ski series. Meet at noted touring center at 10 am for 5-6 hours of moderate paced, led machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders at trail head near lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Nordic Center, Town Square, Waterville Valley, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251
Trip Difficulty: Novice to Advanced
Link: Waterville Valley Nordic Center

Mine Falls Park, Nashua, NH

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

1:00pm. Hike/snowshoe beautiful Mine Falls. We will follow along streams and meander around a pond, and possibly walk along a canal. Opportunities to view wildlife. This hike will be approximately 2/2.5 hours plus - depending on group speed. Traction devices are strongly recommended due to possible icy conditions. Directions: from Route 3, take exit 6 Nashua, NH, west on route 130, take a left on Coliseum Ave. (Hannaford), go all the way to end and park in parking lot. Inclement or dangerous cold weather will cancel.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Nashua
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Judy Barthakur 603-440-4924
Co-Leader: Uschi Kullman

Wednesday Winter Walk

Date: Wednesday, February 28

Hike to 4000 ft or Hundred Highest peak depending on weather forecast and interest. Leader has the following peaks on his to do list: Adams, all Bonds, Carrigain, Galehead, Isolation, Madison, Monroe, Osceolas, Owls Head, Tripyramids, Twins and Washington. Also HH peaks The Bulge, The Horn, Nancy, Scar Ridge, Sleeper East Peak, Vose Spur, Weeks N & S Peak and Peak above Nubble. I plan to send out an email Sunday before the trip with the planned peak based on participant answers to registration questions and the weather forecast. Depending on the peak we will meet at the trailhead between 6 and 8 am. Meeting time and location will be included in the Sunday night email.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com) 781-424-1638 (7-10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: A3B

XC Ski Out the Door at Craftsbury VT (Intermediate)

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Up to 85K of groomed XC ski trails. Optional snowshoeing, ice-skating, and apres-ski sauna, all in good company of intermediate skiers. Approximately $235.00 (depending on group size, there is usually a refund) includes three days of trail passes, two nights lodging, linens, and six sumptuous, healthy meals (Friday/Saturday dinner, Saturday/Sunday breakfast and lunch, and a potluck social hour on Saturday. Two per room with shared bath. Register before 2/1 with L. Trip fills fast!

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Carla Schwartz 508-626-7455 (Before 9:00 p.m.)
Registrar: Carla Schwartz 508-626-7455
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Craftsbury Nordic Center

Notch Your Ordinary YM Winter Hiking Weekend

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Join us for a stay at the Notch Hostel in winter! We will offer three hikes each day that provide a variety of hiking challenges (from C4D-AA2B). Who: Participants must have some winter hiking experience. Participants that are currently enrolled in the AMC's Winter hiking program or that have taken the Winter hiking program previously are welcome on this trip. This weekend is for participants that are excited to spend a weekend in the White Mountains and that want to meet other like minded hikers and share in the winter hiking experience.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 324 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Leah Salloway , Jonathan Niehof , June Mackenzie , Shannon MacKenzie (shannonjmackenzie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie , Christine Malinowski
Link: Register here

Gentle Snowshoe Weekend in the White Mountains

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Join us for this annual event. On Saturday, we snowshoe about 4-5 miles over a scenic, but easy terrain. On Sunday...a shorter hike ..about three miles. $220 covers lodging at Mountain Fare Inn, Campton,NH. includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner. Reg. with Kathy Didier, kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com 603-726-3553, Marilyn Pomerantz, mobilemarilyn0223@gmail.com 603-254-5826, or Elaine Kerrigan, gowithinyoga@verizon.net

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Campton, NH 03223
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kathy Didier (kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com) 603-726-3553 (anytime) , Marilyn Pomerantz (mobilemarilyn0223@gmail.com) 603-254-5826 (anytime) , Elaine Kerrigan (gowithinyoga@verizon.net)
Registrar: Kathy Didier (kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com) 603-726-3553 (anytime)

Hike Mount Carrigain (NH4k)

Date: Saturday, March 3

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Carrigain
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti
Co-Leader: Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: AA3B
Link: Register Here

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 4

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

AMC Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, March 4 - Sunday, March 4

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Linda Haines (linda.haines6624@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jeffrey Johanson
Link: Waterville Valley Web site

27th ANNUAL QUEBEC DH & XC SKI TRIP

Date: Tuesday, March 6 - Sunday, March 11

CHARTERED BUS TRIP We'll meet in Concord, NH on Tuesday evening & stay there the first night. Then travel by chartered luxury bus north to enjoy some of the best, most reliable, scenic and extensive skiing in the east, plus the European charm, style and great restaurants of Quebec City. Choice of DH or XC skiing, or snowshoeing, at Bretton Woods, NH en-route north on Wed., and in the Quebec City region on Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Quebec ski areas include Mt. St. Anne DH & XC, Camp Mercier & Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix XC, & Le Massif & Stoneham DH. On Sunday, we'll plan to ski locally in the morning (with option to play tourist in Quebec City). If there is bad weather on Sunday, our departure time will be based on weather & group preferences. Return to Concord, NH on Sunday evening. Up to 5 days of skiing at 10 different ski areas -- 5 XC & 5 DH. Also, possible visit to the truly unique Ice Hotel. $670 US includes 1 night lodging in Concord, NH, 5 days hotel parking in Concord, 5 days chartered bus, 4 nights premium rooms in the luxury Hotel Chateau Laurier, in Quebec City, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner on the bus, 1 h'or douvres reception, 5 days trail snacks & lunch food taken from the bus, plus some XC tickets or 1 day DH at Mt. St. Anne, AMC trip fee, and a possible modest surplus cash refund. $1,000 for single occupancy. Sponsoring Club: Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter Ski Committee. Skiing Category: Intermediate or Advanced. Maximum Group Size: Approx. 40 persons, including leaders. Our bus has 54 seats. For details and signing up, please contact the trip leaders.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Quebec City Canada
Region: International
Leader: Mike Barry , Arnold Nadler (ardnadler@aol.com) 978-745-9591
Co-Leader: Deb Taylor
Registrar: Arnold Nadler 978-745-9591

Boston Rock Climbing Program

Date: Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, May 6

Rock climbing provides the exhilaration of conquering a crag, but also the puzzle of figuring out a sequence of moves to climb a difficult section. You can experience the rewards and challenges of rock climbing by taking the Boston Mountaineering Committee's Rock Climbing Program! This program covers the basic skills for outdoor rock climbing. The emphasis of the course is learning to safely follow a leader on multipitch trad climbs. We cover: toprope anchor building, belaying, ascending, rappelling, and more. No prior experience is necessary. You will learn from our experienced volunteer instructors and meet other aspiring and enthusiastic rock climbers! The program will have two indoor sessions: an optional information session on March 7 (tentative) from 7-8pm, and a required Knots night on March 28 (tentative) from 7-9pm. The program weekends are held in the Blue Hills reservation. The first program weekend is April 7 and 8 (both days required); you may attend either day of the remaining program weekends: April 14/15, April 21/22, and May 5/6. If you do not have a climbing harness or helmet (required), they may be borrowed at no cost (with a deposit). Registration this year will be by application, due by the Sunday after the optional information session. For more information, see http://amcbostonclimbers.com/rock-program

Activity Categories: Rock Climbing
Location: Quincy Quarries
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Wes Huang (rock@amcbostonclimbers.com) , Eric Engberg
Link: Rock program web page

Stowe XC Ski Weekend - Part II

Date: Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11

Join us for the classic Spring edition of the Stowe cross-country ski weekend trip. Ski at Von Trapp's and Stowe Mtn. Resort as the ski season gets going. Enjoy comfortable rooms, roaring fireplace, indoor pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Sign up now to secure your space. Downhill skiers welcome. Cost of $195 covers 2 nights' lodging and 2 breakfasts. Adv. Beginner/Intermediate.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Stowe, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Jennifer E Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com) , Tom Hollis (seas100@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Jennifer Newland
Trip Difficulty: A2B

Family Ski weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia, NH

Date: Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. Suitable for kids of all ages and skill levels. Ages 8+ $95 and "Youth" Fee (ages 3 - 7) $80 includes all meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch, 2 nights' lodging in rustic inn with shared bath, lots of smiles and camaraderie!, Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register with leader Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com,508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer
Registrar: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: All Levels
Link: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH

Mt. Moosilauke Winter Day Hike

Date: Saturday, March 10

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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Moosilauke
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie (eric.robbie@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Winter Backpack to Galehead, Garfield and Lafayette

Date: Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 11

This is a winter backpack traversing the Garfield Ridge. We will summit Mt. Galehead, Garfield and Lafayette. We will camp at the Garfield Ridge campsite. Day 1 8.65 mi, +3787 ft Day 2 8.11 mi , +2607 ft Total Distance 16.70 mi If the weather is good and the group is strong we will add Mt. Lincoln. Previous winter hiking and/or backpacking experience is required and participants should be in shape for a long hike with winter loads. Gear List: Full winter gear is required including a -10°F or better sleeping bag, see links for suggested gear lists. Participants responsible for their own food.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: John Etzel
Co-Leader: Tabitha Schober
Trip Difficulty: AA3A
Link: Suggested Gear

World's End Reservation

Date: Saturday, March 10 - Saturday, March 10

5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon. Bring snack/water. From Rte. 3 exit 14, take Rte. 228N 6.5 mi., L on Rte. 3A 1.0mi. to rotary, R on Summer St. 0.5 mi. to light, L on Martin's Lane to entr. $6 fee for non-members of the Trustees of Reservations. Storm cancels. No dogs, non-AMC members, $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Hingham
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 11

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, March 11 - Sunday, March 11

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Nordic ski area http://www.waterville.com/ski-ride/nordic-center.html
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Carla Tishler (carlatishler@gmail.com)

J. Harry Rich State Forest, Groton

Date: Sunday, March 11 - Sunday, March 11

1:00pm. This is a flat stroll along a scenic former bend of the Nashua River no longer in the main flow and popular with wildlife, parts of the active Nashua River, and thru typical New England woods. Meet at the entrance on Nod Road across from Common St., 42.63009N 71.57936W, about 2 hours, moderate pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop 978-742-9014

March Ski Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 14

Come ski with us! If you are a skier or snowboarder of any type, and would like to get engaged with leading trips and helping to organize ski related events this is the meeting to be at. While the discussions are predominantly around coordinating trips and events, this is a great opportunity to get in contact with other skiers, see what we have to offer, and to find a place to help develop ski and snow related outings and events. Please contact Mike Bratina at skiing@amcboston.org for the meeting details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)

Stowe Vermont Downhill/Snowboarding Weekend

Date: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18

Join us for a weekend skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort. We will be staying at the Town and Country at Stowe. The cost of the trip per person: $408 single room, $315 double room Price includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner, tax and gratuity, 2 day lift ticket Bring your friends; they do not have to be AMC members.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Stowe
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620
Co-Leader: Jeri Schefts (schefts@bc.edu) 781-893-0467
Registrar: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620

Harvard Cabin Peaks Weekend

Date: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18

Join us for a late winter weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains and hike to nearby peaks. Plan to arrive Friday evening (before 11pm). Stay at a rustic cabin and share the preparation of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner. Fee covers Friday and Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday morning), and dinner (Saturday evening). Trail lunches and happy hour beverages are not included. BYOB. Depending on the group and conditions we will hike a 4K peak on Saturday. Plan to hike approximately 5-9 miles with less than 3,500 feet of elevation gain. If the weather forecast is for high wind a lower peak will be substituted. Sundays hike will be a leaders choice destination of a lower 4k or hundred highest peak. Alternate hikes may be substituted dependent on the weather. Register at REGI link: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1725.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Harvard Cabin (Lower, on Rte 16)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Freed (w-r-freed@comcast.net) , Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com)
Co-Leader: Angela Anselmo , Nicsa Dagger-Cain
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1725

Family Zealand Falls Hut XC ski in/out Self Service Overnight, NH

Date: Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18

Enjoy the splendor and serenity of Winter in the White Mountains as we ski to the Zealand Falls Hut for a family friendly self service overnight. We will ski at a leisurely pace enjoying good company and varied landscapes. The trail starts under tree cover, then opens up to beaver meadows and marshlands with open views of Mt. Tom. We will ski the Spruce Goose cross country ski trail that begins at and parallels Zealand Rd at the junction of rt. 302. The road is closed in the winter. We will ski gently uphill for 4.1 miles to the Zealand trail. From there, we will continue along terrain that is mostly flat with minor ups and downs, gaining a total elevation of 450 ft. along 2.5 miles to the Twinway trail junction. The hut is reached with a short but moderately steep .2 miles gaining another 200 ft, which we will likely do on foot. The self service hut has one care taker and provides access to the kitchen and utensils to cook our own meals. We carry in our own gear as well as group food and cook dinner and breakfast and clean up as a group. Accommodations included large shared bunk rooms with mattresses and pillows, but no blankets. This is a good step up trip for the novice looking to advance their winter experience. Participants should have some previous cross country and winter day hiking experience. Proper equipment and appropriate winter gear and clothing are a must! The main hut area has a small wood stove that is lit at 4 pm, for the evening (but does not get lit in the morning for breakfast). BE WARNED, the bunk rooms are unheated and could be very cold. Winter sleeping bags (0 degree) are essential. Cost is $70 for members, $80 for non-members and includes the overnight stay, dinner and breakfast. participants are responsible for their own lunches and snacks. Registrar: Rick Gershberg, rgershberg@verizon.net,617-694-1060.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: AMC Zealand Falls Hut, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 617-694-1060, Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901, Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 508-265-3093
Registrar: Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 617-694-1060
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: AMC Zealand Falls Hut

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 18

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Wunnegan Conservation Area, Boxford

Date: Sunday, March 18 - Sunday, March 18

1:00pm-3:00pm. It is easy terrain, moderate pace, will last about 2 hours. Kids and dogs are welcome. Take exit 51 off Route 95 in Boxford and head WEST on Endicott Rd. Very soon make a right on Middleton Rd. Next take 3rd left on Moonpenny Drive and then first right on Crooked Pond Dr. There is a sign for Wunnegan with a small parking area about a mile down from your last intersection on the right.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Davis

Wilderness First Aid and Recertification

Date: Saturday, March 24 - Sunday, March 25

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 will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. that are more then an hour from emergency care 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: concord ma
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1778

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 25

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mine Falls Park

Date: Sunday, March 25 - Sunday, March 25

6-mile easy walk along Nashua River, canal with 1886 gatehouse, spectacular waterfall in 325-acre park, from 9:45am-2:00pm. Bring lunch and water. Route 128 Exit 32, Burlington, to Route 3N toward Nashua. Stay right on Exit 5 lane and take Exit 5A (Simon Street), then left on Simon Street, left on Whipple Street to parking lot at the end. Heavy rain cancels. No dogs. Non-AMC members, $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Nashua
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Mark Levine (trailmark@verizon.net)

Family Winter Weekend at Sub Sig Cabin, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8

Join us for a Winter weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel … in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin ( Sub Sig) is rustic yet clean and functional with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike/ cross country skiing choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7+. Group size is limited to 15 lucky souls. Cost is $70/adult and $50/child (ages 0 - 18) for lodging, 2 breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. Register with Brian Witkov, user369128@aol.com, (978) 807-4901.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901, Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) , Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 508-265-3093
Registrar: Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Sub Sig Outing Club

April Ski Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 11 - Wednesday, April 11

Come ski with us! If you are a skier or snowboarder of any type, and would like to get engaged with leading trips and helping to organize ski related events this is the meeting to be at. While the discussions are predominantly around coordinating trips and events, this is a great opportunity to get in contact with other skiers, see what we have to offer, and to find a place to help develop ski and snow related outings and events. Please contact Mike Bratina at skiing@amcboston.org for the meeting details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)

Groton Traverse

Date: Sunday, April 15 - Sunday, April 15

1:00pm. This hike will feature an impressive variety of environments while traversing a large patchwork of open and conserved lands. We will see beaver ponds, eskers, drumlins, marshes, dry uplands, hemlock groves, open fields, pretty streams, and wide vistas from hilltops. We will meet at Williams Barn (42.6265N 71.5610W), leave some cars, carpool to the start, and end up back at Williams Barn. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop (olin@embedinc.com) 978-742-9014

Wilderness First Aid and Recertification

Date: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22

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.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: concord MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1779

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Date: Monday, April 30 - Monday, April 30

Join Family Outings Sunday evening April 30th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 or 7 or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and larger events coming up. This is followed by general trip planning. Bring your ideas to brainstorm. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly. Our meeting and trip planning agenda is more for adults. Registration required. Contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Auburndale Library, 375 Auburn Street Auburndale MA 02466
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Families Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail Multimedia Presentation, Lancaster, MA Thayer Memorial Library,

Date: Wednesday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 2

Always wanted to know about the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, conceived in 1929 as an "Outer Emerald Necklace" between I-495 and 128 mirroring Boston's famed Olmsted-designed "Emerald Necklace"? Join AMC Family Outings Wednesday evening May 2nd from 6:30 - 8 pm for a Multimedia Presentation "Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal". Dan & Marilyn Brielmann along with Alan French will be your guides taking you along the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200 mile natural wonder that arcs the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston. Dan and Marilyn, professional videographers, incorporate their video and musical talents in this documentary. Alan French, Founder and Chairman and Executive Director Emeritus of the Bay Circuit Alliance Inc. (BCA) joins to talk about the more than 25 years he was involved with this project and making it a reality. "Long Live The Bay Circuit"! Alan turned over the leadership of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) in 2012 to The Trustees of Reservations and the AMC and Kristen Sykes as lead organization. AMC is gap filling the few remaining missing trail links and provides trail stewardship. Waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available from the AMC at amcstore.outdoors.org/booksmaps/maps/massachusetts/bay-circuit-trail-map-and-guide. Online maps and trail descriptions can be found at: www.baycircuit.org/maps-guides/ This event is FREE, open to all, accessible, and light refreshments will be served. For questions and to register contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Critical Treasure, Cultural
Location: Lancaster Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Donald MacIver (maciver01460@gmail.com) 978-799-9607
Co-Leader: Dan & Marilyn Brielmann (eawakening@gmail.com) 339-788-7054, Alan French (a.french3@verizon.net)
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: A waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available at this Link

Family Friendly Wilderness First Aid Training, Concord, MA

Date: Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6

Stay tuned -- registration link will be posted soon. This 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, 235 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord MA http://www.thoreau.com/. For directions go on to the Thoreau club web page and hit the button for directions, detailed from your front door. Course fee of $130 will be reimbursed if you lead or assist for Boston Family Outings twice in a 12 month period). Questions contact: Paul Terenzi, 781-389-8115 (best time to call: before 10 pm) or firemanpaul@comcast.net.

Activity Categories: First Aid, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Thoreau Outing Club 235 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Link: Family Outings Website

Family Mother's Day Shapleigh Bunkhouse Overnight in Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Saturday, May 12 - Sunday, May 13

A weekend of spring hiking in beautiful Crawford Notch. Saturday we will hike Mt. Willard (3.2 miles) gorgeous views into Crawford Notch. Saturday night we will stay at Shapleigh Bunkhouse next to AMC Highland Center. The bunkhouse sleeps 16, is coed, heated, has bathrooms/showers and a common area. Saturday night we will make a simple pizza dinner with option to enjoy Highland Center evening program. Sunday breakfast will be at the Highland Center followed by leader's choice hike. Sunday options will depend on the groups abilities and conditions. Hike could be into Arethusa Falls, Elephants Head or into the Flume Gorge. Participants must have some previous hiking experience, but not necessarily in the White Mountains. In mid May we expect beautiful spring conditions. Space is limited to 16; registration is recommended as early as possible so you don't miss out! AMC Member Adults $80; kids age 12 and under $50. Non-member prices are respectively $90 and $60. Cost includes dinner Saturday, lodging Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday. Contact registrar Denise Boucher, denisegirish@yahoo.com, 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center, US 302, Bretton Woods, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 978-470-0243 (Before 10:00 p.m) , David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net) 508-361-0508
Registrar: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 978-470-0243
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Shapleigh Bunkhouse

Rocky Hill Sanctuary and adjoining woodlands, Groton

Date: Sunday, May 20 - Sunday, May 20

1:00pm. This is a great area to hike around in, with a beautiful point on Long Pond, beaver marshes, a heron rookerie, and more. About 2 hours, moderate pace. No dogs. Meet at the Rocky Hill Sanctuary parking area off of Robin Hill Rd. in Groton, 42.5811N 71.5311W.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop 978-742-9014

Memorial Day Family Camping at White Lake State Park, Tamworth, NH

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join us for a fun family camping trip Memorial Day Weekend at White Lake State Park in the White Mountains just a little over 2 hour drive north of Boston! Enjoy White Mountain day hike 4 - 6 miles, swimming and boating on the lake (rentals available), castles on the beach, capture the flag, campfire and s'mores! Enjoy group meals, and the company of likeminded new friends. Adults $70 for the weekend (3 nights), Kids 18 and under $50 includes campsite, 2 dinners three breakfasts, s'mores and campfire. For more information contact leaders: Naomi at tonaomirose@gmail.com Register online at link above or at http://tinyurl.com/whitelakestatepark.

Activity Categories: Camping, Hiking
Location: White Lakes State Park, Route 16, Tamworth, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com) , Paul Pichetti 617-590-6802 (text message only please)
Trip Difficulty: moderate
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Family Memorial Day Weekend Hiking, Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has rented the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Activities will be designed to fit the age range and interests of the group but will likely include a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with its gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike. For Saturday night dinner and Saturday, Sunday and Monday breakfast, we will dine next door at the Highland Center, enjoying hearty, home-cooked meals. Sunday night's dinner will be prepared by the group, and lunch fixings will also be made available on Saturday and Sunday. We will stay at the 16-bed Shapleigh Bunkhouse which is coed, heated, and includes bathrooms/showers, linens, and a common area. Space is limited to 16; registration is recommended as early as possible so you don't miss out! Prices are $220 per adult and $160 per child 12 and under. Cost includes 3 nights lodging and all meals from breakfast Saturday through breakfast Monday. Contact leader/registrar with questions and to register: Jennifer Sulewski, jensandsteves@gmail.com, 857-231-6154

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski (jensandsteves@gmail.com) 857-231-6154 (7am-9pm)
Registrar: Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski (jensandsteves@gmail.com) 857-231-6154 (7am-9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Shapleigh Bunkhouse at AMC Highland Center

Spring Cycling in the Berkshires

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join us for 25-50 mile led road rides over scenic, hilly country roads on both sides of the scenic Taconic Range along New York-Massachusetts-Vermont border (10-13 mph easy pace, but intermediate hilly terrain). $218-$258 per person includes 3 nights lodging in a relaxing country home (linens, blankets & towels included), 3 breakfasts, 2 happy hours & dinners Saturday & Sunday (meals fit for a foodie!). For more information and to register, contact Aldo. (Map below shows location of town center, not trip lodging site. Directions will be sent to registered participants only.)

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Road
Location: Hancock
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Aldo Ghirin
Co-Leader: Glenn Barnes
Trip Difficulty: Easy Pace (10-13 mph) but Intermediate Terrain
Link: AMC Boston Chapter Bicycling Committee Calendar

Memorial Day Family Weekend Backpack to Galehead & Zealand Falls Huts, NH

Date: Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28

Family Memorial Day Weekend Backpack to AMC Galehead Hut (3,800 feet) & Zealand Falls Hut (2,700 feet), both still self service. Hike three 4,000 footers in spring. Visit two AMC favorites. Galehead Hut is the most remote of the AMC High Huts with glorious views of the Pemigawasset Wilderness Area. Zealand Falls Hut is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness. Meet Saturday morning 10 am at the Gale River Trailhead to shuttle cars to our endpoint, the Zealand Trail trailhead. We will hike to the hut on The Gale River Trail (4.6 mi. 2200 ft, elevation gain 3 hrs 25 min.). After arriving at the hut we can hike up to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) &/or to Galehead Mtn summit elev. 4,024 ft.(0.5 mi., 250 ft., 25 min.). We will carry & cook our own food and prepare a group dinner & breakfast at the hut. Sunday we hike The Twinway from Galehead Hut to Zealand Falls Hut (7 miles, 1,750 elevation gain, 4.25 hours). After the steep climb to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) the trail goes mostly downhill, with a minimal climb up to the summit of Guyot (4,580 feet), and a short but steep climb up to Zealand Mountain (4,265 feet). There are 360° views from the summits of South Twin and Guyot. Peakbaggers will get both South Twin and Zealand Mountain. Monday, we hike out the Zealand Trail 2.8 miles with 650 feet elevation loss to our cars. This trip is not for beginners as the trails are moderate to strenuous (ages 8+)! Cost/person lodging, 2 dinners, and breakfast (you bring snacks & lunch) $150 members; $170 non-members. Registrar Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Galehead Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous
Link: AMC Galehead Hut

Family Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Date: Sunday, May 27 - Monday, May 28

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut ... Overnight at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites? We will hike 1.6 miles (and gain 1000' vertical feet) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. The route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the incline is moderated by switchbacks. Along the way, we will stop for snacks, look at nature and enjoy the views. Once at the hut, we have free time to explore, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Franconia Ridge across the pristine glacial lake, and relax. Come nightfall we might catch sunset. Sunday, we can take an optional 0.8 mile hike around the lake before returning to our cars. This is a great trip for families with children ages 5+ with some hiking experience. Lonesome Lake Hut is self-service this time of year. Accommodations include a bunk w/pillow (note - bunk rooms are co-ed). Participants help carry group gear and prepare group meals. Lodging, dinner, and breakfast included. Price $70/person. You are responsible for your lunch both days and trail snacks. Register and contact with questions: Laurene Poland, ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut
Region: New Hampshire, North Country
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@yahoo.com) 617-835-6532
Co-Leader: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Registrar: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Lonesome Lake Hut

Family-friendly Bicycle Tour of Cape Cod National Seashore

Date: Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17

Family-friendly bicycle tour of Cape Cod: bicycle path, farmers' market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakeries, lighthouses, & many beaches to play at. We meet Friday evening in Eastham hostel, set in a wooded area with common space, eating area, open play space, & small shared cabins. We spend the weekend visiting many attractions along the Cape Cod Bicycle Trail going out to Orleans farmers' market, Nickerson State Park, Coast Guard beach, Nauset lighthouse, PB Boulangerie bakery, Flax pond, & much more. The route is mostly flat, with many services & food stops along the way to purchase meals & snacks. Bicycle around 20-30 miles per day. Suitable for ages 10-99, $129 members, $149 non members. Trip fee includes three fun days, dinner Saturday night, two breakfasts, & two nights of lodging. We stay in small cabins with bunk beds reserved for our group & shared bath. You bring or purchase lunch & snacks during the day from one of the many services along the way. Register with Meredith, meredithdimola@gmail.com, 617-458-1744.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Cape Cod National Seashore
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
Leader: Rami Haddad (mcccxxv@me.com) 857-288-8571, Meredith DiMola (meredithdimola@gmail.com) 617-458-1744, Mildred Mugica (millie.mugica@gmail.com)
Registrar: Meredith DiMola (meredithdimola@gmail.com) 617-458-1744
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Link: Family-friendly Bicycle Tour of Cape Cod National Seashore 2017 Trip report

Lakes in the Clouds

Date: Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, June 24

Lakes in the Clouds Hut Advanced hike up to Lakes in the Cloud Hut Beautiful Views-Route (TBD) Summit Mt Washington and other nearby peaks if weather permits. Fee-Member-$139.00 Non Member-$167.00

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lakes in the Clouds Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com) , Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com)

Bicycle Tour of Lake Champlain Islands 4th Annual

Date: Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15

All the charm of Lake Champlain Islands in 35-80 flat miles over scenic Vermont pavé roads (read: some unpaved sections), country stores, Adirondack & Green Mountains views, & dips in refreshing lake water. The trip has all ingredients for relaxing yet active weekend: several stops at state parks, scenic views at every turn, multiple stops for locally fresh food, & frequent beach stops for opportunities to dip in the water. Plan on three days of riding: Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. On one of the days we will cross into Canada: bring your passport & appropriate visa for non US citizens. The Inn at the Isles is rustic with basic amenities & services, similar to a two-star motel. Food is fresh, water view is beautiful, & hosts are friendly. The Old Schoolhouse is a charming hostel of three old class rooms with no more than six people same gender, twin beds, no bunks, blackboards, books, gracious hostess, & delicious breakfast.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Rami Haddad , Karen Hall , Emily McPhillips
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Link: Trip reports from prior years

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Date: Tuesday, September 25 - Tuesday, September 25

Join Family Outings Sunday evening September 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 to 7 or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and larger events coming up. This is followed by a general trip planning meeting. Bring your ideas to brainstorm. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly. Our meeting and trip planning agenda is more for adults. Registration required. Contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Auburndale Library, 375 Auburn Street Auburndale MA 02466
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Test - Paddling Event

Date: Sunday, September 1

Test - Paddling Event - Standalone

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeffrey Carlson
Link: FOR BRAD TEST 9/19