Join us for a winter day hike with the goal to stand on the summits of North (4,293') and South (4,358') Kinsman mountains. Following the western approach via the Mount Kinsman and Kinsman Ridge trails we will pass some historical features including an old sugar house and an area where the Kinsman Cabin once stood. If weather permits the north summit, though wooded, offers a beautiful view of the Franconia Ridge. The round trip is 10 miles with 3,900' of elevation gain and our estimated time is 8 to 9 hours depending on weather conditions.
Join us for a long day hike to one of the White Mountains' finest viewpoints - the summit of Mt. Carrigain. On a clear day, the fire tower on the summit affords spectacular views that include almost all of the 4000' peaks in New Hampshire. We'll start early for a 14 mile, 3800' elevation gain day that will take us on an out-and-back trip using the Sawyer River Road (closed in winter) and the Signal Ridge Trail. We'll encounter long and steady climbs, stream crossings, and a beautiful, but exposed, section on Signal Ridge. This trip is suitable for fit, experienced winter hikers who have gotten out several times this winter. Full winter gear, including full crampons and mountaineering snowshoes, is required.
Join us on 2/25 for a fun day above treeline as we climb Isolation via Glen Boulder! This hike will take us from Pinkham Notch up the Glen Boulder Trail to Davis Path and back. Please be an experienced winter hiker in good shape with above-treeline experience. Full winter gear required (crampons, snowshoes, microspikes, face protection, goggles, headlamp, etc.). Be prepared for a long day if we have to break trail. Stats: 12.14 mi, 8 hr 41 min, 5313 elev gain. Gear List: http://hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf. Bad weather date: 2/26.
Join us for a winter hike up to the Osceolas, from Kancamagus Highway. From Greeley Ponds trailhead, we'll hike 3.8 miles up to East Osceola and Mt. Osceola, and return the way we came, for a total of 7.6 miles and 3232 feet of elevation gain. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the winter weather on a beautiful set of peaks! We will (hopefully) enjoy fantastic views from atop Mt. Osceola, weather permitting with relatively little above treeline exposure. This trail is steep and contains a steep chimney and crosses a small slide, both of which may be icy. There is a chimney bypass should conditions not be appropriate. We can anticipate that we will have full winter conditions, so crampons, and previous winter 4k hiking experience is required to participate. We will hike in most weather conditions, so please be prepared with waterproof layers and extra layers to withstand wind or cold temperatures. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1453.
Come join us for a trip to this classic Pemi destination. Our route will take us from Lincoln Woods, up the Bondcliff trail, and along the spectacular ridge to Bond and West Bond. If Mother Nature cooperates we may be rewarded with some of the finest vistas in the Whites! This will be a long one, at ~21 miles and 4700', with about 5 miles of exposed terrain above treeline. Expect to travel at an average 2 mph pace. Participants should be in strong physical condition, have appropriate winter gear (http://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/gear-advice/winter-gear-guide.cfm), be experienced above treeline, and be ready for an early start (headlamps are a must)! Looking forward to having you along!
The classic loop over two four-thousand-footers, with nearly two miles above treeline in a 9 mile day with 4000 feet of climbing. There may be views. There will likely be wind. There will definitely be a great day of challenge and reward. Recent winter hiking experience a must, including some above-treeline experience (e.g. Moosilauke, Eisenhower). Expect a very steady pace with few breaks. If the weather is not suitable for going above treeline, leader will select an appropriate alternative hike in the area. Required gear: Full winter above-treeline gear, including appropriate mountaineering boots, crampons with absolutely perfect attachment (step-in preferred), snowshoes. See recommendations at http://hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions. Participants may be asked to carry some group gear; leave some room in your pack (approximately enough room for a 1qt bottle.)
Break your winter blues and see great views of the Presidentials and Mt. Washington on this 10 mile NH 4,000 footer hike. Gain 3300 feet and the company of your AMC friends. We expect to complete this moderately paced hike in approximately 9 hours, depending on conditions. This is a trip for fit hikers with winter hiking experience.
If you're like us, you've always wanted to spend a winter weekend at 13 Falls. It's a magical place and the snow and ice should be wonderful. And now's your chance! We'll backpack in along the Franconia Brook Trail on Friday and stay there Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday, we'll get some peak, but which one will depend on trail conditions and weather. We may climb up to the ridge and do a loop over Garfield and Galehead, or possibly approach Owls' Head from the north via the Lincoln Brook trail. But it doesn't matter because just being in this remote section of the Pemigewasset Wilderness will be reward enough itself. It's about the journey rather than the destination. Prior winter backpacking experience and full winter backpacking gear required (other than tents and stoves, which we will share). Option to ski and/or pull a sled along the approach if you wish. Trip leaders: Stephen Conlin and Fred Smith
A nice winter hike up to Mt Garfield (4500 ft) on the first weekend in March. There should be plenty of snow on the trail, and with weather permitting, great views from the summit. The hike is 5 miles on the trail and and 1.2 miles on the Gale River Loop road (which is closed in the winter) for total of 6.2 miles one way (12.4 miles roundtrip). There will be 2-3 stream crossings, which are already reported to be iced over. If high winds or other weather preclude hiking Garfield then the hike will be to Galehead, which is a few miles down the road. Come join us for a winter jaunt with good amount of hiking to enjoy the outdoors.
Join us for a winter hike up Mt. Surprise and Moriah via the Carter Moriah Trail. Expect wonderful views throughout the hike as we climb up some steep ledges! This hike can be combined with the Sunday hike up Wildcats A-D. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1465.
Join us for a late-winter hike up North Twin, South Twin and Galehead mountains, three 4,000-footers north of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The views from South Twin's wide open summit are especially fine. We'll ascend North Twin Trail, take the spur to South Twin, swing west to Galehead, and descend via Gale River. 12 miles on trail, plus 2-3 on herd path/xc ski trail/road; ~ 4000' gain. Winter hiking experience and full winter gear required.
End the winter hiking season with a challenging out-and-back traverse of the scenic Wildcat Ridge with views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range and Carter Notch. Expect an early start and a full day of hiking as we attempt to summit two, four thousand foot peaks. We will start the day hiking up the Wildcat Mountain ski slopes ($20 fee for slope access pass, purchased in the main building) to Wildcat D, 4,062', complete with observation tower and then to Wildcat Mountain, aka Wildcat A, 4,422'. The hike will be covering approximately 10 miles and over 2500 feet in elevation change. Participants should be comfortable with winter conditions and should have recent experience with long hikes over rugged terrain.
Join us for a day hike of Wildcats A-D. We will go via 19 Mile Brook and down by the ski slope. All winter gear is required, especially your crampons, snowshoes, and micro spikes. You can also join the Saturday hike up Moriah. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1464.
The Fire Warden's Trail, known for its lovely birch glades, ascends Mt. Hale from the northwest. The gently graded route isn't officially maintained, and doesn't appear on recent maps. We'll reach it from Little River, via the North Twin Trail. 8.5 miles round trip; ~ 2500' gain. Full winter gear, including snowshoes, required.
Join us on this hike to Carter Dome, South Carter, and Middle Carter Mountains. This will be a moderately paced hike covering about 14 miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain. This hike can be combined with the Moriah hike on March 4. Contact leaders for local accommodation plans.
Join David Loutzenheiser on the road less traveled through two countries not often on the American tourist circuit. In Oman, David explores the largest canyon in the country, hiking up to 8000 ft with expansive views and explores historic old forts and villages, all the while filling up on a daily ration of dates and more. In Sri Lanka, David switches to the bike as the main mode of transportation (for a while anyway), exploring the coast, unique wildlife, rainforests, and tea plantations. Transitioning from the bike to one of the most spectacular train rides in the world, he's off to the central high country of Sri Lanka exploring national parks and enjoying the cooler air. David will also share his experience tasting amazing cuisines throughout the trip. Doors @ 6:15pm | Potluck @ 6:30pm | Slideshow @ 7:15pm Potluck Info: Participation in the potlucks is optional, yet useful for that post-office work hunger. Homemade dishes are welcome, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome. Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a full kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (stovetop, oven, microwave, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed.
Join us for three days and two nights to explore the southernmost high hut of the White Mountains at Lonesome Lake Hut (2760') in its beautiful winter setting! Enjoy a snowy weekend of hiking, focusing on scenery, good company and great food. With spectacular views of the Franconia Ridge across a pristine glacial lake, Lonesome Lake Hut offers big mountain scenery without the big mountain effort and is just 1.6 miles from the trailhead, making it an ideal first-time winter high hut overnight experience. We will hike from Lafayette Campground parking lot for 1.6 miles (950' elev. gain) to the unheated rustic hut. Lonesome Lake Hut is one of the three AMC high huts open in winter on a "self service" basis that guests provide their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, and cookware to prepare their own meals. Bunks, mattresses, and pillows are provided, but blankets are not. The cooking and dining areas are heated after 4 pm in winter, but the remote bunkhouses are not. A winter sleeping bag, 0°F to -20°F, is required. The hikes will be chosen by the leaders to suit the conditions and participants. Possible hikes near the hut are Around the Lake (0.8 miles, flat), to Northeast Cannon Ball (rt: 2.8 miles, 1,050 ft elev. gain), to Kinsman Pond (rt: 3.8 miles, 1,400 ft), North Kinsman (rt: 5.0 miles, 1,950 ft) and South Kinsman (rt: 6.8 miles, 2,600 ft). The trip starts Friday in the morning and ends Sunday around noon with an option for an extra Flume-Pond-Loop (lp: 1.93 miles 548 ft) hike in the beautiful Franconia Notch region. This trip is suitable for graduates of the Boston HB Winter Hiking Program or those with similar experience. Moderate fitness and full winter gear required. All participants will be responsible for providing their own lunches (Fri, Sat, & Sun) and snacks (Fri. Sat, & Sun). Payment is due upon application (use "REGISTER NOW" above) along with a signed copy of the Trip Waiver Form. Trip Waiver Form can be found here: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf
Join us for a late winter weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains. Plan to arrive Friday evening (before 11pm). Stay at a rustic cabin and share the preparation of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour, and dinner. Fee covers Friday and Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday morning), happy hour and dinner (Saturday evening). Trail lunches and happy hour beverages are not included. We plan to hike Adams or Madison on Saturday. The hike is approximately 8.5 miles with approximately 4,200 feet of elevation gain. If the weather forcast is for high wind a lower peak will be substituted. Sunday's hike will be a leaders choice destination of a lower 4k or hundred highest peak. Alternate hikes may be substituted dependent on the weather.
Come join us to hike two 52 with a view mountains - Hedgehog Mountain and Mount Potash in the Sandwich Range area. Both mountains have ledges with fantastic views if the weather cooperates. The total expected mileage is 8.7 miles and the elevation gain should be 2,650 feet. We will start off by hiking Hedgehog Mountain via the UNH trail as a loop (4.8 miles and 1,350 feet of elevation gain). We will then return back to the trailhead and hike Mount Potash via an out and back on Potash Mountain Trail (3.9 miles and 1,300 feet of elevation gain). Note that there is a significant stream crossing at the beginning of the Mount Potash hike, which might require us to bushwack slightly or to start off on the Logging Road. Previous winter hiking experience required. AMC winter hiking program graduates are encouraged to join us on this hike. Join us on this excursion for good company. This trip is cross-posted in H/B and Young Members.
Conditions permitting, we'll try for the three Bonds from the Kanc as a day trip. Expect an early start and VERY long day. May require some above treeline gear. If conditions aren't good for an attempt we'll do some easier peak. Contact L Joe about accommodations the night before and the night after the trip ($9/person/night).
Join us to experience Stephen Najarian's two most recent adventures in one slideshow. The first is climbing chimneys, mountain peaks, valleys, ladders and the via-Ferrata (the Iron Way) while exploring World War I caves and trench warfare sites and the Refugi's (Huts) system. The second adventure includes the view of the Valley of Sports in Chamonix, France from the mighty summit of Mont Blanc. My wish is that this presentation will inspire you to leave a new trail on your next adventure. Participation in the potlucks is optional, yet useful for that post-office work hunger. Homemade dishes are welcome, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome. Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a full kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (stovetop, oven, microwave, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed.
Join us on a late March traverse from Mt. Lincoln to Mt. Garfield. We will ascend the Falling Waters trail, hike the scenic Franconia Ridge and then the lesser used Garfield Ridge Trail to Mt. Garfield. We will exit on the Garfield Trail and hike to the Gale River road to our pre-positioned cars. The views on the ridge, down Lafayette, and from Garfield are spectacular. The Garfield Ridge Trail may be new to you to explore. Trail conditions from Lafayette to Garfield will depend on use and snow conditions. You must be an experienced winter hiker with above treeline experience and endurance to hike the 14.5 miles with 5212 ft elevation gain in approximately 12+ hours.
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm Cabot Hall at 4 Joy Street, Boston MA 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 Hiking/Backpacking Committee's Annual 3-Season Hiking Program 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, 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. Registration for these trips will open after the first classroom session. 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 19-21) and the Beginner Backpacking Trip (June 2-4) are capstone trips for this program. Mark your calendars to attend either of these fun filled weekends! Individual trip registration will open April 4th. Advanced registration for the program is required. Reserve your spot now as the class fills quickly!
In 2016, Charlie Linville became first combat-wounded veteran to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Enjoy a unique presentation hosted by Charlie and hear about his climb and involvement with The Hero's Project: an organization that helps catastrophically injured veterans climb the world's tallest mountains.
Have you ever wondered what's it like to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, and what's on the climber's mind? Or what it's like to tread through the blinding whiteness in minus 50 degrees in Antarctica day after day? This person, Lei Wang, grew up as an un-athletic book-nerd who considered walking a few blocks in the city during her first winter in Boston a daunting adventure. Lei is also the first Asian-American to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, including Mount Everest, and to ski to the North and South poles. What made her decide to take on such challenges? How did she make such a dramatic lifestyle transformation? Come to see what she saw on her journey, to hear what thoughts kept her going at the hardest time. She will also bring her latest book, After the Summit: New Rules for Reaching Your Peak Potential in Your Career and Life.In this book, her contrarian advice on success reveals that what she learned while earning an MBA at Wharton School of Business and in her high-tech jobs won't work if you want a career that is fulfilling and pushes you to your peak potential. For more check out her website: http://JourneyWithLei.com Doors @ 6:15pm | Potluck @ 6:30pm | Slideshow @ 7:15pm Potluck Info: Participation in the potlucks is optional, yet useful for that post-office work hunger. Homemade dishes are welcome, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome. Plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a full kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (stovetop, oven, microwave, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed .
Join us for one of the best known, most scenic hikes in the White Mountains. We will take the 4.5 mile Welch-Dickey Loop which includes a modest 1800 feet of elevation gain, featuring panoramic views, and open ledges. We plan a moderate paced, half day hike and is appropriate for beginners, those who want a good warm up, anyone who is working on the 52 WAV list, or anyone who just wants a good half day on the trail. Dogs welcome. MicroSpikes and appropriate footwear will be required for this hike in addition to layers, 2 liters of water, and the normal 3 season gear.
This is a joint Family and Hiking.Backpacking trip. We will be backpacking 2.7 miles up a steady incline to the tentsites at Ethan Pond. The elevation gain will be 1420', 4". The campsite is located on the shore of a pristine mountain pond. Those ambtious enough may try to summit the nearby Mt. Wiley (4285) after making camp. On Sunday morning we make a three mile detour, roundtrip and without full packs, to view Ripley and Arethusa Falls. Registration URL: http://regi.amcboston.org/1476