Activities for AMC Boston Family Outings

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Family Hike - Mt. Watatic and Nutting Hill Loop

Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:45 AM to 12:00 AM

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a winter hike at Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA.

We will take the Wapack Trail to the summit (644' elevation gain) at a kid friendly pace. On the way down we will take the gentler Nutting Hill trail back to the parking lot. Total distance is approximately 3.2 miles. This winter hike is best for kids with some hiking experience, ages 6+.

At this time of the year, the trail will be icy in spots so traction devices (e.g., microspikes) are required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher
Deborah Garlick

Debi is an experienced 4-season hiker and 3-season backpacker.

Coleader: 
Elaine Yang

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

Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:30 AM to Sunday, December 29, 2019 2:00 PM

Ring in the New Year early with small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin for a night! Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under half a mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views. The cabin is toasty warm with the wood stove, but you will need winter gear and a warm sleeping bag regardless (winter will have set in :) Winter hiking is awesome with cool temperatures, no bugs and all the views (no leaves)!

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel and has led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), Morocco, New Zealand, and Fiji/Tonga

Jackie Wah jwah2002@yahoo.com (339-368-1534)
Andrew Germain

Family New Years at Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia

Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM to Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 PM

Ring in the New Year with Family Outings at Pinestead Farm Lodge, a Family Outings longtime Favorite in Franconia, NH! Pinestead is a comfortable rustic lodge on a farm with direct access to XC ski and snowshoe trails. Great sledding hills on property and nearby as well. 15 min from Cannon or 45 min from Bretton Woods for DH skiing. Ice skating and tubing available at the nearby Franconia Inn (both for a fee) Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen as well. Great for families with kids of all ages and skill levels.

Trip details

Activity: 
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Valerie Paul valerie.paul@gmail.com (508-561-8097; Before 9pm)

I am a long-time Family Outings ski and hike leader with a passion for sharing the outdoors with kids. My own son has long-ago aged out of the family group but I still love it.

Eddy Luttmer (617-413-1815; Before 9pm)

Eddy originated the Pinestead trip and many other Family Outings favorites over the years. His kids are also long grown and gone but he thrives on making complicated meals, outfitting people with used gear and teaching young and old how to cross country ski.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

AMC Family Outings 7th Annual New Years Celebration and Equipment Sale Sunday January 5th at the Thoreau Outing Center at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA. Come anytime from 10 am to 3 pm. We'll celebrate the New Years with coffee/donuts in the morning and lunch included at 11:30 am with our welcome in the New Year Celebratory cake. Options for snowshoe and XC Ski clinics, walks and hikes throughout the day as well as crafts for the kids, sledding, and, of course, lots of great equipment at prices you cannot beat. Activities and fun for all ages and abilities.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Skiing
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Social Events
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)
Paul Terenzi Firemanpaul@comcast.net (781-389-8115)
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Jackie Wah jwah2002@yahoo.com (781-641-2085)
Coleader: 
Michael Wainer wainer18@hotmail.com (617-549-2731)
Julia Khorana jkhorana1@icloud.com (617-872-7985)

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia

Friday, January 24, 2020 6:00 PM to Sunday, January 26, 2020 1:00 PM

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away.

Trip details

Activity: 
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Valerie Paul valerie.paul@gmail.com (508-561-8097; before 9pm)

I'm an "alumni leader" for the Family Outings group. I led ski, camping and hiking trips for many years until my son "aged out" but I still love hanging out with kids and sharing my joy in all things outdoorsy with kids and parents alike. I also love to cook for groups and get folks together over the prep table.

Eddy Luttmer (617-413-1815; before 9pm)

I was the long time chair of the family outings committee and led dozens of trips over the years before my kids "aged out". I love to play outside - especially on XC skis, in a solo whitewater canoe or on my sailboat and I thoroughly enjoy teaching kids (and adults).

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

Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, January 26, 2020 12:00 AM

Enjoy an invigorating winter hike with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Winter Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain, AMC Youth & Family Activity Rating - Vigorous due to elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, wood stove and Clivus composting toilet.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@gmail.com (978-470-0243; Before 10pm)
Micheal V Wainer

Currently a Backcountry Leader for the Boston Chapter Family Outings Group. Avid 4 season hiker and have enjoyed AMC Adventure Travel trips to Dolomites, Patagonia, Ireland and Switzerland.

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

Friday, January 31, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 2, 2020 12:00 AM

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. This trip is targeted to families with younger children, 8 & under, but kids all ages are welcome - AMC members and non-members alike. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Ice Skating
Skiing
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Walks
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Laurene Poland ljpoland@msn.com (508-728-1373)
Joanna Jung jjinbox@verizon.net (617-549-2812)

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

Friday, February 14, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:00 AM

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Ice Skating
Skiing
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Walks
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Kremena Dimitrova ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com (857-928-0533; evening after 6pm)
Helene Guezennec lnguezenn@hotmail.com (857-352-1688)
Daniel Parvanov parvanov@yahoo.com
Ekaterina Atanasova ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com (774-232-6846)

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

Friday, February 14, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:00 AM

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c and downhill skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor.

Trip details

Activity: 
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joanna Jung jjinbox@verizon.net (617-549-2812)
Coleader: 
Margarita Balmaceda balmacma@shu.edu (617-818-7841; after 6 pm)
Margaret Schroeder margaret.schroeder@gmail.com (617-905-0452)

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

Friday, February 14, 2020 4:30 PM to Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:00 AM

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Skiing
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Margaret Schroeder

I love the beauty of the mountains, the social camaraderie, and the physical challenge that hiking brings. BK, Before Kids, I was a co-leader with the HB committee, but when my boys, now 4.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs, came along I shifted gears to the Family Committee. As a family, we have always done a LOT of camping. Now that their legs are getting longer and stronger, we are throwing in more and more hiking. We love sharing our love of the outdoors in all it's versions with other families!

Joanna Jung
Jeanne Blauner

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel and has led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), Morocco, New Zealand, and Fiji/Tonga

Coleader: 
Margarita Balmaceda

Family Winter AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:00 AM

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

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@gmail.com (978-470-0243)

Presidents Weekend Family Winter Fun, Burke, Vermont

Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:00 AM to Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:00 AM

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

Trip details

Activity: 
Skiing
Trip state: 
VT
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com (781-444-6693)

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

Monday, February 17, 2020 12:00 AM to Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00 AM

Join a small group of families at AMC's newest Medawisla Lodge and Cabins in Greenville, ME Monday thru Thursday of February School Vacation Week. Enjoy private lakefront cabin or bunkhouse w/shared bathhouse (w/shower) and toasty warm wood stove. Small group of families. Drive in location. Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe extensive trail network just steps away from our cabins/bunkhouse. Group cooking and full service combo.

Trip details

Activity: 
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
ME
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel and has led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), Morocco, New Zealand, and Fiji/Tonga

Coleader: 
Hillary Berbeco hillary@berbeco.com

Hillary began coleading hiking and XC skiing trips with Family Outings in 2018, including this trip to Medawisla.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020 4:00 PM to Sunday, February 23, 2020 1:00 PM

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away.

Trip details

Activity: 
Ice Skating
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Valerie Paul valerie.paul@gmail.com (508-561-8097; before 9pm)

I'm an "alumni leader" for the Family Outings group. I led ski, camping and hiking trips for many years until my son "aged out" but I still love hanging out with kids and sharing my joy in all things outdoorsy with kids and parents alike. I also love to cook for groups and get folks together over the prep table.

Eddy Luttmer (617-413-1815; before 9pm)

I was the long time chair of the family outings committee and led dozens of trips over the years before my kids "aged out". I love to play outside - especially on XC skis, in a solo whitewater canoe or on my sailboat and I thoroughly enjoy teaching kids (and adults).

Boston Family Fun in the Snowbelt of Vermont

Friday, March 6, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, March 8, 2020 12:00 AM

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a fun, active and relaxing winter weekend in Londonderry, Vermont. Activities include downhill and x-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and more. Leader-led nordic ski and snowshoe options on both days, and an optional tubing outing after 3pm on Saturday. Stay at the Blue Gentian Lodge (www.bluegentian.com), within walking distance to Magic Mountain, an excellent kid-friendly ski and tubing area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Ice Skating
Skiing
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
VT
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@gmail.com (617-835-6532)

Stacia Biel has led many chapter and international travel trips with the AMC since 1999, mostly hiking and backpacking, including family adventure travel trips to the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Italian Dolomites, Nova Scotia and Yellowstone. Stacia and her husband Wyatt have two children, Noah and Soraya, and often hike with their chocolate lab Taza.

Eliza Grinnell eliza.grinnell@gmail.com (617-515-1095)

Eliza has been co-leading and leading hiking and ocean kayak trips with the AMC since 2006. Eliza planned and executed an AMC major excursion to Alaska and has recently focused her attention on co-leading winter backpacking trips. Eliza's family (husband and 10 year old daughter) have hiked and backpacked in Banff, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zion, the Italian Dolomites, and Yosemite National Parks.

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia

Friday, March 13, 2020 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 15, 2020 1:00 PM

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away.

Trip details

Activity: 
Ice Skating
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Sledding
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Valerie Paul valerie.paul@gmail.com (508-561-8097; before 9pm)

I'm an "alumni leader" for the Family Outings group. I led ski, camping and hiking trips for many years until my son "aged out" but I still love hanging out with kids and sharing my joy in all things outdoorsy with kids and parents alike. I also love to cook for groups and get folks together over the prep table.

Eddy Luttmer (617-413-1815; before 9pm)

I was the long time chair of the family outings committee and led dozens of trips over the years before my kids "aged out". I love to play outside - especially on XC skis, in a solo whitewater canoe or on my sailboat and I thoroughly enjoy teaching kids (and adults).

Family Sub Sig (White Mountains NH) XC Ski and/or hiking weekend

Friday, March 20, 2020 7:00 PM to Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:00 PM

Join us for a weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch, NH down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel …in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin (Sub Sig) is rustic, but comfy with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7 and up. Group size limited to 12 lucky souls.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian s Witkov animalhc@aol.com

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Weekend, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:30 PM to Monday, May 25, 2020 11:00 AM

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut and summiting a New Hampshire 4000 footer? Spend two nights at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites, and summit North Kinsman or Cannon on the second day. On Saturday we will hike 1.6 miles (and gain 1000' vertical feet) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. The route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the incline is moderated by switchbacks. Along the way, we will stop for snacks, look at nature and enjoy the views.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@gmail.com (617-835-6532)

AMC Interchapter Novice Family Hiking & Camping Workshop (Pet-Friendly), Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Carmel NY

Friday, July 31, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:00 AM

Family fun hiking and camping weekend July 31st 2020 (after 3 PM) to August 2nd (until 11 AM) at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Carmel NY. Have fun, Improve your hiking and camping skills, and look forward to the option to backpack in the future. This program is at a walk-in (3 - 4 minutes) rustic group campsite next to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Rustic means tent camping, cooking outdoors and there are only portable toilets for bathroom facilities.

Trip details

Activity: 
Camping
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@gmail.com (978-470-0243)
Jackie Wah jwah2002@yahoo.com (339-368-1534)
Majid Ali appkhi@gmail.com (224-515-0417)
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508)
Coleader: 
Michael Savas mts7419@gmail.com

I've been an AMC hiking leader since 2017 and recently became a backpacking leader this year. In addition, I am an instructor in the NYNJ Chapter Novice Backpacking Workshop(s).

Chandra Leela Velpula cvelpula@yahoo.com
CSV