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Boston 20s & 30s Game Night

Date: Monday, November 18 - Monday, November 18

Join us for a night of board games and card games to remember! Bring your favorite board game or come to play something you haven't before. Game night will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; come for whatever time frame works for you. There may be light snacks but you should plan on figuring out dinner plans on your own. You are welcome to bring food for yourself or to share.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Christina Castedo , Shannon MacKenzie
Link: Sign up here

WHP Participants ONLY: Meet your Counselor/Social Event

Date: Tuesday, November 19

This event is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Here is your chance to meet and hang out with WHP counselors who have a great deal of winter hiking experience and are happy to advise you. Your counselor is someone who will answer questions about the Winter Hiking Program (WHP), assist you in choosing appropriate hikes as well as suggesting tips on winter gear. Each of you has been assigned a counselor and many will be at this event to offer advice and guidance.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: N/A
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Mt Pisgah Hike

Date: Wednesday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 20

Enjoy a 6 mile loop on Mt. Pisgah in Berlin Ma. This is the highest point (715 feet) in Northborough. It features a hardwood forest on former farmland and two scenic vistas to the east and Boston. We expect the hike to take 3 hours walking at a moderate pace with stops. We will meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start at the Smith Road access point. There are no bathrooms at the parking lot.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Berlin MA
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Joan Blaustein (blausteinjoan@gmail.com) 617-669-3528 (Before 9:30 PM) , Emily McPhillips (emcp@me.com) 339-223-9675 (Before 9:00 PM)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register here External link

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Lexington, MA

Date: Wednesday, November 20 - Wednesday, November 20

Join us Wednesday evening November 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the home of Trip Leader, Marsha Fox, in Lexington, MA for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments (can serve as dinner). Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 - 7 pm or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and big events coming up. This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) , Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Andrew Germain (andy.germain@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register Here

Boston Chapter AMC Ski Committee Open House

Date: Thursday, November 21 - Thursday, November 21

OPEN HOUSE 6:00 - 8:30 PM Come to this informational and social ski committee event where you can speak to ski leaders/co-leaders about upcoming trips. Get psyched about the upcoming ski season and speak with like-minded people about your passion for skiing. There will be ski committee members with experience in downhill, cross country, telemark, and back-country skiing. You will have an opportunity to learn about some of the upcoming trips and workshops offered by the Boston Chapter Ski Committee. There will also be a 20 minute presentation about back-country skiing by Mike Bratina. Light refreshments will be served.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marcella MacKenzie
Registrar: Marcella MacKenzie

Gym Night at MetroRock

Date: Thursday, November 21 - Thursday, November 21

Come join us for our monthly gym night at MetroRock in Everett on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm! We will meet outside the locker rooms. Look for Heidi and Lorenzo in AMC shirts to be paired with a partner. If you arrive late come find us around the gym!

Activity Categories: Rock Climbing
Location: MetroRock, Everett
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Heidi Morris , Lorenzo Antinori

LEADERS/CO-LEADERS ONLY Harvard Cabin Weekend

Date: Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24

Please note: This event is open to current Boston Chapter Leaders and Co-Leaders ONLY. Harvard Cabin weekend to show those that have never been to HC or led an event there how much fun this weekend can be. The weekend will include instructional session that covers how to run a Harvard Cabin event in different seasons as well as the optional hikes available in the area.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training
Location: White Mountains, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Casey Ajalat , Mark Warren
Trip Difficulty: Varies
Link: Register Here

20S & 30S Leaders/Co-Leaders Only Beginner Hike in the Blue Hills

Date: Saturday, November 23

Please note: This event is open to current Boston Chapter Leaders and Co-Leaders ONLY. We are trying to learn from each other so we can be better leaders and post more hikes Join us for a beautiful hike at the Blue Hills Reservation. Be prepared for a 3-4 hours hike at a moderate pace through some rugged, hilly terrain. Weather may be chilly so bring lots of warm layers.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chaoran Xie (chaoranxie@gmail.com) 617-237-0880
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register Here

Circumnavigate 3 ponds, Lincoln

Date: Saturday, November 23 - Saturday, November 23

9:00am-2:00pm. Explore beyond Walden: a 10 mile loop around Walden, Farrar, and Flint Ponds with great forest and water views. Modest elevation gains, but we'll walk at a fast 2-2.5mph pace so that we can complete the loop in 4-5 hours. Rain or shine, so dress appropriately, and bring water and lunch. Meet at the Lincoln Schools, 6 Ballfield Rd, Lincoln MA - make 1st legal left in the parking lot before Smith School 42.423156,-71.316076. Questions: Jim Hutchinson. Leader: Gail Ferreira; CoLeader: Jim Hutchinson

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Gail Ferreira
Co-Leader: Jim Hutchinson 508-259-9272

Young Members Thanksgiving 5k

Date: Thursday, November 28 - Thursday, November 28

Join Young Members for the Gobble Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving morning 5k! This is an official 5k race out of Davis Square. See the registration for more details.

Activity Categories: Running
Location: Somerville, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Justin Gallo , Zoe Rath
Link: Register Here

Holiday Hike - Lynn Woods, Lynn

Date: Thursday, November 28 - Thursday, November 28

5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, and snacks. Dress for the elements. I-95/Route 128 to Walnut Street exit, 4 miles. From Route 1, Walnut Street exit, 2 miles. Turn left on Pennybrook Road to Western Gate parking lot. No dogs. Cancel if rain. L Nelson Caraballo

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nelson Caraballo 617-548-8579 (11am -2pm)

Post-Thanksgiving Day Blue Hills Skyline Hike

Date: Friday, November 29

Join us for our traditional Black Friday hike in the Blue Hills. We will hike at a moderate pace from the Shea Rink (651 Willard St., Quincy) to Chickatawbut Hill and back. This will be a 5-6-mile hike mostly on the Skyline trail. The trail has some rocky and steep sections so some experience is needed. We will stop as needed for snacks/water and lunch and to take in the views. Dress in layer and wear appropriate footwear. Bring rain gear, hat, and gloves. Hiking poles are recommended. No dogs. Rain will cancel the hike. Please check the website for last-minute information. Start time is 10:00 am. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier so we can leave promptly at 10:00. Registration for this hike is not required, but feel free to contact the leader if you have any questions.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation, Quincy, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Maria Costantini (mgccare@comcast.net)
Co-Leader: Barbara Lightizer

Annual Ayer & Groton Hills Walk

Date: Friday, November 29 - Friday, November 29

10:00am-3:00pm. Get far away from shopping malls on Black Friday and join the longest continually running hike in the AMC. We'll explore the natural areas between the Nashua River and the Snake Hills. Exact route determined on the fly. Some bushwhacking possible. Around 7 mi, 5 hours. Bring warm clothes and lunch. Meet in in NW corner of the parking lot behind Nashoba Hospital on Groton Road in Ayer, 42.57878N 71.57399W. L Olin Lathrop

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

Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond

Date: Friday, November 29 - Friday, November 29

5 mi. mod.-paced hike, 10:30am-1:30pm. Bring lunch+water. I-93/Rte. 128 exit 2A to Rte. 138S for 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course pkg lot on L. Storm cancels. No dogs. Leader: Beth Mosias

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

Family Thanksgiving Weekend AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Friday and Saturday nights after Thanksgiving. Great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Late fall hiking is awesome with views unobstructed by leaves, cool temperatures, and no bugs! Hikes will be designed to fit the ages and interests of the kids including a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike. We will stay at the 16-bed Shapleigh Bunkhouse which is coed, heated, and includes bathrooms/showers, linens, and a common area. Friday night dinner will be prepared by the group while Saturday night we will dine next door at the Highland Center, enjoying hearty, home-cooked meals. Saturday and Sunday breakfasts will also be buffet style next door at the Highland Center. Lunch fixings Saturday are included as well. Space is limited to 16; register early so you don't miss out! $150/adult and $100/child 12 and under includes 2 nights lodging and all meals from dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday. Contact the leader: David Beck - davidbeckrph@comcast.net - (508) 361-0508

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net)
Co-Leader: David Beck
Link: Register here

Family Thanksgiving AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Date: Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1

Enjoy turkey w/cranberry sauce and pecan pie with a small group of families at AMC Lonesome Lake Hut the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is a great trip for families with some experience hiking! We hike 1.6 miles, (950 ' elevation gain) to the hut at a kid-friendly pace. Late fall hiking is awesome with views unobstructed by leaves, cool temperatures, and no bugs. We carry our sleeping bags, lunches and snacks, water and mountain gear. The group carries in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepares it together in the hut kitchen. We have free time at the hut to explore, enjoy the breathtaking views of Franconia Ridge across the pristine glacial lake, and relax. Sunday is an optional hike 0.8 miles around the lake before returning to our cars. Lonesome Lake Hut is second newest and southernmost hut of AMC's 8 huts, built in 1964. The main building is the dining room and kitchen while 46 guests sleep in separate bunkhouses. The dining room is toasty warm with a fire going in the evening, though the bunk rooms are unheated. Bunk rooms are co-ed in order that we can keep families together. This trip is best for ages 5+. Participants help carry group gear and prepare group meals. Price $70/person ($80 for non-members) includes lodging, dinner, and breakfast. You are responsible for your lunch both days and trail snacks. To register click on "Register Now" button above or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2546. For questions contact: Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net or 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: AMC Lonesome Lake Hut, Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Moderate w/late fall conditions
Link: Register Here

Family Thanksgiving AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Date: Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1

Enjoy turkey w/cranberry sauce and pecan pie with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Thanksgiving Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, woodstove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 6 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast. Register w/Denise Boucher-denisegirish@yahoo.com, 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: AMC Cardigan Lodge 774 Shem Valley Rd Alexandria, NH 03222
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Margarita Balmaceda (Margarita.Balmaceda@shu.edu) , Matt Sullivan (mattpsullivan@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
Link: Register Here

Middlesex Fells - Out and Back to Wright's Tower

Date: Sunday, December 1

Join us on a 4 mile hike from the Sheepfold to Wright's Tower and back. We'll hike at a moderate pace (1-1/2 to 2 mph) and have lunch at the overlook. Winter gear and hiking experience required. (Limited to 12 Hikers) L Nancy Cahn

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nancy Cahn (njcahn@gmail.com)
Registrar: Nancy Cahn (njcahn@gmail.com)

AMC Boston Chapter - Executive Committee meeting

Date: Monday, December 2

The next meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Boston Chapter Executive Committee will be on Monday, December 2, 2019. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members. Meeting Location: AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129. Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Cindy Crosby

AVALANCHE AWARENESS TALK

Date: Wednesday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 4

Being in the mountains in the winter can be a very fun and magical experience. But like all outdoors activities there are hazards that we need to be aware of. Avalanches are one of those winter specific hazards and they do happen in the Northeast. If you would like to learn more about avalanches and start learning about how to avoid this hazard, this talk is a great place to start. During this hour long presentation we will go over the basics of avalanches using some local examples and discuss steps you can take to be avalanche aware. Become more outdoors educated; see cool photos and videos of winter activities; connect with other winter outdoors enthusiasts; get stoked for snow - there is a whole lot of awesome here. The talk will be held on Wednesday December 4, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the AMC City Square location.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering, Instruction (Skills), Skiing
Location: City Square
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)

2020 AMC Boston Ice Program

Date: Wednesday, December 4 - Sunday, February 9

The AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee plans to offer its annual Ice Program in Winter 2020. The Ice Program is an immersive, 40-hour, 100% volunteer-run instructional program designed to teach waterfall ice climbing to students with Class 5 outdoor rock climbing skills and winter sports experience. The Ice Program is a fun, inclusive, community-oriented experience that enables students to learn safe, efficient ice climbing techniques and practices in a supportive environment. The Ice Program begins with a free informational lecture at Arc'teryx Newbury Street (352 Newbury Street, Boston, MA) on Wednesday, December 4th 2019 at 7:00 pm. Attendance at this first lecture is mandatory for all prospective students. Students admitted to the Ice Program will receive two evenings of instruction on Wednesday January 8th 2020 and Wednesday February 5th 2020, both at Arc'teryx Newbury Street. Admitted students also receive two hands-on weekends of instruction in the White Mountains of New Hampshire January 24-26, 2020 and February 7-9, 2020. Online registration opens Sunday November 10, 2019. For more information please contact ice@amcbostonclimbers.com or visit https://www.amcbostonclimbers.com/ice-program

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Harvard Low Cabin, Glen, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Matthew Drayer
Link: AMC Boston Ice Program

AMC Boston Climbers Holiday Party 2019

Date: Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 6

This is the annual event where we see old friends and new, climbers active and inactive, kids, and friends of the Boston climbing community. The party will once again be held at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, MA, on Friday the 6th of December. We'll gather with friends, tell tale tales, be merry, give and receive awards, and gamble on raffle items! Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:30pm. Email holidayparty@amcbostonclimbers.com with any questions unanswered here. Details: When: Friday, December 6th Where: Sandy Burr Country Club, Wayland Time: Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:30pm. Meal: Dinner is provided. Please bring a dessert to share! Cost: Adults $25, Children (6-12) $7 (Children under 6 are free) Awards: Please send nominations for the Scott Sanberg Memorial Award to awards@amcbostonclimbers.com We also present humorous awards and look forward to seeing nominations from you about your partners and climbing friends. Email awards@amcbostonclimbers.com with your submissions.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Sandy Burr Country Club, 103 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Eric Engberg , John Trotter
Link: Award Descriptions

Early December Hike to the Hancocks

Date: Saturday, December 7

Join us for an early December hike up both Mount Hancock and South Hancock Mountain, two of NH's 48 4kers, where we will cover 9.8 miles and 2,600 ft of elevation gain in total. Our pace will be moderate - 1.5 to 2 mph - but less if we are breaking trail. We will encounter several brook crossings, steep and rough terrain some in sections, and potential blowdowns at elevation. Although we will not be going above treeline, there are lookouts that offer great views of the White Mountains. Full winter gear is required, including insulated winter boots, micro spikes, snowshoes, and potentially crampons. Pretzl, the hiking dog, will be joining us. This hike can be combined with the Sunday trip to Mt. Pierce (as known as Mt. Clinton). Contact Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night) at leaders owned facility.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith Watling , Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Gino Caligiure
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Avalon/Willard Winter Warm Up Hike

Date: Saturday, December 7

Hike two of the 52WAV with us on this early winter hike to Mt Avalon and Mt Willard. If the weather cooperates, we'll get the two best views across Crawford Notch from the west. This hike is two connected out-and-back hikes, totaling 6.9 miles with ~2,450 ft of elevation gain. We'll hike at a pace on the slow side of moderate, and anticipate finishing in book time or a little longer, i.e. in 5-6 hours. There is one stream crossing that may not be fully frozen at the time of this hike, and we expect to encounter ice and snow on the trail. This is a good hike for graduates of previous years' winter hiking programs that want to get their gear snowy this year!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Avalon
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Alex Nedzel
Co-Leader: Deb Conrady
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register here

WHP Participants ONLY: Middlesex Fells Warm-Up Day Hike (Basic)

Date: Saturday, December 7

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. A fun opportunity to figure out how to carry all your winter gear, and to ask questions of the leaders concerning equipment any other topics covered in the Winter Hiking Program while hiking on real trails but without the drive to the Whites. . If the weather cooperates, we'll also have a chance to practice heat and energy management as well.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Middlesex Fells
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Wachusett Day Hike (Basic/Level 1)

Date: Sunday, December 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Mt. Wachusett (2,006'). 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 and gain around 750 ft of elevation. We expect to hike for approximately 3-4 hours.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Wachusett
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: C3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

December Hike to Mt. Pierce (also known as Mt. Clinton)

Date: Sunday, December 8

Join us for an early December hike to Mt. Pierce (4,312 feet) in the Presidential Range. Mt. Pierce, formerly known as Mt. Clinton, is one of the 48 4k peaks in the Southern Presidentials. Formerly called Mount Clinton for governor DeWitt Clinton of New York, it was renamed after President Franklin Pierce, the only president born in New Hampshire. We will hike the Crawford Path, which, originally created in 1819, is the oldest maintained hiking trail in the country. We will climb 2,714 feet of elevation gain over approximately 6-6.5 miles, over rocky terrain, through lush and mossy forest, and into the alpine zone. Above treeline, the summit of Mt. Pierce offers spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt. Washington. High winds are typical in the winter. Full Winter gear and previous experience of hiking above treeline in Winter are required. Pretzel, the hiking dog, will be joining us. This hike can be combined with the Saturday trip to the Hancocks. Contact Joe about accommodations ($9/person/night) at leader owned facility.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Pierce
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Mary Anargirou
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

FAMILY HIKE ON WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN

Date: Sunday, December 8

Let's hike to the summit of Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA, with other like-minded families. We will cover about 3 miles with approximately 800 feet of elevation gain. This will be an easy route to the top, at a comfortable moderate pace, where we can stop for lunch, explore the tower, and enjoy the views. Kids of all ages are welcome. Contact Co-Leader Girish Rao with questions: denise.girish@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Princeton, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Amy Kelliher
Co-Leader: Debi Garlick , Girish Rao
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: Register Here

Mt Tremont Winter Warm Up Hike

Date: Sunday, December 8

Join us for a pre-winter hike to Mt Tremont, one of the 52 WAV peaks. As the name suggests, if the weather cooperates, we anticipate great views from the ledgy summit. This hike is an out-and-back totalling 5.6 miles with ~2,550ft of elevation gain. We'll hike at a pace on the slow side of moderate, and anticipate finishing in book time or a little longer. There is a major stream crossing that may not be fully frozen at the time of this hike, and we expect to encounter ice and snow on the trail. This is a good hike for graduates of previous years' Winter Hiking Programs that want to get their gear snowy this year!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Tremont
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Casey Ajalat
Co-Leader: Deb Conrady
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register here:

Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 10 - Tuesday, December 10

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@hbbostonamc.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 (chair@hbbostonamc.org)

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Jackson Winter Day Hike (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, December 14

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This hike is open to all participants of the Winter Hiking Program. 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. Mt Jackson's elevation is 4,052 feet with a moderately steep trail. The trailhead begins in Crawford Notch across from 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Mt Jackson
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt Starr King (52WAV) & Mt Waumbek (NH4k) (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, December 14

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Mt Waumbek
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Late Fall hike to Passaconaway

Date: Saturday, December 14

Join the leaders and Pretzel, the hiking hound, for a late, late fall trip to Passaconaway (~10.0mi, 2,900' gain). If conditions permit, we might do Whiteface first. Contact Leader Joe about accommodations the night before or the night after the trip ($9/person/night) at leader-owned facility.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Passaconaway
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Wil Hall
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register here

Early winter hike to Mt. Flume

Date: Saturday, December 14

Join us on an early winter hike to Mt. Flume (4,328 ft). This will be an out-and-back hike along the Osseo Trail. Expect cold and wintry conditions, We will encounter steep wooden ladders and staircases near the summit. Elevation gain will be 3,150 ft with a round trip distance of 11.2 miles. Full winter gear required and the hike will be limited to 10 participants.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Flume, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Monnes (pjmjn22@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jen Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: A2B
Link: Register here:

Young Members Skyline Trail in the Middlesex Fells - Last Fall Hurrah!!

Date: Saturday, December 14

Come celebrate the last weekend of fall with Young Members!! Join us for a beautiful hike along the Skyline Trail in the Middlesex Fells with fantastic views of the Boston skyline and the surrounding area. Hike will be roughly 7 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain at a moderate pace spanning 4-5 hours. As we are approaching the winter months, expect to be prepared for cold weather (lots of layers). Because we will be completing several steep ascents on rocky outcrops under potentially icy conditions, microspikes will be required. This is not a trip for beginners.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Middlesex Fells Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Justin Gallo (jusgallo@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Meredith Kraner (AMC.Meredith@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Early Snowbird - Skinning & Skiing

Date: Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, December 14

Winter is Coming! It is time to prepare your gear and your body for the upcoming season. The plan is to hike-up and ski-down Pat's Peak near Concord, NH. Pat's Peak has 750 vertical feet and allows skinning on their man-made snow. For those new to 'uphill' travel, there will be AT and telemark volunteers available to teach basics on attaching skins, efficient climbing techniques, as well as heat management. This is an excellent opportunity to practice hiking up, transitions, and skiing down as we will attempt several trips up and down this large hill (almost a mountain). Contact leaders for questions on rentals and/or skins. For those already familiar with skinning, this is an opportunity to kick out cobwebs and train on snow. This will be an informal gathering and you are welcome to move at your own pace or group up with others or sit out a lap. We will meetup for lunch and afterwards for those interested in apres-ski beverages. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required, particularly for those desiring instruction and info on car pooling. Until then, Think Snow!

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Pat's Peak
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Trip Difficulty: Skiing groomed snow at Pat's Peak - not difficult

Whitney and Thayer Woods, Cohasset

Date: Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, December 14

Brisk pace 8 mi. hike along rolling hills including a holly grove, Oden's Den, Weir River Farm and scenic lunch on Turkey Hill. Bring lunch, water and sturdy hiking boots. From Rte. 3 (exit 14) take Rte. 228 north for 6.5 mi. through Hingham. Turn right on Rte. 3A east and follow for 2 miles and take a right into Trustees of Reservations entrance and parking at Howes Ln. in Cohasset. If needed additional parking is available across Rte. 3A at the Cohasset Commuter Rail in designated parking spots for Whitney and Thayer Woods. No dogs. Storm Cancels. Leader Beth Mosias

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

Walden Pond, Concord

Date: Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, December 14

Moderate pace 5 mile walk, across grassy meadows and through hemlock forest, to scenic Walden Pond. Visit a cove, once inhabited by Henry Thoreau. Enjoy sit-down break, on the shore of Walden. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at China Ruby Restaurant, in nearby Maynard, at around 2:00pm. Meet 11:00am, at Lincoln Train Station commuter parking lot. From Route 2, take Route 126 South for 2 miles. Turn left on Codman Road, follow to end. Turn left, see Train Station on left. L Brian Connolly

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Brian Connolly 508-820-7786

Habitat Audubon Sanctuary, Belmont - Celebrate the Solstice Walk

Date: Saturday, December 14 - Saturday, December 14

Celebrate the Solstice Walk. The Winter Solstice arrives in just one week. We'll take a slow-paced nature walk through forests and fields and around a pond focusing on plant ID of bare trees, naked shrubs and winter weeds as the natural world prepares for winter. We'll also talk about fun and interesting natural history about the Winter Solstice as well as about the plants we see. 1:00-4:00pm. From Rte 2, Exit 59 go west on Rte 60/Pleasant St. 0.6 miles. Right onto Clifton St, first left on Fletcher Rd, bear left at fork, next left on Juniper Rd. 0.2 miles to Sanctuary at #10 Juniper Rd. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. Leader: Boot Boutwell

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

Feel the wind on Straightback Mountain and Mt Major

Date: Sunday, December 15

On this hike up Straightback Mountain and Mt Major, we will focus on spending time in exposed sections of the hike appropriately handling the weather, rather than worrying about summiting. Our intended route will go up and around both peaks, has about 1,585 ft of vertical gain over 6.1 miles, and should take us 4-5 hours. This is a great chance to work on above treeline (ATL) hiking skills and help decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not. As such, we will go even in marginal conditions, breaking trail as needed. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience. Strong Winter Hiking Program participants who have already completed a Level 1 hike are welcome on this hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Straightback Mountain
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Jim Hutchinson
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register Here

December Hike to Mt. Tecumseh

Date: Sunday, December 15

Join us for a mid-December hike to Mt. Tecumseh (4,003 feet). Mount Tecumseh is in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains. It is the shortest mountain on the AMC's official 4,000 footers list. Mt. Tecumseh is named after the leader of the Shawnee Native American tribe. Views to the immediate north include Mt. Osceola, the highest peak in the region. East, across the valley, is the Tripyramid Massif, which includes North Tripyramid and Middle Tripyramid. We will hike from the Waterville Valley Ski Area and will have 2 water crossings. We will climb 2,300 feet of elevation gain over approximately 5 miles, over steep, challenging, rocky terrain. Full Winter gear, including microspikes and snowshoes, is required. Poles are recommended.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Tecumseh
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Monnes
Co-Leader: Mary Anargirou
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Tecumseh Winter Day Hike (Level 1)

Date: Sunday, December 15

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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. This hike is open to all participants of the Winter Hiking Program. 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 with an elevation gain of 2,300 ft.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Tecumseh
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

20s-30s AMC Boston Yulefest 5k Run

Date: Sunday, December 15

Join AMC's Young Members for Yulefest 2019! Yulefest is a festive holiday 5k race that takes place in Harvard Square and features a post-run block party where you can enjoy snacks, beer and cider from local brewers. Registration for Yulefest is required beforehand. Yulefest benefits Cambridge Family & Children's Service. All ages welcome!!!

Activity Categories: Running
Location: Harvard square, Cambridge
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Rath , Justin Gallo
Co-Leader: Jesse Waites
Link: Yulefest Sign Up

Horse Hill Nature Preserve, Merrimac, NH

Date: Sunday, December 15 - Sunday, December 15

A moderate 5 mi. forest loop hike at a comfortable pace on well maintained trails through scenic woodlands. Pond views, beaver lodges and dams.and historic sites. 9:30am-2:00pm. Lunch at unusual bench with brook views and footrest. This area is approx 14mi north of the NH/MA border. Head north on Rte. 3 toward Nashua, NH. and at the state line continue on the Everett Tpk. Take Exit 11, turn left onto Continental Blvd and then an immediate right at the first cross street onto Amherst Rd. Parking on left just under 3 mi. GPS address is 184 Amherst Rd, Merrimac, NH. L Mark Levine

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Mark Levine
Link: Preserve information website

Groton Town Forest to Fitch's Bridge

Date: Sunday, December 15 - Sunday, December 15

1:00pm-3:00pm. We will start in the scenic Town Forest, with eskers, kettle holes, unusual bogs, hemlock groves, and more. Then we will use Groton's extensive trail system thru a string of conservation lands to end at Fitch's Bridge over the beautiful Nashua River. About 2 hours, moderate pace. Meet at Fitch's Bridge, 42.62549N 71.60886W. Park by either end, but note that cars can't cross. About 2 hours, moderate pace. L Olin Lathrop

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

20's & 30's Winter Social

Date: Monday, December 16 - Monday, December 16

Join us for a fun, festive evening filled with food, drinks, and merriment! Your ticket includes a Mexican dinner buffet, a holiday cookie to decorate, and an entry into the door prize drawing. You'll have the opportunity to learn about upcoming AMC hikes, trips, socials, and volunteer opportunities. You don't have to be an AMC member to attend - all are welcome! Cost: $15 in advance $20 at the door (if tickets remain) Transportation: Lamplighter is about a ten minute walk from the Central Square T stop on the red line. Lamplighter does not have a parking lot, but there are metered and non-metered spots along Broadway. Questions? Contact Jenna Whitney

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Lamplighter Brewing Co. 284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chaoran Xie
Co-Leader: Jenna Whitney , Jesse Waites
Link: Register Here

Gym Night at Central Rock Gym, Watertown

Date: Thursday, December 19 - Thursday, December 19

Come join us for our monthly gym night at Central Rock Gym in Watertown on Thursday, December 19th at 7pm! We will meet outside the locker rooms. Look for Heidi and Lorenzo in AMC shirts to be paired with a partner. If you arrive late come find us around the gym!

Activity Categories: Rock Climbing
Location: Central Rock Gym, Watertown
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Heidi Morris , Lorenzo Antinori

WHP Participants ONLY: Kearsarge North Day Hike (Level 1)

Date: Saturday, December 21

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This is a level 1 day-hike suitable for someone who has taken the Boston HB 2019 Winter Hiking Program but who has not done any winter hikes yet, or for someone who has taken the program and done one or more previous winter hikes. The round trip is 6.2 miles and the trail gains 2600ft of elevation, so it is moderate in difficulty and participants should be in at least decent physical shape. It should take us about 6 hours to complete the hike, and emphasis will be on instruction in winter hiking techniques including temperature regulation and self-care.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Kearsarge North
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

MT. SUNAPEE HIKE

Date: Saturday, December 21

Leave the holiday frenzy behind! Join us on a scenic five-mile (1,500 elev. gain) round trip snowshoe to beautiful Mount Sunapee to the lodge (hot chocolate and 360 degree views). Medium pace. On the trail at 10 and back in the Boston area in time for holiday activities and/or shopping

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Newbury/Goshen, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Upper Connecticut River Valley/Lake Sunapee
Leader: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Link: Register Here

Lincoln & Lafayette on the first day of winter

Date: Sunday, December 22

Start the first full day of Winter summiting Lincoln & Lafayette. This is a 9 mile loop with 3860' of elevation gain and significant above treeline exposure. The views are spectacular. You must be experienced using snowshoes and full crampons to participate. Expect an early start and steady pace with few breaks.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: lafayette
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Yvette Marts , Robert Zoletti
Trip Difficulty: A2B
Link: Register here

Eisenhower on Second Day of Winter

Date: Monday, December 23

Join us for a winter day hike to Mount Eisenhower. Yes, it's a Monday, but maybe you'll have the day off because it's Christmas week. Following the Crawford Path nearly to the summit, we'll hike about 10 miles out and back with 3200 feet of elevation gain. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy beautiful views along the way. This trail has a long, exposed stretch above treeline, and we can anticipate full winter conditions, so previous winter mountaineering experience and full above-treeline winter gear is required. Expect an early start and steady pace with brief breaks.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eliot Levine , Philip Werner
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Holiday Hike - Lynn Woods, Lynn

Date: Wednesday, December 25 - Wednesday, December 25

5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, and snacks. Dress for the elements. I-95/Route 128 to Walnut Street exit, 4 miles. From Route 1, Walnut Street exit, 2 miles. Turn left on Pennybrook Road to Western Gate parking lot. No dogs. Cancel if rain. L Nelson Caraballo

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nelson Caraballo 617-548-8579 (11am -2pm)

Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton

Date: Wednesday, December 25 - Wednesday, December 25

Moderate pace 4-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:00am-12:15pm. Bring snack & water. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. No dogs. If no snow, bring traction device for boots. Storm cancels. L Beth Mosias

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

Foss Farms, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Greenough Land, Carlisle

Date: Wednesday, December 25 - Wednesday, December 25

Easy approx. 4-5 mi. wander through a good birding area with river and pond views, pine forest and red maple swamp. Snowshoe if sufficient snow cover. Meet 10am. Foss Farms parking lot, about 1/3 mi west of Concord River off Rte. 225. From Rte. 128 Exit 31B follow Rtes. 4/225 through Bedford, continuing on Rte. 225 toward Carlisle. Storm cancels. If weather uncertain contact Leader. No dogs. L Mark Levine

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

Ring in New Years Early with Family Overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, Alexandria, NH

Date: Saturday, December 28 - Sunday, December 29

Ring in the New Year early with small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin for a night! Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under half a mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views. The cabin is toasty warm with the wood stove, but you will need winter gear and a warm sleeping bag regardless (winter will have set in :) Winter hiking is awesome with cool temperatures, no bugs and all the views (no leaves)! High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with 12 new bunks w/mattresses (no pillows) in the main room and new roof, wood stove, and Clivus composting toilet. There is a dry sink and two burner propane stove for cooking. There is no electricity or running water. Trip best for kids 6 years and older. We'll celebrate the New Years early with lots of smiles and camaraderie! For questions contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: AMC Cardigan Lodge 774 Shem Valley Rd Alexandria, NH 03222
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com) 339-368-1534
Trip Difficulty: Challenging due to Winter Conditions :)
Link: Register Here

Family New Years at Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia

Date: Saturday, December 28 - Wednesday, January 1

Ring in the New Year with Family Outings at Pinestead Farm Lodge, a Family Outings longtime Favorite in Franconia, NH! Pinestead is a comfortable rustic lodge on a farm with direct access to XC ski and snowshoe trails. Great sledding hills on property and nearby as well. 15 min from Cannon or 45 min from Bretton Woods for DH skiing. Ice skating and tubing available at the nearby Franconia Inn (both for a fee) Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen as well. Great for families with kids of all ages and skill levels. $230/adult ($250 non-members) and $210/child ($230 non-members) Includes 4 nights lodging and all meals from dinner Saturday through breakfast Wednesday. Plus New Years noise makers and lots of smiles and camaraderie!, Register with leader Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com, 508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer 617-413-1815 (Before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register Here

AMC New Year's Celebration in White Mountains

Date: Sunday, December 29 - Wednesday, January 1

Join us as we celebrate the new year with X-C skiing at moderate levels and a relaxed pace. Snow shoeing is also available from novice to experienced. Ski touring center is nearby for all levels of X-C and downhill.alpine skiing. Stay at lovely Mountain Fare Inn, Campton, NH. $375 covers lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 happy hours & 2 dinners. Please register with L: Anna Panszczyk, Annatp12@gmail.com 781-648-2492 before 9:00 PM, CLs: Nancy & Bob DiMeo, bndimeo@gmail.com Boston AMC INTRO Committee sponsored

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Campton NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Anna Panszczyk (Annatp12@gmail.com) 781-648-2492 (Before 9:00 PM) , Nancy DiMeo (bndimeo@gmail.com) 978-649-6255 (Before 9:00 PM) , Robert DiMeo (bndimeo@gmail.com) 978-649-6255 (Before 9:00 PM)
Co-Leader: Barbara Lightizer
Registrar: Anna Panszczyk (Annatp12@gmail.com) 781-648-2492 (before 9 PM)
Trip Difficulty: beginners and intermiediate X-C & snowshoeing
Link: Mountain Fare Inn

Holiday Hike - Lynn Woods, Lynn

Date: Wednesday, January 1 - Wednesday, January 1

5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, and snacks. Dress for the elements. I-95/Route 128 to Walnut Street exit, 4 miles. From Route 1, Walnut Street exit, 2 miles. Turn left on Pennybrook Road to Western Gate parking lot. No dogs. Cancel if rain. L Nelson Caraballo

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nelson Caraballo 617-548-8579 (11am -2pm)

Southern Presidential Traverse

Date: Saturday, January 4

Single day traverse of the NH Southern Presidentials (Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce and Jackson). The total distance of this hike is approximately 16 miles with an elevation gain of 6000 ft. The book time is about 11 hours and could be longer in winter conditions. This is expected to be a small group with all having significant above treeline experience, the fitness and endurance to complete this hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti , John Sanford
Trip Difficulty: AA2A
Link: Register here

WHP Participants ONLY: Highland Center Winter Weekend (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, January 4 - Sunday, January 5

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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 Saturday night only, 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Let's Hike Middle and South Carter

Date: Saturday, January 4

Spend a winter day hiking to the summits of Middle Carter and South Carter 11 mile hike over the wooded peaks of two four-thousand footers, but also passing by overlooks with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks (weather permitting). We may add Carter Dome to this trip depending on conditions! This hike is aimed at experienced hikers who are prepared for 3900 feet of elevation gain at a moderate pace. Duration of the hike will vary depending on the trail conditions and the ability of our group. Pretzel, the hiking dog, will be joining us. Can be combined with Ls Mt Eisenhower Sun hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations $9/person/night at leader owned facility. 44.3031199°N, -71.1672964°W

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Middle and South Carter Mountiain
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Bill Ladd
Trip Difficulty: A3A
Link: Register here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Tecumseh Winter Day Hike (level 1)

Date: Sunday, January 5

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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. This hike is ideal for someone in good hiking shape wanting to practice snowshoe/microspike technique.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Tecumseh
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

AMC Family Outings 7th Annual New Years Celebration & Equipment Sale

Date: Sunday, January 5 - Sunday, January 5

AMC Family Outings 7th Annual New Years Celebration and Equipment Sale Sunday January 5th at the Thoreau Outing Center at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA. Come anytime from 10 am to 3 pm. We'll celebrate the New Years with coffee/donuts in the morning and lunch included at 11:30 am with our welcome in the New Year Celebratory cake. Options for snowshoe and XC Ski clinics, walks and hikes throughout the day as well as crafts for the kids, sledding, and, of course, lots of great equipment at prices you cannot beat. Activities and fun for all ages and abilities. Everyone welcome. Members and non-members alike. This is a free event! Event is on rain, shine, snow or no snow! If you have items to sell and are not sure you can be there at 10 am please contact Paul Terenzi at Firemanpaul@comcast.net . Some local pickup is available. To register click "Register Now" or copy & paste this link into your browser https://forms.gle/8X2ntcuQkCE2V7bY6. More information and directions will be sent to registered participants. Contact David Powell davidfreds@beld.net with general questions. NEW YEAR CELEBRATION & EQUIP SALE SCHEDULE (Schedule will be adjusted according to weather & conditions) Morning (Equipment Sale Ongoing) 10:00 Registration, coffee/donuts 10:15 Arts & Crafts House Opens 10:15 EMS Snowshoe Clinic #1 10:30 Beginner XC Ski Clinic #1 10:30 Assorted Guided "On Campus" Hikes/Snowshoe/XC ski 10:45 Kiddo romp and snow play 11:00 Scavenger hunt 11:30 Lunch, announcements, and New Year's Cake Afternoon (Equipment Sale Ongoing) 12:30 EMS Snowshoe Clinic #2 Beginner XC Ski Clinic #2 1:00 "Off Campus" Hikes (eg. Walden Pond, Mt. Misery) 1:15 Assorted guided "on campus" hikes/snowshoe, XC Ski, Kiddo romp 1:30 Outdoor campfire w/hot cocoa & s'mores 2:15 Arts & crafts house closes 3:00 Wrap up and Break-Down

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Walks
Location: Thoreau Outing Center at Camp Thoreau, Concord, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546 (NCA 9.00) , Paul Terenzi (Firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115, Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com) 781-641-2085
Co-Leader: Michael Wainer (wainer18@hotmail.com) 617-549-2731, Julia Khorana (jkhorana1@icloud.com) 617-872-7985
Trip Difficulty: Easy -moderate
Link: Register Here

WHP Participants ONLY: Sub Sig Cabin weekend #1 (Level 2/3)

Date: Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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 cozy 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 the 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, Mts. Pierce and Eisenhower on Saturday and Cannon Mountain on Sunday) and gain as much as 3,000 ft in elevation. See Regi trip description for more details.

Ski In / Ski Out at Sunday River Ski Resort

Date: Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12

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, and 2 complimentary Perfect Turn Clinics (90 minutes with an instructor - one each day). Bring your friends; they do not have to be AMC members. Price $341 PPDO ($321 Sr.), $160 more for single room. 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). Payment required to sign up. Signing up for the trip early guarantees a spot and to find you a roommate if you want a double room.

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

Craftsbury Cross Country Ski Weekend

Date: Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12

Join us for our annual AMC January Craftsbury cross country skiing trip in the Northeast Kingdom in rural Vermont! Craftsbury has one of the largest cross country ski networks in New England, with full meal service, a gym & yoga room, sauna, and ice skating. Meals are inclusive from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, buffet-style and always delicious! Price includes trail passes all day Fri through Sun. Gear is available to rent from the onsite Touring Center. The group generally convenes at meals and after dinner to socialize informally. Trip cost is $245, 4 people per cabin.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Loutzenheiser (dloutzen@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Randi Mail (rcmail34@yahoo.com)
Link: Register Here

INTRO TO AT (ALPINE TOURING) SKIING

Date: Saturday, January 11

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

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

Zealand Hut in the Winter

Date: Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12

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. (Fee) (L)

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00pm) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Registrar: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm)
Link: Register here

WHP Participants ONLY: Welch/Dickey Winter Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, January 11

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This winter day hike is open to all participants in the Winter Hiking and Backpacking Program (WHP), and is especially aimed at beginners of winter hiking . On this 4.4-mile loop hike, you will experience fairly rugged terrain; icy ledges; two summits (Welch and Dickey); a captivating introduction to open, above-tree line travel with 1700 feet of elevation gain; and great views of Mt. Tripyramid and Sandwich Mountain across the valley. This is one of the finest, most popular half-day hikes in the White Mountains, made better still with winter's respite from the crowds. NOTE: You MUST have full crampons for this hike! You can bring microspikes if you wish, but they are NOT a substitute for the required crampons. Snowshoes, and winter (NOT 3-season) boots are also required. However, depending on conditions, snowshoes may (or may not) get left in the cars. While this is a level 2 outing, do not be fooled. In winter, this is a serious hike. Those open ledges are guaranteed to be covered with ice, requiring crampons. And though the high point is only 2700 feet, far shorter than the 4000-footers, a cold wind can cause frostbite at any elevation. Full winter gear is therefore required no matter what the forecast.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Welch Dickey
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: C3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Novice/Intermediate Telemark Ski Clinic, Mt. Wachusett

Date: Saturday, January 11 - Saturday, January 11

Learn to telemark or improve your turns at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in central Massachusetts! Those whose only prior experience is with alpine or XC can learn telemark on easy grades, while intermediate freeheelers will attempt steeper terrain. Some telemark rentals available. Registration required.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Telemark
Location: Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Brenda Conaway
Registrar: Mustafa Varoglu (amc.tele.clinic@gmail.com)
Link: More information about the Telemark Workshop

A Winter Hike to the Twins

Date: Sunday, January 12

We will attempt to hike to North Twin and South Twin, two glorious 4,000' peaks on the northern boundary of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Views from South Twin in particular into the vast wilderness as second to none. The access road will be closed for winter, so there will be a lengthy road walk to and from the trailhead. If trail-breaking is required due to snow conditions, expect a long day.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: White Mountains, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi
Co-Leader: Eric J Robbie
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register here:

Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 14 - Tuesday, January 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@hbbostonamc.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 (chair@hbbostonamc.org)

AVALANCHE AWARENESS TALK

Date: Thursday, January 16 - Thursday, January 16

Being in the mountains in the winter can be a very fun and magical experience. But like all outdoors activities there are hazards that we need to be aware of. Avalanches are one of those winter specific hazards and they do happen in the Northeast. If you would like to learn more about avalanches and start learning about how to avoid this hazard, this talk is a great place to start. During this hour long presentation we will go over the basics of avalanches using some local examples and discuss steps you can take to be avalanche aware. Become more outdoors educated; see cool photos and videos of winter activities; connect with other winter outdoors enthusiasts; get stoked for snow - there is a whole lot of awesome here. The talk will be held on Thursday January 16, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the AMC City Square location.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering, Instruction (Skills), Skiing
Location: City Square
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)
Registrar: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)

RAGGED MOUNTAIN WINTER TRAVERSE

Date: Saturday, January 18

This is a 6.3 mile, 1,400 feet elevation gain point-to-point hike/snowshoe across Ragged Mountain to its West Peak where the Ragged Mountain Ski Area is located. There is some ridge walking with nice views of Newfound Lake, Mount Cardigan, and Mount Moosilauke. Full winter gear is required for this hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Danbury, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Upper Connecticut River Valley/Lake Sunapee
Leader: Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com) 781-799-9623 (Before 9:00 pm) , Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuc.t@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register Here

WHP Participants ONLY: WINTER WEEKEND AT CARDIGAN LODGE

Date: Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This weekend workshop will be held at the 5,525 acre Mt. Cardigan State Park in Orange and Alexandria. The summit of Mount Cardigan is at 3,121 feet and is flanked by subsidiary peaks, Firescrew Mt. 3,040ft and Gilman Mt. 2,620ft. There are a number of trails that start right at the lodge and provide a variety of hiking challenges. The trails and terrain are similar to those found in the White Mountains and will provide an opportunity to practice our winter outdoor skills. There are also some easier lowland trails. The purpose of this workshop is to learn the basics of winter mountain hiking. The emphasis of the workshop will be on basic individual and group hiking techniques, safety, preparedness, heat management, proper use of clothing, nutrition, and snowshoeing and non-technical crampon use. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet other like minded hikers and share in the winter hiking experience.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Cardigan Lodge
Region: New Hampshire, Upper Connecticut River Valley/Lake Sunapee
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: C4D
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Winter Weekend-January 24-26 2020

Date: Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26

Winter Weekend Jan. 24-26 2020 Start the year off enjoying Hiking, snowshoeing and/or xcountry skiing 2-nights at the Highland Center, NH Contact Pagliuca.t@gmail.com for more info and registration form. Additional AMC administrative fee-$40.00-Payable separate with registration form.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Highland Center NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com) , Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com)
Link: Register Here!

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia

Date: Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2671 Questions: valerie.paul@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer 617-413-1815 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register here

Family Winter-JAN AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Date: Saturday, January 25 - Sunday, January 26

Enjoy an invigorating winter hike with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Winter Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, wood stove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 10 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2668 Questions: Denise Boucher, denisegirish@gmail.com or call 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Alexandria, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@gmail.com) 978-470-0243 (Before 10pm)
Link: Register Here

WHP Participants ONLY: Sub Sig Cabin weekend #2 (Level 3)

Date: Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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 cozy 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 the 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, Mts. Lincoln and Lafayette on Saturday and Mt. Jackson on Sunday) and gain as much as 3,000 ft in elevation. See Regi trip description for more details.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hart's Location
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Backcountry Ski Touring in the Whites

Date: Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2

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

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Aldo Ghirin , Mike Barry
Registrar: Aldo Ghirin
Trip Difficulty: Novice to Intermediate and Above
Link: AMC Boston Ski Committee Trips & Events Listings

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

Date: Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. This trip is targeted to families with younger children, 8 & under, but kids all ages are welcome - AMC members and non-members alike. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. Accommodations are rustic comfortable. The lodge has a lounge, kitchen, bathrooms with showers on the first floor which is where the group shares our meals and down time. The 2nd floor sleeps up to 22 (three bedrooms for 2, 8, and 12) in bunk-style firm beds. The sleeping areas are co-ed, so families can stay together. Bring your sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and towels. The cabins are insulated and heated and sleep up to ten (four bunk beds and two single beds). Those staying in the cabins have their choice of the bathrooms in the lodge or separate heated bathrooms. Group meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $125 for adults in the Retreat lodge or $95 in cabins. Kids 7 - 21 years enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $85. Kids six and under enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $45 including all meals Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Registrar contact: Laurene Poland, ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2642

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Calumet, West Ossipee, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373, Joanna Jung (jjinbox@verizon.net) 617-549-2812
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Registration

Northern Presidential Traverse

Date: Saturday, February 1

Single day winter traverse of the NH Northern Presidential Range (Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison). This is expected to be a small group. You must have significant above treeline experience with the fitness and endurance to complete this hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti , John Sanford
Trip Difficulty: AA2A
Link: Register here

WHP Participants ONLY: Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 1

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a moderately paced day hike to the above treeline summit of Mount Moosilauke, where we'll have a chance to use the gear and apply the skills we've been covering in the program. You will be introduced to one of the true joys of winter hiking on this hike - the road walk. We will take the Gorge Brook trail as it is the easiest and most sheltered from wind route to the summit. However, as the Ravine Lodge road is not always plowed in winter, this can add an additional 3.2 miles round trip as well as an additional 400 feet of elevation gain. Distance: The trail itself is only 7.4 miles roundtrip with 2,400 feet of elevation gain, but factoring in the road walk our total mileage will be 10.6 miles with 2,800 feet of elevation gain.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Moosilauke
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Whiteface Winter Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 1

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a moderately paced hike to the summit of Mt. Whiteface. We will be hiking in the heart of winter, and while we will be using our snowshoes along most of the moderately graded Blueberry Ledge trail below treeline, we will have the opportunity to practice with our crampons on a few scrambles over the open ledges as the trail approaches the summit.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Whiteface, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Welch/Dickey Winter Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Sunday, February 2

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. This winter day hike is open to all participants in the Winter Hiking and Backpacking Program (WHP), and is especially aimed at beginners of winter hiking . On this 4.4-mile loop hike, you will experience fairly rugged terrain; icy ledges; two summits (Welch and Dickey); a captivating introduction to open, above-tree line travel with 1700 feet of elevation gain; and great views of Mt. Tripyramid and Sandwich Mountain across the valley. This is one of the finest, most popular half-day hikes in the White Mountains, made better still with winter's respite from the crowds. NOTE: You MUST have full crampons for this hike! You can bring microspikes if you wish, but they are NOT a substitute for the required crampons. Snowshoes, and winter (NOT 3-season) boots are also required. However, depending on conditions, snowshoes may (or may not) get left in the cars. While this is a level 2 outing, do not be fooled. In winter, this is a serious hike. Those open ledges are guaranteed to be covered with ice, requiring crampons. And though the high point is only 2700 feet, far shorter than the 4000-footers, a cold wind can cause frostbite at any elevation. Full winter gear is therefore required no matter what the forecast.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Welch Dickey
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: C3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Backcountry Ski/Ride Clinic at Cardigan Lodge, NH

Date: Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

Join snow lovers of all types and abilities to explore the diverse backcountry terrain of Mount Cardigan! Skiers, snowboarders, and XC, AT, and telemark skiers are all welcome! Optional backcountry ski instruction in small groups based on interest and ability, from novice to advanced, then head into the backcountry. General & intermediate knowledge of skiing is required. More information is found here: https://amcboston.org/committee/skiing/2020-backcountry-skiride-clinic

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Cardigan Lodge
Region: New Hampshire, Upper Connecticut River Valley/Lake Sunapee
Leader: Cheryl Hacker
Registrar: Cheryl Hacker
Trip Difficulty: ski knowledge is req'd w/ interest in backcountry

Ski in Snow-filled Stowe

Date: Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

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

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

Canceled: Lonesome Lake Hiking/ Snowshelter Weekend

Date: Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, February 9

Come join us for a moderately paced hike to stay at Lonesome Lake Hut during a full moon weekend. What a wonderful way to brighten the mid-winter! We will snowshoe across the lake and practice important winter survival skills such as: building a Quinzee snow shelter, a snow cave, a trench shelter, and possibly an igloo. Participants can opt to sleep in their snow shelters or the hut. We will snowshoe to check out the full moon over the lake at night. We will prepare Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast as a group. Full winter gear is required for this event.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Ann Hargleroad (ahargleroad@gmail.com) , Ellen Stanley (ellstan@comcast.net)
Co-Leader: Susan Christopherson (chrstphrsn@comcast.net)
Link: Register Here

WHP Participants ONLY: Moosilauke via Glencliff Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a moderately paced day hike to the above treeline summit of Mount Moosilauke where we'll have a chance to use the gear and skills we've been covering in the Winter Hiking Program. This hike will follow the Glencliff Trail. The trail is on the windward side of the mountain and is exposed to the wind even below treeline. This hike is 7.8 miles roundtrip with 3,300ft elevation gain.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Moosilauke
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Beginner Winter Backpack (Level 2/3)

Date: Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, February 9

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@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 elevation. We will hike to Kinsman pond campsite where we will camp for the night. Weather and time permitting we will summit North and possibly South Kinsman mountains. We will practice winter navigation skills and learn strategies for body heat management. On Sunday, we will either hike down, or if conditions permit and the group is interested, we may loop to the summit of Cannon mountain before returning to the trail head

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Kinsman pond
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3A
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Pierce/Pierce Ike Day Hike (Level 2/3)

Date: Saturday, February 8

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Climb beautiful Mt. Pierce (4312 ft), a 6 mile roundtrip expedition to amazing views of the valley, Mt. Washington, Mt. Eisenhower, and northern Presidentials (weather permitting). 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, one of the sections will continue to Mt Eisenhower (extra 3 miles and 1200 ft of gain total all above treeline). 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Pierce
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Mount Chocorua Winter Hike

Date: Sunday, February 9

Join us for a Winter Hike to the summit of Mt Chocorua. Mt Chocorua is purported to be one of the most photographed in the world, for good reason. Its iconic rocky summit offers excellent views in all directions. This trip is for experienced winter hikers, and prior above treeline experience is required.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Chocoura, Albany NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Asch
Co-Leader: Robert Mackin
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here:

President's Weekend in White Mountains, NH February 14 - 17, 2020

Date: Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17

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

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

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

Date: Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. Accommodations are rustic comfortable. The lodge has a lounge, kitchen, bathrooms with showers on the first floor which is where the group shares our meals and down time. The 2nd floor sleeps up to 22 (three bedrooms for 2, 8, and 12) in bunk-style firm beds. The sleeping areas are co-ed, so families can stay together. Bring your sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and towels. The cabins are insulated and heated and sleep up to ten (four bunk beds and two single beds). Those staying in the cabins have their choice of the bathrooms in the lodge or separate heated bathrooms. Meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $125 for adults in the Retreat lodge or $95 in cabins. Kids 7 - 21 years enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $85. Kids six and under enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $45 including all meals Friday evening to Sunday lunch. To Register click the "Register button" or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2646. For questions contact: Kate Atanasova,ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com, 774-232-6846.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Calumet, 1090 Ossipee Lake Road, Freedom, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Kremena Dimitrova (ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com) 857-928-0533 (evening after 6pm) , Helene Guezennec (lnguezenn@hotmail.com) 857-352-1688, Daniel Parvanov (parvanov@yahoo.com) , Ekaterina Atanasova (ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com) 774-232-6846
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Register Here

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

Date: Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c and downhill skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor. A full bath house with hot showers are within a short walk from the cabin. We all help with meal prep and clean-up in our communal/family style kitchen and dining area. $90/person includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and lunch style fixings/snacks throughout the day. To register click "Register Now" or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2658. For questions contact: Margarita Balmaceda, balmacma@shu.edu or 1-617-818-7841

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: AMC Noble View Outdoor Center 635 S Quarter Rd, Russell, MA 01071
Region: Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley
Leader: Joanna Jung (jjinbox@verizon.net) 617-549-2812
Co-Leader: Margarita Balmaceda (balmacma@shu.edu) 617-818-7841 (after 6 pm) , Margaret Schroeder (margaret.schroeder@gmail.com) 617-905-0452
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Register Here

Winter Weekend in the Berkshires

Date: Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17

Join us to explore skiing in western MA, southern VT, and eastern upstate NY on the three-day President's Day weekend. We will visit cross-country (XC) skiing areas and backcountry (BC) ski locations. Intermediate XC abilities needed (including downhill control on touring equipment). Our lodging is at a relaxing country home with private and semi-private accommodations available. Enjoy beautiful scenery, the company of fellow skiers/hikers, and hearty meals fit for a foodie! Cost is $238-288/per person. For more information and to register, contact Aldo. (If snow conditions do not allow for XC or BC skiing, alternatives such as hiking, downhill resort skiing, etc. will be available.) (Google Map below shows general location of the town of Hancock, MA. Specific directions to the lodging will be given after registration is completed.)

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

WHP Participants ONLY: Beginner Winter Car Camping Weekend (level 1)

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Looking to spend your weekend with awesome people in the mountains? Never been winter tent camping but want to give it a try in a low-key way? This is your chance! This weekend is about staying out in the cold overnight in a tent and learning that its ok to sleep and to cook in snow packed conditions but with the safety of being near your car and also having real bathrooms and hot showers nearby.

Activity Categories: Camping
Location: Littleton, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: C4C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Potash Mt Navigational Hike (level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 15

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Potash Mountain (2700'), an open peak situated in the Sandwich Range Wilderness backcountry, will afford us a great opportunity to practice our winter trail finding and navigation skills, all while enjoying a fun day of snowshoeing, scenery and views. We will gear up for winter conditions and hike at a moderate pace, covering roughly 4.5 miles and gain 1450' of elevation.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Potash
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Family Winter AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16

Enjoy an invigorating winter hike with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Winter Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, woodstove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 10 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast. Register w/Denise Boucher-denisegirish@gmail.com, 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Alexandria, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@gmail.com) 978-470-0243
Link: Register here

Presidents Weekend Family Winter Fun, Burke, Vermont

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 18

Winter fun in the heart of the snow belt in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont! Cross country and downhill skiing nearby at Burke and Jay Peak. Other xc options a short drive away. Also Ice skating, sledding, snow men, etc. Stay at large ski house. Group meals, great company. $180pp for the 3 day weekend, includes 2 dinners, 3 breakfasts and snacks. Please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/PrezWknd2020. Questions please contact Naomi Ribner, tonaomirose@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com) 781-444-6693
Trip Difficulty: Suitable for all levels.
Link: Register Here

Family AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins February School Vacation Week Trip, Greenville, ME

Date: Monday, February 17 - Thursday, February 20

Join a small group of families at AMC's newest Medawisla Lodge and Cabins in Greenville, ME Monday thru Thursday of February School Vacation Week. Enjoy private lakefront cabin or bunkhouse w/shared bathhouse (w/shower) and toasty warm wood stove. Small group of families. Drive in location. Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe extensive trail network just steps away from our cabins/bunkhouse. Group cooking and full service combo. Your choice private lakefront cabin (limited availability and more expensive, each with living room with futon and two bedrooms with either queen or twin beds with linens including pillowcases, sheets, and towels provided) or bunkhouse (super nice almost brand new with separate rooms partitioned with 4 bunks per room) - either with shared bathhouse with shower. We anticipate one or two families per cabin, depending on family size (will need to be flexible). The bunkhouse sleeps up to 16. We will have some electric LED lighting and a wood or propane stove keeps the cabins/bunkhouse toasty warm. Our cabins/bunkhouse have a kitchenette and we will cook as a group one breakfast, one dinner and our lunches. Our second night (Tuesday) and Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we will enjoy "full service" eating dinner and breakfast in the main Lodge. Medawisla (the Abenaki word for loon) is part of AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges network. The Lodge & Cabins are "off the grid" by the shore of Second Roach Pond, on 70,000 acres of forestland permanently conserved by AMC as part of its Maine Woods Initiative. AMC has completely rebuilt this sporting camp first opened at this location in 1953. The main or Central lodge includes dining room, sitting area, deck, and sauna. Questions? Contact Hillary Berbeco, Hillary@berbeco.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: AMC Medawisla Lodge, Greenville, ME
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Jeanne Blauner
Co-Leader: Hillary Berbeco (hillary@berbeco.com)
Link: Register here

Maine Woods BC Ski Touring Adventure

Date: Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23

BC Touring at it's best! Discover the remote Maine woods on true ski adventure. We'll be based at West Branch Pond Camps within the AMC's 70,000 acre reserve east of Greenville, Maine. We will BC ski on unbroken trails, winding up the White Cap Mtn ridge and through hills and woods on a trails ranging from wide roads and open ponds to narrow trails and some bushwacking. We rate the skiing on this trip at advanced. We will be skiing up to 10-12 miles with vertical of up to 2000'-2500' per day on mostly ungroomed trails; though some of the approach mileage may be packed out or even tracked, there will be bushwhacking sections and probably some steep sections in deep snow; climbing skins (at least "kicker ones") are required. You should be prepared and able to traverse steep ravines and narrow snow bridges across streams. New from last year, since some trails have been cleared of brush and if there are snow bridges across ravines, we will be able to do a traverse of some of the bowls! As you all know, conditions in the backcountry can be highly variable. We recommend metal edged, double camber skis of approximately a 67mm-57mm-62mm profile, a pair +10mm in all dimensions may be beneficial in event snow is very deep. We should be ready to expect variable snow and weather conditions including extremely cold weather and potential ice. Our accommodation will be in cozy and rustic West Branch Pond Camps in winterized cabin #9, which has 6 beds, plus space for two cots if we need them. Amenities are cozy warm heat with wood stoves, a bath house with showers and toilets and hearty local cuisine, served family style in the kitchen. Food allergies and vegetarians can be accommodated, though strict vegans cannot be accommodated by the group menus. Of course, you can extend the trip by booking directly with West Branch Pond Camps. For more information see the trip brochure at the link below.

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

End of School Vacation - Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia NH

Date: Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2672 Questions: valerie.paul@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer 617-413-1815 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register here

WHP Participants ONLY: Above Treeline Workshop 1 (Level 3)

Date: Friday, February 21 - Sunday, February 23

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to develop and apply above treeline mountaineering skills, with a Day 2 objective of summitting Mt. Washington via the Lion Head winter route. Participants must have the stamina to accomplish a 9 mile hike with 4300' of elevation gain over steep, strenuous terrain in snowy and icy winter conditions, along with prior winter hiking experience. This should NOT be the first winter hike you have done; participants are expected to have completed at least several other below treeline winter hikes by the time of this workshop.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Mount Washington, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: A3A
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Liberty Winter Day Hike (Level 2)

Date: Saturday, February 22

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Mount Liberty, the 18th tallest peak in the White Mountains, is one of six mountains along Franconia Ridge. Its rocky open summit, at 4,459 ft, affords terrific panoramic views of the surrounding Pemigewasset Wilderness. We will ascend Mt. Liberty via Whitehouse, Liberty Spring, and Franconia Ridge trails. As a level 2 day hike, this trip is open to all WHP participants who have completed at least one level 1 or 2 winter hike in the preceding few months. That beginner hike can be another WHP hike or some other winter hike over terrains similar to those found in the White Mountains. The hike covers 8.0 miles, with 3,250 ft. in elevation gain. Expect steep but manageable terrain at times. Duration of the hike will vary depending on trail conditions and ability of our group.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Liberty, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

WHP Participants ONLY: Avalon & Willard day hike (level 1)

Date: Sunday, February 23

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. 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.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt Avalon, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

Jay Peak Front and Backcountry

Date: Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1

A weekend of skiing around Jay Peak Vermont. Ski Jay resort on Saturday and backcountry on Sunday (optional). Stay at house nearby and eat meals prepared by group. $200 per person for lodging and meals (lift pass extra). The house has several king & queen beds, so bring your spouse or partner for additional $100 (50% off!). Jay peak in northern Vermont is 9 miles from the border with Quebec. The elevation and westerly flow from Great Lakes provides consistent, quality snow and abundant glades to ski. There are not many requirements for this trip, since we are skiing a downhill area. The group will likely split into subgroups of similar pace and ability, with 1-2 groups skiing glades. You will need suitable gear for Sunday's backcountry tour and be capable of skiing lower-angle glades. Skiing Jay on Sunday is also an option. Of course, all plans will be subject to snow conditions.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Jeff Barrell
Co-Leader: Greg Maslowe

XC Ski Out the Door Craftsbury

Date: Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1

Up to 99K of groomed XC ski trails. Optional snowshoeing, ice-skating, and apres-ski sauna, all in good company of intermediate skiers. Approximately $235.00 (depending on group size, there is usually a refund) includes three days of trail passes, two nights lodging, linens, and six sumptuous, healthy meals (Friday/Saturday dinner, Saturday/Sunday breakfast and lunch, and a potluck social hour on Saturday. Two per room with shared bath. Register before 1/26 with L. Trip fills fast! Note - this is an intermediate level trip. New AMCers with intermediate XC ski experience are welcome to join. (colisted with INTRO Committee)

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Carla Schwartz 508-626-7455 (before 10PM)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Craftsbury Website

XC Ski Out the Door at Craftsbury VT (Intermediate)

Date: Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1

Up to 99K of groomed XC ski trails. Optional snowshoeing, ice-skating, and apres-ski sauna, all in good company of intermediate skiers. Approximately $235.00 (depending on group size, there is usually a refund) includes three days of trail passes, two nights lodging, linens, and six sumptuous, healthy meals (Friday/Saturday dinner, Saturday/Sunday breakfast and lunch, and a potluck social hour on Saturday. Two per room with shared bath. Register before Jan 26, 2020 with L. Trip fills fast! . Boston AMC INTRO Committee sponsored

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

WHP Participants ONLY: Above Treeline Workshop 2 (Level 3)

Date: Saturday, February 29 - Sunday, March 1

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to learn the basics of winter above treeline hiking. The emphasis of the course will be on individual and group hiking techniques, safety, clothing, and the proper use of crampons and ice axes. Day 1 of the workshop will be spent developing the skills (such as self-arrest) that we'll need for the second day during which we'll attempt to summit Mt. Washington via the winter Lion Head route. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience along with the stamina and physical conditioning to complete an 8+ mile hike with 4300' of elevation gain over strenuous terrain in potentially difficult winter conditions. There are a few short, steep and exposed sections on the Lion Head route so participants should be comfortable with those types of trails. The workshop utilizes the slopes of Mt. Washington as a training area with Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch used as our base. Joe Dodge is a full service, heated lodge with running water, showers, beds, linens, towels, and a dining room. We will be sleeping in bunkrooms reserved for the group.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Mount Washington, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stephen Duly (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Pat Grimm (whp19@hb.amcboston.org) , Jessica Halvorsen (whp19@hb.amcboston.org)
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: For Winter Hiking Program Information Click Here:

28th ANNUAL QUEBEC DH & XC SKI TRIP

Date: Tuesday, March 3 - Sunday, March 8

CHARTERED BUS TRIP: We'll meet in Concord, NH on Tuesday evening, March 3 and stay there the first night. Then travel by chartered luxury bus north to enjoy some of the best, most reliable, scenic, and extensive skiing in the east, plus the European charm, style and great restaurants of Quebec City. Choice of DH or XC skiing, or snowshoeing, at Bretton Woods, NH en-route north on Wed., and in the Quebec City region on Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sunday. Quebec ski areas include Mt. St. Anne DH & XC, Camp Mercier & Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix XC, & Le Massif & Stoneham DH. All accessed using our charter bus. On Sunday, there will be a choice of morning skiing nearby or playing tourist in Quebec City. All activities and times are contingent on weather. Return to Concord, NH on Sunday evening, March 8. Up to 5 days of skiing at 10 different ski areas -- 5 XC & 5 DH. Also, possible visit to the truly unique Ice Hotel. $670 US for double occupancy. Includes 1 night lodging in Concord, NH with 5 days hotel parking, 5 days chartered bus, 4 nights premium rooms in the luxury Hotel Chateau Laurier, in Quebec City, 1 hotel breakfast in Quebec, 1 dinner on the bus, 1 h'or douvres reception, 5 days trail snacks & lunch food taken from the bus, plus some XC tickets or 1 day DH at Mt. St. Anne, and a possible modest surplus cash refund. $1,000 for single occupancy. Sponsoring Club: Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter Ski Committee. Skiing Category: Intermediate or Advanced. Maximum Group Size: Approx. 40 persons, including leaders. Our bus has 54 seats. For details and signing up, please contact the trip leaders.

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

Downhill and Cross-country Skiing at Sugarloaf Maine

Date: Friday, March 6 - Monday, March 9

Join us for a fun-filled ski weekend in Carabassett Valley Maine at Sugarloaf Mt. Participants can downhill ski at the resort, or cross-country ski at either the groomed trails of Sugarloaf Cross Country Center, or on the trails of the Maine Huts & Trail system. We'll be in a condo right at the base of the Mountain where you can choose from groomed trails, or ungroomed back-country options. Try downhill one day, and cross-country another! Experience in skiing is highly recommended. Cross-country skiers will be going at a moderate pace on Advanced-Beginner to Difficult trails. Accommodations are in twin beds or bunk beds in a roomy condo with access to the resort's facilities: fitness center, indoor pool, etc. Dinner on Saturday, appetizers for après ski on Saturday and Sunday, as well as breakfasts are included. Additional costs: dinners (both Friday & Sunday), lunches, snacks, beverages, trail/lift tickets. Price is $230 for 2 nights lodging or $290 for 3 nights.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Marcella MacKenzie
Co-Leader: June MacKenzie
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced skiers

Cardigan Lodge Soiree

Date: Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

March 6-8 Senior Soiree #2 at Cardigan Lodge, NH. A weekend of low level hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing . For Seniors eager and able to venture to the summit a climb will be offered. Participants who wish to just relax, read, knit by the fireside are welcome. Full service by the lodge staff: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 2 lunches plus 2 night lodging cost is: $188.00 plus tax-members, 204.00 plus tax-non members. Limited to 12. Register with L's: Ellen Stanley, ellstan@comcast.net. Barbara Fay, bfamc@verizon.net, 617-694-5612.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Alexandria, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Ellen Stanley (ellstan@comcast.net) 617-817-6688, Barbara Fay
Registrar: Barbara Fay (bfamc@verizon.net) 617-694-5612

Boston Family Fun in the Snowbelt of Vermont

Date: Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a fun, active and relaxing winter weekend in Londonderry, Vermont. Activities include downhill and x-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and more. Leader-led nordic ski and snowshoe options on both days, and an optional tubing outing after 3pm on Saturday. Stay at the Blue Gentian Lodge (www.bluegentian.com), within walking distance to Magic Mountain, an excellent kid-friendly ski and tubing area. The Lodge is close to Viking Nordic Ski area (2 miles), Bromley (8 miles), Stratton (9 miles), and Okemo (13 miles). The Lodge has a pond out back for skating. The Blue Genetian is a 100% Solar and Certified VT Green Hotel with a hot tub, game room and common area with a fireplace. Enjoy home cooked breakfasts and dinner Saturday night, with a pre-dinner happy hour. Nordic and downhill ski lessons available for children. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2661

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Londonderry, Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@gmail.com) 617-835-6532, Eliza Grinnell (eliza.grinnell@gmail.com) 617-515-1095
Trip Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Link: Register

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia

Date: Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2674 Questions: valerie.paul@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer 617-413-1815 (before 9pm)
Link: Register Here

March at Sub Sig with cross country or hiking

Date: Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22

Join us for a weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch, NH down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel …in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin (Sub Sig) is rustic, but comfy with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7 and up. Group size limited to 12 lucky souls. Cost is $70/adult and $60/child (ages 0 - 18) for lodging, 2 breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2666 Questions: contact Brian Witkov, user369128@aol.com, (978) 807-4901.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hart'sLocation New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, North Country
Leader: Brian s Witkov (animalhc@aol.com)
Trip Difficulty: moderate
Link: Register Here

Boston Chapter ActDB > REGI Test Link

Date: Monday, June 1

Boston Chapter ActDB > REGI Test Link

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeffrey Carlson
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AMC Interchapter Novice Family Hiking & Camping Workshop (Pet-Friendly), Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Carmel NY

Date: Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2

Family fun hiking and camping weekend July 31st 2020 (after 3 PM) to August 2nd (until 11 AM) at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Carmel NY. Have fun, Improve your hiking and camping skills, and look forward to the option to backpack in the future. This program is at a walk-in (3 - 4 minutes) rustic group campsite next to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Rustic means tent camping, cooking outdoors and there are only portable toilets for bathroom facilities. Volunteer leaders from across the AMC will assist teaching safe group hiking and camping skills along with Leave-No-Trace best practices. This program is free and open to the public. Participants provide their own transportation, camping and hiking gear appropriate for the weather, food and snacks. AMC provides the group campsite and volunteer leadership. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and there are specific rules for pets that join to keep them and everyone else safe. Last years program included group activities on hikes and demonstrations how to use various water filters and hang food to keep it safe from animals, how to pack a pack and what to pack for various seasons. There will be lots of gear to show how we go about having fun in the outdoors year round. There will be free time Saturday afternoon that families can relax on their own or drive to the state park beach area where for a fee they can park and use those facilities. This location is convenient to major highways and mass transit. There are ride share options to get to the campground. We encourage carpooling and will assist with transportation. The photo above is from our previous location in Harriman State Park. The new location does not have any buildings where we will be camping. For more information, contact any of the leaders.

Activity Categories: Camping, Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Carmel NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@gmail.com) 978-470-0243, Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com) 339-368-1534, Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417, David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net) 508-361-0508
Co-Leader: Michael Savas (mts7419@gmail.com) , Chandra Leela Velpula (cvelpula@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
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