Spring Hiking Program (SHP)

Beginner Spring Hiking Program 2018


Tuesday April 10, 17, 24, & May 1, 8 
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Ever wanted to try hiking or backpacking and didn't know where to get started? Are you rusty and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Do you want to get involved with our organized hikes and meet other hikers? Then the 3-Season Spring Hiking Program (SHP) is for you!

This interactive course consists of 5 instructional sessions to introduce the basics of spring, summer and fall day hiking and backpacking in New England. The instruction topics for each of the 5 evenings are different and include: clothing, footwear, heat management, nutrition, essential gear, backcountry stewardship and more!

During the program participants are also given a choice of day hikes, lodge based trips and backpacks that are exclusive to the program to practice their new skills. These trips are an opportunity for participants to get outside with experienced AMC leaders and practice what they have learned in the classroom sessions. Though many of these trips have a particular mountain as an objective, the emphasis is on learning and reinforcement of the classroom discussions. Additional charges apply to some trips. [Unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs, except service dogs, on any program trip.]

Program participants will get the most out of the program by going on as many trips as possible. Day hikes and weekend events will be offered starting the first Saturday after the program begins and run through the summer. The Cardigan Lodge Weekend (May 18-20) and the Beginner Backpacking Trip (June 1-3) are capstone trips for this program. Mark your calendars to attend either of these fun filled weekends! Individual trip registration will open after the first classroom session on April 10th.

AMC Members: $60. Non AMC-members: $90

Advanced registration for the program is required. Reserve your spot now as the class fills quickly.


Questions? Ask Casey Ajalat, the Spring Hiking Program Coordinator

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