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AMC YM @ Banff Mountain Film Festival

Date: Tuesday, February 20

Join other AMC Young Members for an evening of outdoors films at a local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival! The Banff Festival makes an annual tour with their best mountain films, including extreme skiing, climbing, kayaking, biking, and cultural adventures in far-flung locations around the world. A preview of this year's films can be seen here: http://hermitlake.com/this_years_banff_2018_003.htm Please refer to the Google Doc in the link below for more information and to sign up.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Alberta Colakovic
Co-Leader: Kate Bentsen
Link: Signup (Google Docs)

Family Feb. Vacation 3-Day Getaway, Noble View, Russell, MA

Date: Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25

Enjoy winter hiking, snow shoeing & sledding, then warm up next to the wood burning stove with home cooked meals, friendly smiles and other families enjoying snacks, games or crafts. If you have x-c ski's...bring them! Typically, others do, too! Noble View is known for well marked trails & beautiful vistas overlooking the Pioneer Valley. The trails are easy for families of all ages whether hiking, on shoe shoes or x-c skis. Families with kids of all ages are welcome! We have snow shoes you can borrow (let us know) and/or you may bring your own outdoor equipment and indoor games to play/share with others. Russell Pond may be frozen enough for ice skating, too! We'll have to see... "Snow much to do!!!"... The Double Cottage at Noble View is rustic and cozy warm with the wood burning stove, but with no running water (that's at the Bath House!). Everyone gets to share the responsibilities for meal prep in the well-stocked kitchen, and clean-up. The Bath House is a short walk away and features running hot & cold water, hot showers and eco-friendly, flush toilets. Sleeping accommodations are co-ed to try to keep families together in private rooms (no promises). Bed numbers vary per room, so bring along an air mattress for the kids to use on the floor. Don't forget your sleeping bags and pillows! Bedding is not supplied. If you like downhill skiing, there are a few areas close by you may want to explore on your own. (Lift tickets & equipment not included in fee). $125/pp covers meals: 2 dinners (possibly 3 depending upon your arrival time) 3 breakfasts, lunch fixings and snacks throughout the day; lodging; use of Noble Views trails and facilities. Cross-listed with AMC Berkshire Chapter. Register with Margo Chapski at familyprograms@amcberkshire.org.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Noble View Outdoor Center 635 South Quarter Road Russell, MA 01071
Region: Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley
Leader: Margo CHapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org)
Co-Leader: Susan Cournoyer (suecour@gmail.com) 617-794-8658
Registrar: Margo Chapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org)
Trip Difficulty: Easy/relaxed
Link: Boston Family Outings

Family Skiing in Mad River Valley - Warren, VT

Date: Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25

Join AMC families in Mad River Valley for a fun-filled Vermont ski weekend. Mad River Valley offers two premier downhill ski resorts, several cross country ski areas in addition to opportunities for sledding, ice skating and dining out options. Choose your own snowy adventure each day and spend the evening hanging out with other families at a clean and well-run hostel. Cost $165 pp, includes 3 nights lodging with continental breakfasts, appetizers and snacks, and one dinner. Leader/ Registrar: Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Mad River Valley, Warren, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com) , Amy Kelliher (amycbean@yahoo.com) 978-250-3316
Registrar: Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

School Vacation Parker Family Woods Walk, Lancaster, MA

Date: Thursday, February 22 - Thursday, February 22

Join AMC Families and Lancaster Recreation and Community Center for a fun walk school vacation week. We will meet at the Lancaster Community Center 11:45 am for lunch ($3/person soup and salad and a kid friendly menu with Mac & Cheese, grilled dogs, applesauce, etc. or bring your own) and then carpool over to Parker Family Woods. The walk is 0.8 miles through the woods, easy and very lovely with small pond and nice trail. To register contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606. Registered participants will receive directions and more information.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Lancaster Community Center, 695 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Alix Turner, Lancaster Community Center Director (aturner@lancasterma.net) 978-733-1249
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Lancaster Community Center

XC Ski Weekend at the NH Chocolate Festival!

Date: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25

Join us for a ski/ snowshoeing weekend Feb.23-25, which is also the weekend of the famous New Hampshire Annual Chocolate Festival in North Conway - Sunday the 25th of February. Known by many as the 'Sweetest Day on the Trails", this may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free! Chocoholics, join us to cross-country ski the trails and enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable! Participants can take their pick between cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. We will be skiing at an easy to moderate pace. We will stay at a cozy cabin which can accommodate 12 and includes a basement with foosball, pool table, air hockey, and ping pong table! Meals include Saturday dinner and breakfast both days. Trip costs: $145 for member $165 for non-members; price cost includes 2 nights stay, snacks and (Saturday dinner), breakfast both days, and Chocolate Festival Pass ($30) for Sunday. Bring money for trail lunches, and ski rental/tickets for Saturday. Leader: Zoe Rath. Co-leader: Madeline McGill

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: North Conway, New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Zoe Rath (zrphoto@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Madeline McGill
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Register Here

Cross Country Skiing in Waterville Valley

Date: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25

Join us for a cross country skiing weekend in Waterville Valley, NH. We will stay at the Mountain Fare Inn. The Inn features en suite rooms with full breakfast & nearby skiing. This is a collaborative trip with the Southeastern Mass Chapter.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Wayne Cardoza
Co-Leader: Barbara Hathaway , Jeannine Audet
Registrar: Barbara Hathaway (barb224@tmlp.net) 508-662-0724 (before 8 PM)

Beacon Hill, North End, Downtown Boston

Date: Friday, February 23 - Friday, February 23

4-mi walk including historic streets, secret alleyways, and a visit to a bakery and an Italian market. 6:30-9:15pm. Meet outside Park St. T-stop at wall/fence abutting Park St. Steady rain cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1.

Activity Categories: Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marc Hurwitz

Pemi Range Snowshoe

Date: Saturday, February 24

This trip goes off the beaten track! Snowshoe through a beautiful winter landscape breaking our own trail and possibly visiting two peaks in the Pemigewasset Range on the way. We'll drop transportation at the Hancock Notch trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway, and then begin on the Sawyer River Trail. We will break trail 8 miles over rolling terrain (with stream crossings) to the Hancock Notch Trail, and return to our cars. On the way, we may attempt a visit to a talus field south of the trail, and perhaps summit two of Mt. Huntington's peaks (3770'), both on the NH "hundred highest" list, and off-trail! Minimum total distance: 10 miles over mostly rolling, occasionally steep, terrain. Possible addition of several more miles and 1200 feet of gain. An alternate route may be substituted depending on weather or trail conditions. This trip will require excellent physical endurance. WHP participants with winter day-hiking gear and prior snowshoeing experience are welcome. Gear: Below tree-line winter day-hiking gear. See: http://hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf Gear notes: Bring insulated winter hiking boots that you have tested with your snowshoes. Prefer high-float snowshoes or ones with add-on tails for deep snow. If using poles, remember your snow baskets! Bring ski googles or other eye protection in case we go off-trail. A tree branch in the eye is no fun.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Pemigewasset Range
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jonathan Niehof
Co-Leader: Ed Batutis
Trip Difficulty: A3A
Link: Register Here

Monroe and Eisenhower in Winter

Date: Saturday, February 24

Come along for a winter ascent of two southern Presidentials, Monroe (5,372 ft) and Eisenhower (4,760 ft), and an 11.8 mile, 3,554 foot elevation gain day (final route will be determined by weather and trail conditions). Joined by a spectacular (in good weather) but exposed above-treeline ridgeline, these peaks are suited to experienced winter hikers. Participants should have previous above-treeline experience, and come prepared with full above-treeline gear, including rigid double plastic or hybrid mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe. If it's not an above-treeline-on-the-Presis day, we will reroute this trip to alternate peaks.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Monroe, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kellie A Connelly , Keith Watling
Co-Leader: Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Mt. Liberty - Young Members

Date: Saturday, February 24

Join us on a mid-winter hike to Mt. Liberty. Expect possible deep snow. Snowshoes and microspikes required. We will avoid the steep Flume Slide Trail. Rdtrp dist. 7 miles, elev. Gain 2500 ft. Limited to 8 experienced winter hikers.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Liberty, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jennifer E Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: Frank Hauschild (frankhauschild@rocketmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B2B
Link: Register here

Family Walk at Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, MA

Date: Saturday, February 24 - Saturday, February 24

We will walk from the South end of Prospect Park along the ridge to the peak in the park. We'll have great views of downtown Boston and Waltham and enjoy this beautiful wooded area. This hike is open to all families, is free, and is sponsored by AMC Boston Family Outings and OutdoorsRx. The walk is show and go. No registration is required. Members and non-members welcome. Please check this website the night prior to be sure the walk is still on, weather dependent. Please bring a water bottle and snacks as needed for your kids (and you) and dress appropriately in layers with a warm hat and gloves. Come wearing footwear as well good for a moderate up and down walk, preferably hiking boots. The hike cancels for rain or ice. For more information, please contact the hike leader, Chris Stix, at 781-894-2924 or stixc2001@yahoo.com.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Prospect Hill Road, Waltham, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Christopher Stix (stixc2001@yahoo.com) 781-894-2924 (before 8 PM)
Co-Leader: Katie Blair (katieblair89@gmail.com) , Lisa MacPhee (lisamacphee1@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Prospect Hill Park

Caryl Park, Noanet Woodlands, Hale Reservation, Dover/Westwood

Date: Saturday, February 24 - Saturday, February 24

9:45am-2:00pm. Fast-paced, beautiful 8-mi. hike through three interconnected areas, including ponds, streams, hills with views. Bring lunch & water. From Needham center take Chestnut St. for 1.5 mi. to end. Bear right on Dedham St. & go 1.5 mi. to parking lot on left at the tennis courts in Caryl Park. Steady rain/snow cancels.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Marc Hurwitz

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, February 25

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Arlington
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mts. Jackson and Pierce

Date: Sunday, February 25

Join us for an above-treeline hike to two 4000-footers in winter. We'll head north from Jackson to Pierce to enjoy views of the southern Presidentials and Mount Washington. We will hike about eight miles, gaining 2900 feet of elevation. This trip requires previous experience hiking 4000-footers in winter. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1764 Full above-treeline gear including full face protection and appropriate winter boots and crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes (we'll decide at the trailhead what traction to carry). See recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions. Participants may be asked at the trailhead to carry some group gear.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Philip Werner
Co-Leader: Eliot Levine
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Canceled: Nordic Center Kick & Glide Show & Go Ski - Waterville Valley, NH

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

Ski Committee show and go Sunday XC ski series. Meet at noted touring center at 10 am for 5-6 hours of moderate paced, led machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders at trail head near lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Nordic Center, Town Square, Waterville Valley, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Mike Barry (mikebarry657@mac.com) 617-257-2251
Trip Difficulty: Novice to Advanced
Link: Waterville Valley Nordic Center

NO MISERY AT MT. MISERY. FAMILY WALK IN LINCOLN, MA

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

On this family walk, we will see birds and we explore the beautiful forests near the Sudbury River along with nearby farm fields that are part of this mis-named conservation land. This walk is suitable for four years old and older. The walk cancels for rain or ice on trails. Please dress appropriately with warm hat and gloves and water and snacks as appropriate to your kids (and your) needs. The walk is show and go. No registration necessary. Please check the website the night prior to be sruethe hike is still on, weather dependent. Contact the leader, Chris Stix, with questions at stixc2001@yahoo.com, 781-894-2924.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Mt. Misery, Lincoln, MA,
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Christopher Stix (stixc2001@yahoo.com) 781-894-2924 (before 8 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Lincoln Conservation Land, Mount Misery

INTRO MIDDLESEX FELLS HIKE

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

This 5 mile loop will explore the Lawrence Woods and Wright Tower areas of the Fells. Moderate pace, no dogs please. We will snowshoe if conditions require. Starting point is the Loop Trail from Medford High School parking lot. Additional details sent to registrants by leader.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Thurman Smith (thurman@efrllc.com) 781-729-3832 (Best before 10:00 p.m. - EST)
Registrar: Thurman Smith (thurman@efrllc.com) 781-729-3832 (Best before 10:00 p.m. - EST)
Trip Difficulty: Introductory day hike

Mine Falls Park, Nashua, NH

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

1:00pm. Hike/snowshoe beautiful Mine Falls. We will follow along streams and meander around a pond, and possibly walk along a canal. Opportunities to view wildlife. This hike will be approximately 2/2.5 hours plus - depending on group speed. Traction devices are strongly recommended due to possible icy conditions. Directions: from Route 3, take exit 6 Nashua, NH, west on route 130, take a left on Coliseum Ave. (Hannaford), go all the way to end and park in parking lot. Inclement or dangerous cold weather will cancel.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Nashua
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Judy Barthakur 603-440-4924
Co-Leader: Uschi Kullman

Mine Falls Park

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

Together with Local Walks, Forty Plus invites you to hike/snowshoe in beautiful Mine Falls Park. We will follow along streams and meander around a pond, and possibly walk along a canal. Opportunities to view wildlife. This hike will be approximately 2/2.5 hours plus - depending on group speed. Traction devices are strongly recommended due to possible icy conditions. Directions: from Route 3, take exit 6 Nashua, NH, west on route 130, take a left on Coliseum Ave. (Hannaford), go all the way to end and park in parking lot. Inclement or dangerous cold weather will cancel. For questions please contact Judi.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Mine Falls Park, Nashua NH
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Uschi Kullman
Co-Leader: Judi Barthakur

Boston AMC INTRO Committee Meeting

Date: Sunday, February 25 - Sunday, February 25

Boston AMC INTRO Committee meeting. Meet the INTRO Committee for supper and trip planing activities for the coming seasons. Contact Leader for meeting location details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: West Roxbury, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Edward McManmon (epmcmanmon@nii.net) 781-639-4297 (before 9 p.m.)

Wednesday Winter Walk

Date: Wednesday, February 28

Hike to 4000 ft or Hundred Highest peak depending on weather forecast and interest. Leader has the following peaks on his to do list: Adams, all Bonds, Carrigain, Galehead, Isolation, Madison, Monroe, Osceolas, Owls Head, Tripyramids, Twins and Washington. Also HH peaks The Bulge, The Horn, Nancy, Scar Ridge, Sleeper East Peak, Vose Spur, Weeks N & S Peak and Peak above Nubble. I plan to send out an email Sunday before the trip with the planned peak based on participant answers to registration questions and the weather forecast. Depending on the peak we will meet at the trailhead between 6 and 8 am. Meeting time and location will be included in the Sunday night email.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com) 781-424-1638 (7-10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Windblown Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Date: Wednesday, February 28 - Wednesday, February 28

Join the 40 Plus Wednesday Wramblers for a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the Windblown Ski Touring Center in southern New Hampshire. Windblown has 40 kilometers of trails suitable for skiing and snowshoeing and offers a variety of landscapes including hills, valleys, ponds and hilltops. The touring center has a lovely fireplace and a café for lunch. This family run business does not take credit or debit cards. The cost of a trail pass is $16 (18-64 years old) or $14 (65+). For more information see http://www.windblownxc.com. In the winter our focus is on cross-country skiing. If the conditions are not good for skiing or the trails are closed, we will either snowshoe or hike. If we hike all participants use snowshoes or traction devices (such as micro-spikes) on their winter hiking boots. Pre-registration is required for all winter trips so that we can notify you by email the night before with an update on the conditions and the activities. The Wednesday Wramblers activities are part of 40 Plus's new Let's Get Out There! Local hikes and walks where the pace ranges from easy through moderate to faster. Whether you're new to hiking, haven't hiked for awhile or want to up your hiking level, you're bound to find something of interest in "Let's Get Out There!".

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: New Ipswich New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, Monadnock Region
Leader: Joan Blaustein (blausteinjoan@gmail.com) 617-669-3528 (Before 9:00 PM)
Co-Leader: Maria Costantini (mgccare@comcast.net)
Registrar: Joan Blaustein (blausteinjoan@gmail.com) 617-669-3528 (Before 9:00 PM)

XC Ski Out the Door at Craftsbury VT (Intermediate)

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Up to 85K of groomed XC ski trails. Optional snowshoeing, ice-skating, and apres-ski sauna, all in good company of intermediate skiers. Approximately $235.00 (depending on group size, there is usually a refund) includes three days of trail passes, two nights lodging, linens, and six sumptuous, healthy meals (Friday/Saturday dinner, Saturday/Sunday breakfast and lunch, and a potluck social hour on Saturday. Two per room with shared bath. Register before 2/1 with L. Trip fills fast!

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Craftsbury, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Carla Schwartz 508-626-7455 (Before 9:00 p.m.)
Registrar: Carla Schwartz 508-626-7455
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Craftsbury Nordic Center

Notch Your Ordinary YM Winter Hiking Weekend

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Join us for a stay at the Notch Hostel in winter! We will offer three hikes each day that provide a variety of hiking challenges (from C4D-AA2B). Who: Participants must have some winter hiking experience. Participants that are currently enrolled in the AMC's Winter hiking program or that have taken the Winter hiking program previously are welcome on this trip. This weekend is for participants that are excited to spend a weekend in the White Mountains and that want to meet other like minded hikers and share in the winter hiking experience.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 324 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Leah Salloway , Jonathan Niehof , June Mackenzie , Shannon MacKenzie (shannonjmackenzie@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie , Christine Malinowski
Link: Register here

Gentle Snowshoe Weekend in the White Mountains

Date: Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4

Join us for this annual event. On Saturday, we snowshoe about 4-5 miles over a scenic, but easy terrain. On Sunday...a shorter hike ..about three miles. $220 covers lodging at Mountain Fare Inn, Campton,NH. includes 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner. Reg. with Kathy Didier, kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com 603-726-3553, Marilyn Pomerantz, mobilemarilyn0223@gmail.com 603-254-5826, or Elaine Kerrigan, gowithinyoga@verizon.net

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Campton, NH 03223
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kathy Didier (kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com) 603-726-3553 (anytime) , Marilyn Pomerantz (mobilemarilyn0223@gmail.com) 603-254-5826 (anytime) , Elaine Kerrigan (gowithinyoga@verizon.net)
Registrar: Kathy Didier (kathydidiertravels@yahoo.com) 603-726-3553 (anytime)

Hike Mount Carrigain (NH4k)

Date: Saturday, March 3

Take in 360-degree winter fire tower views (weather permitting) and make good use of longer late-winter days on beautiful Mount Carrigain. This 14.2-mile, 3712-ft elevation gain hike will combine a roadwalk, travel over flat bottomlands, and a steady climb to a scenic ridgeline and firetower. Participants should have above-treeline gear including face mask, goggles, and crampons, as well as recent winter 4k experience at similar distance and elevation gain.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Carrigain
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti
Co-Leader: Jessica Halvorsen
Trip Difficulty: AA3B
Link: Register Here

Mt. Moosilauke in the Winter

Date: Saturday, March 3

Mt Moosilauke is a 4000 footer with 360 degree view in winter! It is recommended for experienced winter hikers. The plan, depending upon trail and weather conditions-We will go up Glen Cliff Trail, and descend by the Carriage Road and Snapper or Gorge Brook trail (rt: 7.8 (approx.) 3300 feet of elevation gain. Car Spot. Trail Crampons Required. L-pagliuca.t@gmail.com R-jwah2002@yahoo.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Ravine Road Warren NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com)
Registrar: Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com)
Link: Register Here

Piper/Whiteface - Belknap Range Hike

Date: Saturday, March 3

Join us for a moderately paced, 5 mile hike to Mt. Piper and Mt. Whiteface in the Belknap Mountain Range. This is a great trip for anyone working towards their Belknaps patch or if you want a pretty winter hike in the Lakes Region. Recent winter hiking experience is required, along with appropriate winter gear. You will need light traction MicroSpikes, or equivalent, insulated winter boots, snowshoes, gaiters, and waterproof layers. A decision on what traction to carry with us will be made at the trailhead and is dependent on trail and weather conditions. See full gear recommendations at hbbostonamc.org/docs/Gear_lists/Winter_Dayhike_equip.pdf and ask a leader/co-leader if you have any questions.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Gilford, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Alex Nedzel (alex@nedzel.com)
Co-Leader: Katharine (Katie) Vaughan (katieavaughan13@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register Here

Family Dexter Drumlin Full Moon Walk, Lancaster, MA

Date: Saturday, March 3 - Saturday, March 3

By the light of the silvery moon, AMC Families will join Lancaster Recreation for a night of good winter fun at Dexter Drumlin (aka, George Hill). Follow the footpath to the top of the drumlin where will have a campfire and hot chocolate ready to go. Bring your snowshoes and sleds (or not, weather and conditions dependent). Please register by contacting Laurene Poland at ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 198 George Hill Road, Lancaster
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Co-Leader: Win Clark (clarkbars5@comcast.net) 978-660-3374
Registrar: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Dexter Drumlin, Lancaster, MA

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 4

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

AMC Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, March 4 - Sunday, March 4

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Linda Haines (linda.haines6624@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jeffrey Johanson
Link: Waterville Valley Web site

Broadmoor Mass Audubon walk, Natick

Date: Sunday, March 4 - Sunday, March 4

10:00 am-Noon. Meet at the Visitors Center. Join us for a walk in this convenient (on Route 16), yet expansive wildlife retreat. Moderate pace, easy trails with some gentle hills and rocks. Bring water and snacks. No children or dogs. Severe weather cancels, if snow on the ground, we will snowshoe. Call Lisa if uncertain. Charge: $5 if not a Mass Audubon member, plus $1 if not an AMC member.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Lisa Fleischman 617-244-5747 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Mary Wisbach 781-771-3680 (before 9pm)
Link: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, South Natick

AMC Boston Chapter - Executive Committee meeting

Date: Monday, March 5

The next meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Boston Chapter Executive Committee will be on Monday, March 5, 2018. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members in good standing. Meeting Location: First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Center, MA. Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Joe Princi

27th ANNUAL QUEBEC DH & XC SKI TRIP

Date: Tuesday, March 6 - Sunday, March 11

CHARTERED BUS TRIP We'll meet in Concord, NH on Tuesday evening & stay there the first night. Then travel by chartered luxury bus north to enjoy some of the best, most reliable, scenic and extensive skiing in the east, plus the European charm, style and great restaurants of Quebec City. Choice of DH or XC skiing, or snowshoeing, at Bretton Woods, NH en-route north on Wed., and in the Quebec City region on Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Quebec ski areas include Mt. St. Anne DH & XC, Camp Mercier & Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix XC, & Le Massif & Stoneham DH. On Sunday, we'll plan to ski locally in the morning (with option to play tourist in Quebec City). If there is bad weather on Sunday, our departure time will be based on weather & group preferences. Return to Concord, NH on Sunday evening. Up to 5 days of skiing at 10 different ski areas -- 5 XC & 5 DH. Also, possible visit to the truly unique Ice Hotel. $670 US includes 1 night lodging in Concord, NH, 5 days hotel parking in Concord, 5 days chartered bus, 4 nights premium rooms in the luxury Hotel Chateau Laurier, in Quebec City, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner on the bus, 1 h'or douvres reception, 5 days trail snacks & lunch food taken from the bus, plus some XC tickets or 1 day DH at Mt. St. Anne, AMC trip fee, and a possible modest surplus cash refund. $1,000 for single occupancy. Sponsoring Club: Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter Ski Committee. Skiing Category: Intermediate or Advanced. Maximum Group Size: Approx. 40 persons, including leaders. Our bus has 54 seats. For details and signing up, please contact the trip leaders.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Quebec City Canada
Region: International
Leader: Mike Barry , Arnold Nadler (ardnadler@aol.com) 978-745-9591
Co-Leader: Deb Taylor
Registrar: Arnold Nadler 978-745-9591

Boston YM Game Night at City Square

Date: Tuesday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 6

After a brief game night hiatus, Boston Young Members are hosting another game night. Join us for our FIRST event at the new AMC headquarters! You can expect a night of board games and card games to remember! Bring your favorite board game or come to play something you haven't before. Game night will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; come for whatever time frame works for you. There may be light snacks but you should plan on figuring out dinner plans on your own. Feel free to bring food.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Karp (zoe.karp@gmail.com) , Shannon MacKenzie
Link: Register

Boston Rock Climbing Program

Date: Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, May 6

Rock climbing provides the exhilaration of conquering a crag, but also the puzzle of figuring out a sequence of moves to climb a difficult section. You can experience the rewards and challenges of rock climbing by taking the Boston Mountaineering Committee's Rock Climbing Program! This program covers the basic skills for outdoor rock climbing. The emphasis of the course is learning to safely follow a leader on multipitch trad climbs. We cover: toprope anchor building, belaying, ascending, rappelling, and more. No prior experience is necessary. You will learn from our experienced volunteer instructors and meet other aspiring and enthusiastic rock climbers! The program will have two indoor sessions: an optional information session on March 7 (tentative) from 7-8pm, and a required Knots night on March 28 (tentative) from 7-9pm. The program weekends are held in the Blue Hills reservation. The first program weekend is April 7 and 8 (both days required); you may attend either day of the remaining program weekends: April 14/15, April 21/22, and May 5/6. If you do not have a climbing harness or helmet (required), they may be borrowed at no cost (with a deposit). Registration this year will be by application, due by the Sunday after the optional information session. For more information, see http://amcbostonclimbers.com/rock-program

Activity Categories: Rock Climbing
Location: Quincy Quarries
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Wes Huang (rock@amcbostonclimbers.com) , Eric Engberg
Link: Rock program web page

Wednesday Winter Wramble

Date: Wednesday, March 7

Hike to 4000 ft or Hundred Highest peak depending on weather forecast and interest. Leader has the following peaks on his to do list: Adams, all Bonds, Carrigain, Galehead, Isolation, Madison, Monroe, Osceolas, Owls Head, Tripyramids, Twins and Washington. Also HH peaks The Bulge, The Horn, Nancy, Scar Ridge, Sleeper East Peak, Vose Spur, Weeks N & S Peak and Peak above Nubble. I plan to send out an email Sunday before the trip with the planned peak based on participant answers to registration questions and the weather forecast. Depending on the peak we will meet at the trailhead between 6 and 8 am. Meeting time and location will be included in the Sunday night email. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1783.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com) 781-424-1638 (7-9pm)
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Stowe XC Ski Weekend - Part II

Date: Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11

Join us for the classic Spring edition of the Stowe cross-country ski weekend trip. Ski at Von Trapp's and Stowe Mtn. Resort as the ski season gets going. Enjoy comfortable rooms, roaring fireplace, indoor pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Sign up now to secure your space. Downhill skiers welcome. Cost of $195 covers 2 nights' lodging and 2 breakfasts. Adv. Beginner/Intermediate.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Stowe, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Jennifer E Newland (je_newland@yahoo.com) , Tom Hollis (seas100@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Jennifer Newland
Trip Difficulty: A2B

Family Ski weekend at Pinestead Lodge in Franconia, NH

Date: Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11

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. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls sometimes happen. Suitable for kids of all ages and skill levels. Ages 8+ $95 and "Youth" Fee (ages 3 - 7) $80 includes all meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch, 2 nights' lodging in rustic inn with shared bath, lots of smiles and camaraderie!, Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register with leader Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com,508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer
Registrar: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: All Levels
Link: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH

Mt. Moosilauke Winter Day Hike

Date: Saturday, March 10

Join us for a winter hike up Mt. Moosilauke, with its stunning views of the White Mountains ranges and southern valleys. This out-and-back hike will take us about 8 miles (rt) on the Glencliff Trail (AT), over the open summit of South Peak and continuing to the main summit at 4,802'. The summit is above-treeline and very exposed, so appropriate above-treeline gear is required. We'll hike at a steady pace climbing approximately 3,300' of elevation. We expect this hike will take between 6-8 hours with breaks, weather permitting of course. If we get a bluebird day, this will be a beautiful hike up a New England Classic. This trip is only suitable for fit and experienced winter hikers who have above treeline experience and have hiked a few times with similar mileage/elevation in the months preceding the trip. You'll need full winter gear including insulated boots, crampons, snowshoes and full face protection. Ice axes are recommended. Please describe your experience and gear when registering. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/1730.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Moosilauke
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Zoletti
Co-Leader: Eric Robbie (eric.robbie@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Winter Backpack to Galehead, Garfield and Lafayette

Date: Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 11

This is a winter backpack traversing the Garfield Ridge. We will summit Mt. Galehead, Garfield and Lafayette. We will camp at the Garfield Ridge campsite. Day 1 8.65 mi, +3787 ft Day 2 8.11 mi , +2607 ft Total Distance 16.70 mi If the weather is good and the group is strong we will add Mt. Lincoln. Previous winter hiking and/or backpacking experience is required and participants should be in shape for a long hike with winter loads. Gear List: Full winter gear is required including a -10°F or better sleeping bag, see links for suggested gear lists. Participants responsible for their own food.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: John Etzel
Co-Leader: Tabitha Schober
Trip Difficulty: AA3A
Link: Register Here

Tripyramids via Pine Bend Brook and Tripyramid Trail

Date: Saturday, March 10

Join us on a late winter day hike to the summits of North and Middle Tripyramid, two 4000 footers in the Sandwich Range Wilderness. We will approach from the north from the Kancamangus highway and take an out-and- back route using the Pine Bend Brook and Mount Tripyramid trails. Total distance is 9.6 miles with 3483' elevation gain, with book time at 6.5 hours. Expect several stream crossings and some steep sections. Previous winter hiking experience is required, as are crampons, snowshoes, and microspikes. Full winter gear, including rigid plastic or mountaineering boots, crampons and ice axe, required. Please refer to winter gear list below. If trail conditions are not conducive to a safe or enjoyable trip, we will reroute to alternative peaks.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kellie A Connelly , Keith Watling
Co-Leader: Joe Sahl
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

World's End Reservation

Date: Saturday, March 10 - Saturday, March 10

5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon. Bring snack/water. From Rte. 3 exit 14, take Rte. 228N 6.5 mi., L on Rte. 3A 1.0mi. to rotary, R on Summer St. 0.5 mi. to light, L on Martin's Lane to entr. $6 fee for non-members of the Trustees of Reservations. Storm cancels. No dogs, non-AMC members, $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Hingham
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 11

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mt Roberts in Winter, 52 WAV Series

Date: Sunday, March 11

A moderate winter hike up Mount Roberts (2582') located in the Ossippee Range and on the 52 With a View list. This is a 5.2 mile out and back hike with a 1500' elevation gain. The moderately graded trail has some steep ascents that will take us across open ledges providing incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The summit will have a view north towards the White Mountains. Hikers should have recent NH hiking experience with AMC and be prepared for cold weather by having full winter gear. Register at REGI link http://regi.amcboston.org/1747.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Moultonborough, NH Castle in the Clouds, Lakes Region
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Robert Freed
Co-Leader: Rosa Zhang
Trip Difficulty: B3C Not long, not tall, but with steep parts
Link: Register Here

Mt. Shaw, 52 with a View with Forty Plus

Date: Sunday, March 11

Tired of the same old 4000 footers? Try 52 with a View. Mt. Shaw is 2990 ft with views of of the lakes, Ossipee, and northern mountains. As a bonus, we will also take a short detour to Black Snout with views south. 12 miles with 1700 ft elevation gain over a combination of forest trails and mostly old carriage roads at the moderate pace typical of the Forty Plus committee. Full winter gear and some experience required.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: MOULTONBOROUGH, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: William Swanton (Bill.Swanton@gartner.com) , Teresa Pagliuca
Registrar: Bill Swanton (bill.swanton@gartner.com)
Link: REGISTER HERE

Ski Committee Show and Go Sunday XC ski series

Date: Sunday, March 11 - Sunday, March 11

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10 am for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Novice to advanced skiers welcome, we will ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. All trips ski off at 10 am sharp, arrive in time to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Nordic ski area http://www.waterville.com/ski-ride/nordic-center.html
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Carla Tishler (carlatishler@gmail.com)

J. Harry Rich State Forest, Groton

Date: Sunday, March 11 - Sunday, March 11

1:00pm. This is a flat stroll along a scenic former bend of the Nashua River no longer in the main flow and popular with wildlife, parts of the active Nashua River, and thru typical New England woods. Meet at the entrance on Nod Road across from Common St., 42.63009N 71.57936W, about 2 hours, moderate pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop 978-742-9014

Belmont and Aububon Conservation Lands, Belmont

Date: Sunday, March 11 - Sunday, March 11

It's nearly spring and the sap is running. Slow-paced nature walk through Belmont conservation land fields and forests over to Habitat Audubon Sanctuary where we'll talk about one of the sweetest signs of spring - maple sugaring. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 1:00-4:00pm. Meet at Lone Pine Hill Conservation Land, Belmont, MA. ARRIVE EARLY. PARKING LIMITED. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the Appalachian Mountain Club and other organizations.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Walks
Location: Belmont
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Boot Boutwell 781-729-4712

Boston YM Steering Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, March 12 - Monday, March 12

Interested in learning about the inner workings of the AMC Boston Young Members (YM) Committee? The YM Steering Committee is generally scheduled to meet on the second Monday of every month from 7-9 pm - dinner is provided! Our meetings are open to all in AMC YM. If interested, contact Zoe K (zoe.karp@gmail.com) for information on location and other details.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Karp (zoe.karp@gmail.com)

An Evening with Books and Boats

Date: Tuesday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 13

Come spend an evening learning about the history of Canoes in North America and how you can take a canoe on our local Wild & Scenic Rivers!* "The stories in Canoesare a tribute to the first People who, 500 or 1,000 or even 5,000 years ago, built a craft designed to such perfection that it has plied the waters fundamentally unchanged ever since." Presenter NormanSims, a longtime whitewater canoeist and an active member of both the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association has a small collection of antique Morris wood-and-canvas canoes. Sims is a retired honors professor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a past president of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. This is his sixth book. There will be a brief introduction on the paddling opportunities the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers provide to those within the greater Boston area. In 1999 the U.S. Congress designated 29 free-flowing miles of the three rivers as "Wild & Scenic" for their outstanding ecology, history, scenery, recreation values, and place in American literature. Paddle down these rivers and you are in a different world! *light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Julia Khorana 617-872-7985
Link: Canoes - Univ. of Minnesota Press

Wednesday Winter Wander

Date: Wednesday, March 14

Hike to 4000 ft or Hundred Highest peak depending on weather forecast and interest. Leader has the following peaks on his to do list: Adams, all Bonds, Carrigain, Galehead, Isolation, Madison, Monroe, Osceolas, Owls Head, Tripyramids, Twins and Washington. Also HH peaks The Bulge, The Horn, Nancy, Scar Ridge, Sleeper East Peak, Vose Spur, Weeks N & S Peak and Peak above Nubble. I plan to send out an email Sunday before the trip with the planned peak based on participant answers to registration questions and the weather forecast. Depending on the peak we will meet at the trailhead between 6 and 8 am. Meeting time and location will be included in the Sunday night email. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1784.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com) 781-424-1638
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

March Ski Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 14

Come ski with us! If you are a skier or snowboarder of any type, and would like to get engaged with leading trips and helping to organize ski related events this is the meeting to be at. While the discussions are predominantly around coordinating trips and events, this is a great opportunity to get in contact with other skiers, see what we have to offer, and to find a place to help develop ski and snow related outings and events. Please contact Mike Bratina at skiing@amcboston.org for the meeting details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)

Stowe Vermont Downhill/Snowboarding Weekend

Date: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18

Join us for a weekend skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort. We will be staying at the Town and Country at Stowe. The cost of the trip per person: $408 single room, $315 double room Price includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner, tax and gratuity, 2 day lift ticket Bring your friends; they do not have to be AMC members.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Stowe
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620
Co-Leader: Jeri Schefts (schefts@bc.edu) 781-893-0467
Registrar: Barbara Amoroso (barbaraamoroso@yahoo.com) 781-321-1620

Harvard Cabin Peaks Weekend

Date: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18

Join us for a late winter weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains and hike to nearby peaks. 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), and dinner (Saturday evening). Trail lunches and happy hour beverages are not included. BYOB. Depending on the group and conditions we will hike a 4K peak on Saturday. Plan to hike approximately 5-9 miles with less than 3,500 feet of elevation gain. If the weather forecast is for high wind a lower peak will be substituted. Sundays hike will be a leaders choice destination of a lower 4k or hundred highest peak. Alternate hikes may be substituted dependent on the weather. Register at REGI link: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1725.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Harvard Cabin (Lower, on Rte 16)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Robert Freed (w-r-freed@comcast.net) , Bob Knudsen (hiking@knudsen3.com)
Co-Leader: Angela Anselmo , Nicsa Dagger-Cain
Trip Difficulty: A3B
Link: Register Here

Family Zealand Falls Hut XC ski in/out Self Service Overnight, NH

Date: Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18

Enjoy the splendor and serenity of Winter in the White Mountains as we ski to the Zealand Falls Hut for a family friendly self service overnight. We will ski at a leisurely pace enjoying good company and varied landscapes. The trail starts under tree cover, then opens up to beaver meadows and marshlands with open views of Mt. Tom. We will ski the Spruce Goose cross country ski trail that begins at and parallels Zealand Rd at the junction of rt. 302. The road is closed in the winter. We will ski gently uphill for 4.1 miles to the Zealand trail. From there, we will continue along terrain that is mostly flat with minor ups and downs, gaining a total elevation of 450 ft. along 2.5 miles to the Twinway trail junction. The hut is reached with a short but moderately steep .2 miles gaining another 200 ft, which we will likely do on foot. The self service hut has one care taker and provides access to the kitchen and utensils to cook our own meals. We carry in our own gear as well as group food and cook dinner and breakfast and clean up as a group. Accommodations included large shared bunk rooms with mattresses and pillows, but no blankets. This is a good step up trip for the novice looking to advance their winter experience. Participants should have some previous cross country and winter day hiking experience. Proper equipment and appropriate winter gear and clothing are a must! The main hut area has a small wood stove that is lit at 4 pm, for the evening (but does not get lit in the morning for breakfast). BE WARNED, the bunk rooms are unheated and could be very cold. Winter sleeping bags (0 degree) are essential. Cost is $70 for members, $80 for non-members and includes the overnight stay, dinner and breakfast. participants are responsible for their own lunches and snacks. Registrar: Rick Gershberg, rgershberg@verizon.net,617-694-1060.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: AMC Zealand Falls Hut, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 617-694-1060, Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901, Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 508-265-3093
Registrar: Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 617-694-1060
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: AMC Zealand Falls Hut

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 18

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mount Moosilauke Backcountry Ski Trip

Date: Sunday, March 18

This backcountry ski trip will ascend and descend the Carriage Road on Mount Moosilauke in a one day outing. The trail is about 10.2 miles round trip with about 3000' of elevation gain and is a difficult outing. Strong physical conditioning is needed for the ascent and participants must be expert skiers/riders for the descent. The upper portion of this trail is above tree line and is exposed to strong winds and weather. Alpine touring, telemark, or splitboard equipment is required for this trip, nordic BC skis will not suffice for this terrain. Participants will need to bring appropriate snow travel equipment and clothing, as well as food and water. Please contact Mike Bratina for further details at mbratina@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Mount Moosilauke
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Michael Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Sean Sevey
Registrar: Mike Bratina (mbratina@gmail.com)

Beginner winter hike up Hedgehog Mountain (52 WAV)

Date: Sunday, March 18

Come join us to hike Hedgehog Mountain, one of New Hampshire's 52 with-a-view (WAV), offering a nice view of the presidential range and Mount Washington. The hike will be below treeline, offering views from several ledges, with a total mileage of 4.8 miles and elevation gain of 1,350 feet. This hike is a good choice for beginners, where we will maintain a somewhat leisurely pace, but some previous winter hiking experience is needed. Boston Chapter AMC winter hiking program graduates and current 2017-2018 participants are encouraged to join us on this hike if they have completed several hikes in winter conditions prior to this trip. Since this hike is in the sandwich range wilderness, we will accept no more than 8 participants. Join us on this excursion for good company.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hedgehog Mountain, White Mountains, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Morgane Treanton
Co-Leader: Robert Nortrup
Trip Difficulty: B3C
Link: Register

AMC Ski Committe XC Ski Show and Go Sunday Series

Date: Sunday, March 18 - Sunday, March 18

Meet at the Waterville Valley touring center at 10:30AM for a few hours of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing. Intermediate to advanced skiers welcome. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending one of these trips. Group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced skiers; extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide. These are show and go trips on machine groomed and patrolled Nordic centers, no need to pre-register. Participants should self-pay for the center trail fee ($21; $16 senior). All trips ski off at 10:30 AM sharp, arrive earlier to get your skis waxed and gear together; look for leaders in the ski center/lodge. Trips may go in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult leader with questions. This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver that can be viewed at: http://www.outdoors.org/pdf/upload/volreleaseDoubleSided.pdf#search=release

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Waterville Valley Nordic Center 33 Village Road, Waterville Valley, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Marlene Heroux (hike917@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Trip Waiver

Wunnegan Conservation Area, Boxford

Date: Sunday, March 18 - Sunday, March 18

1:00pm-3:00pm. It is easy terrain, moderate pace, will last about 2 hours. Kids and dogs are welcome. Take exit 51 off Route 95 in Boxford and head WEST on Endicott Rd. Very soon make a right on Middleton Rd. Next take 3rd left on Moonpenny Drive and then first right on Crooked Pond Dr. There is a sign for Wunnegan with a small parking area about a mile down from your last intersection on the right.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Stephen Davis

Advanced Alpine Skills Workshop

Date: Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25

The AMC Advanced Skills Workshop (AWS) is designed to introduce experienced winter hikers and climbers to the basic skills required for climbing high altitude mountains such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and beyond. The AWS topics will include roped team travel on moderate to high angle snow slopes and glaciers, ice axe use and self-arrest, advanced belay systems, crevasse rescue, snow anchors, and high-altitude medical issues and medications. The workshop base camp and lectures will be out of Harvard Cabin, and our daily outdoor adventures will take place near Pinkham Lodge/ Joe Dodge Lodge along the Sherburne Ski Trail or lower slopes of Tuckerman's Ravine depending on the snow conditions at the time of the workshop. Full Winter Gear is required and a comprehensive gear list will be provided to all accepted participants; however, please note that you must have 4-season above treeline experience, double boots or Leader accepted single-layer mountaineering boots, ice axe, crampons, carabiners, helmet and harness. Leaders will provide all ropes, specialized pulleys and snow anchors. Please complete the experience questionnaire when received from the trip registrar otherwise Leaders will not be able to process your application for one of the (10) participant spots. Fee: $80.00 for AMC members, and $85.00 for non-members, including (2) nights lodging, (2) breakfasts and (1) dinner. Please note that you must be able to arrive at Harvard Cabin by 6:00pm on Friday, 03/23 for our first night of introductions and lectures.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Harvard Cabin; Jackson, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Kellie A Connelly (amckellie@gmail.com) , Jim Schroeder
Co-Leader: Joe Danaher , John Sanford
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

Wilderness First Aid and Recertification

Date: Saturday, March 24 - Sunday, March 25

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations more then an hour from emergency care. This class will be held at the beautiful Thoreau Outing Club at 235 Forest Ridge Road, Concord, MA For directions, visit the Thoreau Club web page at www.thoreau.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: concord ma
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Register Here

Welcome Spring at Crane Beach

Date: Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, March 24

Forty Plus invites you to welcome spring at Crane Beach. Hike through dunes and along the beach. Bring water, lunch and sturdy footwear. 10 AM -2 PM. Parking fee $10 per car.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Crane Beach, Ipswich MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Uschi Kullman
Co-Leader: TBA
Registrar: Uschi Kullmann

Winter Pool Rolling

Date: Sunday, March 25

Come learn to roll your whitewater kayak or C1, or practice on your own in the warmth of a local pool! Sessions meet Sundays (Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25) from 5-7 pm at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fees: Students (instruction and pool time): $110 AMC members/$130 non-members, Recreation (pool time only): $60 AMC members/$80 non-members. Boat Rental:$50 for the series. To Register: Send a check (made out to AMC Boston Paddlers Committee) with your name, address, phone number, email address, AMC #, registration type (student or recreation) to AMC Pool Registrar, c/o Chris, 39 Oliva Court, Stoughton, MA 02072. Or got to amcbostonpaddlers.org to pay by PayPal. Include your height and weight if you want to rent our equipment, otherwise indicate what equipment you have. Please note: C1 instruction is contingent on availability of C1 instructors. Due to space limitations, sessions are for closed whitewater boats only (K1, C1). For rentals you must be able to pickup and transport boat & gear from boathouse in Lincoln to Arlington Boys & Girls club.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Boston area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Mine Falls Park

Date: Sunday, March 25 - Sunday, March 25

6-mile easy walk along Nashua River, canal with 1886 gatehouse, spectacular waterfall in 325-acre park, from 9:45am-2:00pm. Bring lunch and water. Route 128 Exit 32, Burlington, to Route 3N toward Nashua. Stay right on Exit 5 lane and take Exit 5A (Simon Street), then left on Simon Street, left on Whipple Street to parking lot at the end. Heavy rain cancels. No dogs. Non-AMC members, $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Nashua
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Mark Levine (trailmark@verizon.net)

YM Monthly Bar Social - Game Night at Aeronaut Brewing Company

Date: Monday, March 26 - Monday, March 26

Join the AMC Young Members for a night out a Aeronaut, a brewery in Somerville. It's game night, so feel free to bring a board game or come prepared to play!

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Rachael White
Link: Sign Up

Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton

Date: Sunday, April 1 - Sunday, April 1

Moderate pace 5-mi. hike around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm. Bring lunch & water. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. Storm cancels.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034 (7-9pm)

Family Winter Weekend at Sub Sig Cabin, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8

Join us for a Winter weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch 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 yet clean and functional with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike/ cross country skiing 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+. Group size is limited to 15 lucky souls. Cost is $70/adult and $50/child (ages 0 - 18) for lodging, 2 breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. Register with Brian Witkov, user369128@aol.com, (978) 807-4901.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901, Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) , Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 508-265-3093
Registrar: Brian Witkov (user369128@aol.com) 978-807-4901
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Sub Sig Outing Club

Beginner Hiking Program (BHP) for Families, April - June 2018, Boston Area

Date: Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, June 30

Have you ever wanted to take your family for a hike? Not sure where to go, what to bring, or how to convince your kids it will be fun? Then join us for the new Beginner Hiking Program for Families! Registering your family for this program will give you access to kid-friendly, beginner through more advanced, hikes with other families. Hike locations will mainly be Metro Boston / Eastern MA with some options for NH and the White Mountains. During the hikes leaders will share info about appropriate clothing and equipment, trail etiquette, and basic safety on the trail. Additionally, leaders will share family tips, tricks, and fun games to use with kids to motivate them and have fun in the woods! Hikes will be categorized according to length and difficulty so that families can determine which hikes to participate in. This program is appropriate for all ages, although the more advanced hikes may not be appropriate for the youngest children. Fee for the program is $20 per family and all registered families will receive a copy of the AMC book: Outdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City. Upon registration you will receive more details about the program. To register, please click on the 'REGISTER HERE' button above or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1789. For more info, contact Amy Kelliher, amycbean@yahoo.com or Carrie McMillen, carriemcmillen@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Boston, MA Area
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Amy Kelliher (amycbkelliher@gmail.com) , Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to More Challenging
Link: Register Here

Castle Island, South Boston

Date: Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 7

Fast-paced seven-mile scenic walk along ocean to Castle Island, 10:00am-1:30pm. Bring lunch and water. Meet inside JFK/UMass Red Line T station, upper level gates (no nearby parking). Storm cancels. No e-mail after 3/31. No dogs; non-AMC members $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias (Bmosias@yahoo.com) 781-335-5034 (7-9pm)

Boston YM Steering Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, April 9 - Monday, April 9

Interested in learning about the inner workings of the AMC Boston Young Members (YM) Committee? The YM Steering Committee is generally scheduled to meet on the second Monday of every month from 7-9 pm - dinner is provided! Our meetings are open to all in AMC YM. If interested, contact Zoe K (zoe.karp@gmail.com) for information on location and other details.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Zoe Karp (zoe.karp@gmail.com)

AMC Boston 2018 Spring Hiking Program

Date: Tuesday, April 10 - Tuesday, May 8

Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1st, and 8th. 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 3-Season Spring Hiking Program (SHP) 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, heat management, 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. [Unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs, except service dogs, on any program trip.] 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 18-20) and the Beginner Backpacking Trip (June 1-3) are capstone trips for this program. Mark your calendars to attend either of these fun filled weekends! Individual trip registration will open after the first classroom session on April 10th. Advanced registration for the program is required. Reserve your spot now as the class fills quickly. The SHP takes place on 5 nights from 6:30-8:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Medford, 29 Oakland Street, Medford, MA. The dates are Tuesdays April 10th, April 17th, April 24th, May 1st and May 8th. Class sessions are located close to I-93 and municipal parking in Medford, as well as the 94, 95, 96, 101, 134 and 326 (express) MBTA bus lines. If you have general questions about our SHP program, please contact the program organizer, Casey Ajalat. With questions about registration, please contact SHP registrar, Chris McCarron. Register at REGI link https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1792.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: 29 Oakland Street, Medford, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Casey Ajalat , Elizabeth Ryan , Morgane Treanton
Link: Register HERE

April Ski Committee Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 11 - Wednesday, April 11

Come ski with us! If you are a skier or snowboarder of any type, and would like to get engaged with leading trips and helping to organize ski related events this is the meeting to be at. While the discussions are predominantly around coordinating trips and events, this is a great opportunity to get in contact with other skiers, see what we have to offer, and to find a place to help develop ski and snow related outings and events. Please contact Mike Bratina at skiing@amcboston.org for the meeting details.

Activity Categories: Meetings, Skiing
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Michael Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)
Registrar: Mike Bratina (skiing@amcboston.org)

AMC Boston Chapter 2018 Spring Leadership Program

Date: Thursday, April 12 - Thursday, May 3

This program is for AMC members who are interested in organizing and leading Boston Chapter trips and activities. Participation in the program qualifies you to co-lead trips and activities for Hiking/Backpacking, Bike, Ski, Young Members, Forty Plus, Family Outings, Paddling and other Boston committees. The program consists of lectures, small group exercises and role-play scenarios spread over two evening sessions and one-weekend session, with a follow-on session to organize actual trips. Topics include trip planning and trip organization, safety, leadership styles, and group dynamics. The program emphasizes experiential learning and decision making skills. Open to all AMC members with preference given to active AMC trip participants. The two evening sessions are held Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at AMC Headquarters in Charlestown, MA. The weekend session is held April 27- 29 (beginning 7 pm on Friday and ending by 4 pm on Sunday) at Camp Lyndon, Sandwich, MA. You must attend all of these sessions to complete the program. The optional (but highly encouraged) follow-on session to organize trips will be held on Thursday, May 3 at AMC Headquarters. Program size is limited.

Activity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: AMC Headquarters
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Phillip Baraona (phil@acm.org)
Link: Register Here

Full Leader Training Program, Boston, MA

Date: Thursday, April 12 - Thursday, May 3

This program is for AMC members interested to organize and lead Boston Chapter trips and activities. Participation qualifies you to co-lead trips and activities for Family Outings and other committees and other Boston committees. The program consists of lectures, small group exercises and role-play scenarios spread over two evening sessions and one-weekend session, with a follow-on session to organize actual trips. Topics include trip planning and trip organization, safety, leadership styles, and group dynamics. The program emphasizes experiential learning and decision making skills. Open to all AMC members with preference given to active AMC trip participants. The two evening sessions are Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at AMC Headquarters in Charlestown, MA. The weekend session is April 27- 29 (beginning 7 pm Friday and ending by 4 pm on Sunday) at Camp Lyndon, Sandwich, MA. You must attend all sessions to complete the program. The optional (but highly encouraged) follow-on session to organize trips is Thursday, May 3 at AMC Headquarters. Program size is limited. Questions contact: Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Boston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Link: Register Here

The Birds Are Back Family Walk, Lancaster Town Forest, Lancaster, MA

Date: Saturday, April 14 - Saturday, April 14

Audubon Certified Birder and North County Land Trust Board Member Clay Hobart shares the wonders of spring birds. This is an early morning walk from 7 - 9 am. We will take our time enjoying the birds and walking perhaps a mile or two at most. In particular, Clay will share what he sees for birds 13 months post harvest compared to pre-harvest in the Lancaster Town Forest. Tim Castner, Chair Lancaster Town Forest, will be there as well. This will be fascinating. Lancaster had a carefully planned harvest in the town forest 13 months ago ..... designed to improve the health of the trees and wildlife in the area. Let's see what has happened since. Please be sure to dress for the weather. Early April early morning can be cool. Suggest layers! Suggest boots as well. Sneakers may get wet and be uncomfortable. Snacks for the kids and water always a good thing. This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1789. To register click on the "Register Now" Button above or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1834. Questions Contact: Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Walks
Location: Lancaster Town Forest Brockelman Road, Lancaster, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Clayton Hobart (clayhobart@gmail.com) , Tim Castner (thcastner@comcast.net)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register Here

Bicycle Repair and Information Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 14 - Saturday, April 14

Come to the Appalachian Mountain Club Bike Repair and Information Workshop to improve your bike knowledge and ride preparedness! It is worthwhile for both new and experienced riders wanting more information and more confidence on the road and trail. Matters addressed include: • types of bikes • maintenance • clothing and equipment • riding technique Concepts and repairs will be discussed and demonstrated at four stations: basic bike, general maintenance, flat tires, and brakes and derailleurs. Attend all four stations. Receive an extensive handout to take home. During lunch discuss with the instructors topics such as touring, safety, bike accessories, bike clothing, what to carry with you on a ride, finding bike routes, and where to shop. For more information please see http://www.amcboston.org/bicycle/workshop.php To register please follow this link http://www.amcboston.org/bicycle/workshop/reg.php

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Concord Trinitarian Church, 54 Walden St, Concord.
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Lamar Winters (bikeamc53@gmail.com)
Link: More Information

Groton Traverse

Date: Sunday, April 15 - Sunday, April 15

1:00pm. This hike will feature an impressive variety of environments while traversing a large patchwork of open and conserved lands. We will see beaver ponds, eskers, drumlins, marshes, dry uplands, hemlock groves, open fields, pretty streams, and wide vistas from hilltops. We will meet at Williams Barn (42.6265N 71.5610W), leave some cars, carpool to the start, and end up back at Williams Barn. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop (olin@embedinc.com) 978-742-9014

Wilderness First Aid and Recertification

Date: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations more then an hour from emergency care. This class will be held at the beautiful Thoreau Outing Club at 235 Forest Ridge Road, Concord, MA For directions, visit the Thoreau Club web page at www.thoreau.com

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: Concord, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy
Link: Register Here

Multi-Activity Weekend by Forty Plus in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Date: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22

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 The bike ride on Saturday will follow the bike trail from the National Sea Shore to Nickerson State Park and then back to Wellfleet. Sunday's ride TBD. Rain will cancel the bike rides. L Emily McPhillips, CL Katherine Blythe

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Hiking, Walks
Location: Wellfleet, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
Leader: Uschi Kullman , Barbara Fay , Emily McPhillips
Co-Leader: Sunny Steadman , Katherine Blythe
Registrar: Uschi Kullmann

New Members Ride

Date: Saturday, April 28 - Saturday, April 28

Join us for a fun and beautiful approximately 21-mile ride through Acton, Boxborough, Harvard, and Stow. Rolling terrain. Ride will be split into two groups: intermediate (13-16mph) and easy (10-13mph). Ride leaves promptly at 10:00am, Douglas School parking lot, 21 Elm St. Acton, MA. No advance sign-up necessary. Helmet, water, spare tube, and bike in good working order required. Rain cancels, check this website for a cancellation notice. Please arrive by 9:30 so that you can get your bike ready and participate in the safety talk.

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Road, Bicycling - Touring
Location: Douglas School in Acton, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Steve Maislin (steve.maislin@comcast.net) , Robyn Maislin (robyn.maislin@comcast.net)
Trip Difficulty: Two Groups: One about 11mph, Second 14mph average
Link: GPS File

Acton Arboretum

Date: Sunday, April 29 - Sunday, April 29

Slow-paced nature walk in search of a variety of early spring wild flowers and other signs of spring in the meadow, woods and bog of the Acton Arboretum. The walk will focus on plant ID and natural history. 1:00-4:00pm. From Concord rotary, take Rte 2 West 2.2 miles, Right on Taylor Road 0.7 miles to Arboretum on right. The Acton Arboretum is opposite #15 Taylor Rd. Arrive early, parking limited. Steady rain cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the Appalachian Mountain Club and other organizations.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Walks
Location: Acton, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Boot Boutwell 781-729-4712

Eyes on Owls! Live Owl Program! Bedford, MA

Date: Sunday, April 29 - Sunday, April 29

Field naturalist Marcia Wilson and wildlife photojournalist Mark Wilson display six lively owls separately and walk them around the audience for close-views, photos, and questions. You will love the live animals and the opportunity to get up close and take photos. The live owl program will be preceded with a short narrative slide presentation and a rousing "hooting lesson" with audience participation. Mark and Marcia Wilson will share the field marks, signs, and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close! See www.eyesonowls.com. Fully accessible entrance and parking on Elm St side. Appropriate for ages 5+. To register click on the "Register Here" button above or cut and paste this URL into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/n1iVFDfYNUgfvALq2. Suggested donation $5 per person or $10 for the whole family (your immediate family). Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Joan Entwistle, joan.entwistle@gmail.com, 978-549-4864.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Conservation, Critical Treasure, Cultural, Meetings, Photography, Social Events
Location: First Parish Church, 75 Great Road, Bedford, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Joan Entwistle (joan.entwistle@gmail.com) 978-549-4864, Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Donald MacIver (maciver01460@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: First Parish Church UU in Bedford, MA

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Date: Monday, April 30 - Monday, April 30

Join Family Outings Monday evening April 30th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 to 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and larger events coming up. This is followed by general trip planning. Bring your ideas to brainstorm. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly. Our meeting and trip planning agenda is more for adults. Registration required. Click on "Register Now" link above or copy and paste this link into your browser http://bit.ly/2Dx8V4s. For questions contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Auburndale Library, 375 Auburn Street Auburndale MA 02466
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Family Multimedia Presentation - Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT), Lancaster, MA

Date: Wednesday, May 2 - Wednesday, May 2

Always wanted to know about the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, conceived in 1929 as an "Outer Emerald Necklace" between I-495 and 128 mirroring Boston's famed Olmsted-designed "Emerald Necklace"? Join AMC Family Outings Wednesday evening May 2nd from 6:30 - 8 pm at Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster, MA for a Multimedia Presentation "Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal". Dan & Marilyn Brielmann along with Alan French will be your guides taking you along the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200 mile natural wonder that arcs the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston. Dan and Marilyn, professional videographers, incorporate their video and musical talents in this documentary. Alan French, Founder and Chairman and Executive Director Emeritus of the Bay Circuit Alliance Inc. (BCA) joins to talk about the more than 25 years he was involved with this project and making it a reality. "Long Live The Bay Circuit"! Alan turned over the leadership of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) in 2012 to The Trustees of Reservations and the AMC and Kristen Sykes as lead organization. AMC is gap filling the few remaining missing trail links and provides trail stewardship. Waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available from the AMC at amcstore.outdoors.org/booksmaps/maps/massachusetts/bay-circuit-trail-map-and-guide. Online maps and trail descriptions can be found at: www.baycircuit.org/maps-guides/ This event is FREE, open to all, accessible, and light refreshments will be served. To register click above on the "Register Here" button or cut and paste this URL into your browser https://goo.gl/forms/5xhg05aFGtx7kfj82. Questions? Contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Critical Treasure, Cultural
Location: Lancaster Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606, Donald MacIver (maciver01460@gmail.com) 978-799-9607
Co-Leader: Dan & Marilyn Brielmann (eawakening@gmail.com) 339-788-7054, Alan French (a.french3@verizon.net)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: A waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available at this Link

Family Friendly Wilderness First Aid Training, Concord, MA

Date: Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6

This Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. This class will be held at the Thoreau Outing Club, 235 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord MA (http://www.thoreau.com/). Course fee of $130 will be reimbursed if you lead or assist for Boston Family Outings twice in a 12 month period. Thoreau Club is also putting together a kids camp as a great option for kids while parents are training. The camp will include a short hike, lunch over the campfire, treehouse, arts & crafts, games, etc. The cost of the camp will be signficantly discounted to parents taking WFA. We expect WFA to fill with a wait list. Registration is confirmed in the order in which we receive checks. To get a link to the registration form and information as to where to send your check contact David Powell, 781-858-5546, davidfreds@beld.net.

Activity Categories: First Aid, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Thoreau Outing Club 235 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Paul Terenzi (firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115 (before 10 pm) , David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546 (NCA 9.00)
Registrar: David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546
Link: Family Outings Website

AMC Thoreau "Kid Camp", Concord, MA

Date: Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6

Calling all kids ages 5+ for weekend fun "Kid Camp" with Swimming (indoor), Tennis, Arts & Crafts, a hike, tree house and swings and slide play structure, cook over the campfire lunch, fruit available throughout the day, who could ask for anything more? Kids only. Parents not allowed (just kidding). Beautiful Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA agreed to offer this "Kid Camp" May 5 - 6 while parents are taking WFA training "on campus". The camp is SO awesome we decided to open it up to everyone whether parents are taking WFA or not. Sign your kids up for this one of a kind opportunity. Do not miss out! Camp limited to 20 - 25 kids total. A parent may accompany kids throughout the day, but not expected or required to. All Camp Thoreau staff members are camp counselor trained and Corey certified and have First Aid Training. $80/child for the weekend. Price discounted 50% to $40/child for parent attending Family Friendly WFA class on site. Price is for two days everything included Swimming (indoor), Tennis, Arts & Crafts, a hike, tree house, swings, and slide play structure, cook over the campfire lunch, and fruit available throughout the day, Questions: Contact Paul Terenzi, Firemanpaul@comcast.net, ?(781) 389-8115?.

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure, Cultural, Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Social Events, Walks
Location: Camp Thoreau, 235 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546 (NCA 9.00) , Paul Terenzi (Firemanpaul@comcast.net) 781-389-8115
Registrar: David Powell (davidfreds@beld.net) 781-858-5546
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Camp Thoreau

Spy Pond Trails Day Invasive Plant Removal

Date: Saturday, May 12 - Saturday, May 12

Spy Pond Trails Day is an all-volunteer work event sponsored by the Town of Arlington, with ample support provided by the AMC Boston Chapter Trail Committee volunteer crews and the AMC Professional Trail Crew since the first annual event in 2005. This year the AMC Boston Chapter Conservation Committee will be joining the Spy Pond Trails Day activities and in conjunction with other local groups we will help remove invasive plants and carefully maintain vistas from the access path onto the pond, for aesthetic enjoyment and to promote public safety. Doughnuts, snacks and tools will be provided. This year we will focus on bittersweet, a particularly aggressive invasive, and we could use all the help we can get with keeping it in check. We have two root pullers (which the kids love to use!), as well as loppers and shears, and we encourage anyone else who wants to help to bring their own tools to add to the cause. Bring a brown-bag a lunch for after the work session, and enjoy a relaxing lunch and conversation on the pond. Learn about #SaveLWCF.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Location: Spy Pond Arlington MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Joan Entwistle (joan.entwistle@gmail.com)
Link: Register Here

The Birds Are Back Family Walk, Lancaster Town Forest, Lancaster, MA

Date: Saturday, May 12 - Saturday, May 12

Audubon Certified Birder and North County Land Trust Board Member Clay Hobart shares the wonders of spring birds. In particular, Clay will share what he sees for birds 13 months post harvest compared to pre-harvest in the Lancaster Town Forest. Tim Castner, Chair Lancaster Town Forest, will be there as well. This will be fascinating. Lancaster had a carefully planned harvest in the town forest 13 months ago ..... designed to improve the health of the trees and wildlife in the area. Let's see what has happened since. Register with Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Conservation, Critical Treasure, Walks
Location: Lancaster Town Forest Brockelman Road, Lancaster, MA,
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Clayton Hobart, Audubon Certified Birder (clayhobart@gmail.com) , Tim Castner, Chair Lancaster Town Forest (thcastner@comcast.net)
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Family Mother's Day Shapleigh Bunkhouse Overnight in Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Saturday, May 12 - Sunday, May 13

A weekend of spring hiking in beautiful Crawford Notch. Saturday we will hike Mt. Willard (3.2 miles) gorgeous views into Crawford Notch. Saturday night we will stay at Shapleigh Bunkhouse next to AMC Highland Center. The bunkhouse sleeps 16, is coed, heated, has bathrooms/showers and a common area. Saturday night we will make a simple pizza dinner with option to enjoy Highland Center evening program. Sunday breakfast will be at the Highland Center followed by leader's choice hike. Sunday options will depend on the groups abilities and conditions. Hike could be into Arethusa Falls, Elephants Head or into the Flume Gorge. Participants must have some previous hiking experience, but not necessarily in the White Mountains. In mid May we expect beautiful spring conditions. Space is limited to 16; registration is recommended as early as possible so you don't miss out! AMC Member Adults $80; kids age 12 and under $50. Non-member prices are respectively $90 and $60. Cost includes dinner Saturday, lodging Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday. Contact registrar Denise Boucher, denisegirish@yahoo.com, 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center, US 302, Bretton Woods, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 978-470-0243 (Before 10:00 p.m) , David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net) 508-361-0508
Registrar: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@yahoo.com) 978-470-0243
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Shapleigh Bunkhouse

Family Hike to Wachusett Mtn, Princeton, MA (BHP Level 2)

Date: Sunday, May 13

Celebrate Mothers' Day and join other families for a leisurely hike to the summit of Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA! The hike is approximately 3 miles with roughly 800ft elevation gain. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit and summit tower are lovely! Often known as a downhill ski destination, Wachusett Mtn is located within the 3000-acre Wachusett State Reservation, home to 17 miles of hiking and walking trails (we will only cover about 3 miles, though!). Pack a lunch and join us for a beautiful spring hike! This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1789. Contact leader, Amy Kelliher, amycbkelliher@gmail.com with questions.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Amy Kelliher (amycbkelliher@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Carrie McMillen (carriemcmillen@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Register Here

Blue Hills Hike, Milton

Date: Sunday, May 13 - Sunday, May 13

Blue Hills - 5 mile brisk-paced hike along yellow triangle trail with rolling hills, 9:30am-noon. Meet at Houghton's Pond parking lot. From Rte. 93/128 exit 3 (Houghtons/Ponkapoag), go N 0.5 mi. to stop sign, R on Hillside St. 0.2 mi. to Houghtons Pond lot on R. Bring lunch and water. Storm cancels.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias

Beginning Whitewater Kayak Instruction: Series A

Date: Thursday, May 17 - Sunday, May 20

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers. Students will learn basic kayak strokes, maneuvers, and water safety skills on a local pond in Concord, then travel to the river during a weekend trip for a two-day instructional trip on Class 1-2 whitewater. Beginner Instructionals are taught in accordance to American Canoe Association (ACA) standards for Whitewater Kayaking. Students must be comfortable on and in the water and able to transport their own gear. Dates: May 17(eve) and May 19-20 (weekend). Tuition: $150/$170, Member/Non-Members. (-$40 with own gear) Camping/meals (~$50) not included. To apply, send your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email, AMC membership number, height & weight (for boat assignment), and Series preference (A, B, C) to: Beginner Kayak Registrar, c/o Chris Rolt, 39 Oliva ct. Stoughton ma 02072. Include a check payable to "AMC Paddlers Committee" for payment. If you do not have an email address, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope for course mailings. To make payments by credit card, go to http://www.amcbostonpaddlers.org/kayakinstruction. For questions about the class, please e-mail AMCKayak@aol.com.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Concord, MA & Charlemont, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Chris Rolt , Melanie Rausch , James McLoud
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Family Greenleaf Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH (BHP Level 4)

Date: Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20

Come join us on a 2 day family hike with a stay at Greenleaf Hut (4,220) in Franconia Notch, NH. We will offer multiple route options the 2nd day, one easier and the second more difficult, summiting Mt. Lafayette and crossing Franconia Ridge. This second option is one of the most popular hikes in New England with amazing 360 degree views from the ridge, but the difficulty of the second option should not be underestimated. Here is the itinerary with the options: DAY 1: Old Bridle Path to Hut 2.9 mi 2,500 ft elevation gain DAY 2: Option 1 (Easier): Straight back on Old Bridle Path 2.9 mi Option 2 (Difficult): Up across Franconia Ridge, Down Falling Waters Trail (6.0 mi 1,500 ft elevation gain, 3100 elevation loss). This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. This is a level 4 BHP Hike (out of 4 levels). To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1789. Franconia Ridge is above treeline and fully exposed to bad weather and wind. If the weather forecast looks bad, we will not ascend or cross the ridge. We will stay at Greenleaf Hut. It will be self-service season, so we will carry and make our own food, as well as bring our own sleeping bags. Dinner and breakfasts are provided, but participants will need to bring 2 lunches and other trail snacks. We will all make and cleanup dinner and breakfast as a group. There is a full kitchen with plates, cups and silverware at the hut. We will pack out our own trash including unfinished food and all plastic bags/wrappers. The hut is family-friendly, with co-ed bunkrooms so families can stay together. Cost: $70 for AMC members; $80 for non-members To register click on the "Register Now" button above or cut and paste this link into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1822. Contact Rick Gershberg at rgershberg@verizon.net, 617-694-1060 with questions.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: Greenleaf Hut, Franconia Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 617-694-1060
Trip Difficulty: Easier Option and More Strenuous Option
Link: Register Here

Family Multimedia Presentation - Hiking The Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) , Bedford, MA

Date: Saturday, May 19 - Saturday, May 19

Always wanted to know about the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, conceived in 1929 as an "Outer Emerald Necklace" between I-495 and 128 mirroring Boston's famed Olmsted-designed "Emerald Necklace"? Join AMC Family Outings Saturday evening May 19th from 5 - 6:30 pm in Bedford, MA for a Multimedia Presentation "Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal". Dan & Marilyn Brielmann along with Alan French will be your guides taking you along the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200 mile natural wonder that arcs the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston. Dan and Marilyn, professional videographers, incorporate their video and musical talents in this documentary. Alan French, Founder and Chairman and Executive Director Emeritus of the Bay Circuit Alliance Inc. (BCA) joins to talk about the more than 25 years he was involved with this project and making it a reality. "Long Live The Bay Circuit"! Alan turned over the leadership of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) in 2012 to The Trustees of Reservations and the AMC and Kristen Sykes as lead organization. AMC is gap filling the few remaining missing trail links and provides trail stewardship. Waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available from the AMC at amcstore.outdoors.org/booksmaps/maps/massachusetts/bay-circuit-trail-map-and-guide. Online maps and trail descriptions can be found at: www.baycircuit.org/maps-guides/ This event is FREE, open to all, accessible, and there will be cookies and punch and socializing after. Registered particpants will receive more information closer to the event as well as information regarding a series of AMC Boston Family Outings Hikes on the Bay Circuit Trail and the opportunity to sign up. To register click "Register Here" above or cut and past this URL into your browser https://goo.gl/forms/ZpgBU7QKOUdUFYrN2. For questions contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure, Cultural, Meetings, Photography
Location: First Parish Church, 75 Great Road, Bedford, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: A waterproof printed BCT map and guide is available at this Link

Rocky Hill Sanctuary and adjoining woodlands, Groton

Date: Sunday, May 20 - Sunday, May 20

1:00pm. This is a great area to hike around in, with a beautiful point on Long Pond, beaver marshes, a heron rookerie, and more. About 2 hours, moderate pace. No dogs. Meet at the Rocky Hill Sanctuary parking area off of Robin Hill Rd. in Groton, 42.5811N 71.5311W.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Olin Lathrop 978-742-9014

Memorial Day Family Camping at White Lake State Park, Tamworth, NH

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join us for a fun family camping trip Memorial Day Weekend at White Lake State Park in the White Mountains just a little over 2 hour drive north of Boston! Enjoy White Mountain day hike 4 - 6 miles, swimming and boating on the lake (rentals available), castles on the beach, capture the flag, campfire and s'mores! Enjoy group meals, and the company of likeminded new friends. Adults $70 for the weekend (3 nights), Kids 18 and under $50 includes campsite, 2 dinners three breakfasts, s'mores and campfire. For more information contact leaders: Naomi at tonaomirose@gmail.com Register online at link above or at http://tinyurl.com/whitelakestatepark.

Activity Categories: Camping, Hiking
Location: White Lakes State Park, Route 16, Tamworth, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com) , Paul Pichetti 617-590-6802 (text message only please)
Trip Difficulty: moderate
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Family Memorial Day Weekend Hiking, Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has rented the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Activities will be designed to fit the age range and interests of the group but will likely include a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with its gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike. For Saturday night dinner and Saturday, Sunday and Monday breakfast, we will dine next door at the Highland Center, enjoying hearty, home-cooked meals. Sunday night's dinner will be prepared by the group, and lunch fixings will also be made available on Saturday and Sunday. We will stay at the 16-bed Shapleigh Bunkhouse which is coed, heated, and includes bathrooms/showers, linens, and a common area. Space is limited to 16; registration is recommended as early as possible so you don't miss out! Prices are $220 per adult and $160 per child 12 and under. Cost includes 3 nights lodging and all meals from breakfast Saturday through breakfast Monday. Contact leader/registrar with questions and to register: Jennifer Sulewski, jensandsteves@gmail.com, 857-231-6154

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski (jensandsteves@gmail.com) 857-231-6154 (7am-9pm)
Registrar: Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski (jensandsteves@gmail.com) 857-231-6154 (7am-9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Shapleigh Bunkhouse at AMC Highland Center

Memorial Weekend Hiking in White Mountains

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join us for three days of hiking at beginning and intermediate level on White Mountains National Forest trails. $365 covers 3 nights lodging at Mountain Fare Inn in Campton, NH, 3 breakfasts, 2 happy hours, 2 dinners. Leader:

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Campton, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Anna Panszczyk (annatp12@gmail.com) 781-648-2492 (Before 9:00 p.m. - EST)
Registrar: Anna Panszczyk (annatp12@gmail.com) 781-648-2492 (Before 9:00 p.m. EST)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Link: http://www.mountainfareinn.com/

Beal Island Canoe & Sea Kayak Weekend

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Deposit required.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Beal Island, Georgetown, Maine 04548
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kenneth Kaiser (kkaiser@alum.mit.edu) 978-664-5984 (before 9 pm)
Co-Leader: Donna Jean Kaiser
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Memorial Day Weekend Family Camping at Tully Lake, Royalston, MA

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join AMC families at this tent-only family friendly campground set on the shore of a 200 acre lake less than two hrs northwest of Boston. Enjoy roaring waterfalls a short walk away, Explore miles of hiking including the Tully Trail and Tully Mountain; great biking and paddling up the picturesque Tully River, or explore the lake's islands and inlets via boat, or swimming. Relax by the water or get out on it: bring your own kayak or canoe; or rent canoes, kayaks, fishing poles, GPS, or disc golf equipment. Maybe, just spend some time relaxing beneath the towering pine trees. Enjoy bird watching. Your weekend. You choose :) Tully Lake Family Friendly Campground is a Family Outings favorite. Centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available for guest use quite a luxury. Cost: $75 pp ($35 kids four & under) includes 3 nights at campsite, camp meals, and s'mores! Communal cooking, camp chores and fun are all included! Any equipment rentals not included in price. Leader/Registrar: Margo Chapski- 413-569-9442 (TU/TH: 7-9 PM) E-mail: familyprograms@amcberkshire.org

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Birdwatching, Camping, Hiking, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater, Walks
Location: Tully Lake Campground, Royalston, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Margo CHapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org)
Registrar: Margo Chapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org) 413-569-9442
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Tully Lake Campground

Spring Cycling in the Berkshires

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

Join us for 25-50 mile led road rides over scenic, hilly country roads on both sides of the scenic Taconic Range along New York-Massachusetts-Vermont border (10-13 mph easy pace, but intermediate hilly terrain). $218-$258 per person includes 3 nights lodging in a relaxing country home (linens, blankets & towels included), 3 breakfasts, 2 happy hours & dinners Saturday & Sunday (meals fit for a foodie!). For more information and to register, contact Aldo. (Map below shows location of town center, not trip lodging site. Directions will be sent to registered participants only.)

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Road
Location: Hancock
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Aldo Ghirin
Co-Leader: Glenn Barnes
Trip Difficulty: Easy Pace (10-13 mph) but Intermediate Terrain
Link: AMC Boston Chapter Bicycling Committee Calendar

Block Island Bike & Hike Trip

Date: Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

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. Registration is required: Contact Registrar Emily McPhillips at emcp@me.com.

Activity Categories: Bicycling - Road
Location: Rhode Island
Region: Rhode Island
Leader: Emily McPhillips (emcp@me.com)
Co-Leader: Ida Change (ida_chang_1@yahoo.com) , Daniel Edwards (dbe_88@yahoo.com)
Registrar: Emily McPhillips (emcp@me.com)

Memorial Day Family Weekend Backpack to Galehead & Zealand Falls Huts, NH

Date: Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28

Family Memorial Day Weekend Backpack to AMC Galehead Hut (3,800 feet) & Zealand Falls Hut (2,700 feet), both still self service. Hike three 4,000 footers in spring. Visit two AMC favorites. Galehead Hut is the most remote of the AMC High Huts with glorious views of the Pemigawasset Wilderness Area. Zealand Falls Hut is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness. Meet Saturday morning 9:15 am at the Gale River Trailhead to shuttle cars to our endpoint, the Zealand Trail trailhead. We will hike to the hut on The Gale River Trail (4.6 mi. 2200 ft, elevation gain 3 hrs 25 min.). After arriving at the hut we can hike up to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) &/or to Galehead Mtn summit elev. 4,024 ft.(0.5 mi., 250 ft., 25 min.). We will carry & cook our own food and prepare a group dinner & breakfast at the hut. Sunday we hike The Twinway from Galehead Hut to Zealand Falls Hut (7 miles, 1,750 elevation gain, 4.25 hours). After the steep climb to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) the trail goes mostly downhill, with a minimal climb up to the summit of Guyot (4,580 feet), and a short but steep climb up to Zealand Mountain (4,265 feet). There are 360° views from the summits of South Twin and Guyot. Peakbaggers will get both South Twin and Zealand Mountain. Monday, we hike out the Zealand Trail 2.8 miles with 650 feet elevation loss to our cars. This trip is not for beginners as the trails are moderate to strenuous (ages 8+)! Cost/person lodging, 2 dinners, and breakfast (you bring snacks & lunch) $150 members; $170 non-members. To register click on "Register Here" above or cut and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/1826. Questions contact: Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Galehead Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous
Link: Register Here

Family Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH

Date: Sunday, May 27 - Monday, May 28

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut ... Overnight at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites? 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. Once at the hut, we have free time to explore, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Franconia Ridge across the pristine glacial lake, and relax. Come nightfall we might catch sunset. Sunday, we can take an optional 0.8 mile hike around the lake before returning to our cars. This is a great trip for families with children ages 5+ with some hiking experience. Lonesome Lake Hut is self-service this time of year. Accommodations include a bunk w/pillow (note - bunk rooms are co-ed). Participants help carry group gear and prepare group meals. Lodging, dinner, and breakfast included. Price $70/person. You are responsible for your lunch both days and trail snacks. Register and contact with questions: Laurene Poland, ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut
Region: New Hampshire, North Country
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@yahoo.com) 617-835-6532
Co-Leader: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Registrar: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Lonesome Lake Hut

Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond

Date: Monday, May 28 - Monday, May 28

4 mi. mod.-paced hike, 10:30am-1:30pm. Bring lunch+water. I-93/Rte. 128 exit 2A to Rte. 138S for 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course pkg lot on L. Storm cancels. No dogs; non-AMC $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034 (7-9pm)

Kayak Rolling 202: Kayak River Rolling

Date: Wednesday, May 30 - Saturday, June 2

River Rolling 202: Often neglected in paddling circles, the bombproof roll is making a comeback in 2018. Join us for two days of hard work emphasizing rolling in turbulent river situations. It's going to be fun, but we're going to spend lots of time upside down. Why? Because as your paddling progresses to more difficult levels you really should be able to roll up 99% of the time in class III or IV water. So... if you NEVER miss a roll in the pool/pond, but OCCASIONALLY swim in real river situations, then this class is for you. The course will be taught in a progression of locations moving from flat water (Wednesday evening at a local pond tweaking technique) through moving current and culminating in a Class III wave hole (Saturday). The locations will be selected based on water flow and safety. Course Fees: $25/$35 (AMC Members/Non-Members). (Workshop is free for current Paddlers Committee leaders who led trips last season or have signed up to lead trips this season.)

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Concord MA and (simsbury,ct or franklin,nh)
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Class III
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Hiking weekend at the (Low) Harvard Cabin

Date: Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3

This is a joint Boston H/B and SE Mass chapter trip. Using the historic Harvard Cabin (the low one, on Rt. 16) as our base, we will set out on hikes in the Pinkham Notch or nearby area. This rustic cabin has an upstairs sleeping loft (sleeping bags/pads on a shared floor space), an outhouse, cold running water. Simple but fun! Exact hikes will be determined Friday night depending on leaders and participants interests, latest weather/trail conditions reports, and participants abilities. On Saturday, we will likely offer two options if the group fills: one moderate/easier 4,000 footer mountain and one moderate/more strenuous 4,000 footer. On Sunday, we might go for another 4,000'er or often we opt for a shorter hike on the way home (perhaps a 52 With A View peak). You will help us as we prepare breakfast, a post-hike happy hour and dinner on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday. Trip fee of $80/members and $85/non-members includes two breakfasts, one dinner, and happy hour snacks (planned and shopped for by the leaders, but prepared and cleaned up with the help of all participants). Boston H/B leaders: Erika Bloom and Claudine Kos. SE Mass leader: Leslie Carson. SE Mass coleader; Ken Carson. For those on the Boston REGI system, please register through REGI. For those in SEM not on REGI, please contact Erika Bloom (email preferred).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Harvard Cabin (the low one, on route 16 between North Conway & Pinkham Notch)
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Erika Bloom 508-951-1001 (before 9 pm) , Claudine Kos
Registrar: Erika Bloom 508-951-1001 (before 9 pm)
Trip Difficulty: B3B
Link: Register Here

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Date: Friday, June 1

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Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Claudine Kos

40th Annual AMC Boston Chapter Bicycle Rally

Date: Saturday, June 2

Our annual bicycle rally will be held at the Verrill Farms in Concord, MA. It features rides from 15 to 50 miles long, happy hour, and dinner. For more information and to register: http://amcboston.org/bicycle/bikerally.php

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Verrill Farm Wheeler Road Concord, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jack Donohue (jmdonohue@alum.mit.edu)
Link: More information

Beginning Whitewater Kayak Instruction: Series B

Date: Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers. Students will learn basic kayak strokes, maneuvers, and water safety skills on a local pond in Concord, then travel to the river during a weekend trip for a two-day instructional trip on Class 1-2 whitewater. Beginner Instructionals are taught in accordance to American Canoe Association (ACA) standards for Whitewater Kayaking. Students must be comfortable on and in the water and able to transport their own gear. Dates: June 7, 9-10 Tuition: $150/$170, Member/Non-Members. (-$40 with own gear) Camping/meals (~$50) not included. To apply, send your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email, AMC membership number, height & weight (for boat assignment), and Series preference (A, B, C) to: Beginner Kayak Registrar, c/o Chris Rolt, 39 Oliva ct Stoughton ma 02072. Include a check payable to "AMC Paddlers Committee" for payment. If you do not have an email address, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope for course mailings. To make payments by credit card, go to http://www.amcbostonpaddlers.org/kayakinstruction. For questions about the class, please e-mailAMCKayak@aol.com.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Concord, MA & tilton, nh
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Dan Bennis (danbpwl@gmail.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Introduction to Whitewater Canoeing

Date: Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10

Ever wanted to learn to paddle a whitewater canoe? Whether you have never paddled a canoe before, are an experienced whitewater kayaker looking for a new challenge, or anywhere in-between this class is for you. We will begin with land instruction and practicing skills on a pond (evening of june 7) . We will then take our skills and apply them to Class I and Class II whitewater (weekend june 9/10). Students need to be able to transport their boats from the boathouse to the pond and river, and be comfortable in water.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Concord, MA & tilton,nh
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Dan Bennis 207-653-1043
Registrar: Chris Rolt
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website

Northern Presidential Traverse from Pinkham to Crawford Notch

Date: Friday, June 8 - Monday, June 11

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! We will hike following the AT (Appalachian Trail) from Pinkham Notch to Crawford Notch. We hope to give you the opportunity to hike the summits or you can choose to strictly hike the Appalachian Trail as it leaves Pinkham Notch and winds through the Northern Presidential Range to Crawford Notch. Our approach will include ascending the steep Osgood Trail and descend following the beautiful Webster Cliff Trail. And in between... nothing but awesome views! The three rustic AMC huts that we will stay at are distinctly different. They are run by the fun loving "croo" who will serve us home made family style dinners and breakfasts. Successful applicants will be strong hikers who enjoy endless open scenery, variable weather, and the camaraderie of fellow hikers.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: White Mountains , NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Ann Hargleroad (ahargleroad@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Patty Watson (pwatson@mbit.com)
Registrar: Ann Hargleroad (ahargleroad@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Family-friendly Bicycle Tour of Cape Cod National Seashore

Date: Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17

Family-friendly bicycle tour of Cape Cod: bicycle path, farmers' market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakeries, lighthouses, & many beaches to play at. We meet Friday evening in Eastham hostel, set in a wooded area with common space, eating area, open play space, & small shared cabins. We spend the weekend visiting many attractions along the Cape Cod Bicycle Trail going out to Orleans farmers' market, Nickerson State Park, Coast Guard beach, Nauset lighthouse, PB Boulangerie bakery, Flax pond, & much more. The route is mostly flat, with many services & food stops along the way to purchase meals & snacks. Bicycle around 20-30 miles per day. Suitable for ages 10-99, $129 members, $149 non members. Trip fee includes three fun days, dinner Saturday night, two breakfasts, & two nights of lodging. We stay in small cabins with bunk beds reserved for our group & shared bath. You bring or purchase lunch & snacks during the day from one of the many services along the way. Register with Meredith, meredithdimola@gmail.com, 617-458-1744.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Cape Cod National Seashore
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
Leader: Rami Haddad (mcccxxv@me.com) 857-288-8571, Meredith DiMola (meredithdimola@gmail.com) 617-458-1744, Mildred Mugica (millie.mugica@gmail.com)
Registrar: Meredith DiMola (meredithdimola@gmail.com) 617-458-1744
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Link: Family-friendly Bicycle Tour of Cape Cod National Seashore 2017 Trip report

Ipswich River Paddle

Date: Sunday, June 17

Meet at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning at the Topsfield Fairgrounds PARKING LOT Entrance on Rt. 1 in Topsfield MA. If you are coming from the south, take Rt. 95 to Rt. 1 in Topsfield. Continue driving north on Rt. 1. You go down a long hill to the bottom where Rt. 1 crosses the Ipswich River. It is not obvious that you have crossed the Ipswich River, look carefully. Immediately ahead on the right is the Fair Grounds Parking Lot Entrance. You should see a number of vehicles there with canoes on the roof. We will shuttle to the launch, which is on Rowley Bridge road. Then we shuttle the vehicles to the take out which is at the Bradley Palmer State Forest. We get on the river by 10:00 am and take out about 3:30 to 4:00 pm. Bring: canoe or kayak, lunch, drink, water, sun screen, bug repellent, EYEGLASSES RETAINER STRAP, sun hat, life jacket If you need a boat, please let the leaders know ASAP. If you want to car pool please let the leaders know ASAP. Rain date is June 24.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Ipswich River
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Kenneth Kaiser (kkaiser@alum.mit.edu) 978-664-5984 (Before 9 PM) , Donna Jean Kaiser 978-604-1501
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers Website

Wollaston Beach, Quincy

Date: Sunday, June 17 - Sunday, June 17

Fast-paced 7-mi walk along Wollaston Beach, Marina Bay, 9:00am-noon. Bring snack/water. From SE Expwy, exit 8 (Quincy), take Furnace Brook Pkwy. 2.8mi, L onto Quincy Shore Dr. L at first light into lot. Storm cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Location: Quincy
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Beth Mosias 781-335-5034 (7-9pm)

Horn Pond Conservation Land, Woburn

Date: Sunday, June 17 - Sunday, June 17

Slow-paced nature walk looking for late spring wildflowers. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 1:00-4:00pm. From Rte 95/128 Exit 33A take Rte 3 South for 3 miles. Left on Pond St. 0.8 miles to parking lot on left. The parking area is opposite #48 Lake Ave, Woburn. Parking limited, arrive early. There is additional parking on Arlington Road on the east side of the pond. Steady rain cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the Appalachian Mountain Club and other organizations.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Walks
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Boot Boutwell 781-729-4712

Lakes of the Clouds

Date: Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, June 24

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

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lakes in the Clouds Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Teresa Pagliuca (pagliuca.t@gmail.com) , Steven Dennen (stevedennen@gmail.com)
Link: Register Here

Winnipesaukee River (Class 3)

Date: Saturday, June 23

Enjoy paddling the Winnipesaukee River release! Please register by Wed evening prior to the trip.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Franklin, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Winnipesaukee whitewater (class 2)

Date: Saturday, June 23

Paddle whitewater on the Winnipesaukee River. It starts out very easy then gets a little harder as you head downstream. Great practice river. All boats must have appropriate flotation. Contact leader for rental info.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Tilton,nh
Region: New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley
Leader: Melanie Rausch (mellrr@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Beginning Whitewater Kayak Instruction: Series C

Date: Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, July 1

Experience the excitement of whitewater kayaking in a fun and supportive environment with an outstanding group of paddlers. Students will learn basic kayak strokes, maneuvers, and water safety skills on a local pond in Concord, then travel to the river during a weekend trip for a two-day instructional trip on Class 1-2 whitewater. Beginner Instructionals are taught in accordance to American Canoe Association (ACA) standards for Whitewater Kayaking. Students must be comfortable on and in the water and able to transport their own gear. Dates: June 28 (evening), 6/30-7/1( weekend), Tuition: $150/$170, Member/Non-Members. (-$40 with own gear) Camping/meals (~$50) not included. To apply, send your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email, AMC membership number, height & weight (for boat assignment), and Series preference (A, B,C) to: Beginner Kayak Registrar, c/o Chris Rold, 29 Oliva Ct, Stoughton, MA. Include a check payable to "AMC Paddlers Committee" for payment. If you do not have an email address, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope for course mailings. To make payments by credit card, go to http://www.amcbostonpaddlers.org/kayakinstruction. For questions , please e-mail AMCKayak@aol.com.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Concord, MA & Charlemont, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Matthew Selby (callmeselby@mac.com)
Registrar: Chris Rolt (chris_rolt@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner
Link: AMC Boston Paddlers

Family Shapleigh Bunkhouse 4th of July Weekend, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Saturday, June 30 - Monday, July 2

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Saturday and Sunday nights before the 4th of July. Great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Summer hiking is awesome with beautiful views! Hikes will be designed to fit the ages and interests of the kids including a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike. We will stay at the 16-bed Shapleigh Bunkhouse which is coed and includes bathrooms/showers, linens, and a common area. Saturday night we will dine next door at the Highland Center, enjoying hearty, home-cooked meals while Sunday dinner will be prepared by the group. Sunday and Monday breakfasts will be buffet style next door at the Highland Center. Lunch fixings Sunday are included as well. Space is limited to 16; register early so you don't miss out! $150/adult and $100/child 12 and under includes 2 nights lodging and all meals from dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday. Contact leader/registrar with questions and to register: David Beck, davidbeckrph@comcast.net, (508) 361-0508

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net) 508-361-0508
Registrar: David Beck (davidbeckrph@comcast.net) 508-361-0508

Bicycle Tour of Lake Champlain Islands 4th Annual

Date: Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15

All the charm of Lake Champlain Islands in 35-80 flat miles over scenic Vermont pavé roads (read: some unpaved sections), country stores, Adirondack & Green Mountains views, & dips in refreshing lake water. The trip has all ingredients for relaxing yet active weekend: several stops at state parks, scenic views at every turn, multiple stops for locally fresh food, & frequent beach stops for opportunities to dip in the water. Plan on three days of riding: Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. On one of the days we will cross into Canada: bring your passport & appropriate visa for non US citizens. The Inn at the Isles is rustic with basic amenities & services, similar to a two-star motel. Food is fresh, water view is beautiful, & hosts are friendly. The Old Schoolhouse is a charming hostel of three old class rooms with no more than six people same gender, twin beds, no bunks, blackboards, books, gracious hostess, & delicious breakfast.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Rami Haddad , Karen Hall , Emily McPhillips
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Link: Trip reports from prior years

Family Camping & Paddling Weekend, Barton Cove, Gill, MA

Date: Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22

Come join us for a Multi-Chapter/Multi-Committee weekend Family Camping & Paddling @ Barton Cove, Gill, MA. Learn paddling & camping techniques. We will have lots of camping fun, and lots of paddling time! Overnight camping & outdoor cooking at it's best with S'More's galore at an evening campfire. Participate in a local hike, or maybe a night hike and star gazing. You get to camp in your own tent at our group site with water views, and share in communal meal prep and camp chores throughout the weekend with like minded families. Learn paddling techniques with trained AMC Paddling Leaders; camping & hiking skills with trained Family Program Leaders. Recommended for children ages 8+ for independent paddling, but younger kids are welcome as well. No paddling experience necessary. Watercraft rentals are available, or bring your own! Fee: $40/Adults, $30/Kids. Includes campsite & meals. Watercraft fee/rental separate and NOT included/covered by trip fee. For more information contact Dee Dice @ 508-566-9565, or email: familyprograms@amcberkshire.org.

Activity Categories: Camping, Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Barton Cove, 82 French King Hwy., Gill, MA 01354
Region: Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley
Leader: Margo CHapski (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org) , Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Dee Dice (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org) 508-566-9565, Ingrid Molnar
Registrar: Dee Dice (familyprograms@amcberkshire.org) 508-566-9565 (Tuesday or Wednesday, 7-9 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Barton Cove Campground and Paddlesport Center

Family Camping on Cape Cod, Nickerson State Park, Brewster, MA

Date: Saturday, August 25 - Monday, September 3

We will camp at Nickerson State Park, a short walk from the beach at Flax Pond, where there is swimming, non-motorized boating, frog catching, biking and general fun. CHOOSE THE DAYS YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME! Great for kids/teens of all ages. Convenient to the Outer Cape and local attractions, bike trails, and bayside beaches. Informal group activities may include group biking trips, swimming and excursions. Group size is 25-30. Group site for tenting. Breakfast and dinner included. Costs: Adults/Teens $22/night, kids: (ages 3-12) $15/night, 2 and under free. To register, please email Naomi Ribner at tonaomirose@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Bicycling, Camping, Hiking, Walks
Location: Nickerson State Park, Brewster, MA
Region: Massachusetts, Cape Cod
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com) , Paul Pichetti (paul_pick@verizon.net) 617-590-6802 (6-9 pm or best to text anytime.) , Lisa Renee Spring (spring3renee@yahoo.com) 857-237-7869, Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Peter Fraunholtz (salida04@yahoo.com) , Joanna Jung (jjinbox@verizon.net) 617-549-2812
Registrar: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Date: Tuesday, September 25 - Tuesday, September 25

Join Family Outings Sunday evening September 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 to 7 or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and larger events coming up. This is followed by a general trip planning meeting. Bring your ideas to brainstorm. Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly. Our meeting and trip planning agenda is more for adults. Registration required. Contact Jeanne Blauner, jablauner@comcast.net, 978-202-5606.

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Auburndale Library, 375 Auburn Street Auburndale MA 02466
Region: Massachusetts, Boston Area
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Registrar: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: AMC Boston Family Outings

Calumet Family Fall Hiking Weekend in Ossipee, NH

Date: Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun, active and relaxing Fall Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers a nice base to explore the White Mountains. We will do 2 hikes, each approximately 3+ miles with ~900-1000 feet of elevation gain/loss. Kids must be able to hike on their own or be carried. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Campfire on the beach with s'mores Saturday night, weather permitting. Accommodations are rustic comfortable. The lodge has a lounge, kitchen, bathrooms with showers on the first floor which is where the group shares our meals and down time. The 2nd floor sleeps up to 22 (three bedrooms for 2, 8, and 12) in bunk-style firm beds. The sleeping areas are co-ed, so families can stay together. Bring your sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillow and towels. The cabins are insulated and heated and sleep up to ten (four bunk beds and two single beds). Those staying in the cabins have their choice of the bathrooms in the lodge or separate heated bathrooms. Meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $115 for adults in the Retreat lodge or $95 in cabins. Kids 7 - 21 years enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $85. Kids six and under enjoy a reduced "kid" rate of $45 including all meals Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/rw3l2grhgx7niZzj2 . For questions contact: Stacia , amcstacia@yahoo.com, 617-835-6532.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Calumet, West Ossipee NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@yahoo.com) 617-835-6532, Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Calumet