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!
Join the AMC's Boston Chapter as they present a unique slideshow & video hosted by Charlie Linville - the 32-year-old US Marine who, having lost part of his leg in Afghanistan, became the first combat amputee to reach the 29,029' summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. While conducting an IED sweep in Afghanistan in 2011 that Charlie was blasted into the air and brought directly down into the blast crater. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in addition to severe spinal trauma and two amputated fingers. He eventually lost his foot to a below-the-knee amputation during the summer of 2013 after fighting for over a year to save it. In 2014, Charlie agreed to join The Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization started by former biker Tim Medvetz, who summited Everest in 2007, six years after suffering life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle crash. The experience inspired him to create The Heroes Project to help catastrophically injured war veterans climb the world's tallest mountains, giving them the chance to renew faith in themselves and put their lives back together through the challenge and triumph of climbing. Although Charlie's attempt to summit Mt. Everest was halted in April 2014 after 16 Sherpas lost their lives in an avalanche and, again in April 2015 following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, he eventually realized his ambition and stood on the highest point on the Earth on May 21, 2016. This April 9th, come and meet Charlie, watch a short video and hear the story of his epic journey from the war zone of Afghanistan to the lofty heights of Mount Everest - a story of endurance, dedication and extreme courage and of one man's determination to triumph over adversity. This event is sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Tickets available online at: https://outdoors-heroesproject.eventbrite.com. Cost: $15 AMC Members/Students/Active Service Members and Veterans, $20 General Public Location: The VERVE, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1360 Worcester Street (Route 9), Natick, MA 01760. Ample parking is available at the Hotel and in a large lot behind the adjacent Dick's Sporting Goods.
NOTE - DATE CHANGED TO: Monday, April 17th ALSO - This is OUR FINAL SLIDESHOW/POTLUCK at the AMC Boston Joy Street location...ever! The AMC is moving next fall to Charlestown... so please join us for a final farewell to this historic location!! 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 two-day intensive workshop will teach you how to confidently navigate on and off trail using a map, compass, and GPS / mobile device. The first day of classroom instruction covers how to read topographic maps, how to use a compass with a map, triangulation, and magnetic declination, and how to plan and follow bearings and hand-rails, including outdoor field exercises on how to apply these skills in practical situations. Classroom instruction will also include how to leverage both available online computer resources and apps for your mobile devices. Day two is an all-day backcountry (off-trail) hike where you'll practice using your navigation skills to climb a trailless mountain in the Crawford Notch Area. The instructors are committed to helping you learn how to navigate and will provide plenty of 1 on 1 instruction and coaching during the course. Participants should have current experience hiking in the White Mountains or comparable terrain and will be required to bring all of the gear on the course gear list, including safety glasses for off-trail eye protection and a mobile device (phone).
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