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Lets Explore - The Blue Hills - Houghton Section

Date: Wednesday, December 8

Per new AMC policy: This hike is for those w/ Covid vaccinations. (Bring your card as proof of vaccination, or results from negative PCR test within 72 hours before hike. Leaders will have their cards. Masks: You must bring a mask. We may wear them as necessary depending on the Covid status and crowds.) 7-8 miles, about 4 hours (depending, of course, on everyone's pace.) limited to 10. Late morning to mid-afternoon. We will explore the Houghton section of the Blue Hills, while helping Joanne finish her current map. :-) So a bit of 'Trail Tracing' as well as our usual wandering about. We will include some hills. Note: Hunting season is open in the Blue Hills, however there is no hunting north of 'old 128' in the Houghton Pond section, where we will hike. . Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more!) I get help, you get trained, and everyone gets more hikes! Weather: Thunderstorms will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain. Fun is where you make it!

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Blue Hills, Milton
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton

Ski Committee Virtual Open House

Date: Thursday, December 9 - Thursday, December 9

Join author David Goodman, who the Boston Globe calls "the godfather of Northeastern backcountry skiing," for a slideshow and talk about the "Eastern backcountry bible:" the new edition of Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: Classic Ski & Snowboard Tours in New England and New York. Goodman will show photos and discuss the backcountry revolution underway throughout the northeast, as well as share secrets of his personal favorites and answer questions. Interested in learning more about the Ski Committee? We are holding a virtual "Open House" where you can "meet" the officers of the Ski Committee and some of the leaders. We will talk about the types of trips (and some already scheduled trips) we like to offer. In addition, we will have author David Goodman discussing his book, and showing some slides, regarding backcountry skiing.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: ZOOM Meeting
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marcella MacKenzie (marcelmacnz@gmail.com)

Early Snowbird - Skinning & Skiing

Date: Friday, December 10 - Friday, December 10

Winter is Coming! Time to dig out your gear, dust off the cobwebs, and pull yourself away from the computer screen. The objective is to do multiple laps up and down Wachusett Mountain. We will skin at Wachusett before the lifts open (9:00AM on Friday). We should have time for 2-3 laps or 2 to 3,000 vertical feet. Note that Wachusett encourages uphill skiers to purchase an uphill season pass online for $50. Single Day passes are not available. Plan to meet at 6:00am on the patio opposite the Polar Express Lift. Please contact the leader if you're planning to come, so we can look for you. This is an informal Greet & Go with no registration needed. We will naturally divide into groups of different paces and you will likely find others to skin up with. You should be capable of climbing at least 1,000 vertical feet and be able to ski down a groomed intermediate run. You will need to bring your own gear or borrow - no rentals are available nearby. Questions? Contact the leader.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Wachusett Mountain Resort
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Trip Difficulty: Must be able to climb 1,000' and ski intermediate
Link: Wachusett Mtn Resort

Fall Esplanade Walk - Massachusetts Bay (weekday)

Date: Friday, December 10 - Friday, December 10

Join us for the final Fall esplanade walk of 2021. This will be an "out and back" trip along Nantasket Beach reservation in Hull, with views across Massachusetts Bay. We will walk around 4 miles, at a moderate pace. Rai/snow cancels. Further details will be provided to those participants confirmed on the walk.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Nantasket Beach
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Judith Watson (jwatson03@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Holiday Harbor Walk, Boston's Seaport District

Date: Friday, December 10 - Friday, December 10

Moderate-paced 5-mi. walk along the scenic Boston waterfront, including a visit to the outdoor Holiday Market at Snowport. Bring dinner/snack and water. Meet just outside the main doors at Summer Street entrance of South Station. Please bring a mask with you in case of crowds, and we request that you've been fully vaccinated, or have had a negative test within 72 hours of the walk. Rain cancels. No dogs.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marc Hurwitz (hiddenboston@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

WHP: Blue Hills 1 (Instr)

Date: Saturday, December 11

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org. Online break-out sessions are great but they are limited and lack the hands-on experience that we have historically provided program participants. But we don't want anyone to arrive at a trailhead for a real winter hike and find out they aren't actually prepared. So pack your gear, grab your boots and mask, and ... Meet us at the Blue Hills in Milton MA for a hands-on gear review and Q&A session followed by a 4-6 mile hike. Experienced four-season leaders will have their gear, boots, and clothing on display and will review some of the skills discussed during the WHP online sessions. Please bring your own gear for review and practice, and get practical help with things like attaching snowshoes to your pack, or boots! If you have yet to get your gear, come anyway to see examples and ask questions. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Duly , Jessica Halvorsen
Co-Leader: Meredith Kraner
Trip Difficulty: Mod
Link: Register Here

Cannon Mt. Early Winter Hike

Date: Saturday, December 11

Join us for an early winter hike of Cannon Mt. This 4.5 mile hike will have 2250 ft of elevation gain, and take us over varied terrain; from mellow walks in the trees to steeper, rockier sections near the summit, and above treeline. We will aim for a moderate (book time) pace. Thanks to the ski slopes nearby, we will have the luxury of dropping into the ski lodge at the summit for a nice warm boost on a chilly day, so we might stay out a little longer than book time suggests! We won't know the snow conditions until closer to the day of the hike. Participants may need to bring microspikes, crampons, snowshoes, or some combination thereof. Leaders will update participants the week of the hike with guidance on what type of traction to bring. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Cannon Mountain
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Alex Nedzel
Co-Leader: Deb Conrady
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

Winter Workshop Hike - Nobscot Hill

Date: Saturday, December 11 - Saturday, December 11

Are you jealous that winter is coming and some of us are all excited, while you are dreading staying indoors until Spring? Come find out how we stay warm, tromp through all that deep snow, and across that slippery ice and much more. We will cover everything you need to know to become a Local Winter Hiker. It's free and you get the added bonus of joining us on a 5 mile hike through the woodland trails of Nobscot Hill and Tippling Rock.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Sudbury, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Judith Watson (jwatson03@gmail.com) , Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

WHP: Blue Hills 2 (Instr)

Date: Sunday, December 12

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Online break-out sessions are great but they are limited and lack the hands-on experience that we have historically provided program participants. But we don't want anyone to arrive at a trailhead for a real winter hike and find out they aren't actually prepared. So pack your gear, grab your boots and mask, and ... Meet us at the Blue Hills in Milton MA for a hands-on gear review and Q&A session followed by a 4-6 mile hike. Experienced four-season leaders will have their gear, boots, and clothing on display and will review some of the skills discussed during the WHP online sessions. Please bring your own gear for review and practice, and get practical help with things like attaching snowshoes to your pack, or boots! If you have yet to get your gear, come anyway to see examples and ask questions. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Duly , Jessica Halvorsen
Co-Leader: Samantha Mandel
Trip Difficulty: Mod
Link: Register Here

AMC Boston 20s & 30s Steering Committee #BeOnlineWithAMC

Date: Monday, December 13 - Monday, December 13

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

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

#BEONLINEWITHAMC - Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 14 - Tuesday, December 14

Are you an experienced AMC hiker and curious about how volunteer-led AMC hiking and backpacking activities are governed? The Boston Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee meets monthly to handle such matters as overseeing the chapter's hundreds of hiking/backpacking leaders and leader candidates, coordinating educational programs, administering our finance, setting policy, etc. Interested guests are welcome to sit in. For the particulars, contact Elizabeth Ryan, the chairperson, at chair@hb.amcboston.org. [NOTE: this is not where our leaders and co-leaders coordinate to plan specific outings -- that happens separately between the relevant individuals as each trip idea develops.]

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Elizabeth Ryan
Link: Register

Intro to Avalanche Safety (Avalanche Awareness)

Date: Tuesday, December 14 - Tuesday, December 14

Activities: Also snowboarding / splitboarding / snowshoeing / any activity that involves snow travel in avalanche terrain. Presentation and discussion providing an introduction to avalanche safety following the Know Before You Go program consisting of: A video showing the destructive power of avalanches and what you need to know to stay safe in avalanche terrain. A slide presentation with more details about how to spot avalanche danger, how to navigate in avalanche terrain, what gear to carry and how to use it, how to find a report of current avalanche conditions in your area and how to learn more about avalanches. Discussion with questions and answers. This lecture is the second in our Intro to Alpine Touring Series. Attendance at previous events NOT required. 11/9/21: Intro to Uphill Presentation ***12/14/21: Intro to Avalanche Safety*** 1/9/21: Intro to Uphill Travel @ Loon Mountain 1/14/21: Skin & Ski @ Wachusett 2/4/21 to 2/6/21: Backcountry Workshop @ Pinkham Notch

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Appalachian Mountain Club 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Alicia Ping (alicia_ping@hotmail.com)

Let's Explore - Adams Farm, Walpole, MA

Date: Wednesday, December 15 - Wednesday, December 15

Adams Farm is a new location for our Let's Explore Series, so we will learn more about it together. Roughly 6 miles in about 3 - 3.5 hours depending on our hiking speed and how many times we stop to explore along the way. So, late morning to mid-afternoon. Per new AMC policy: This hike is for those w/ Covid vaccinations. (Bring your card as proof of vaccination, or results from negative PCR test within 72 hours before hike. Leaders will have their cards. Masks: You must bring a mask. We may wear them as necessary depending on the Covid status and crowds.) Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!) Weather: Severe weather may delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Walpole, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470

20s & 30s: Holiday Lights Walk

Date: Friday, December 17 - Friday, December 17

Join fellow AMC Boston 20's & 30's for a holiday lights walk around Somerville! Every year the Somerville Arts Council hosts an Illuminations Tour with a self-guided map to houses with noteworthy holiday lights and decorations. We'll have four groups all starting from Davis Square between 6-6:30pm. Each group will walk for about 1-2 hours before convening at the holiday social at a pub in Davis after. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for walking outside for a few hours.

Activity Categories: Social Events, Walks
Location: Davis Square, Somerville
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kate Bentsen , Samantha Mandel , Katherine Blair , Bert Ruiter
Link: Register here

AMC Boston 20's & 30's 2021 Holiday Social (Taylor's Version)

Date: Friday, December 17 - Friday, December 17

Join us on the evening of December 17th in Davis Square for a holiday pub social! Ugly holiday sweaters encouraged! Exact location to be emailed to registered participants before the event.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: An undisclosed pub in Davis Square, Somerville MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jesse Waites
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register Here

Winter hike of Mt Whiteface (4,020 feet) and Passaconaway (4,043 feet)

Date: Saturday, December 18

Join us for a winter day hike of two NH 48 4,000 footers. We will hike Mt Whiteface and Passaconaway in a clockwise loop to gain really nice outlooks (the actual summits of both have no view). As we approach the ledges before the summit of Whiteface expect a steep trail and a scramble up rough rocky terrain in the last .3 miles to a ledge. We will continue along a high ridge trail that connects Whiteface to Passaconaway, joining Dicey Mill's trail to the summit and then descend via the same trail. The precipitous ledges on the south summit of Whiteface probably gave the mountain its name, and provides hikers with magnificent views slightly off the true summit. Passaconaway was named for a legendary sachem of the Penacooks, who ruled at the time of the arrival of the first European settlers. The mountain is very densely wooded. The hike is 11.3 miles with elevation gain of 3,750 feet and should take us about 8.5-9 hours, depending on conditions, at a moderate hiking pace between 1.25-1.5 MPH. As the granite slabs of Mt Whiteface are challenging in icy conditions, participants are required to have snowshoes, crampons, and microspikes, and have experience using them. We'll decide which gear we'll use on the hike as we approach the trip date. In case of emergency we ask that all participants bring a mask. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Albany, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Robert W Mackin
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

WHP: Wachusett (Instr)

Date: Saturday, December 18

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This is a chance for some fun in the outdoors and an early opportunity to gauge your physical fitness, to practice heat and energy management techniques and to ask questions of the leaders concerning equipment and hiking techniques. The hike will take place in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation near Princeton, Massachusetts. We will hike approximately 4 miles at a moderate pace and gain around 750 ft of elevation. We expect to hike for approximately 3-4 hours. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Wachusett, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Keith J Watling 508-330-8295
Co-Leader: Judith Watson
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here;

South Kinsman from the original Kinsman Notch

Date: Saturday, December 18

Join us on the cusp of astronomical winter for a journey along a much less traveled and rustic trail known as Reel Brook to the original Kinsman Notch, then on to South Kinsman. We will traverse past the Eliza Brook AT shelter, along cascades and frigid pools, across frozen bogs, and into challenging ascents up to South Kinsman. We will return the way we came. South Kinsman is the highest peak on the Kinsman Ridge Trail and the 3.4 miles from the original Kinsman Notch at Reel Brook Trail contains some of the most diverse and challenging terrain of the Ridge with many ups and downs, water crossings, a rough and scenic trail along the Eliza Brook, boulder scrambles, and steep rocky sections. The bog and log bridges around Harrington Pond is a unique and typically wet feature along the route, where we will get a nice preview of the rugged shoulder of South Kinsman that lies ahead for us to ascend. This will be a long and rewarding day. Participants should plan for trekking 10+ hours to cover 13 miles and achieve 3,600' of elevation gain. Winter hiking experience with similar distance and elevation, micro-spikes, and snow shoes required. AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance, but you may be asked to provide proof of compliance. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly. To address unforeseen challenges such as: adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Kinsman Mountain (South Peak)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Monnes
Co-Leader: Eric Ashwell
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register Here

Let's Explore - Walpole Town Forest, Walpole, MA

Date: Saturday, December 18 - Saturday, December 18

Our Let's Explore Series takes us to the Walpole Town Forest. Did you know that this forest was established in 1916 and was the first town forest in the state of Massachusetts? This forest has a rich history and our local expert will share much of this as we hike. This hike will be approximately 6 miles, depending on our hiking speed, and how many times we stop to learn more about this area. The hike will last from late morning to mid-afternoon. Per new AMC policy: This hike is for those w/ Covid vaccinations. (Bring your card as proof of vaccination, or results from negative PCR test within 72 hours before the hike. Leaders will have their cards. Masks: You must bring a mask. We may wear them as necessary depending on the Covid status and crowds.) Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!) Weather: Severe weather may delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Walpole, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470

20s and 30s: Volunteers & Goats vs. Invasive Plants at Habitat Sanctuary

Date: Saturday, December 18 - Saturday, December 18

Do you love goats and/or hate invasive plants? Combine both passions at a volunteer session on Saturday, December 18! Join AMC Boston 20s & 30s to help remove invasive species and overgrowth, as well as herd Nigerian dwarf goats (that eat invasive species!) to and from the project site. Note: If there is snow on the ground, we will help with shoveling, packing down trails for snowshoeing, and some animal tracking/wildlife observations. Option to get lunch in Belmont after.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Location: Habitat Sanctuary, Belmont, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jenna Whitney (jenna.l.whitney@gmail.com) , Katherine Blair

Hike Mt. Waumbek

Date: Sunday, December 19

Join us for a hike to Mt. Waumbek, a 7.2mi out and back hike with 2,600 ft of elevation gain. Our path will take us over Mt. Starr King, a 52WAV peak with amazing views on a clear day, to the summit of Mt. Waumbek, a 4000-fter with a treed summit. Participants are expected to have recent hiking experience. Participants should have snowshoes and microspikes; we will decide the week of the hike what is appropriate for the expected conditions. We will travel at a moderate pace (1.5 to 2 miles an hour), and plan to get an early start to maximize daylight time for hiking. In case of emergency we ask that all participants bring a mask (a face covering with ear loops, not a buff). To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Waumbek, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Deb Conrady
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

20s & 30s Somerville Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk

Date: Sunday, December 19

Join AMC Boston 20s & 30s for Somerville's Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk! The course will take us through many of Somerville's squares before finishing up on the community path. This run/walk supports a number of local non-profits and participants will also have the opportunity to donate a toy or gift card to the Toys for Local Children charity. To find out more about the event visit the registration page below.

Activity Categories: Running
Location: Somerville
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Justin Gallo
Co-Leader: Anna Goodheart
Link: Register here

WHP: Whiteface Passaconaway (Level 3)

Date: Sunday, December 19

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join Pete Osler and Pam Wilmot for a hike bagging Whiteface and Passaconway--2 of the 48 four-thousand footers in New Hampshire's White Mountains. This trip is difficult in the summer--long, lots of vertical, significant scrambling, with exposure--winter will bring its own set of challenges! About the hiking--weather permitting, we'll ascend Whiteface via the Blueberry Ledges trail--lots of scrambling, some exposed ledges that can be terrifying when covered with ice (note that Whiteface has full-on southern exposure, so icy conditions are at best brief--but we can definitely get unlucky :-). There will be multiple foot-gear changes as we transition from gentle hiking in snow-shoes lower down, to steep ascending, to an extended period of scrambling (crampons or microspikes), back to snow-shoes at the top. We'll take a nice long break on the (could be) sunny ledge near the top providing extensive views of the Belknaps, Lake Winnepesauke, and the Ossippees. We will bag the top of Whiteface en route to Passaconway via the Rollins and Dicey's Mill trails. We will have a long gentle walk out via the latter. Note that the Rollins and Dicey's Mills trails are both on my 'hidden gems of the Whites' list! The total distance is about 10 miles, total climbing is probably around 4 thousand feet. We'll be moving most of the time, except for short breaks for foot gear changes, temperature regulation, hydration, and fueling. Your systems need to be well thought out and practiced--you should be able to hydrate and eat without taking your pack off, you need to know how to regulate your temperature across a wide range without stopping, getting into and out of snow shoes / micro spikes / crampons should be quick and well-practiced, deploying and stowing gear should be quick and easy--don't freak out if you're not there yet with all of these, you have time to practice and I'm here to help you get polished up! To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Ferncroft
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Osler , Pam Wilmot
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

Let's Explore: Winter Trail Tracing in the Blue Hills

Date: Wednesday, December 22 - Wednesday, December 22

For vaccinated hikers, or those with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of each hike. Participants must bring your Covid card to your first hike. Masks must be brought, but will only be required in cases of extreme crowding, etc. Trail Trace the Blue Hills - In the winter! For the past few months, we have been exploring different locations each trip. For the next 3 months, we are going to explore every trail in the Blue Hills. How does this work? We will hike from 10 - 2 (or so) every Wednesday and Saturday. About 8 miles each trip, depending of course on the elevation gain that trip. (Some weeks will be 'flat', like Fowl Meadow. Then there are weeks where we will climb Great Blue, or Buck Hill, multiple times.) Each week will pick a new area and hike all (as in every inch of every trail) of the trails in that area. We will send out an Information Sheet several days before each hike to give you all the information you will need such as parking, section we will hike, and our best estimate of the elevation gain and trail conditions as we know them at that time. We ask you to decide if a hike is the right match for your interests and abilities. For example, some of us love elevation gain and a good workout and some prefer gentler terrain. We will have plenty of both to choose from. "Trail Tracing" - Sometimes this seems a little silly at first, as we hike some long out- and-back just to touch the fence at the end, or walk all around the little triangles at intersections. But, once you get into it, and especially after you finish your first map and earn a patch... well, it can become addictive. ( Says the guy who has done every trail 14 times, and the lady who has done them 7 times!) Weather: Thunderstorms or extreme winds will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. We won't cancel because of rain. Active snow storms may impact us, not because of the snow while hiking, but because of travel and parking. So, if this sounds good, register quickly, as space is limited. We hope to run this series of hikes as a "Register once, come when you want." series.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Southeast
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470
Registrar: Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470

Mt. Liberty winter hike

Date: Sunday, December 26

Join us for an out and back moderate pace hike of Mt. Liberty in the Franconia Range. This day hike is 8 miles round trip with 3,250 ft of elevation gain and for about 7 hours. This rocky, open summit features incredible 360 degree views. This will be a long, strenuous day with potential exposure to weather, a "taste" of above-treeline in winter. All participants must present a copy or image of their vaccination record for COVID 19 or proof that they have received a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the hike. Participants are required to bring a mask to wear during any emergency or similar situation that requires people to be within close proximity for an extended period of time. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Liberty
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Fatemeh Haghighatjoo
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register here

Adams (and possibly Madison) in winter

Date: Wednesday, December 29

Winter above treeline trip to Mt Adams. We'll hike at a moderate pace, but this will be a very strenuous hike none the less. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: white mountains
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) 978-448-9837, John Sanford
Co-Leader: Fatemeh Haghighatjoo
Trip Difficulty: strenuous
Link: register here

Let's Explore: Winter Trail Tracing in the Blue Hills

Date: Wednesday, December 29 - Wednesday, December 29

For vaccinated hikers, or those with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of each hike. Participants must bring your Covid card to your first hike. Masks must be brought, but will only be required in cases of extreme crowding, etc. Trail Trace the Blue Hills - In the winter! For the past few months, we have been exploring different locations each trip. For the next 3 months, we are going to explore every trail in the Blue Hills. How does this work? We will hike from 10 - 2 (or so) every Wednesday and Saturday. About 8 miles each trip, depending of course on the elevation gain that trip. (Some weeks will be 'flat', like Fowl Meadow. Then there are weeks where we will climb Great Blue, or Buck Hill, multiple times.) Each week will pick a new area and hike all (as in every inch of every trail) of the trails in that area. We will send out an Information Sheet several days before each hike to give you all the information you will need such as parking, section we will hike, and our best estimate of the elevation gain and trail conditions as we know them at that time. We ask you to decide if a hike is the right match for your interests and abilities. For example, some of us love elevation gain and a good workout and some prefer gentler terrain. We will have plenty of both to choose from. "Trail Tracing" - Sometimes this seems a little silly at first, as we hike some long out- and-back just to touch the fence at the end, or walk all around the little triangles at intersections. But, once you get into it, and especially after you finish your first map and earn a patch... well, it can become addictive. ( Says the guy who has done every trail 14 times, and the lady who has done them 7 times!) Weather: Thunderstorms or extreme winds will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. We won't cancel because of rain. Active snow storms may impact us, not because of the snow while hiking, but because of travel and parking. So, if this sounds good, register quickly, as space is limited. We hope to run this series of hikes as a "Register once, come when you want." series.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Southeast
Leader: Bob Vogel , Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470
Registrar: Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470

Eisenhower in winter

Date: Thursday, December 30

Winter above treeline trip to Mt. Eisenhower. Moderate pace but strenuous hike none the less. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: white mountains
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) 978-448-9837, John Sanford
Co-Leader: Mary Anargirou
Trip Difficulty: strenuous
Link: register here

WHP: New Year's Day on Mount Monadnock (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, January 1

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us to hike Mount Monadnock on New Year's Day 2022. Even though the mountain only stands at about 3,100 feet, its "above tree-line" summit is exposed to everything Mother Nature has to offer. We will hike approximately 5 miles and gain about 1,600 feet elevation at a moderate pace. Full winter gear including snowshoes/traction will likely be required to navigate the ledges and rock scrambles on our proposed route. Participants will have attended one of the WHP instructional trips this season or have prior winter hiking experience. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, Monadnock Region
Leader: Stephen Duly
Co-Leader: Cezanne Cartier
Trip Difficulty: Vig
Link: Register Here

Let's Explore: Winter Trail Tracing in the Blue Hills

Date: Saturday, January 1 - Saturday, January 1

For vaccinated hikers, or those with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of each hike. Participants must bring your Covid card to your first hike. Masks must be brought, but will only be required in cases of extreme crowding, etc. Trail Trace the Blue Hills - In the winter! For the past few months, we have been exploring different locations each trip. For the next 3 months, we are going to explore every trail in the Blue Hills. How does this work? We will hike from 10 - 2 (or so) every Wednesday and Saturday. About 8 miles each trip, depending of course on the elevation gain that trip. (Some weeks will be 'flat', like Fowl Meadow. Then there are weeks where we will climb Great Blue, or Buck Hill, multiple times.) Each week will pick a new area and hike all (as in every inch of every trail) of the trails in that area. We will send out an Information Sheet several days before each hike to give you all the information you will need such as parking, section we will hike, and our best estimate of the elevation gain and trail conditions as we know them at that time. We ask you to decide if a hike is the right match for your interests and abilities. For example, some of us love elevation gain and a good workout and some prefer gentler terrain. We will have plenty of both to choose from. "Trail Tracing" - Sometimes this seems a little silly at first, as we hike some long out- and-back just to touch the fence at the end, or walk all around the little triangles at intersections. But, once you get into it, and especially after you finish your first map and earn a patch... well, it can become addictive. ( Says the guy who has done every trail 14 times, and the lady who has done them 7 times!) Weather: Thunderstorms or extreme winds will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. We won't cancel because of rain. Active snow storms may impact us, not because of the snow while hiking, but because of travel and parking. So, if this sounds good, register quickly, as space is limited. We hope to run this series of hikes as a "Register once, come when you want." series.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Southeast
Leader: Bob Vogel (newt665@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470
Registrar: Joanne Newton (newt665@comcast.net) 508-215-9470

Ski In / Ski Out at Sunday River Ski Resort

Date: Friday, January 7 - Sunday, January 9

Join us for a fun weekend of skiing, dining, and socializing with fellow skiers. Two days of skiing/telemark/snowboarding at Sunday River Ski Resort. Two nights B&B lodging at the on-mountain Grand Summit Hotel. Trip includes double occupancy rooms, private bath, two full buffet breakfasts, 2-day lift ticket. Bring your friends; they do not have to be AMC members. Price $379 PerPersonDoubleOccupancy, $549 for a single room. Pass Holders subtract $130 We will be making a group reservation for dinner in the Camp Restaurant at the Grand Summit for dinner Saturday evening (meal not included in trip cost). Signing up for the trip early guarantees a spot. We are running the trip using Riteway Travel Agency so you need to sign up for the trip and pay using their website. Payment is required to sign up. Link: https://www.ritewaytravelagency.com/index.php?link=trip&id=4 When you sign up on their website please put "AMC" in parenthesis after your name as well as emailing the amc leaders Jeri Schefts and Barbara Amoroso that you are going.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620, Jeri Schefts (schefts@bc.edu) 781-893-0467
Trip Difficulty: all levels

WHP: Highland Center Winter Weekend (Level 2)

Date: Friday, January 7 - Sunday, January 9

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a weekend of level 1-2 dayhikes in scenic Crawford Notch. We will stay in a heated, comfortable bunkroom (the Shapleigh studio) of the AMC's Highland Center on Friday and Saturday nights, and do any of a number of hikes (including some 4000 footers) that start right from the bunkroom door; the hikes will be chosen by the leaders to suit the conditions and participants. Saturday dinner and Saturday/Sunday breakfasts are included. Cost is $150 AMC members/$155 non members. Moderate fitness and full winter gear required; some winter gear can be borrowed from the Highland Center (Please call the Highland Center and ask for more information about the Gear Room). Hikes will be of 6 - 9 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 2500 - 3000 feet. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly , Reji James (james.reji@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Larry Takiff
Trip Difficulty: Vig
Link: Register Here

Craftsbury Outdoor Center Cross Country Ski Weekend

Date: Friday, January 7 - Sunday, January 9

Please join us at one of the largest cross country ski centers in New England. All inclusive package includes food and lodging. A photo of your completed vaccination card is required to be submitted to the leaders prior to being approved on the trip.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Loutzenheiser (dloutzen@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Mikhail Nitko
Link: Registration Here

WHP: Gunstock/Rowe (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, January 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. These two peaks in the Belknap Range offer a gentle introduction to the NH mountains in winter. After a steady climb, we'll have a nice ridge walk with occasional peek-out views, culminating in a broad sweep of Lake Winnipesaukee from Gunstock's summit. Our route covers 6.7miles and climb 1670'. We aim for a moderate-to-relaxed but largely steady pace and should finish in 5-6 hours. This trip is suitable for WHP participants with a solid base of three-season hiking experience and regular exercise. All participants must present a copy or image of their vaccination record for COVID 19 or proof that they have received a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the hike. Participants are required to bring a mask to wear during any emergency or similar situation that requires people to be within close proximity for an extended period of time. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Gunstock Mountain, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Meredith Kraner
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

Get Carters: A Winter Hike to the Carters

Date: Saturday, January 8

Join us hiking the three 4000 footers, Carter Dome (4,832'), Carter Middle (4,610'), Carter South (4,430') in the White Mountains. Weather permitting, we can expect nice views of the Presidential Range from the ridge and may attempt to tag Mt Hight, which offers one of the best views the Presidential Range in all the Whites. Expected distance is ~12 miles with elevation gain ~4200 ft. Specific route TBD closer to hike. Our pace will be moderate (~1.5 to 2 mph). This hike is considered rigorous and strenuous. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Carter-Moriah Range
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eric Robbie (eric.robbie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jesse Waites
Trip Difficulty: Strenous
Link: Register Here

WHP: Waumbek (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, January 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. We will visit Mt Starr King (3914 ft) and Mt Waumbek (4006 ft). From the trailhead, the route up and over Mt Starr King to Mt Waumbek is 3.6 miles long, with 2500 ft elevation gain. We will retrace our steps to return the same way we came in. (Round trip 7.2 mi.) There are viewpoints (if the weather cooperates) near both peaks without real 'above treeline" exposure. This is a moderately paced hike. Reasonably good fitness level and full winter gear is required. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. If you do not have all the gear, but are interested in participating, please contact the leader. I have extra of some of the gear (e.g. microspikes) that I may be able to lend out to 1-2 participants.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jim Robinson
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

WHP: Franconia Ridge (Level 3)

Date: Saturday, January 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Come join Pete Osler and a Joe Sahl for a fast-paced hike along one of the classic White Mountain ridges. This trip is targeted towards in-shape hikers looking to sharpen their winter mountaineering skills. We'll ascend Mt Lafayette via the Greenleaf trail. At 3 miles in and 3 miles up we'll take a brief stop at the AMC's Greenleaf Hut that'll allow us to pivot to full above tree-line gear before we ascend the last 1 mile and 1000 feet to the top of the mountain. There we'll pick up the Franconia Ridge trail and cover the next 2.5 miles heading south with 360 degree views as far as Massachusetts, Vermont, Canada, and Maine (all on a good day). When we reach Little Haystack Mountain, we'll descend 4 miles back to the parking lot via the Falling Waters trail. This winter hike is a real treat. We'll be exposed to the full brunt of the White's above-tree line weather. Because the exposure can be deadly, we'll need to be ready to pivot at the trail head to an alternate, safer hike, if necessary--Liberty and Flume? Kinsmans? Cannon? However, getting up and across the Franconia Ridge is our destination and we'll do everything to make that happen. This trip is targeted towards in-shape hikers who are interested in upping their winter game. Be prepared to be moving the entire time, save for short periods to adjust insulation and foot gear. Be prepared to eat on the move, and to drink from your water bottle without taking off your pack. Your well-thought-out systems for thermo-regulation, hydration and nutrition, and foot gear are key here. Your foot gear and ice-tools should be strapped to your pack in such a way that they're easily deployable, but at the same time will stay attached in a gale or a slide. Don't worry if your systems aren't completely up to snuff--that is what we (your leader and co-leader) are here to help you get dialed in before the trip. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Franconia Notch
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Osler
Co-Leader: Joe Sahl
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

Intro to Uphill - Loon Mountain NH

Date: Sunday, January 9

Join us for a day of skinning-up and skiing-down Loon Mountain. This event is tailored towards those new to uphill travel or could use more practice. Participants should be proficient downhill skiers / snowboarders, capable of comfortably navigating intermediate or advanced downhill slopes. The event is open to those using split boards, alpine touring or telemark gear though instructor familiarity is limited to alpine touring and telemark equipment. Rentals are available in Lincoln and there will be alpine touring and telemark instructors available to teach basics on attaching skins, switching bindings, efficient climbing techniques and heat management. Participants should also be capable of climbing 2,000 - 4,000 vertical feet. We will have fast and slow groups so you can climb at a comfortable pace. Registration is required with a $10 fee to cover instructor passes. Contact the leader for questions and further details.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: stephen baker
Link: Trip Registration

WHP: Tecumseh I Sunday (Level 1)

Date: Sunday, January 9

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. The objective of this hike will be to give WHP participants experience in hiking a White Mountain four thousand footer in winter conditions. Attention will focus on gear layering, appropriate food and fluid intake and, hopefully, the use of foot traction, including microspikes and snowshoes. It is an excellent opportunity to use new skills, test gear and physical ability while getting to know other hikers in a pleasant and educational setting. Experienced leaders will assist with winter techniques and questions about hiking, and the Appalachian Mountain Club itself. Round trip of approximately 5 miles at a moderate pace with an elevation gain of 2,300 ft. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly , Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: Mod
Link: Register Here

WHP: Gunstock/Rowe 2 Sunday (Level 1)

Date: Sunday, January 9

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. These two peaks in the Belknap Range offer a gentle introduction to the NH mountains in winter. After a steady climb, we'll have a nice ridge walk with occasional peek-out views, culminating in a broad sweep of Lake Winnipesaukee from Gunstock's summit. Our route covers 6.7miles and climb 1670'. We aim for a moderate-to-relaxed but largely steady pace and should finish in 5-6 hours. This trip is suitable for WHP participants with a solid base of three-season hiking experience and regular exercise. All participants must present a copy or image of their vaccination record for COVID 19 or proof that they have received a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the hike. Participants are required to bring a mask to wear during any emergency or similar situation that requires people to be within close proximity for an extended period of time. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Gunstock Mountain, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Liz Francis
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

20s & 30s Book Club: Underland

Date: Tuesday, January 11 - Tuesday, January 11

Join AMC Boston 20s & 30s for an environmental-themed book club! Our next book will be "Underland: A Deep Time Journey" by Robert Macfarlane. We will gather at Lamplighter Brewery to discuss the book. Synopsis: "In Underland, Macfarlane delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. He takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come."

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Lamplighter Brewery
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kate Bentsen
Link: Register here

WHP: SubSig Cabin Wknd 1 (Level 2)

Date: Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Sub Sig cabin is located in Hart's Location, NH - about 10 miles south of the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. The cabin has heat and electricity, a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy living/dining room, a 2 room sleeping area with mattresses, a 2 stall HEATED outhouse, and even a small library and assortment of games. The cabin does NOT have running water. Leaders and participants are expected to bring 2 gallons of water for personal use, along with sleeping bags and their own breakfasts and trail lunches. Sub Sig Cabin will be opened by the Leaders early Friday evening and all participants should aim to arrive by 9.00 pm having eaten dinner on the drive up. Dinner will be provided on Saturday night, but participants will be responsible for their breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday as well as meal and cabin cleanup. We will hike 5 to 10 miles each day (hopefully, Mt Cabot on Saturday and Mt Tecumseh on Sunday) and gain as much as 3,000 ft in elevation. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt-out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, White Mountains, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith J Watling 508-330-8295, Pat Grimm
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register here;

WHP: Tecumseh II (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, January 15

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a moderately paced hike up the east slope of Mt. Tecumseh, a 4000-footer in the Waterville Valley. This out-and-back hike will cover 5 miles and climb 2,300 feet. The mileage is low and the going mostly easy; the one prolonged steep climb is non-technical. There's a good lookout on the Waterville area partway up and a nice look at the Tripyramids from the summit. Our route is entirely in the trees, with a little weather exposure up high. We'll get an early start to avoid the crowds and have plenty of time for practice. The objective of this hike will be to give WHP participants experience in hiking a White Mountain four thousand footer in winter conditions. Attention will focus on gear layering, appropriate food and fluid intake and, hopefully, the use of foot traction, including microspikes and snowshoes. It is an excellent opportunity to use new skills, test gear and physical ability while getting to know other hikers in a pleasant and educational setting. Experienced leaders will assist with winter techniques and questions about hiking, and the Appalachian Mountain Club itself. All participants must present a copy or image of their vaccination record for COVID 19 or proof that they have received a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the hike. Participants are required to bring a mask to wear during any emergency or similar situation that requires people to be within close proximity for an extended period of time. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Tecumseh, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Navaneeth Kalluru
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

Winter Backpack to the Kinsmans

Date: Saturday, January 15 - Sunday, January 16

Join us on overnight trip to the Kinsman's. Approximately 11 miles round trip ~ 3,200 feet elevation gain. The pace will be slow, but strenuous because of heavy packs. We will summit both North and South Kinsman' and overnight in tents at the Kinsman Shelter. We should assume there will be limited spots in the shelter. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Kinsmans Shelter
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: John Etzel
Co-Leader: Edward Batutis
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

Strafford VT Nordic Center XC Touring

Date: Saturday, January 15 - Saturday, January 15

Join us for a day of scenic touring on cross country skis at the Strafford Nordic Center, Vermont's newest premier cross-country skiing center! Located just 10 minutes off I-89 and 2 1/2 hours from Boston MA and Hartford CT. Their "30K trail system is currently hosted on two locally owned, well-known farms. The usual base lodge and trailhead area are located at Rockbottom Farm, a working organic dairy farm and home of the Strafford Organic Creamery [yummy chocolate milk for that post-workout pick-me-up]. Scenic ski trails are hosted on Rockbottom Farm's spacious fields, rolling hills, and wooded expanses. Additional trails and the lodge and parking for this season are hosted on Tamarack Hill Farm, long known for its high-level equestrian training, gorgeous scenery and challenging terrain. While enjoying a day of skiing on these two majestic Vermont farms, take in the long range views of Vermont and New Hampshire from the ridgeline on the Outer Loop trail. If cruising is more your style, try out the rolling fields and winding woods trails. Whatever type of skier you are, we have the nearby trails you've been looking for." From their website. We will meet at the lodge at 10 AM and head out as soon as possible thereafter. We will meet back at the lodge at 4:30 PM, and for those who would like to apres-ski and share dinner, the leader and co-leader will have a dining spot worked out in the Lebanon, NH area off I-89, enabling a quick get-away home after apres-ski/dinner (only for those with proof of vaccination; given changes in covid-19 virus variants,public health protocols, etc., this proposal for post-event indoor socializing may be terminated per the leader's request or per AMC policy). Please check out the website for more information on the ski center: all participants need to arrange their passes, either online or at the lodge. If enough participants (10 or more, including the co-leader and leader) register ahead of the date, we may be able to secure discounted passes. Leader will notify you a few days in advance of the date of that discount availability. This trip is primarily for intermediate XC skiers or above. If you are a beginner/novice, you can join us and take a lesson/rent skis at this center: you need to arrange lesson and rental, as well as the ski pass on your own. We recommend limiting time indoors such as the center's lodge due to possibility of unvaccinated persons. Leader will be eating out-of doors at the xc center.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: 170 Brook Rd, Strafford VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Aldo Ghirin
Co-Leader: Heather Mills
Registrar: Heather Mills
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate or Above
Link: Strafford Nordic Center Home Page

WHP: Cannon (Level 2) (MLK Monday)

Date: Monday, January 17

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org. The 2021/22 WHP is full and not accepting more participants. We will hike up Cannon Mountain via the Kinsman Ridge Trail from Franconia Notch at a moderate pace, on a crisp, winter day. We will hike 4.2 miles round trip, with 2200' of elevation gain over. Portions of the route are steep, and others afford us brief above-tree line exposure with 360-degree views from the summit tower, including a breathtaking angle on the Franconia Range 'across the street'. We'll also take advantage of our location by warming up and using the bathroom at the full-service summit lodge before we descend. Full winter gear is required for this trip, including snowshoes, microspikes, and crampons. Please note this is a Monday, MLK Day, trip. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Pam Wilmot (phwilmot@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

Zealand Hut in the Winter

Date: Saturday, January 22 - Sunday, January 23

Zealand hut in the Winter.. Experience the self-service hut in the winter.. Cooking our own meals ..wood stove for heat in the kitchen area, cozy unheated bunk rooms. We will hike up Zealand Road 3.8 miles to Zealand Trail, follow the river, for a total of 6.6 miles one way, 1,100 feet of elevation. Full winter gear required. Proof of Covid Vacination required.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Jefferson, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Now

WHP: Avalon/Willard (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, January 22

Join us for a moderately paced hike up 1 or 2 peaks of the 52 with a view (52WAV), Mt. Willard (2800ft) and Mt. Avalon (3400ft). Mt. Willard has magnificent views of Crawford Notch and has one of the finest views in the White Mountains for the effort required. Mt. Avalon offers one of the best views of the Willey range. This hike is 6.6 miles and 2550ft elevation gain if summitting both peaks. This hike is ideal for someone in reasonable hiking shape wanting to practice snowshoe/microspike technique. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Yvette Marts
Co-Leader: Bert Ruiter
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here:

The North Remembers: A Winter Hike to Mount Cabot

Date: Saturday, January 22

Winter is coming! And to the North we shall go! Join us for a day trip to the northernmost 4000 footer in the White Mountains, Mount Cabot (4,170'). Sitting within the New Hampshire's Pilot Range, Mount Cabot was named in honor of the Italian explorer Sebastian Cabot. This is a 9.6 mile out and back hike with approximately 3,000 feet of elevation gain. We will hike at a moderate pace (1.5-2 mph). Planned route is York Pond Trail, to Bunnell Notch Trail to the Kilkenny Ridge Trail, which then climbs steeply towards Mt Cabot. Nearby it's wooded summit is a no-frills cabin where we can take shelter for lunch and enjoy views to the west (weather dependent of course). To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Cabot
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eric Robbie (eric.robbie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Judith Watson
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

Learn to Telemark

Date: Saturday, January 22 - Saturday, January 22

Here is your opportunity to try Telemark skiing with rental gear and instruction. Why Telemark? This style of skiing with a free-heel provides seamless backcountry mobility from flat terrain to Mt Washington. Boots are more comfortable with a flexible bellows at the toes. It is an aerobic sport that builds leg strength and balance. For the price of a lift pass (TBD) we will offer nordic, novice, intermediate, and advanced instructors to challenge and learn new techniques. Rental boots and skis are available from Gunstock resort for most foot sizes (check availability). For nordic skiers, this is a chance to learn to turn on your backcountry touring gear. We will also cover snowplow, hockey stops, and telemark. Registration is required. Signup now and start practicing lunges. Free your heel and the mind will follow.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Telemark
Location: Gunstock Mountain Resort
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jeff Barrell , Gregory Maslowe
Trip Difficulty: all abilities
Link: Gunstock Ski area

WHP: No. and So. Kinsmans (Level 3)

Date: Saturday, January 29

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. We will hike up the Kinsman Mountains from Franconia Notch at a moderate pace. The hike is about 9.5 miles round trip, with 3500' of elevation gain over varied terrain. Portions of the route are relatively steep, and others have brief above-tree line exposure. Full winter gear is required for this trip, including snowshoes and crampons. This is a Level 3 trip, participants will be expected to have at least one Level 1 or 2 WHP hikes or have comparable winter experience. Please update your REGI profile to assist screening. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly , Pat Grimm
Co-Leader: Jesse Waites
Trip Difficulty: Stre
Link: Register Here

WHP: Jackson (Level 2/3)

Date: Saturday, January 29

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Mt Jackson's elevation is 4,052 feet with a moderately steep trail. The reward is a open summit with beautiful views into Crawford Notch and north to Mt. Washington. The trailhead begins in Crawford Notch close to the Highland Center. The hike is just over 5 miles (round trip) with 2,100 feet of elevation gain. We plan on a comfortable pace and hiking time will vary depending on the group, weather, and trail conditions. Participants will have an opportunity to practice winter hiking skills and use of gear in expected variable winter conditions. The last hundred or so feet to the summit is a hand scramble up ledges, fully exposed to the weather. As such, full winter gear is required for this trip, including snowshoes, crampons, and above-treeline face and eye protection. This is a Level 2/3 trip, participants will be expected to have at least one Level 1 or 2 WHP hikes or have comparable winter experience. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Jackson
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eric Robbie (eric.robbie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Marcelo Knapik
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

XC Ski: Waterville Valley!

Date: Saturday, January 29 - Saturday, January 29

All abilities and beginners welcome! Join us for a day of machine cut track kick and glide skiing on Waterville Valley's 70+ km trail network. We will likely split into two groups; one moderate to vigorous-paced group may stay out on the trails all day and the other relaxed to easy-paced group may ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. In both cases, you can either bring your own lunch or buy one from a cafe in Waterville Valley. If you are on the trails all day, be prepared to carry your lunch! There isn't a remote Yurt or warming hut, so the weather may influence if people want to stay outside all day or not. Ability Level & Pace: Beginner to advanced skiers welcome on our tour. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending this trip, or take a lesson in the morning and ski with the group in the afternoon. The group will likely break into a relaxed/easy paced group and a moderate/vigorous group. Extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. Trail Passes: Participants should self-pay the $24 center trail fee. Please see the Waterville Valley Nordic trail pass website for details about costs http://www.waterville.com/nordic-passes/. Conditions: These trails are machine groomed for both skate and classic skiing, and trails are patrolled. Trip may run in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult the co-leader with questions. Ski conditions, trail map and driving directions are available at the Waterville Valley Adventure Center website below. Registration & Waiver: This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. Register for the trip on by clicking on the "Register Now" button on the AMC Club System. This will gather your info and an emergency contact and will click you through an electronic waiver. If you haven't yet created an AMC log-in it will walk you through creating one (however, you don't need to be an AMC member to attend). Gear List: Rent Nordic XC skis/boots/poles onsite or bring narrow XC skis/boots/poles for machine cut tracks. Very small daypack or fanny pack with 1l water, snacks, spare jacket, lip balm/chapstick, sunglasses, spare gloves, and balaclava or hat. Wear clothing, gloves, hat, balaclava, glasses/goggles per expected weather. Use map from adventure center and/or GPS app on smartphone for navigation. Detailed directions here (or denote that a leader will follow up with you) Meet at the touring center at 9:30am and be prepared to be fully equipped and ready to ski off (or attend a beginner lesson) at 10:00am.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Town Square
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mary MacDonald 978-887-4202 (text is preferred) , Mike Barry
Trip Difficulty: Relaxed to Vigorous
Link: Waterville Valley Adventure Center

WHP: Moosilauke (Level 3)

Date: Sunday, January 30

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. We will hike approximately 8 miles (2,600 ft elev. gain) at a moderate pace over varied terrain. The majority of the hike will be within the protection of the trees however, the summit area is completely above tree line and fully exposed to the elements with no shelter available. This Level 3 trip will be a great opportunity for participants to sample the above tree line experience. Full winter gear is required for this trip, including face-coverings, snowshoes and crampons. This is a Level 3 trip, participants will be expected to have at least one Level 1 or 2 WHP hikes or have comparable winter experience. Please update your REGI profile to assist screening.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly , Pat Grimm , Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register Here

Ski to the B-52 from Lyford Lodge

Date: Sunday, January 30 - Thursday, February 3

Come ski with us on a unique advanced BC tour from AMC's Lyford Pond Camps (LPC) to the B-52 crash site on the northwest shoulder of Elephant Mountain near Greenville, Maine. As a bonus, we will also seek out the tail section, which is on AMC's property on the southwest shoulder of Elephant Mountain. Trails and snow conditions will vary greatly; the surfaces are a combination of dirt roads, trails and some bushwacking. Snow conditions will vary from some of AMC's groomed trails to snowmobile trails to totally untracked snow. We will strive to make the grades moderate, but there may be some shorter steeper sections. Thus, full skins and metal edged BC skis with at least about a 70/55/65mm profile are required. High topped leather or possibly lighter plastic boots are recommended, depending on your ski ability in BC conditions. We will meet in Greenville at Northwoods Outfitters on Sunday, then drive and ski as a group from the winter parking lot to Lyford Pond Camps, approximately 7 miles; on Thursday we will reverse this. You can have one duffel bag brought in by snowmobile at an additional $25 per bag per trip (book on your own) or carry all your own gear for free. We will have three full days Monday to Wednesday for attempts to get to the B-52; these are long days at about 15 miles. If we reach our objective early in the trip there is lots of terrain to explore. Detailed itinerary and maps/gps files will be shared with participants. We will be staying in a rustic but cozy and comfy cabin at Lyford Pond Camp that will have a mix of bunks/beds. Heating is by wood stoves. Our cabin may not have electric power, but overnight charging can be had in the main lodge and cabins are lit by propane lamps. Dining will be hearty and healthy and served family style in the main lodge dining room. Wine/beer are available for purchase/consumption in the main lodge. Participants are welcome to BYOB for consumption in the cabins. Per AMC policy, cancellations > 14 days prior receive a full refund minus a $25 fee and < 14 days prior will forfeit the full amount. Please see the trip brochure on the web links for more detailed info. Please register via the AMC Activities database and the leaders will follow up with you. Also please feel free to contact Mike Barry at mikebarry657@mac.com or 617.257.2251 or Peter Logan at mtnmanlogan@gmail.com or 978.436.1798 to sign up and for questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Lyford Lodge
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251, Peter Logan
Trip Difficulty: Advanced
Link: Trip Brochure

Maine Woods Ski Touring Trip @ West Branch Pond Camps

Date: Thursday, February 3 - Sunday, February 6

Come join Mike and Jim for four days and three nights of front and back country ski touring in the Maine Woods! Home base will be rustic cabins at the West Branch Ponds Camps. Each day we'll head out in two groups: a "front country" group led by Mike that will glide along low and medium pitched trails that have been expertly groomed by our host Eric and his friendly team, and a "back country" group led by Jim seeking out some steeper terrain, trail blazing and bushwhacking as we explore the nearby bowls and peaks. If you have the appropriate equipment and skills, you are welcome to join whichever group suits your fancy that day! Each night we'll reconvene at WBPC and enjoy a hearty dinner and breakfast the next morning in the communal dining room as we swap stories about the day's adventures. If tracked skiing is your thing, bring your light classic touring XC skis and boots (such as Fischer Superlight with 48-44-46 profile) and be ready to ski 10-15 miles and up to 1,000' of vertical each day. If you want to hang with the back country crowd, bring your wider 55-70mm metal edged skis, gaiters, and climbing skins (or at least kicker skins) for the uphill sections, and expect 6-10 miles and up to 1,500' of vertical each day. See link below for a suggested packing list. Of course, due to variable weather and snow conditions, the leaders will adjust the itinerary as needed each day for the safety and enjoyment of the group. We'll meet in Greenville, ME at noon on Thursday, Feb 3 and leave Greenville by noon on Sunday, Feb 6, so that you'll be able to make the 4.5hour drive from Boston leaving early Thursday morning early and getting back to Boston by Sunday night. Carpools will be facilitated. Regarding COVID, participants do need to be comfortable with sharing a cabin with 3-4 others and eating in a communal dining room. We will encourage folks to spread out to the extent possible, but we cannot guarantee 6' spacing at all times. We welcome the use of masks, but note they are not required. As of now, AMC doesn't require or ask vaccination status, but that may change by the time of the trip.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Mike Barry , Jim Hutchinson
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Vigorous
Link: West Branch Pond Camps

Backcountry Ski and Ride Workshop

Date: Friday, February 4 - Sunday, February 6

Come ski or ride the backcountry of Mt. Washington! The Backcountry Ski and Ride 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 and for general downhill-oriented snow sliders (splitboarders, telemark skiers and alpine touring skiers), offering basic instruction as well as more advanced groups focused on a full day of touring. The workshop will be based out of Pinkham Notch with tours and instruction happening on Mt. Washington and 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 if needed. Cost for the workshop is $210 members / $260 non-members. Please contact registrar Cheryl Hacker for more information.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Gregory Maslowe , Jeff Barrell
Registrar: Cheryl Hacker

WHP: Winter Backpacking (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 5 - Sunday, February 6

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. The purpose of this trip is to gain experience and learn techniques for backpacking comfortably and safely in the backcountry in Winter. You'll experience the magic of camping in the snow at a beautiful site. We will hike along a relatively level trail off the Kancamaugus Highway for about 2 miles, and camp at a sheltered location along a brook. After setting up camp, we will climb to the summit of Mt. Passaconaway (about 3 additional miles and 2500' elevation gain) and then return to camp. We will practice Winter camping and cooking skills and learn strategies for body heat management while backpacking in Winter. On Sunday, we will hike out after breakfast. The proposed camp site (low elevation and only an hour from the road) will allow us to be more flexible on required gear than if we were camping at a more remote site. Pace will be moderate. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Conlin (stephen.conlin@gmail.com) 781-254-5345, Eric Robbie
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

WHP: SubSig Cabin Wknd 2 (Level 4)

Date: Friday, February 11 - Sunday, February 13

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Sub Sig cabin is located in Hart's Location, NH - about 10 miles south of the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. The cabin has heat and electricity, a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy living/dining room, a 2 room sleeping area with mattresses, a 2 stall HEATED outhouse, and even a small library and assortment of games. The cabin does NOT have running water. Leaders and participants are expected to bring 2 gallons of water for personal use, along with sleeping bags and their own breakfasts and trail lunches. Sub Sig Cabin will be opened by the Leaders early Friday evening and all participants should aim to arrive by 9.00 pm having eaten dinner on the drive up. Dinner will be provided on Saturday night, but participants will be responsible for their breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday as well as meal and cabin cleanup. We will hike 10 to 12 miles each day (hopefully, North and South Twin on Saturday and Mts Willey, Field and Tom on Sunday) and gain as much as 3,500 ft in elevation. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt-out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, White Mountains, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith J Watling 508-330-8295, Pat Grimm
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register here;

Mont Orford Quebec Winter Sports Weekend

Date: Friday, February 11 - Monday, February 14

Enjoy a classic winter sports weekend at Mont Orford National Park. Activities include cross country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking, ice skating, and spas and more. Current passport and completed vaccination card is required for this trip. A PCR test is required within 3 days before entering Canada.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark, Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Magog, QC
Region: International
Leader: David Loutzenheiser (dloutzen@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Eli Meir
Link: Registration Here

XC Skiing @ Waterville Valley

Date: Sunday, February 27 - Sunday, February 27

Join us for a day of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing on Waterville Valley's 70+ km trail network. We will likely split into two groups; one may stay out on the trails all day and the other may ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. In both cases, you can either bring your own lunch or buy one from a cafe in Waterville Valley. If you are on the trails all day, be prepared to carry your lunch! There isn't a remote Yurt or warming hut, so the weather may influence if people want to stay outside all day or not. Ability Level & Pace: Novice to advanced skiers welcome on our tour. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending this trip, or take a lesson in the morning and ski with the group in the afternoon. The group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group. Extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. Trail Passes: Participants should self-pay the $24 center trail fee. Please see the Waterville Valley Nordic trail pass website for details about costs http://www.waterville.com/nordic-passes/. Conditions: These trails are machine groomed for both skate and classic skiing, and trails are patrolled. Trip may run in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult the co-leader with questions. Ski conditions, trail map and driving directions are available at the Waterville Valley Adventure Center website below. Registration & Waiver: This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. Register for the trip on by clicking on the "Register Now" button on the AMC Club System. This will gather you're and an emergency contact info and will click you through an electronic waiver. If you haven't yet created an AMC log-in it will walk you through creating one (however, you don't need to be an AMC member to attend). Gear List: Narrow XC skis/boots/poles for machine cut tracks. Very small daypack or fanny pack with 1l water, snacks, spare jacket Lip balm/chapstick, sunglasses, spare gloves and balaclava or hat. Wear clothing, gloves, hat, balaclava, glasses/goggles per expected weather Use map from adventure center and/or GPS app on smartphone for navigation Detailed directions here (or denote that a leader will follow up with you) Meet at the touring center at 09:30 and be prepared to be fully equipped and ready to ski off at 10:00.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Adventure Center
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mikhail Nitko (mnitko@gmail.com) , Mike Barry
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate+
Link: Waterville Valley Adventure Center

Craftsbury Outdoor Center Cross Country Ski Weekend

Date: Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6

Please join us at one of the largest cross country ski centers in New England. All inclusive package includes food and lodging. A photo of your completed vaccination card is required to be submitted to the leaders prior to being approved on the trip.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Loutzenheiser (dloutzen@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Heather Mills
Link: Registration Here

WHP: Pierce/Eisenhower (Level 2/3)

Date: Saturday, March 5

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to enrolled participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp21@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a climb up beautiful Mt. Pierce (4312 ft), a 6 mile roundtrip expedition to amazing views of the valley, Mt. Washington, Mt. Eisenhower, and northern Presidentials (views are weather permitting of course!). The last tenth of a mile is above treeline. 2,400 ft of elevation gain. We will hike in two groups and if the weather is good, the faster section will continue to Mt Eisenhower (extra 3 miles and 1200 ft of gain total all above treeline for a total of 9 miles and 3600 ft gain). If this extension is offered, one group will descend directly from Pierce as well. The extended hike requires that we move along and is an level 3 rather than a level 2 hike. It is a good training hike for the above treeline workshop. Crampons are required for the extended hike (see below) To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Pam Wilmot (phwilmot@gmail.com) , Eric Robbie
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register

Advanced Backcountry Skiing Weekend - Eastern White Mountains NH

Date: Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20

Join us for a weekend of backcountry skiing in several Granite Backcountry Alliance glade zones in the White Mountains, while staying at the Evans Notch lodge in Gilead, Maine. For Saturday, we will likely split into two groups for a full day trip to ski the Baldface or Crescent Ridge backcountry zones, or similar terrain depending on conditions. Half day backcountry skiing on Friday and / or Sunday will likely involve the Cooley Jericho or Maple Villa Glade. This trip is particularly geared towards experienced backcountry skiers who are looking to meet new folks and explore challenging terrain. Skiers must have familiarity with their backcountry ski gear and be comfortable skiing black diamond-level terrain under variable conditions. If backcountry conditions are not favorable then the trip will involve resort skiing at some combination of Sunday River, Wildcat, Bretton Woods and / or Black Mountain. Participants will be asked about past skiing experience before acceptance. Our group will travel at a moderate pace. All participants should be prepared for vigorous aerobic exercise, likely involving 5+ miles and 2,500+ vertical feet of uphill climbing ("skinning") per day. Lodging and meal costs for the trip are estimated at $100 per person, depending on final attendee count. If costs come in lower than advertised then the difference will be refunded to participants. In the event we have to switch to resort skiing, lift tickets for any resort skiing are additional and will be purchased directly by trip participants.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Gregory Maslowe , Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: Steve Baker
Link: Trip Registration