Activities for the Forty Plus Committee
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A weekend of hiking and/or biking, your choice. Join us for one day or both. Please contact registrar for details about lodging and other logistics.
Saturday's Great Island hike will be approx. 6 miles RT through woods and beach to Jeremy Point. Watch eagles, ducks, hermit crabs, plovers and enjoy spectacular vistas CL Sunny Steadman.
Sunday's hike will be leader's choice in the Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife sanctuary (small entrance fee).CL Barbara Fay
Join us on a midspring hike to Mt. Hancock and South Hancock. This will be a fairly strenuous 9.8 mile hike with about 2900' elevation gain. We will begin on the Hancock Notch Trail off the Kancamagus Highway. When we reach the Cedar Brook Trail, we will proceed north over several brook crossings. The real fun begins on the Hancock Loop Trail, which involves a very steep incline over about 0.5 mile to the first summit, a beautiful traverse over to the second peak, and then 0.5 miles down a steep decline. We will maintain a moderate pace of about 1.5 miles per hour.
Join the Wednesday Wramblers as we head north of Boston to explore the Middlesex Fells. We will hike the 5.2 mile Reservoir Trail which encircles three reservoirs. Open water can be seen from many points on the trail, which is rated as moderate. We will keep a leisurely pace of 1.5 mph. Bring snacks, water, and lunch. Heavy rains or any other extremes of Mother Nature cancels the hike. If the trails are icy or snow-packed (hopefully we will be done with winter by then) traction devices will be required and hiking poles are recommended.
I began leading bike trips for the AMC in 1990 and led for ten years before taking a break. When I became active with the Forty Plus Committee I decided to start leading again. I took a refresher leadership course and Wilderness First Aid and now I am certified as a cross-country ski and bike leader. I have met many wonderful leaders and trip participants and Forty Plus has become one of my most enjoyable retirement activities.
This is a pleasant spring hike of about 5 miles with 1300' of elevation gain and nice views over Lake Winnipesauke.
[Repeat of hike affected by bad weather on April 15.]
Morning hike through wetlands and woodlands at Mass. Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, MA. Distance 4-5 miles at moderate pace with short stops for nature chats. Negligible elevation gains. Meet at 9:20am in front of the Sanctuary office, near the parking area, for departure at 9:30.
Hiking in Whites since 1969. AMC member since early 1970s (with a few gap years) Completed 4000'ers in 1986, including most in winter. Active as AMC Volunteer Naturalist, especially on birds, trees, and local history. Author of Waterfalls of the White Mountains (Backcountry Publications, 1989 and 1999 -- third edition coming in 2019). Lived and hiked in Africa for 12+ years in five countries. Profession: International development economist, now semi-retired.
The Forty Plus is having a Trip Planning meeting on Sunday April 29 at 6:00 pm. Come and plan trips for the remaining Spring season, Summer and Fall. I know that winter seems far away now and snow is melting fast, but let's not forget about some 2019 winter trips.
Light snacks will be provided.
Join us for our annual hike on mount Cardigan. Enjoy early spring flowers and the expansive summit view in this moderate-paced hike on a variety of trails. Cardigan has extensive ledges that may be slippery when wet. Some experience is necessary. The distance will be between 5.6 and 6.3 miles. Elev. gain: 2300 ft. Meeting time is 9:00 am at the Cardigan Lodge. Rain will cancel the trip. Register after April 18.
Greetings: After becoming a 4-season leader and voted Winter Hiking Leader of the Year in 2009 by the Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Committee, my husband (also an AMC leader) and I have continued to lead trips for AMC Boston Chapter throughout New England area and also for AMC Adventure Travel to domestic National Parks, Switzerland, Italy, France, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!
Join the Wednesday Wramblers for our first bike ride of the season. We will enjoy a round-trip of 20 miles on the Minuteman Bike Path starting at Depot Park in Bedford. Our pace will be in the 10-12 mph range. Bring snacks, water and lunch. Since this is early in the season, please make sure your bike is in good working condition with tires pumped up. We might enjoy some ice cream along the way.
Join us for Memorial Day weekend on scenic Block Island for daily guided combined leisurely hiking and biking. We stay at a beautiful island inn and cottage overlooking the the Old Harbor. Trip costs $350 and includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, Friday night pizza and BBQ one of the other nights. Dinners and lunches can be prepared in the cottage kitchen. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from for dinner. Bike must be in good condition with fully inflated tires and tool kit. Helmets are required.
Join us on a ridge line traverse of the Northern Presidentials along the AT. We will stay at AMC's rustic mountain huts: Madison Spring Hut, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, and Mitzpah Spring Hut. We hope to summit Mt Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Eisenhower, Pierce, Jackson, and Webster weather allowing. Enjoy vast mountain views in the company of like minded hikers!
East Providence to Bristol RI and back. Leisurely 30-35 mile ride at an average pace of 12-14 mph on a paved rail trail along the eastern shores of Narragansett Bay. Lunch stop in Bristol by the Bay - home to one of America's oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the U.S. Stimulate your senses as we cruise by Del's lemonade stands and the best ice cream place this side of Somerville. Enjoy stunning views of the Ocean State shoreline. Side trips to Colt State Park and Audubon boardwalk depending on time and interest.
Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Advanced hike up to Lakes of the Cloud Hut
Beautiful Views-Route (TBD)
Summit Mt Washington and other nearby peaks if weather permits.
Fee-Member-$139.00 Non Member-$167.00
Please join us for a leisurely hike to the summits of Welch and Dickey Mountains, that will introduce participants new to hiking to a variety of conditions. Magnificent views from the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail (White Mountain National Forest). This loop hike in the southwest corner of the White Mountain National Forest is as close to the perfect moderate hike that you can get. It takes an average of 4 hours to casually hike this 4.4 mile loop. There are almost constant views in all directions for over half the hike