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Canceled: CANCELLED - Go Green Map 115 X: Go West, young (fill in what you will): Ringwood Manor 2C6(H)

Date: Monday, November 18

CANCELLED due to expected rain. To be rescheduled. Meet 9:45 at Ringwood Manor. We've pretty much covered most of the trails on the right (east) side of this map. Now we start heading West across the top. We'll use various trail, at a moderate pace. Not a difficult hike - suitable for beginners. Layered clothing, lunch, 2L water, good boots. Steady or freezing rain cancels. (should just be cloudy, maybe a few showers in AM). If you email leader, you will get a notice by 7 AM Monday if there is any change in plans. L: David Tarlo davsong@aol.com Phone day of hike only 917-922-9108 CL: Gery Monaco Drivers: Address is 1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456 41.138966, -74.255308 Public transport possible - contact leader.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: ringwood manor
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: David Tarlo (davsong@aol.com) 917-922-9108 (day of hike)
Co-Leader: Gery Monaco
Trip Difficulty: 2C6

Johnsontown Hike 4D11(H)

Date: Thursday, November 21

Come out and enjoy the seasonable mild weather as we traverse the Harriman hills at a fast pace with relatively few breaks (no extended lunch.) This hike will have its share of views, woods roads, a hollow, a lake, and a cave. The route (mileage) will be tweaked to finish at 1:30ish. Meet: Johnsontown Circle Parking at 9:15. Contact leader if you plan to attend: jhshiker@yahoo.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Johnsontown Circle, Sloatsburg, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: John Swanson (jhshiker@yahoo.com)
Registrar: John Swanson (jhshiker@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 4D11

Jewish Papercuts Inside the Stanton Street Shul & LES Walk 2A4(W)

Date: Thursday, November 21

The beautiful Stanton Street Shul, normally closed to the public, will open their doors to AMC members and friends for a special viewing of an exhibit of Jewish Papercuts, a common art form since the middle ages. The exhibit features work by six contemporary artists who practice both traditional and modern interpretations of this ancient form. The papercuts are available for sale; a portion of the proceeds are donated to the shul. The exhibit curator, who is on staff at the shul as well as an AMC member, will show us around this well-preserved Orthodox synagogue constructed in 1913. Suggested donation: $5. Walk will follow synagogue visit. We will meet at 10:30 am at Delancey & Essex Streets. Please send me an email to register; I will send details with a confirmation.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Delancey & Essex Streets
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A4

NY Appalachian Trail backpack (2C15)

Date: Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24

This is a short weekend trip for all those looking to get out one more time before the snow flies. We will hike approximately 11 miles on Saturday and a short 4 miles on Sunday in time to get home early! We will camp at Morgan Stewart Shelter along the AT. This NY section of the AT has moderate rolling hills. Pace will be moderate. Experienced backpackers with cold weather experience required.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Pawling NY
Region: New York, Highlands Region
Leader: Paul Greenberg 914-606-0477
Co-Leader: Michael Pellicciotti
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Harriman Trail Medley Backpack ( 2C18 )

Date: Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24

Please join this 18 mile backpacking trip through scenic areas of Harriman State Park. After a short ( 6 mile ) car shuttle between the Elk Pen and the Tuxedo, NY train station parking lot we begin backpacking up the Kakiat trail heading towards Pine Meadow Lake area. We will backpack about 9 miles each day. Camping will be at Tom Jones Shelter or Dutch Doctor shelter. We will carry hiking and cooking water. See the link below for a complete route description and maps! The pace, terrain and mileage is explained as follows: ( pace = 2, terrain = C, mileage = 18 ) If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest.Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Harriman State Park, NY
Region: New York, Highlands Region
Leader: Christopher Bickford 646-334-1525 (Not After 9 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Link: Route Description & Maps

Scenic Urban Hike in the Neighborhoods at the Top of Manhattan 3A4.5(W)

Date: Saturday, November 23 - Saturday, November 23

Registration is requested by clicking on the Register Now link above in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to the many last minute cancellations and some no shows. The Inwood and Marble Hill neighborhoods at the northern end of Manhattan are vibrant areas surrounded by parks and water, with lots to see. Among other things, we will walk on two bridges crossing the Harlem River, view a couple of small nature preserves, and visit the historic Dyckman Farmhouse and a church with lovely stained glass windows and tiled mosaics. The urban hike ends at the number 1 subway station in Marble Hill. We will walk at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 4.5 miles. There will be no lunch stop, so bring some snacks along if you wish (Per AMC policy, our hikes are intended for adults 18 years and older and please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as potentially unsafe ground conditions from ice or snow, may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. We meet at 12:45 PM in front of McDonald's at 608 West 207th Street. Take the A train to 207th Street and exit at 207th Street and Broadway where the McDonald's is located. We will leave promptly at 1 PM, so please make an effort to be on time.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 608 West 207th Street, New York, NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3A4.5

Squatchy Leftovers 5K & 10K Run/Walk for Charity in South Mountain Reservation

Date: Saturday, November 30 - Saturday, November 30

Eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? You walkin' squatchy! Let's burn some calories and shed a few pounds and inches that we gained from Thanksgiving feasts and run/walk 5k in beautiful South Mountain Reservation for a worthy cause! That is,... to donate some clothing for the homeless veterans in NJ in collaboration with a non-profit organization called Operation Chillout (https://operationchillout.org/). I signed up for the 10K event and am planning to run, but this event is also hiker- and family-friendly without a cut-off time. Better yet, registration is FREE! So, it is a low-key trail race and is perfect for those who might want to get into trail running. Or, use it for your conditioning/training if you are a seasoned trail runner. Even if you are not a runner, it is a great opportunity for all of us, outdoorsy peeps, to #GetOutdoors, #OptOutside and give 'thanks' to those who sacrificed their lives for the nation. You must register for this free event on your own at: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=64977 ... no later than Wednesday, November 27 at 23:59 when the registration process closes. The team AMC will meet by the check-in booth at 8:30 for a warm-up. I will bring the green AMC bandanna and wear the AMC baseball cap for you to easily spot me. Let's go squatchy AMC squad!

Activity Categories: Hiking, Running, Walks
Location: Turtle Back Rock Parking
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 1B3.2 ~ 1B6.4
Link: Event's Site and Registration

Hoppy Tr'Ale - Four City Brewing Company

Date: Saturday, November 30 - Saturday, November 30

Let's get together and raise a toast for surviving through the madness of Thanksgiving and Black Friday at Four City Brewing Company (http://www.fourcitybrewing.com/) in Orange, NJ, which is easily accessible (in fact in a mere 30 mins!) from NY Penn Station via Morris & Essex Line of the NJ Transit train. The group will meet at 17:00 and chill there for a few drinks. I will bring some board games and puzzles to entertain us! Bring some recent trip stories w/ you! See you then! Salud!

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure, Cultural, Social Events
Location: Four City Brewing Company, South Essex Avenue, City of Orange, NJ
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: n/a
Link: Four City Brewing Company

Tuxedo Circular 3D8(H)

Date: Sunday, December 1

Expect alot of ups and downs-we will hike to Lake Sebago, Parker Cabin, and depending on conditions Tom Jones Mountain. Bring foot protection. Inclement weather/rain will cancel. Trans. 1C-Take Short Line Bus leaving 8:30 from NY Port Authority Bus Terminal (41 St. and 8th Ave.) arriving in Tuxedo at approx. 9:19 a.m.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tuxedo commuter lot East Village Rd. Tuxedo NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Suzanne Knabe (suzkna@msn.com) 917-679-5547 (after 7:00 pm Mondays-Fridays)
Trip Difficulty: 3D8

Canoe&Kayaking, NY-NoJ Paddlers' Holiday Party: Pub Crawl

Date: Saturday, December 7 - Saturday, December 7

It's time for our Holiday Paddlers' Party--and "Pub Crawl Hike" Celebrate the season with good friends, good cheer, good food. This year it's $2 if you register online by Dec. 1, 2019 $5 afterward or walk-in at the door. Did you lead a trip or are you a CKC executive committee volunteers?Then we honor and invite you to join us for FREE! Ample parking in this area! * Hikers meet at 1:00 pm at Buddha Beer Bar (Right by the express A train 190 st St. stop.) We'll toast, then step out for a short hike along forested parks and the Hudson River, to return & meet the rest for more fun by 3:30. *4pm-8pm Happy Hour & Dessert at Buddha Bar, 4476 Broadway, in Washington Heights (Right at the express A train 190th St. stop.) Enjoy your own pay-as-you go dinner and drinks, with apps and desserts generously provided by the club as a thank you to all! Price: Just $2 if registered online in advance by Dec. 1, 2019. $5 for later registrants, or walk-ins at the door. .

Activity Categories: Paddling, Social Events
Location: Buddha Beer Bar
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com)

Holiday Lights in Midtown 2A5(W)

Date: Tuesday, December 10

Light up the beginning of your winter with an illuminated walk in the heart of Holiday Manhattan! Join the whole world in celebrating this fanciful and crazy crowded time of the year. It could be cold, but come and bring good cheer because you'll meet old friends and new. No need to feel blue. Come after you have eaten; bring a snack & water--no time for a dinner break or to make a purchase along the way. Meet at 6:30 pm outside the entrance to David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) opposite the Lincoln Center Fountain. The closest subway station is W.66th Street on the #1 line.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, NYC
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A5

AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack (2C5)

Date: Friday, December 13 - Sunday, December 15

A 5 mile one night backpack on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland from the Route 40 Trailhead to Annapolis Rock Campsite. We start with an arrive anytime Friday evening at the home of one of the leaders nearby to get organized. Saturday hike two miles on gently uphill terrain 2 miles to the campsite. After campsite is set up, do a day hike to equally spectacular Black Rock vista and back to camp. Sunday hike out. The pace will be slow to allow time to enjoy the outdoors. Depending on the weather conditions, winter gear and microspikes may be required. Trip is suitable for 3 season backpackers who want to ease in to winter camping. Leaders will take the time to assist beginners to learn about gear and build up their winter hiking and camping skills. Please note that while Annapolis Rock has great views and year round water, it is not well protected from wind and weather. Conditions may be challenging. Campfires are not allowed and there is no shelter. Note the last attachment is a photo album of a snowy version of this backpack in 2017.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Annapolis Rock in Maryland
Region: Maryland, Central
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Jill Watkins
Co-Leader: Bryna Selig
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: Annapolis Rock Trip Report

AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack (2C4)

Date: Friday, December 27 - Sunday, December 29

A 4 mile one night out and back backpack on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland from the Route 491 Trailhead (Raven Rock Road) north to the Raven Rock Shelter camping area. We will meet Friday night at a warm place to check gear and get prepared for the Saturday morning start on the trail. The climb to the shelter is 600' elevation gain in 8/10th of one mile. After we set up camp an out and back day hike further north on the AT will be done to keep warm and to practice heat and moisture management when hiking. Families are welcome on this backpack. Space is limited so register early. The pace will be slow to allow time to enjoy the outdoors. Depending on the weather conditions, winter gear and microspikes may be required. Trip is suitable for 3 season backpackers who want to ease in to winter camping. Leaders will take the time to assist beginners in the activity.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Raven Rock Shelter in Maryland
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (jill@watkinsdesignworks.com) , Jill Watkins (jill@watkinsdesignworks.com)
Co-Leader: Bryna Selig
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: Google map of our area

Snowy & Blue Mountain Adirondack Sled/Backpack (2C12)

Date: Friday, January 10 - Monday, January 13

Snowy at #47 and Blue at #67 are on the Adirondack 100 highest list at 3899' and 3,759' respectively and both have fire towers on top. Our 4 day trip covering about 12 miles will will consist of the following itinerary. Day 1 travel on a hiking trail 1/4 mile up Snowy to find a camping spot. If the trail is not broken out we will break out some trail to make the climb easier the next day otherwise we will hike to a viewpoint nearby on the Watch Hill Trail. Day 2 Climb Snowy Mountain and return to camp. Figure 8 miles. Day 3, continue breaking out the trail to Snowy Mountain or taking our cars drive to the trailhead for Blue Mountain, climb the peak and return to camp. Figure 4 miles for Blue. Day 4, hike out 1/4 mile. Please note that this is a scouting trip for the leaders. We have not climbed either summit. Our focus on this trip is more about teaching safe wilderness winter camping and hiking skills than bagging the summit. We may have to melt snow for water. We have had winter trips where we spent all 4 days breaking trail in beautiful surroundings but never got close to a summit. This trip requires previous winter camping experience in cold temperatures. As this trip involves camping that is close to our cars we will consider participants with limited winter camping experience. If conditions are uncomfortable for you, we can hike you out to your car to go home early. Some winter day hiking experience is required. All participants will need snowshoes, a winter sleeping bag rated to at least -20 degrees F and have winter boots with a removable liner. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Leaders will be using mountaineering sleds and we have some spare sleds we can loan out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Indian Lake NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Snowy Mountain Trip Report

MLK Day Weekend in the Dacks 4D8-12(H)

Date: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20

Winter hiking is kicked up a notch with this trip to High Peaks Wilderness area! Not for beginners - vetting by leader for your experience under snow/ice conditions is a requirement. Must be comfortable with using snowshoes, crampons and other traction devices. Day hikes will start from conveniently-located lodging. Leader will cater to the range of level-4 hikers, from those who want a challenging but compassionate winter High Peaks experience, to those desirous of more strenuous and longer-mileage adventures. Evening group dining is encouraged. Group size limited to 15.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Adirondacks
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Christa TenCate (ctencate@optonline.net) 973-615-8025 (weekedays/weekends between 8-9:30 p.m;)
Registrar: Christa TenCate (ctencate@optonline.net) 973-615-8025 (weekedays/weekends between 8-9:30 p.m;)
Trip Difficulty: 4D8-12

AMC 20s and 30s Winter Weekend in Killington, VT

Date: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20

The Appalachian Mountain Club's New York/North Jersey Chapter is proud to announce our 2020 Winter Weekend for 20s and 30s (and those young at heart!). This year, we will be traveling for the first time to scenic Killington, Vermont, where we will stay three nights at the Turn of River Lodge and enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities nearby. This trip is for you to "choose your own adventure": there will not be a set schedule of events, but we will do our best to pre-arrange hikes and trips to nearby activities. Often, people decide what activities they want to do on the trip itself. IMPORTANT NOTES AND DISCLAIMERS: Please plan to arrange your own food, and please bring your own sleeping bags! Your ticket price includes a light breakfast, and we usually do group dinners, but lunch is often largely independent. If you purchase a bunk in the bunk rooms, we may ask you to "upgrade" to a private room should we have spare space in one, due to the fact that we can release individual bunks back to the lodge but not individual slots in private rooms. Due to the prohibitive costs of trip insurance and the unlikelihood of a "storm of the century" scenario where we would need to cancel the trip entirely, you assume the risk of last-minute, weather-related cancellation without a refund when you buy your ticket. Again, it is highly unlikely that we will need to cancel, but given the winter weather, it needs to be an option for the safety of those attending. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the organizer. FAQs What does my ticket fee cover? Your ticket fee covers three nights of lodging at the Turn of River Lodge. Additional activities are yours to explore at their own individual prices. If there is enough interest, we can attempt to secure group rates for ski tickets, rentals, or other activities. What should I bring to the event? Winter weather gear If you wish, any gear for activities you'll be participating in (though most is available for rent). A sleeping bag (however, the lodge is heated) Toiletries Light snack or breakfast food A sense of adventure! What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? In previous years, we have organized group carpools. Please let the organizer know if you need a ride and we will do everything in our power to arrange! What's the refund policy? Full refunds are available until a month before the event. Within 30 days, refunds are only available if you exchange your ticket with someone else who wants to go.

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark, Snowshoeing, Social Events
Location: Turn of River Lodge, 5672 US-4, Killington, VT 05751
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: John Perilli (johnwperilli@gmail.com) 401-316-3375 (Call or text anytime) , Thomas Meehan

GO WITH THE SNOW! - MLK WEEKEND SKIING ON THE TUG HILL PLATEAU

Date: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20

Enjoy great nordic skiing on the Tug Hill's lake effect snow, your choice of state forest backcountry trails or groomed trails at a rustic, well-run local nordic center. Not open to beginners, but intermediates and up are welcome. For the skiing, we will divide into two groups, with advanced skiers in one group (longer tours, faster pace, more difficult terrain) and intermediates in the other (shorter distance, more leisurely pace, less difficult terrain). Each group will have its own leader. For experienced cross country skiers, this is a great opportunity to try out 'nordic backcountry' skiing on relatively easy trails with usually good snow conditions. If we get hit with a lake effect storm we may have to take turns breaking trail. Wider backcountry skis help. It is strongly recommended that participants have winter hiking experience in deep snow (and enjoy it). For those who prefer groomed-track skiing, there are two excellent nordic centers in the area. There is also a charming local downhill ski area that often offers real powder skiing. A small group may peel off to spend a day there if conditions permit and there is interest. We'll stay three nights in a shared house with bedding, linens, towels provided. Large eat-in kitchen with good appliances, pots and pans, cutlery, tableware and glassware provided. Shared potluck suppers (bring a pre-cooked dish to warm up and share). Participants make their own breakfasts and trail lunches. Contact leader for information, or to register for the trip.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Tug Hill, NY
Region: New York, Thousand Islands - Seaway
Leader: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com) , Russ Faller
Registrar: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail 2D7.2(H)

Date: Saturday, January 18 - Saturday, January 18

As part of the Young Members' MLK weekend winter celebration in Killington, VT, let's gear up and climb Killington Peak, one of the 4,000-footer peaks! All the event details (schedules, meeting location, hiking route, distance, elevation gain, average pace, suggested gear list, hiking/mountain profiles, weather guide, disclaimers, etc.) can be found at: https://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/47098/1771242/ Although this event is a part of the Young Members' getaway, you do not necessarily have to be in the specified age group of 20s and 30s AS LONG AS (ALL IN CAPS for a reason...) you are FOREVER YOUNG AT HEART! Sorry, but I am not sorry Mr. Dylan if I stole a line 'cause I truly admire this beautiful song! Also, you are not required to have been registered for the chapter trip. You may simply join this hike as a day hike. If you register through the AMC's activity database, you will be asked to re-register on a Facebook or Meetup event's page, which will be created upon the review/approval process. The activity database is a conventional one-way communication, which would only increase the communciation channels unnecessarily for the trip leader; whereas the social media pages would allow the leader to outreach all of the registrants at once with updates and bi-directional Q&A's with the registrants, which could also be helpful to the others. Better yet, they can scroll the full history of discussions in one place unlike the outdated set-up. If you are not a social media person, I respect it, but you won't be receiving any updates. At the very least, you have all the necessary information in the aforementioned URL.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Bucklin Trailhead
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2D7.2

Lunch & Drink Social @ Killington Peak Lodge - Dining at 4,241'

Date: Saturday, January 18 - Saturday, January 18

Why bother hiking 7.2 miles with 2,519 feet in elevation gain in brutal wintery conditions when you can simply hop on a gondola hassle-free to reach the summit in minutes, enjoy the breath-taking 360-degree view and chill at the resort restaurant with a full bar? I totally hear you 'cause I am on the same boat! Except somehow-somehow I am choosing the hard way this time around to climb up to meet y'all there! Or, are you one of those who need some breaks from skiing/snowboarding before you hit the slope in the afternoon? Or, maybe you feel somewhat hesitant to rent a pair of snowshoes for the first time and hike up the 4,000-footer without any prior winter hiking experience? Don't you worry... borrow snowshoes, gaiters, hiking poles with snow baskets and ice axe from our fellow hikers while they are dining and get a feel for it around the Lodge at your own discretion. If you nod while reading this, join us at the top of Killington Peak @ Killington Peak Lodge - Dining at 4,241' at noon for some drinks and bites! The hikers *should* arrive at the lodge by/around noon and will hang out there until 13:30 in order to hike out by sunset, but you are free to chill there as long as you wish! But just don't get too cozy and miss the last gondola back down! For more details about how and where to catch the gondola, refer to the Peak Lodge webpage at: https://www.killington.com/things-to-do/dining-apres/resort-dining/peak-lodge

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Walks
Location: Killington Peak Lodge
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: N/A

Hoppy Tr'Ale - Long Trail Brewing Company

Date: Saturday, January 18 - Saturday, January 18

The return of Heeday's famous Hoppy Tr'Ale... this time in Bridgewater Corners, VT, just outside of Killington ski resort. No trips by Heeday would conclude without a visit to a highly acclaimed local microbrewery; and no exceptions to that rule this time around either! Join us at Long Trail Brewing Company (http://longtrail.com/) around 17:00 or shortly thereafter. Our arrival schedule varies solely on what time we hike out, but we'll be there until the brewery closes at 19:00. See you there; cheers!

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Long Trail Brewing Company
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: N/A

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area (WV) Overlook Lovers Sled/Backpack (2C11)

Date: Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26

A two night sled/backpack to the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Backpack will start early Friday morning where we will establish a base camp about 3 miles into the woods. The approach on Friday is up a fairly steep Forest Service Road with an elevation gain of 1,400'. The day hike on Saturday will be a 4.6 mile round trip out and back on the Rohrbaugh Trail to a spectacular overlook and is gently down hill to the overlook. Sunday is a hike out/sled down. Previous winter hiking and camping experience required and be in good physical condition to break trail in deep snow. This area is lightly travelled in the winter so we have to assume all trails will need to be broken out. The area tends toward heavy snowfall and windy conditions. Note the included photo albums that show it does rain here in the winter at 4,000' elevation. Appropriate winter gear required including snowshoes, winter boots with removable liners, -20 degree sleeping bag and full body wind protection. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Contact leader for more information. Leaders will be using a sled to haul gear. Your choice whether to use a sled or carry a backpack. Contact leader if you want to borrow a sled or instructions on how to make one. On the registration form under other comments, please list what kind of boots, sleeping bag and tent you have. Don't buy gear until you are approved to come on the trip. If you don't have the gear we think you should have, we can help you find it.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Davis WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Link: Google map of winter parking to the overlook. We will camp off the trail near the picnic area.

Wittenberg & Cornell 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, January 25

Sat. Jan. 25 - WITTENBERG & CORNELL Distance: 9 mi. Ascent: 2841', Elev: 3860, 3780' This is a great hike but a very strenuous paced hike. We will climb a 2 trailed peak with some rugged climbs. Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This trip will fill up fast so register early!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Wittenberg Mtn.
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D9

Vanderwhacker Mountain Adirondacks Sled/Backpack (2C10)

Date: Friday, February 7 - Monday, February 10

This 10.2 mile 3 night backpack is another fire tower challenge summit in the Adirondacks at 3,386'. Trip plan calls for 2.6 miles (144' gain/233' loss) to the start of the climb on an unplowed forest road with 2.5 miles to the summit (1,650' gain) on the climb days. As the route is not likely to be broken out we will have two climbing days available to us. Please note that this is a scouting trip for the leaders. We have not been in this area before. Our focus on this trip is more about teaching safe wilderness winter camping and hiking skills than bagging the summit. We may have to melt snow for water. We have had winter trips where we spent all 4 days breaking trail in beautiful surroundings but never got close to a summit. This trip requires previous winter hiking and camping experience in cold temperatures. All participants will need snowshoes, a winter sleeping bag rated to at least -20 degrees F and have winter boots with a removable liner. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Under other on the registration form, please list what sleeping bag and boots you have or that you need our advice on what to get. Leaders will be using mountaineering sleds and we have some spare sleds we can loan out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Vanderwhacker Mountain Minerva NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Tower Trail Map

Table, Peekamoose & Lone Mountains 3D12(H)

Date: Saturday, February 8

Sat. Feb. 8- Table, Peekamoose & Lone Distance 12 miles Elevations 3848, 3845 & 3720. This is a grueling hike for those who want to get Lone from a different route. We will climb 2 trailed peaks and one trailless peak.Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This trip will fill up fast so register early! A very strenuous paced trail hike. Registration Period: by February 3. Email to register. Leader: Timothy Watters #268; twatters@wattersfinancial.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Peekamoose Mtn
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D12

Presidents' Weekend XC Ski

Date: Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17

Trip will be based at historic and romantic Lilac Inn in Brandon VT, near two spectacular XC centers (Rikert and Mountain Top) with skiing for all abilities. Leaders will lead intermediate and advanced XC Skiers. Beginners are welcome and are encouraged to take lessons (available at XC centers). Rental skis and snowshoes are available. Rikert has snow-making equipment. This is primarily a XC (Nordic) Ski trip, although self-guided Downhill (Alpine) Skiing is available nearby. Self-guided Snowshoeing and Backcountry Skiing are available throughout Green Mountain National Forest. Lilac Inn has spacious rooms with private baths. This is a unique experience with limited number of rooms, so book early to not be disappointed. Please register with Ron before registering with Lilac Inn. Your payment will be made to Lilac Inn.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Brandon
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Ron Phelps
Co-Leader: Art Colligan
Trip Difficulty: all abilities

Mount Abraham Vermont Sled/Backpack (2C16)

Date: Friday, February 21 - Monday, February 24

This 16 mile 3 night backpack is to climb Mount Abraham in Vermont's Green Mountains. The summit stands at 4,006'. This summit is above treeline. We will approach via the Long Trail going north from Lincoln Gap. The road is not plowed in the winter through Lincoln Gap. The plan is to camp in the national forest on the Warren side of the mountain. As the route may not be broken out we will have two climbing days available to us. Please note that this is a scouting trip for the leaders. We have not been in this area before. Our focus on this trip is more about teaching safe wilderness winter camping and hiking skills than bagging the summit. We may have to melt snow for water. We have had winter trips where we spent all 4 days breaking trail in beautiful surroundings but never got close to a summit. This trip requires previous winter hiking and camping experience in cold temperatures. All participants will need snowshoes, crampons, a winter sleeping bag rated to at least -20 degrees F and have winter boots with a removable liner. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Under other on the registration form, please list what sleeping bag and boots you have or that you need our advice on what to get. Leaders will be using mountaineering sleds and we have some spare sleds we can loan out.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Lincoln Gap Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) 304-203-8090 (NCA 8pm) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Gear list - Note winter gear near the end.

Balsam Cap & Rocky Mountains 3D8(H)

Date: Saturday, March 14

Saturday March 14 - Balsam Cap & Rocky Distance 8 miles. Elevations 3609 & 3508. Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This is a grueling set of trailess peaks. Snowshoes and Crampons required. This trip will fill up fast so register early! Registration Period: by Jan. 17 Email to register.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Balsam Cap
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D8

Psalm Sunday Pilgrimage 2C6(H)

Date: Sunday, April 5 - Sunday, April 5

Celebrate Palm Sunday by sharing the verses of your favorite psalm - mine is 118:24. Meet in the parking lot of Saint John in the Wilderness at 9:30 a.m.. Six-mile hike to Big Hill shelter and JJ Mountain fire tower. Church services at 3 pm. Refreshments at 4 pm. Hike includes section of the Long Path led by two Long Path end-to-enders. http://stjohnsinthewilderness.org

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking
Location: Saint John in the Wilderness church - Harriman State Park, 16 Johnstown Road, Stony Point, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Ken Posner
Trip Difficulty: 2C6
Link: Psalm Sunday newspaper article

Novice Backpacking Workshop for Adults w/Overnight Backpack (2C6) (Pet Friendly)

Date: Friday, May 8 - Monday, May 11

The NY/North Jersey Backpacking Committee has been offering the Novice Backpacking Workshops each year since 2017 at the AMC Harriman Outdoor Center in Haverstraw New York. This year, we are moving the program to better serve members in the Potomac Chapter and the central and southern portion of our service area to offer an exciting workshop at Seneca Rocks in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. A wonderful place for an outdoor backpacking workshop. This year's workshop consists of a two-night program at Seneca Shadows National Forest Campground and an overnight leader led beginner backpack. The workshop will occur from May 8 to May 11, 2020. Arrival time Friday May 8, 2020 is anytime after 3:00 PM but before 7:00 PM. Quiet hours begin at 9:00 PM. Saturday we learn camping skills and take a hike to prepare everyone for their overnight backpack on Sunday. Leaders will work one on one practicing skills in water treatment, food options, food security, Leave no Trace, foot care, tent setup, clothing options and hiking safety so everyone is confident backpacking. Participants will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags appropriate for the season, pads and backpack. Programs leaders will help advise you if you don't already have this gear. For the hike to a remote campsite, the routes will be about three miles or less each way on suitable terrain for novice backpackers. We will be splitting the larger group into smaller groups with destinations to some of the most attractive locations in the Monongahela National Forest including Seneca Creek Backcountry, Dolly Sods Wilderness and Otter Creek Wilderness. While the park service provides 8 free parking spots, these will be used by the instructors. Therefore, participants bringing their cars will be required to pay a parking fee (currently $8.00 for the weekend) to the park service upon arrival at the park. Other than the parking fee, the cost of the program is free. All AMC programs are open to the public. Membership is encouraged but not required. The screening process to participate starts with a phone conversation with a leader/instructor. Contact the registrar by hitting the REGISTER NOW button and provide them with a contact phone number and times when available to talk with them about the program. In past years, these workshops have filled up quickly. Therefore, we have space for a total of 27 participants plus eight instructors/leaders for 35 spots. This program is pet friendly. All pets must be social with people and other pets and have been hiking with you previously. They must be on leash at all times. Tell registrar about your pet. Contact Richard Breusch or David Mong for more information.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Seneca Rocks WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Richard Breusch , Michael Savas , Christopher Bickford
Co-Leader: Jill Watkins , Jean MacFarlane
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Seneca Creek Backcountry

Pine Barrens Spring Paddle .

Date: Saturday, May 16

Come Join us on our Annual Spring Pine Barrens paddle. We will either paddle the Oswego River (my favorite) or the Wild and Woolly Wading River. Boats can be rented in the area.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)

Mullica River Family Canoe trip .

Date: Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 7

Come Paddle the Beautiful Mullica River. This is a 2 day paddle through Wharton State Forest. We will camp out along the way. Lots of swim breaks along the way. Beginners are welcome and boat rentals are available.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)

Cranberry Backcountry/Wilderness WV Bike-Packing (2C32)

Date: Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12

This two night bike-packing trip consists of an out and back ride on Forest Road 102 and Forest Road 76 in the Cranberry Backcountry along a pretty stream. These Forest Service roads are the border of the Cranberry Wilderness Area. We start at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and then drive nearby to the Forest Road 102 trailhead. We will bike with gear for two nights as far as we want to find a good campsite. There are Adirondack style shelters all along this route. We will base camp for both nights. On Saturday we will continue away on the forest service road as far as the Cranberry Campground and return to camp for Saturday night. Return to Cranberry Mountain Nature Center Sunday morning. There will be plenty of time to swim and have an optional hike into the wilderness area. Helmets, gloves, high visibility vest, spare tube & repair parts required along with backpacking gear that you can safely carry riding a bike. Mountain or Hybrid bikes only. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time for looking around and relaxing.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling - Mountain
Location: Cranberry Nature Center Hillsboro WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: Dave Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jill Watkins
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Cranberry Information and Map

AMC Interchapter Novice Family Hiking & Camping Workshop (pet friendly)

Date: Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2

Have your family join us July 31st 2020 after 3:00 PM to August 2nd until 11:00 AM at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Carmel NY for a fun filled weekend improving your hiking and camping skills and looking forward to backpacking in the future as an option. This program is held at a walk-in rustic level group campsite next to the Appalachian Trail. Rustic level means that everyone will be tent camping, cooking outdoors and that there are only portable toilets available for bathroom facilities. Volunteer leaders from across the AMC system will be assisting in the teaching of safe group hiking and camping skills along with Leave-No-Trace best practices. This program is free and open to the public. Membership is encouraged but not required. Participants provide their own transportation, camping and hiking gear appropriate for the weather, food and snacks. AMC will provide the group campsite and volunteer leadership. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and there are specific rules for pets that join us to help keep them and everyone else safe. The detailed risk management policy is at the end of the trip listing. Last years program included group activities while on hikes and demonstrations on how to use various water filters, hang food to keep it safe from animals, how to pack a pack and what to pack for various seasons. There will be lots of gear to show how we go about having fun in the outdoors year round. There will be free time Saturday afternoon that families can either relax on their own or drive to the state park beach area where for a fee they can park and use those facilities. This location is convenient to major highways and mass transit. There are ride share options via taxi or ride share companies to get to the campground. We encourage carpooling and will assist with helping to find transportation if you cannot take mass transit. The photo above is from our previous location in Harriman State Park. The new location does not have any buildings where we will be camping. For more information, contact any of the leaders.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park Carmel NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Michael Savas (mts7419@gmail.com) , Richard Breusch , Christopher Bickford
Co-Leader: Denise Boucher , Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Photo album from the 2019 program

Northville-Placid Trail Bike-Packing (15 bike/8 backpack) w/optional climb of Pillsbury Mtn (2C23)

Date: Thursday, August 13 - Sunday, August 16

This bike-packing trip in the Adirondacks starts on Friday the 14th with an optional start of Thursday the 13th for those doing the optional climb of Pillsbury Mt on Friday. Pillsbury Mt is 3,597' high with a fire tower on top. See the link for more information. We plan to camp Thursday and Friday night at a free campsite in the area. For Pillsbury the distance is 3.2-6 miles depending on where we park from the summit. For the bike ride with gear it is 7.3 miles each way from Sled Harbor out and back from the wilderness boundary. The wilderness backpack (without our bikes) takes us from the Jessup Road Parking area 4 miles and north on the N-P to Spruce Lake #3 Shelter and back again on Sunday. Helmets, gloves, high visibility vest, spare tube & repair parts required along with backpacking gear that you can safely carry riding a bike. Mountain or Hybrid bikes only. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time for looking around and relaxing.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling - Mountain
Location: Pillsbury Mountain Indian Lake NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Dave Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: John Wrynn (jwrynn@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Pillsbury Mountain Information