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Mt Waumbek in Fall

Date: Saturday, October 16

Join us to take in some fall foliage on Mt Waumbek, a 4,000 ft peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. We will take the Starr King trail, an out-and-back of ~7 miles and ~2,700 ft of elevation gain. Expect approximately 5 hours of moderately-paced hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it while hiking.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith J Watling
Co-Leader: Anna Goodheart
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register

20's and 30's Mt. Monroe Fall Hike #FallFest

Date: Saturday, October 16

Come and celebrate the amazing New England fall with a beautiful hike to the summit of Mount Monroe (5,372 ft.). It's around 7.5 miles hike with 3000 ft of elevation gain with gorgeous views of the Presidential range. The trip is suitable for hikers who're comfortable with moderate to fast pace (1.5 - 2 mph) and have done a recent hike of similar nature. Note: To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Monroe
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Samantha Mandel (samantha.a.mandel@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Kanishk Tripathi (kanishk.tripathi87@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register here

Let's Explore - Noanet Woodlands, and more

Date: Saturday, October 16

Let's Explore: Noanet Woodlands, Caryl Park , and maybe a bit of Hale Reservation. Group limited to 10. Probably 7-8 miles, 10-2ish. No dogs. Noanet Woodlands is Trustees of Reservations property. This 600 acre property abuts Caryl Park and Hale Reservation, as well as conservation land, so we will have plenty of trias to choose from. I haven't led a hike there... and if I don't get to pre-hike it, well it will be a real exploration. But we will find our way around and have fun. Noanet contains the remains of an old dam and wheel pit, and as someone who likes old mills, I know I'll try to pass that on our route. A note about these "Let's Explore" walks. These hikes should be considered 'exploratory.' I will have done some research, but may not have had the opportunity to have hiked the exact route we will take. So… things occasionally might not go perfectly. We might find some wet areas, or less than ideal trail conditions. But we will try to make the best of things and have fun. And we will all learn. If this sounds interesting… Come on along! I have never gotten lost and not made it out of the woods and back to the car… yet. So far everyone is enjoying this series, and finding some new places to hike. Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. ? (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!) Masks: You must bring a mask. We may need them at "circle up", so we don't have to make a huge circle, and potentially at other times as necessary depending on the Covid status, number of folks, facility rules, etc. A note about the AMC registration system: Everyone must register through the AMC trip system. It requires a (free) AMC account, and you need to be logged in when you try to register. If you have trouble... contact AMC Headquarters.. Unfortunately, there is NOTHING I can do to help you. :-(

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Noanet Woodlands, Dover
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net)

New Boston Fall Class III Whitewater

Date: Saturday, October 16 - Saturday, October 16

Technical Whitewater: Rural Scenic Class II followed by more challenging steeper class III section and less demanding class II/II+ final section.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Put-in along Rte. 8, Sandisfield, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Charles Sweet (sweet@alum.mit.edu)
Co-Leader: David Yang

FallFest Noble View 32 Miler Hilly Bike Ride

Date: Saturday, October 16 - Saturday, October 16

Come join us for an AMC FallFest hilly fall foliage bike ride on some back roads around AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center! Though the ride is pretty hilly with 2500 feet of climbing in only 32.6 miles, we plan on a moderate overall pace of 10 mph. So if your legs are ready for hills, but not a speed demon, this ride should be good for you. We are expecting some bucolic riding, great views and very interesting and varied terrain on this ride. Bikes with low gearing for climbing and able to handle rough roads are best for this trip; there are two sections of dirt roads for about 2 miles total; there is a descent on a dirt road. Riders should be able to handle steep climbs and descents and be able to handle minor repairs and have the means to repair a flat tire. Bring a lunch/snack, there may not be many convince stores on the route. Check the weather and make sure to bring appropriate clothing, weather can be very variable this time of year! Helmets required. Please download the Ride with GPS route to your device or phone, cue sheets won't be provided. We plan on keeping the group together, but the leaders may split ride into two groups per the pace of the riders. Please register in the AMC ActDB and contact the riders for any questions. Please also register for the FallFest BBQ and join us after the ride for some well-earned refreshment!

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: AMC Noble View Outdoor Center, 365 South Quarter Road, Russell, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Connecticut River Valley
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251, Stephen Linder , Ben Klass
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Vigorous
Link: RideWithGps Route

Mt. Hale via the Fire Warden's Trail

Date: Sunday, October 17

Looking to check a 4,000 footer off your list, or just to explore a path less traveled? Join us for a moderate day hike up the Fire Warden's trail to Mt. Hale, elevation 4,055 feet. You'll be rewarded with a big stone cairn, but not much of a view. Expect 5-6 hours for the 7 miles out-and-back. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it while hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Hale
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Keith J Watling
Co-Leader: Wendy Seltzer (wendyamc@seltzer.org)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Fall Foliage Gravel Ramble

Date: Sunday, October 17

Do a ramble around the Merrimack River Valley for 40 miles with 10 miles of gravel. Much of the ride will be through state parks, and conservation land. Bring snacks for the ride. There are convivence stores in Merrimac at mile 23 but nothing the last 17 miles. We can do lunch after the ride in Newburyport. We finish up the ride by doing a loop in Maudslay State Park. You should be able to cycle 13-15 mph on the flats. Need bright clothes, flashy lights, spare inner tube, working bike and helmet. We start promptly at 10:00 AM. Register using Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/AMCBostonBikers/events/281119057

Activity Categories: Bicycling - Touring
Location: Boston
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Linder (stephen.linder@gmail.com)

FallFest Hike of the Rock Circuit

Date: Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 17

Let's hike the Rock Circuit in the Middlesex Fells this Sunday! Exact meeting place and time will be sent to registered participants only. Come and celebrate the amazing New England fall with a beautiful hike through the Middlesex Fells. It's around 2.8 miles hike with 269 ft of elevation gain with a few excellent views. The trip is suitable for hikers who're comfortable with moderate to moderate pace (1 - 1.5 mph) and have done a recent hike of similar nature. Note: To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Middlesex Fells
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Jesse Waites
Registrar: Jesse Waites

Hike the Boroughs Loop in Westborough & Southborough

Date: Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 17

The Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT) connects the hiking trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough. The 33 mile loop opened in October 2019 and showcases the region's natural beauty via wooded walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks. Join us as we explore the southern section of the BLT between Westborough and Southborough. Much of our 5 mile "point to point" hike will be along the Sudbury Reservoir Trail and we will also visit Chestnut Hill farm, operated by the Trustees of the Reservation. This hike requires a car spot. More detailed information will be provided once participants are confirmed on the hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: southborough ma
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Judith Watson (jwatson03@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Joanne Newton
Trip Difficulty: Easy

AMC Boston Family Outings Committee Meeting, Medford, MA

Date: Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 17

Join us Sunday evening October 10th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the home of Family Outings Chair, Andrew Germain, for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. The plan would be to hold the meeting outside with a switch to Zoom in the event of inclement weather. 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 plans for 2022. This is followed by 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: Meetings
Location: Medford, MA 02155
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Andrew R Germain (andrew.r.germain@gmail.com) 508-340-7535
Link: Register Here

FallFest Foliage Wapack Hike to North Pack Monadnock and Pack Monadnock

Date: Monday, October 18

Let's hike up North Pack Monadnock and Pack Monadnock and enjoy some foliage and views. Plan to hike 7.6 miles with 1500 ft elevation gain at a moderate pace. If this sounds like fun, come join us! Leaders and participants must bring masks on the trip for emergency purposes. Full gear list: https://hb.amcboston.org/images/docs/Gear_lists/Spring_Dayhike_gear_list.pdf Headlamps with extra batteries are required for this trip. Poles are useful. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, but everyone should bring a mask in case social distancing isn't possible or someone on the trip exhibits symptoms. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Pack Monadnock
Region: New Hampshire, Monadnock Region
Leader: Mary Anargirou , June Mackenzie
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Let's Explore - Moose Hill, Sharon (Weekday hike)

Date: Wednesday, October 20

7-8 miles, about 3.5 to 4 hours (depending, of course, on everyone's pace.) limited to 10. late morning to mid-afternoon. Face masks may be required at circle up, and when conditions warrant. Moose Hill was established in 1916, and is the oldest Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. It features a red maple swamp boardwalk, as well as, no surprise here, Moose Hill. I haven't been there in many years, and there are about 2000 acres, and 20 miles of trails, so we will explore. There is a nice view from a point on Moose Hill, we will plan to get there. So some elevation gain, although I don't remember a lot of steep hills. This facility abuts Moose Hill Farm, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, and we might find ourselves wandering there as well. Moose Hill is 534' high, so some elevation if we climb to the summit. While we might see deer, seeing a moose is unlikely. Note: Hunting season, depending on region and game species is starting up. Orange clothing recommended for all hikes. Sharon is a non-hunting town, and Moose Hill is a wildlife preserve, so we 'should' be safe on this trip. Weather: Thunderstorms or extreme winds will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. We won't cancel because of rain. So, if this sounds good, register quickly, as space is limited. Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more!) I get help, you get trained, and everyone get more hikes! Masks: You must bring a mask. We will wear them at "circle up", so we don't have to make a huge circle, and potentially at other times as necessary depending on the Covid status. Weather: Thunderstorms will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Moose Hill
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net)

52 with a view times two! Black Mountain #FallFest

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Celebrate fall fest by joining us on one or both of our hikes today. Our AM hike will be a 3.9 mile out and back to the summit of Black Mountain, near Benton NH. It's a rather steep hike, with approximately 1600 feet of vertical. We will be rewarded with views of Mount Moosilauke and neighboring mountains from the summit and numerous vantage points along the way. The trail is rocky, so you should have sturdy footwear with good traction. We will be going at a moderate pace of around 1.25-1.5 MPH, with some stops along the way to catch views In case of emergency we ask that all participants bring a mask. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Benton NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Mackin , Mary Anargirou
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

52 with a view times two! Blueberry Mountain #FallFest

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Our PM hike will be a 3.1 mile out and back to the summit of Blueberry Mountain, near Benton NH. It's a rather steep hike, with approximately 1500 feet of vertical. We will be rewarded with views of Mount Moosilauke and neighboring mountains from the summit. You should have sturdy footwear with good traction. The trail is rocky, so you should have sturdy footwear with good traction. We will be going at a moderate pace of around 1.25-1.5 MPH, with some stops along the way to catch views In case of emergency we ask that all participants bring a mask. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, following the rescinding of restrictions by MA and NH, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Benton NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Mackin , Mary Anargirou
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

Volunteer Day: Tent Repair

Date: Wednesday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 20

Ever wondered how thousands of youth have gone camping with AMC's help? Come learn more about AMC Educators Outdoors under the Center for Outdoor Learning and Leadership (COLL) while helping out; checking and repairing the large fleet of tents that AMC trained leaders use to engage youth throughout the Greater Boston area. During our session, you'll work to make sure AMC's Eureka tents are ready for the next excursion as we seam seal, waterproof, and repair bungies. Expect to be outside in our parking lot if the weather is nice, but we will have rainy day tasks if nature doesn't cooperate. Our location at 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA (not the main office) is located conveniently next to Sullivan Square stop on the Orange Line (5 Minute Walk) or if you need to drive, we can provide parking with arrangement. Pack a lunch and come socialize with others as you give back and help others get back into the swing of going outdoors! We are looking for groups of 5-7 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for an individual or group! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and lend a helping hand. Please register in advance and contact Chris Guiliano at cguiliano@outdoors.org with questions.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nate Schumacher 617-391-6599

Yet Another Revolution from Revolution Hall (on Bike Path in Lexington)

Date: Wednesday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 20

Ride at 4:30 to beat sunset about 6pm, so 12+ MPH. Starts on the bike path before heading onto back roads. Need helmet and well-maintained bike. Must be able to navigate RideWith GPS route, be comfortable riding in traffic, and able to change tube, if needed. Optional food and brews/wine after ride, while maintaining social distancing in outdoor setting at Revolution Hall with its food court and brews/wines. Most will ride this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37045493 Shorter 14 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37734918 Longer 24.4 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37709410

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Evening, Bicycling - Mountain, Bicycling - Road
Location: Revolution Hall, Craft Food Hall Project, 3 Maguire Rd, Lexington, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Gail Ferreira , Mike McIlrath

FallFest Franconia Ridge Foliage Hike - Mt. Lafayette, Mt Lincoln (Two 4Ks)

Date: Thursday, October 21

Let's enjoy the phenomenal views from Franconia Ridge. We will plan to hike 9.3 miles with 3809 ft elevation gain at a moderate pace. Franconia Ridge is arguably the most beautiful day hike in the White Mountains. We will ascend the highest mountain outside of the Presidential Range, Mt. Lafayette. We will hike steep, rocky terrain, cross several waterfalls, and be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views on the open ridge. If this sounds like fun, come join us! We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, but everyone should bring a mask in case social distancing isn't possible or someone on the trip exhibits symptoms. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Lafayette
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mary Anargirou , Majid Ali
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register Here

Introduction to Winter Sports FallFest Online

Date: Thursday, October 21 - Thursday, October 21

Introduction to Winter Sports: This intro is aimed at the active person who wants to get outside and enjoy the winter but hasn't had much experience with these activities. Winter sports have their own terminology and there are many more options than only 20 years ago, it can be pretty confusing at first. First we briefly cover some history and how snowshoeing, skiing, snow boarding and ice skating developed into their present forms. Then we will cover what basic gear is used for Alpine (downhill) vs Riding on a snowboard (downhill) vs Nordic (touring through the woods) skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. We will also briefly cover what type of clothing people use and some tips on where to buy it and the types of places to go. We will also cover the differences between front country (groomed) and backcountry (ungroomed) trips and briefly mention some more specialized types of skiing one may hear about. This presentation is being given as part of AMC's FallFest, a week long celebration of the outdoors, and the volunteers and members who make our work possible. From October 16th to 23rd Volunteers and Staff will host 3 regional bbq events, dozens of in-person activities, and online workshops and presentations. Click on the "Learn More" link below to see all of the upcoming FallFest events.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking, Ice Skating, Instruction (Skills), Skiing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events
Location: Online
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Mike Barry
Co-Leader: Justin Bailey (jbailey@outdoors.org)
Link: Learn More

20s and 30s Bar Social @ Scholars

Date: Thursday, October 21 - Thursday, October 21

AMC 20s and 30s is thrilled to resume bar socials this year! Come join your fellow awesome young members for a happy hour at Scholars (25 School Street, near Park Street) on Thursday, October 21 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Scholars is a great location with pool tables, food, and drinks. We'll be upstairs in the back by the pool tables. Sign up below so we know how many to expect! Bring your friends (and sign them up too!)

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Samantha Mandel
Link: Register here

FallFest Hike to Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce (and possibly Mt. Eisenhower) - Two or Three 4Ks

Date: Friday, October 22

Let's hike up Mt. Jackson and Mt. Pierce (and depending on how the group feels, possibly up Mt. Eisenhower). Let's enjoy some foliage and phenomenal views in hiking the southern-most mountains of the Presidential Range. Plan to hike 8-13 miles with 3000-4301 ft. elevation gain at a moderate pace. If this sounds like fun, come join us! Leaders and participants must bring masks on the trip for emergency purposes. We will not require the use of face masks on this trip, but everyone should bring a mask in case social distancing isn't possible or someone on the trip exhibits symptoms. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Pierce
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mary Anargirou , David Vogel
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Register Here

Backpack to Slide Mountain in the Catskills (#FallFest event)

Date: Saturday, October 23 - Sunday, October 24

Backpack to the state tent site near the Slide Mountain summit in the Catskills. Great fall views! (Weather permitting.) Moderate pace. Some portions of the trail are moderately steep. Approximate one-way distance: just under 5 miles. Altitude gain: about 1800 feet. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Edward Batutis , Elisabeth (Liz) Westner
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

Foliage Spectacular on The Wapack

Date: Saturday, October 23

Join us on Saturday, October 23 for a 7.2 mile out and back hike over some of the most spectacular sections of the Wapack Trail with views of the beautiful foliage and Mt Monadnock beyond. Elevation gain will be approximately 1,900'. This trip is appropriate for those interested in hiking at a moderate pace, which should allow us to complete the hike in approximately 5-6 hours or so with plenty of time for photos. Access to the trail and additional details will be made available to confirmed participants. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, Monadnock Region
Leader: Kyle Vietze (kavietze@aol.com) 617-483-0334 (Before 8:00 p.m.) , Linda Haines , Julia Ramsey
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Mt Cherry (52 With A View) FallFest Hike

Date: Saturday, October 23

Hike a 52 With A View peak, Mt Cherry/Martha/Owl's Head. The hike is rated "Moderate". Mt Cherry/Martha is a 52 WAV (with a view) peak. The hike will include a visit to Mt Martha, Mt Cherry and a more difficult 0.7 mile scramble to the slabs of Owl's head (not that Owl's head, the other one, the one with the views). Apparently, it's one of the few places where one can see all the presidentials at once. We'll enjoy a relaxed lunch on Owl's Head before heading back down again. The total is about 7.1 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. This hike is part of AMC's Fallfest.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Monnes
Co-Leader: Emma Shin
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register here

FallFest Hike of the Hancocks

Date: Saturday, October 23

The Hancock mountains, named after our nation's forefather with the famous signature, offer an enjoyable day hiking adventure with 2 peaks on the NH48 list of 4,000 footers. This 9.1 mile (with 2,631 feet of elevation gain) loop trail is primarily moderate, however it does get tough the last mile to the top of North Hancock. At some portions hikers will have to trek on rocks and scrambles. Hikers should have recent-ish 4000 footer experience to join this hike. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: north hancock
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jesse Waites , Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

Let's Explore - The Blue Hills, Milton

Date: Saturday, October 23

The Blue Hills contains, approximately, 125 miles of trails. I do know that it usually takes me 175 miles of hiking to hike them all. This hike will not make a big dent, but we will probably cover 7 to 8 miles. This will be done as two, more or less equal length, loops. So will be open to folks wanting to do a 3.5 to 4 mile hike, as well as to folks who wish to stay for the second loop to get the full 7 or 8 miles, or maybe more if we are feeling good. Late morning to mid-afternoon. Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!) Masks: You must bring a mask. We will wear them at "circle up", so we don't have to make a huge circle, and potentially at other times as necessary depending on the Covid status. Weather: Thunderstorms will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain.

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

Little Suncook Draw down

Date: Saturday, October 23 - Saturday, October 23

The Little Suncook is listed as class 3/4 the class 4 is a short section at the top very technical and in the woods and NOT part of this trip.We will be running the two lower sections, both are more of a creek than river, narrow small micro eddy's thru the woods. Sections are separated by a small pond with a low head dam at the start of the lower section that can be portaged on river right or dropped on left with safety in place. This is fast moving and somewhat technical and my favorite creak run in our area.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Northwood to Epsom NH
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Franklin Doug Ross (Doug.Ross@mail.com)
Co-Leader: Paul Anderson
Registrar: Doug Ross

20s & 30s: Volunteer for habitat management at Drumlin Farm #FallFest

Date: Saturday, October 23 - Saturday, October 23

Join AMC Boston 20s & 30s to volunteer at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary! We will be working on a field edge habitat restoration project. The project area is located on the drumlin (glacial hill) after which the sanctuary is named and is an especially bird-y spot! Each spring, male woodcocks put on a mating display in this field, which is quite a sight to see. Our work will involve planting, mulching, and potentially more habitat clearing. Afterward, we can explore the farm and wildlife sanctuary.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Location: Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kate Bentsen
Link: Register here

20s and 30s: #FallFest Cambridge to Concord 30 Mile Bike Ride

Date: Saturday, October 23 - Saturday, October 23

Come join us for a 30 mile bike ride! We'll meet near Alewife Station in Cambridge, enjoy a scenic ride out to Concord, and then stop in Belmont on the way back for lunch or a snack. We will bike at a pace of approximately 11-13 miles per hour on average. We will ride 30 miles of this route, cutting out six miles through Cambridge: https://www.strava.com/routes/9388935. There are approximately 1500' of elevation gain/loss, including a steep descent near the end. To join this ride, you will need: -A bike in good working condition that is suitable for road cycling (if you have any questions on this, please reach out to Ryan or Jenna) -A helmet -A flat tire repair kit -Water and a snack -A mask and hand sanitizer -Familiarity with hand signals We also recommend sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bike lock and money for our lunch stop. We also request that you have recently ridden a similar distance (at least 25 miles) on the bike you will be using during this ride.

Activity Categories: Bicycling - Road
Location: Cambridge, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jenna Whitney
Co-Leader: Ryan M Braid

Explore the Skug River Reservation

Date: Sunday, October 24 - Sunday, October 24

A loop through three adjacent reservations in Andover with an abandoned soapstone mill and huge glacial erratic. ABout 5 miles, moderate/fast pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 9 Korinthian Way, Andover
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Thurman Smith (thurman@efrllc.com) 617-571-3740 (d/e)

Noanet Woodlands

Date: Sunday, October 24 - Sunday, October 24

Join us for an easy paced walk in the Noanet Woodlands. We will meet at the Trustees of Reservation parking lot on Powisett Street, Dover MA02030 (Note there is another Trustees property, Powisett Farm, just 500 yards down the road - do not use this parking lot). Rain cancels the walk. There is a $6 charge for parking if you are not a Trustees member.

Activity Categories: Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jean Veigas (jveigas@whitneyveigas.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

October Boston Bike Comm Meeting

Date: Monday, October 25 - Monday, October 25

Normally scheduled October Boston Bike Comm Mtg. Conducted on zoom, see below for link. Mike Barry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Boston Bike Comm Oct Mtg Time: Oct 25, 2021 19:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89708422631?pwd=ZmJETXNqSDBZR0RGOC8xR0gvSWNpZz09 Meeting ID: 897 0842 2631 Passcode: 446167 One tap mobile +13017158592,,89708422631#,,,,*446167# US (Washington DC) +19292056099,,89708422631#,,,,*446167# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 897 0842 2631 Passcode: 446167 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdSR1CswI8

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Zoom
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251

October 2021 Ski Committee Social

Date: Tuesday, October 26 - Tuesday, October 26

Let's get together and get stoked for the coming ski season. El Nina is working her magic, per the weather gurus, so let's talk about future plans and past glories. We will meet at the outdoor patio of The Mighty Squirrel Brewery and Taproom in Waltham (411 Waverley Oaks Road) (plenty of free parking). https://www.mightysquirrel.com/ Food truck available on-site. We will provide light fare (like chips, dip). Ski committee members and leaders will be on hand to discuss committee activities, trips, and workshops.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: 411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Aldo Ghirin , Jeff Barrell
Trip Difficulty: All Levels
Link: Mighty Squirrel Brewery

Day Hike Mounts Cardigan, Gilman, & Crane

Date: Wednesday, October 27

Join us hike for three mountains Cardigan, Gilman, & Crane. Distance ~9 miles out-and-back with elevation gain ~2500 ft. This hike is rigorous and strenuous. Our pace will be moderate (~1.5 to 2 mph). All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Cardigan
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620, Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Registration

Lets Explore - Great Woods - Mansfield

Date: Wednesday, October 27

10 - 1:30 or so. 6-7 miles or so. No big hills. We will explore the Great Woods conservation land in Mansfield. I haven't been there in years, Group limited to 15. A note about these walks. These hikes should be considered 'exploratory.' I will have done some research, but may not have had the opportunity to have hiked the exact route we will take. So… things might not always go perfectly. We might find some wet areas, or less than ideal trail conditions. But we will try to make the best of things and have fun. And we will all learn. If this sounds interesting… Come on along! I have never gotten lost and not made it out of the woods and back to the car… yet. Masks: You must bring a mask. We will wear them at "circle up", so we don't have to make a huge circle, and potentially at other times as necessary depending on the Covid status, crowds. Weather: Thunderstorms will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain. Hunting season! It is that time of year again. This hike will be during deer archery season. Mid-day isn't prime hunting time, however... This area is open to hunting. Orange clothes will be REQUIRED for your safety. Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!)

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Mansfield Great Woods Conservation land
Region: Massachusetts, Southeast
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton

Volunteer Day: Tent Repair

Date: Wednesday, October 27 - Wednesday, October 27

Ever wondered how thousands of youth have gone camping with AMC's help? Come learn more about AMC Educators Outdoors under the Center for Outdoor Learning and Leadership (COLL) while helping out; checking and repairing the large fleet of tents that AMC trained leaders use to engage youth throughout the Greater Boston area. During our session, you'll work to make sure AMC's Eureka tents are ready for the next excursion as we seam seal, waterproof, and repair bungies. Expect to be outside in our parking lot if the weather is nice, but we will have rainy day tasks if nature doesn't cooperate. Our location at 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA (not the main office) is located conveniently next to Sullivan Square stop on the Orange Line (5 Minute Walk) or if you need to drive, we can provide parking with arrangement. Pack a lunch and come socialize with others as you give back and help others get back into the swing of going outdoors! We are looking for groups of 5-7 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for an individual or group! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and lend a helping hand. Please register in advance and contact Chris Guiliano at cguiliano@outdoors.org with questions.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nate Schumacher 617-391-6599

Halloween Hike to Mt. Paugus (52WAV)

Date: Sunday, October 31

Join us on Halloween to hike the South Peak of Mt. Paugus, a 52WAV summit! We will get breathtaking views west across the Sandwich Wilderness from a ledge near the summit. Over approximately 8.1 miles and 2600 feet of elevation gain, we will cross streams strewn with fallen autumn leaves, explore a cave, scramble up a steep rocky section, and walk through a lovely late fall forest. The colors on the ground and any remaining on the trees should be exquisite! Pace will be moderate with slightly faster on the smoother less steep sections and slower as we carefully pick our way through the rocky section. This hike is suitable for people who have done similar distance and elevation in New England in the past 12 months. Covid precautions: Participants are required to bring a mask in case of any emergency or similar situation that requires people to be within close proximity for an extended period of time. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Albany, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Elizabeth Ryan
Co-Leader: Amy Kelliher
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

Lets Explore - Myles Standish State Forest (Plymouth/Carver)

Date: Sunday, October 31

10 - 2:00 or so. 7+ miles or so. No big hills. This was the first hike I led for Boston Local Walks, and AMC, c. 1999. I might even still remember most of the figure 8 loop we used, as I have been back a few times over the years. Group limited to 15. A note about these walks. These hikes should be considered 'exploratory.' I will have done some research, but may not have had the opportunity to have hiked the exact route we will take. So… things occasionally might not always go perfectly. We might find some wet areas, or less than ideal trail conditions. But we will try to make the best of things and have fun. And we will all learn. If this sounds interesting… Come on along! I have never gotten lost and not made it out of the woods and back to the car… yet. Masks: You must bring a mask. We will wear them at "circle up", so we don't have to make a huge circle, and potentially at other times as necessary depending on the Covid status, crowds, etc. Weather: Thunderstorms will delay, cancel, or shorten trips. Ditto for extreme winds. Rain? That's why you will always bring a raincoat. We won't cancel because of rain. Hunting Season: It's hunting season, but that's why this (nominally Saturday) hike is on Sunday this week. There is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts. And the Patriots play at 4... so you can hike and make it home for the game. Well, unless we get lost of course. :-) Note: Boston Local Walks Committee is always looking for new Leaders and Co-Leaders to help run hikes and take us to places you know. (Or want to learn.) If you are interested in helping out, so you can learn to be a Leader, and we can all have even more hikes; just let me know. As a former SEM Chapter Education Chair, I love helping other hikers become Leaders. (And if you are helping me run my hikes, it makes it easier for me, so I can run more hikes too. A win-win-win. I get help, you get trained, and the other hikers get more hikes!)

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Myles Standish State Forest
Region: Massachusetts, Southeast
Leader: Bob Vogel (vogel.2356@comcast.net) , Joanne Newton

BeOnlinewithAMC AMC Boston Chapter - Executive Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, November 1

The next meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Boston Chapter Executive Committee will be on Monday, November 1, 2021. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members. Due to ongoing Covid-19 distancing, this meeting will be held remotely. Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm

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

AMC Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program 2021-2022

Date: Wednesday, November 3 - Wednesday, December 8

Interested in getting outdoors more this winter? The 2021-2022 Boston Chapter H/B Winter Hiking Program (WHP) teaches the best practices of winter hiking and backpacking in New England. Taught by AMC Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Leaders, WHP students will have the opportunity to attend virtual lectures and breakout sessions, and hands-on opportunities with winter hiking and backpacking gear. Program instructional sessions will be scheduled via Zoom from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates: November 3 November 10 November 17 December 1 December 8 Topics include heat management and winter hiking clothing, group hiking techniques, energy management and nutrition, winter travel and snowshoeing, winter safety and injury prevention, above tree-line hiking, non-technical use of ice axe and crampons, winter weather, camping techniques & equipment, back-country food prep and more. There will be numerous weekend trips offered exclusively or preferentially to participants in this class to put your learning into practice. This is also a great opportunity to meet lots of other people who love hiking and enjoy the outdoors! The WHP takes place on 5 nights from 7:00-9:00pm via Zoom. If you have general questions about our WHP program, please contact the program organizer, Jessica Halvorsen. With questions about registration, please contact WHP registrar, Chris McCarron. A participant's place is the program will be secure upon receipt of payment (provided program availability remains). Refunds for cancellation will be offered up to one week prior to program start.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jessica Halvorsen , Chris McCarron
Trip Difficulty: Accessible
Link: REGISTER HERE

Volunteer Day: Tent Repair

Date: Wednesday, November 3 - Wednesday, November 3

Ever wondered how thousands of youth have gone camping with AMC's help? Come learn more about AMC Educators Outdoors under the Center for Outdoor Learning and Leadership (COLL) while helping out; checking and repairing the large fleet of tents that AMC trained leaders use to engage youth throughout the Greater Boston area. During our session, you'll work to make sure AMC's Eureka tents are ready for the next excursion as we seam seal, waterproof, and repair bungies. Expect to be outside in our parking lot if the weather is nice, but we will have rainy day tasks if nature doesn't cooperate. Our location at 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA (not the main office) is located conveniently next to Sullivan Square stop on the Orange Line (5 Minute Walk) or if you need to drive, we can provide parking with arrangement. Pack a lunch and come socialize with others as you give back and help others get back into the swing of going outdoors! We are looking for groups of 5-7 volunteers. This is a great opportunity for an individual or group! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and lend a helping hand. Please register in advance and contact Chris Guiliano at cguiliano@outdoors.org with questions.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 6 Spice Street, Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Nate Schumacher 617-391-6599

20s & 30s book club: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

Date: Wednesday, November 3 - Wednesday, November 3

Beavers are amazing creatures! They are often called "ecosystem engineers" due to their ability to create their own habitat, and habitat for other wildlife. Did you know that beavers have transparent eyelids? That they have a second set of fur-lined lips that allow them to chew and drag wood underwater without drowning? Beavers were nearly extirpated due to demand for their fur, but have recently been making a comeback. Come join AMC Boston 20s & 30s to learn more about beavers in this environmentally-themed book club. This month's title is "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter" by Ben Goldfarb. The book club will be paired with a beaver-themed walk along the Bay Circuit Trail in Boxford MA, where we can view a beaver dam and evidence of beaver "sign" along the trail. The walk will be held on Saturday, November 6 (trip posting forthcoming).

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Aeronaut Brewing, Somerville
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kate Bentsen
Link: Sign up here

Fall Hike in the Blue Hills Beginner

Date: Saturday, November 6

Join us for a beautiful hike at the Blue Hills Reservation. Be prepared to hike about 3.5 to 4 hours. The hike will be at an easy/beginner friendly pace. Bring a backpack with water, extra layers, snacks, lunch, mask, hand sanitizer and sunscreen. This hike and many others are open to the public so you don't have to be an AMC member. After you register, the hike leader will send you detailed information on meeting location and planned trails. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it while hiking.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blue Hills Reservation
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chao Xie
Co-Leader: Michael J Hanley
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register here

Chocorua via Champney and Bolles - 52 With A View

Date: Saturday, November 6

Mount Chocorua, in the eastern Sandwich Range, is touted as the most photographed mountain in NH with its unmistakable pinnacle when seen from practically anywhere in the Ossipee region. We will plan to hike on some of the less traveled trails to enjoy the low-land diversity of the Sandwich Range Wilderness along with the more popular summit trails. Another potential treat is a visit to the Chapney Falls and possibly Pitcher Falls (which is a popular ice climbing spot) if the water level is agreeable. Although not a 4,000' peak, Chocorua is just as challenging as some. At 3,500' it sports nearly a mile of bare, treeless, trail around the summit and short sections of steep scrambles. It is a worthy member of the "52 With a View (WAV)" list of peaks, providing a 360 degree vista. Early winter weather will greet us and special attention to appropriate clothing in AMC's 3 season gear list is called for (in addition to the 10 essentials). The trails will cover all types of woodland and mountain terrain with water crossings. Participants should plan for trekking 8 hours to cover 10+ miles and achieve 3,300' of elevation gain. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions, or excessive crowding: The planned trip destination, activity, and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in the activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Chocorua Scenic Area
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peter Monnes , Eric Ashwell
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Register Here

AMC Boston 20s & 30s Steering Committee #BeOnlineWithAMC

Date: Monday, November 8 - Monday, November 8

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

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

#BEONLINEWITHAMC - Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, November 9 - Tuesday, November 9

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

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

Blue Hills Ponkapaog Pond Loop Family Hike

Date: Saturday, November 13 - Saturday, November 13

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a moderate, 5-mile hike around Ponkapoag Pond in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. Given that not every child will be vaccinated, all participants and leaders will bring and wear their own face coverings (masks). This is flat terrain with minimal elevation gain, and suitable for most school aged kids. We will begin near the golf course and plan 2+hours for the loop. Highlights include the Atlantic White Cedar swamp and the rustic AMC campground area, plus hopefully some fun wildlife sightings. This hike is recommended for ages 5+ due to mileage. Under 5 kids only with prior permission from leader. Cost is free, but pre-registration is required. To register click on the "Register Now" Button above or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/3038 Questions Contact: Chao at chaoranxie@gmail.com, 6172370880

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Ponkapoag Pond
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chao Xie , David Powell
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

BEONLINEWITHAMC: Boston Chapter's 44th Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, November 14 - Sunday, November 14

Please join us virtually for the Boston Chapter's Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 14th. Whether you're an AMC member who isn't yet active with the Boston Chapter, or a regular attendee of chapter trips and events, this online event gives you a chance to hear from the Boston Chapter Executive Committee and AMC staff and to participate in the election of chapter officers for 2022. The slate is as follows: Chair: Elizabeth Ryan 1st term Vice Chair: Jesse Waites 1st term Secretary: Marjorie O'Malley 3rd term Treasurer: Bill Sample 1st term Member at Large: Brooks Sherman, 3rd term Member at Large: Julia Davis, 2nd term Member at Large: Katrina Judicke, 2nd term The Boston Chapter has joined the AMC community to champion increased access to and engagement with the outdoors for all people. This year we will feature 3 AMC staff/volunteer panelists, Jasmin Antonia Estrada from AMC , Crystal Williams from NY/NoJersey Chapter, and Kumi Wauthier from Boston Chapter who will share their work. We invite you to listen and join us on this journey of education and action. All participants must register. An email with the zoom link/login information will be sent directly to the registrant, one day prior to the event.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Cindy Crosby (cindy@amcboston.org)

Hike Carters

Date: Saturday, November 20

Join us hiking the three 4000 footers, Carter Dome (4,832'), Carter Middle (4,610'), Carter South (4,430'). Distance ~12 miles out-and-back with elevation gain ~4200 ft. This hike is rigorous and strenuous. We can expect nice views of the Presidential Range from the ridge. Our pace will be moderate (~1.5 to 2 mph). All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (jcomuzzi@kateharper.com) 978-448-9837, Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Registration

Hike Mount Osceola and East Osceola

Date: Sunday, November 21

Join us hiking the two 4000 footers, Mt Osceola (4,340') and East Osceola (4,156'). Total distance 8.3 mile out-and-back with elevation gain ~2800 ft. This hike is rigorous and strenuous, hike involves rough footing, including scramble. Our pace will be moderate (~1.5 to 2 mph). All leaders and participants must bring a mask on the hike for emergency purposes but are not required to wear it during hiking. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Joe Comuzzi (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417, Majid Ali (appkhi@gmail.com) 224-515-0417
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Registration

#BEONLINEWITHAMC - Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 14 - Tuesday, December 14

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, December 18

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

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

Hike Mt. Waumbek

Date: Sunday, December 19

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

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

Ski to the B-52 from Lyford Lodge

Date: Sunday, January 30 - Thursday, February 3

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

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

Maine Woods Ski Touring Trip @ West Branch Pond Camps

Date: Thursday, February 3 - Sunday, February 6

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

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