Activities for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee

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Monthly AMC Boston Hiking/Backpacking Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Are you an experienced AMC hiker and curious about how volunteer-led AMC hiking and backpacking activities are governed? The Boston Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee meets monthly to handle such matters as overseeing the chapter's hundreds of hiking/backpacking leaders and leader candidates, coordinating educational programs, administering our finance, setting policy, etc. Interested guests are welcome to sit in. For the particulars, contact Elizabeth Ryan, the chairperson, at chair@hbbostonamc.org.

Trip details

Activity: 
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Elizabeth Ryan chair@hbbostonamc.org

Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter as well as the coordinator for the chapter's Spring Hiking Program. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. Upcoming trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands and Iceland.

Blown away on Cardigan and Firescrew

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a traverse of Mt. Cardigan and Firescrew! We will focus on handling the weather on exposed sections of the hike rather than solely on summiting. Our route will climb about 1,900' in elevation gain, around 5.7mi in distance and will take us about 4.5 hours. This is a great chance to work on above treeline (ATL) hiking skills and help decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not. As such, we will go even in marginal conditions, breaking trail as needed. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Coleader: 
Mikhail Nitko
Jim Hutchinson

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Field and possibly Mt. Tom Day Hike (Level 1)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. Join us for a day hike to 4,340 ft. Mt Field. Along the way we may also visit Mt. Avalon (3,442ft., 52 WAV) which is up a 100 yard spur path off of the main trail. The spur path has some steep ledges and the leader will determine its use based on the conditions that day.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

Late Fall hike to Passaconaway

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Join the leaders and Pretzel, the hiking hound, for a late, late fall trip to Passaconaway (~10.0mi, 2,900' gain). If conditions permit, we might do Whiteface first. Contact Leader Joe about accommodations the night before or the night after the trip ($9/person/night) at leader-owned facility.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.

Coleader: 
Wil Hall

Early winter hike to Mt. Flume

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us on an early winter hike to Mt. Flume (4,328 ft). This will be an out-and-back hike along the Osseo Trail. Expect cold and wintry conditions, We will encounter steep wooden ladders and staircases near the summit. Elevation gain will be 3,150 ft with a round trip distance of 11.2 miles. Full winter gear required and the hike will be limited to 10 participants.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Peter Monnes pjmjn22@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Jen Newland je_newland@yahoo.com

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Jackson Winter Day Hike (Level 1)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

Full 9 Mile Blue Hills Skyline Trail Traverse

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Can't or don't want to drive the better part of 3+ hours to hike some great intermediate, rocky/rooty trails in northern NH? Not ready to do a hike in the deep SNOW just yet? Well have I got the place for you and it's less than 30 minutes from just about anywhere in and around Boston! The Blue Hills Reservation in Milton MA is the home of numerous trails and terrain that is spectacular for training to hike in the Whites!

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Darren R MacCaughey
Coleader: 
Bryan Jones

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt Starr King (52WAV) & Mt Waumbek (NH4k) (Level 1)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

December Hike to Mt. Tecumseh

Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a mid-December hike to Mt. Tecumseh (4,003 feet). Mount Tecumseh is in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains. It is the shortest mountain on the AMC's official 4,000 footers list. Mt. Tecumseh is named after the leader of the Shawnee Native American tribe. Views to the immediate north include Mt. Osceola, the highest peak in the region. East, across the valley, is the Tripyramid Massif, which includes North Tripyramid and Middle Tripyramid. We will hike from the Waterville Valley Ski Area and will have 2 water crossings.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Peter Monnes
Coleader: 
Mary Anargirou

Mary loves to hike, bike, and paddle

Feel the wind on Straightback Mountain and Mt Major

Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 AM

On this hike up Straightback Mountain and Mt Major, we will focus on spending time in exposed sections of the hike appropriately handling the weather, rather than worrying about summiting. Our intended route will go up and around both peaks, has about 1,585 ft of vertical gain over 6.1 miles, and should take us 4-5 hours. This is a great chance to work on above treeline (ATL) hiking skills and help decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not. As such, we will go even in marginal conditions, breaking trail as needed. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Coleader: 
Jim Hutchinson

Jim has hiked all 48 of the NH 4000 footers, many in winter, and has also done various expedition climbs including Mt Rainier, Denali and Kilamanjaro. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and now daydreams about trying the Continental Divide Trail someday.

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Tecumseh Winter Day Hike (Level 1)

Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

WHP Participants ONLY: Kearsarge North Day Hike (Level 1)

Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

WHP Participants ONLY: Mt. Waumbek Day Hike (Level 1)

Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below. We will visit Mt Starr King (3914 ft) and Mt Waumbek (4006 ft). From the trailhead, the route up and over Mt Starr King to Mt Waumbek is 3.6 miles long, with 2500 ft elevation gain. We will retrace our steps to return the same way we came in.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

Lincoln & Lafayette on the first day of winter

Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Start the first full day of Winter summiting Lincoln & Lafayette. This is a 9 mile loop with 3860' of elevation gain and significant above treeline exposure. The views are spectacular. You must be experienced using snowshoes and full crampons to participate. Expect an early start and steady pace with few breaks.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Yvette Marts

I skip the 3-seasons and only hike in the most magical season of the year (winter). I have completed the NH48 in winter in 2018 and kinds of working on the seasonal grid, although every hike reminds me that winter is the best!

Robert Zoletti

AMC Boston 4 Season Leader. Completed the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers in winter. More than 400 White Mountain 4000' summits, 100+ in winter. Summited Mount Rainier (14410') 2016 and 2017, Mt. Whitney (14505') & Boundary Peak (13147') 2018, Mt Hood (11249') & Kings Peak (13527') 2019.

Mt Jefferson in winter

Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Let's celebrate the first full day of calendar winter at Mt. Jefferson. This is an out-and-back hike of Mt. Jefferson. We expect to hike approximately 11 miles with 4,000-4,200' of elevation gain. Given that Dec 21/22 will have the shortest of daylight all year, we need to get an early start to maximize our time. All participants must be experienced above treeline in winter, also have experience using crampons and ice axes. Bad weather date for the hike will be Saturday, Dec 28.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.

Coleader: 
Emma Shin
Jordan Jozwik

Eisenhower on Second Day of Winter

Monday, December 23, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a winter day hike to Mount Eisenhower. Yes, it's a Monday, but maybe you'll have the day off because it's Christmas week. Following the Crawford Path nearly to the summit, we'll hike about 10 miles out and back with 3200 feet of elevation gain. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy beautiful views along the way. This trail has a long, exposed stretch above treeline, and we can anticipate full winter conditions, so previous winter mountaineering experience and full above-treeline winter gear is required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Eliot Levine

Eliot Levine leads trips for the Boston and Berkshire chapters. He has summited the New England 67 and most of the Northeast 111, many of them in winter.

Philip Werner

Southern Presidential Traverse

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM

Single day traverse of the NH Southern Presidentials (Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce and Jackson). The total distance of this hike is approximately 16 miles with an elevation gain of 6000 ft. The book time is about 11 hours and could be longer in winter conditions. This is expected to be a small group with all having significant above treeline experience, the fitness and endurance to complete this hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Full
Leader: 
Robert Zoletti

AMC Boston 4 Season Leader. Completed the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers in winter. More than 400 White Mountain 4000' summits, 100+ in winter. Summited Mount Rainier (14410') 2016 and 2017, Mt. Whitney (14505') & Boundary Peak (13147') 2018, Mt Hood (11249') & Kings Peak (13527') 2019.

John Sanford

A 4-season leader for the AMC Boston chapter. 25+ years of winter hiking experience including multiple ascents of NH 4K and lots of above treeline travel. Hiking, mountaineering, and technical climbing in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Colorado, and other parts of the world including Canada, Bolivia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Wilderness first aid certified.

WHP Participants ONLY: Highland Center Winter Weekend (Level 2)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

Introduction to Winter Backpacking (for AMC leaders/co-leaders only)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM to Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:00 AM

This trip is for AMC Boston Hiking and Backpacking leaders and co-leaders who would like to try winter backpacking for the first time or hone their winter camping skills in a safe and fun environment. The trip will take place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, likely close to the Kancamagus Highway, with the precise location to be determined. We'll do a modest hike (3-4 miles) with full packs (perhaps to a small peak or pretty destination) and then camp at a sheltered spot that is within a mile or so of a road, allowing early exit if needed.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Conlin stephen.conlin@gmail.com

Stephen loves the outdoors, particularly in winter. He started hiking and backpacking as a teen and has not stopped since. He has hiked the NH 4000 footers several times in all seasons, and thru-hiked the AT in 2016. Stephen has led trips for the AMC for many years. He prefers backpacks (multi-day when his schedule allows), and hikes at a relaxed pace.

Hike the Mighty Moosilauke

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM

On this hike up Mt. Moosilauke (4,802'), we will focus on spending time hiking on exposed sections of the trail and will learn how to handle different aspects of the winter weather. This will be a loop hike and will include South Peak plus an added road walk (3 miles out and back) as the access road to the trailhead is closed in winter. Total trip is about 10.9 miles with approx 3,000 ft of elevation gain and should take us around 7-8 hours. This is a great chance to work on above treeline (ATL) hiking skills and help decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jonathan Niehof jtniehof@gmail.com

Jon finished a round of the New England Hundred Highest just before heading off to the Southwest for four years. He's thrilled to be back in New England and working seriously on the winter 4000-footers. Other fun had in the meantime includes the Pikes Peak Marathon and a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon. Goal-oriented but interested in keeping things safe and fun.

Coleader: 
Amy Kelliher

Let's Hike Middle and South Carter

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM

Spend a winter day hiking to the summits of Middle Carter and South Carter 11 mile hike over the wooded peaks of two four-thousand footers, but also passing by overlooks with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks (weather permitting). We may add Carter Dome to this trip depending on conditions! This hike is aimed at experienced hikers who are prepared for 3900 feet of elevation gain at a moderate pace. Duration of the hike will vary depending on the trail conditions and the ability of our group. Pretzel, the hiking dog, will be joining us. Can be combined with Ls Mt Eisenhower Sun hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.

Coleader: 
Bill Ladd

Bill is an avid hiker and has been hiking in the whites for 20 years.

Whiteface and Passaconaway in early January

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:00 AM

We will hike up to the Blueberry Ledges trail to Whiteface, then take Rollins trail to Mt. Passaconaway, then down via Dicey's Mill trail. Total distance is 11.2 miles with 3,800 feet of elevation gain. Depending upon the conditions and pace of the group, the hike may take over 10 hours. This is not a beginner's hike! You must be prepared with proper gear for extreme winter conditions.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Peter Monnes
Keith Watling
Coleader: 
Emma Shin

WHP Participants ONLY: Tecumseh Winter Day Hike (level 1)

Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:00 AM

This trip is part of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program (WHP) and is only open to registered participants of that program. If you would like more information about the WHP, please email us at whp19@hb.amcboston.org or follow the link below.
Join us for a moderately paced hike up the east slope of Mt. Tecumseh, a 4000-footer in the

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stephen Duly whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Pat Grimm whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Trip Coordinator

Jessica Halvorsen whp19@hb.amcboston.org

WHP Program Director

Mt Eisenhower

Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:00 AM

Spend a winter day hiking to the summit of Mt Eisenhower. 7 mile in/out hike with 2800 feet of elevation gain to an above treeline four-thousand footer with fantastic views of the Southern Presidential range (weather permitting!) . You should have experience hiking above treeline in Winter. Duration of the hike will vary depending on the trail conditions and the ability of our group. Pretzel, the hiking dog, will be joining us. Can be combined with Ls Middle and South Carter Sat hike. Contact L Joe about accommodations $9/person/night at leader owned facility

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joe Comuzzi

Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.

Coleader: 
Bill Ladd

Bill is an avid hiker and has been hiking in the whites for 20 years

Early January hike to Cannon Mountain

Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:00 AM

Join us on a 4.4 mile round trip hike to Cannon Mountain (4,100ft), one of the 48 NH 4,000ft peaks. We will take the Kinsman Ridge trail directly to the summit and if the weather is clear we can expect great views across the Franconia Range. Participants should expect to hike at a moderate pace with an elevation gain of 2,250 ft and some limited above tree line exposure near the summit. We will have lunch at the full service skier lodge before retracing our inbound route to complete the trip.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Kellie A Connelly

Kellie is a 4-season leader with a preference for the winter season! She has extensive experience in the Whites and Adirondacks, and successfully summited Mt. Rainier, WA in 2017 and 2018. She also participates in H/B Leadership Training and enjoys teaching others about the joys of hiking and sleeping outside, especially in the snow! Her 2019 adventures include a 3-week expedition in July to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and continuing to work on her winter NH & NY.

Coleader: 
Judith Watson

Judith is a keen hiker and completed the NH 48 x 4,000 in 2018. She is currently working on her Winter 48 x 4,000 and the 52WAV

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