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Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, January 31

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Family Calumet Junior (Kids 8 and under) Winter Weekend, West Ossipee, NH

Date: Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. This trip is targeted to families with younger children, 8 & under, but kids all ages are welcome - AMC members and non-members alike. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. 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. Group meals are simple, hearty, and delicious. Everyone helps cook, prep and clean-up. $125 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. Registrar contact: Laurene Poland, ljpoland@msn.com, 508-728-1373. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2642

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Calumet, West Ossipee, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Laurene Poland (ljpoland@msn.com) 508-728-1373, Joanna Jung (jjinbox@verizon.net) 617-549-2812
Link: Register Here

Campgaw Reservation 3C4(H)

Date: Friday, January 31 - Friday, January 31

This will be a moderate 3 level hike over forgiving terrain with a visit to the top of the ski area! Bring sufficient water and good boots. Meet at the info kiosk in the hiker/picnicing parking area at 1:00 PM. L Fred Hafele. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 287 North to Route 202 North (Oakland Exit). Go north on Rte 202 past Ramapo Reservation on the left. Turn right onto Darlington Ave. Continue straight and bear right at the fork onto Campgaw Road. Cross over Rte 287 then make the first right. Go to the second parking lot on the left (with the information kiosk).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah NJ
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: Fred Hafele (jerseyrailwalker@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C4

National Museum of the American Indian & Walk 2A5(W)

Date: Saturday, February 1

See how contemporary Native artists combine aspects of their heritage with personal experience to create new work. View eight decades of Native painting as well as a very illuminating exhibit illustrating the high participation and bravery of Native people in US Military conflicts. Approximately one hour will be allotted for the museum visit. We will eat lunch in an indoor atrium; bring your own. Walk through Chinatown and beyond after lunch. Meet at 10:30 am in the Grand Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of the American Indian. Travel light because there is no coat check in the museum, but dress warm for the outdoor walk. NMAI is located at 1 Bowling Green close to Bowling Green Station (#4/5 line); South Ferry (#1 line); Whitehall Street (R line); Wall Street (2/3 line).

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York City
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A5
Link: National Museum of the Americian Indian

Hastings-on-Hudson / Yonkers Nature & Culture Hike 2A5(H)

Date: Saturday, February 1 - Saturday, February 1

Lovely parks, historic homes and gardens, timeless art, and views of the Hudson River will all be on the agenda. Our first stops will be for some coffee and bagels to help keep the morning chill off, and then we will proceed south through Hastings-on-Hudson and onto the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. We will pass through the Lenoir Preserve and its old mansion before visiting the wonderful formal gardens at Untermyer Park. Following that, we will make our way to the Hudson River Museum (admission fee: $8) for a look at its exhibitions and possibly its planetarium or a tour of Glenview, the historic house connected to the museum. If you feel the need for more culture, we will then walk through the urban streets of Yonkers and tour the historic Phillipse Manor house (admission $3). At the end of the hike, all are welcome to join the leader for a beer and/or a bite to eat at the Yonkers Brewery, located just across from the Yonkers railroad station. Please be aware that, depending on the size and speed of the group, it may not be possible to take in everything that is mentioned here, but we will try. An early exit at Glenwood train station, located not far from the Hudson River Museum, is an option. Please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The hike is rated easy (level 3 out of 6) and the total distance will be around 5 miles. There will be a couple of hills to walk up and down, but no climbing. Please pack a lunch and some water. There will be a couple of bathroom breaks, but bathrooms will not be available everywhere along the way, so it would be a good idea to relieve yourself before the beginning of the hike. A forecast of steady rain will result in cancellation, but the chance of a shower will not. We will meet up at 9:10 am just outside the Hastings-on-Hudson train station, and depart by 9:20. Train riders can catch the 8:20 am from Grand Central or the 8:43 from Marble Hill. Drivers can park in Hastings-on-Hudson and then catch a train or cab back to their cars at the end of the hike. Please register with the leader (Tim Burrows, dreadnowt@ymail.com) either by email or with the AMC NY-NJ MeetUp group so that you can be reached in case problems arise.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hastings train station
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Tim Burrows (dreadnowt@ymail.com)
Trip Difficulty: easy - 2A5

9 Mile Pine Swamp MT hike 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, February 1 - Saturday, February 1

Hopefully the weather cooperates this time. Let's have some more fun this Sat. by going hiking again. The hike will be about 9 miles in a pretty part of the park that doesn't have a lot of steep hills, but enough to get the heart moving. It will be at a brisk pace and we will stop as needed. It could be a demanding hike for some, but most regulars will find it easier than my typical hike. We will stop a reasonable number of times. If you are looking for a high intensity workout or a slow stroll this is the wrong hike. Leader determines the pace, mileage, the number of stops, and the duration of stops. If you want to run, do not come. No dogs allowed. Bring at least 2 quarts of water your lunch and wear hiking boots. Bring traction devices for ice. Rain, snow, ice storms, or extreme cold cancels. First, we will do a car shuttle to the trail head. If all goes well, we will take the ASB to the D, the D to the RD, the RD to the N, the N to the WB, the WB to the D, the D to the RD, the RD to the LP, and the LP to the parking lot. Trans. 1B Sloatsburg, Rockland CO., Bus riders take the 8:30 ShortLine bus from PABT NY which Arr. 9:15. The gate is 403. Bus riders please note: If there's an excessively large number of people waiting to board the 8:30 a.m. bus, there may not be enough room to seat those at the very end of the line. To ensure that you get a seat on the bus, it's best to get in line by 8:00 a.m. Sometimes the bus company will add a second bus - but not always. Drivers Meet at Municipal Building Parking Lot located north of 2nd stop light. Follow signs into parking lot. L: Joe Nigro 718-331-6148 (7:30-9:30 PM) Joeni1@msn.com.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 96 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Joe Nigro (joeni1@msn.com) 718-331-6148 (7:30-9:30 PM)
Trip Difficulty: vigorous - 3D9

Norvin Green in Winter 3D8-9(H)

Date: Saturday, February 1 - Saturday, February 1

Hike at a moderate to brisk pace. Steep Hills, scrambles possible. Exact route depends on conditions encountered but may be up to 9 miles and include up to 3 summits with views, and also the semi frozen Chikahoki Falls. Appropriate winter gear required. Depending on snow or ice cover this may mean traction devices or even snowshoes. Therefore please check for announcements the day before on hikeamc or the listing on Meetup.com, or call or email for an update. As with any winter hike, be sure to bring headlamp/flashlight and sufficiently warm clothing in case of an unforeseen delay on the trail -see also winter hiking FAQ below. The meeting place (Transportation Code 3A) is the stores parking area behind the Lakeside Diner where Rte 511 meets Skyline Lake Drive. Please use this and not the diner parking. For those taking the bus from NYC, there is a request stop at the junction of rte. 511 and Skyline Lakes Drive. NJ TRANSIT Bus # 197 departs 8.30a.m. arr. 9.45 (212-564-8484, 973-762-5100 www.njtransit.com) Bus departs from PABT Gate 233. There is an hourly return service in the afternoon.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Skyline Lakes Drive and Route 511 Ringwood NJ
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: David Hartree (hikerdavid@verizon.net) 908-757-1931 (NCA 10 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 3D8-9 or Vigorous
Link: List of hike transportation codes including 3A

A Walk on the Grand Concourse, the Boulevard of Dreams 3A4(W)

Date: Saturday, February 1 - Saturday, February 1

Registration is requested by clicking on the Register Now link above in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun event. 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 many last minute cancellations and no shows. For the Lower East Side immigrants in the mid 20th Century, an address on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx represented the embodiment of the American dream. The boulevard's four-lane grandeur with its architecturally stunning apartment buildings, was modeled after the Champs Elysees in Paris. We will walk on a large section of the Concourse from 149th Street to Bedford Park Boulevard, stopping briefly to view and discuss the most famous places, and still have time for short visits to the Bronx Museum of Arts and the Freedman art gallery (both free) along the way. For those who have been on this urban hike before, this one will be a bit different in terms of what we see, and the precise route we take. We will hike at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of approximately 4 miles (Per AMC policy, our hikes are intended for adults 18 years and older, and please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). We will not stop for lunch, so bring some snacks to eat along the way if you wish. 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. Meet at 1:00 PM at Dunkin' Donuts located at 555 Grand Concourse. To get to the meeting spot, take the 2, 4 or 5 subway lines to 149 St.-Grand Concourse. We leave promptly at 1:15. The hike ends at Bedford Park Boulevard, where we can take the D train subway line back to Manhattan, or wherever you are going.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 555 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, USA
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3A4

LEADER'S CHOICE - Nordic Backcountry Ski Adventure

Date: Sunday, February 2

"If there's snow... then we'll go!" Nordic backcountry skiing adventures in upstate NY (Catskills, Adirondacks), the Berkshires, or southern Vermont. Snow conditions will dictate our objective, so we'll need to be flexible. Destinations are usually remote with no access to public transportation. Participants are encouraged to arrange carpooling/ride shares. Skiing will be what the Norwegians call "fjellski," which is nordic ski touring in hilly/mountainous terrain. If we follow a trail it will be ungroomed. Some outings may be entirely off-trail with trail-breaking required (bushwhack skiing). - Good fitness and stamina are required. - Solid winter hiking skills are necessary. - Advanced cross country skiing skills are required. - For some destinations, intermediate ('blue square') downhill skiing skills will also be required (ask Leader for info on this). **Not appropriate for novice or intermediate cross country skiers.** GEAR REQUIREMENTS: Nordic backcountry/light telemark gear is most appropriate, including metal-edged skis. Fish-scale based skis are better for this type of skiing unless you are very comfortable (and competent) with kick waxing. Climbing skins may be necessary for some outings, depending on the chosen destination. Not suitable for alpine touring (AT) gear or splitboards (terrain won't be steep enough for long enough for a fun day on this type of gear). Activity Difficulty Rating: AMC Backcountry Ski Difficulty Rating will vary from the high side of 4 (Moderate) to 5 (Vigorous). Registration is *required*. Email leader if you're interested in participating or have questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Telemark
Location: TBD
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Difficult (4 to 5)

Rails to Trails @ West Essex Trail Verona NJ 2C5(H)

Date: Sunday, February 2 - Sunday, February 2

West Essex Trail, now a rails-to trail activity, was a part of the Caldwell branch of the old Erie Lackawanna railroad. We will take the Lenape trail and enjoy 5 miles at a moderate pace. We will hike several Green spaces, which will include the Newark Reservoir, and Mills Reservation. We will have lunch. Please meet at the Bellevue parking lot in upper Montclair across from Weichert Realtors 272 Bellevue Ave. we will keep some cars there and shuttle to 201 Fair view Ave. in Verona. The start of the trail head. Please bring water, snacks and a light lunch. Public transportation. Montclair-Booton line Bellevue Ave. N.Mountain Ave.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 272 Bellevue Ave. Montclair NJ 07043
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Leslie Arthur (larthurbk7@aol.com) 977-986-5262 (4pm 9pm)
Registrar: Leslie Arthur (larthurbk7@aol.com) 973-986-5262 (4pm - 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: 2C5

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, February 3

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, February 7

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Miramar Ski Club Weekend in Vermont

Date: Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

Join us for a weekend of winter fun including transportation from/to NY, NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Planned destinations are Sugarbush and Stowe, travel conditions permitting. In addition, our club race is on Saturday at Sugarbush and is open to members and guests. At Stowe on Sunday, trippers will receive a coupon to purchase a discounted lift ticket for $94. That is better than the online advance purchase price for either a adult or senior ticket and much better that the window price. -- MORE INFO: https://miramar.org/skiing-and-snowboarding/#!event/2020/2/7/2-day-bus-trip-to-vermont

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Gail Tuzman (gail.tuzman@outlook.com)

Dix & Macomb 3 night sled/backpack in the Adirondacks

Date: Friday, February 7 - Monday, February 10

This is a three night backpack to climb Dix (#6 at 4,857') and Macomb (#21 at 4,405') in the Adirondacks via Elk Lake. It is 4.3 miles to our base camp at Slide Brook where we will base camp for two days of climbing. We will do Dix first which might take both days if there is much trail to break out and will climb Macomb on the second day if possible. Total mileage for trip is 20. 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. Leaders pace will be slow but steady to keep warm but not overheat. There is significant elevation gain and the liklihood we will need to break out some of the trail with our snowshoes. Dix is slightly above treeline and could be very windy. Macomb is officially a trailless peak and the route we are taking is up a landslide path that is the direct route from our camping area at Slide Brook. This trip requires previous winter hiking and camping experience in cold temperatures. A minimum of 3 season backpacking experience in cold conditions is required. All participants will need snowshoes, crampons, ice ax, 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. This program is open to older youth 15+ but they must be accompanied by a parent and have the same gear and experience requirements.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Elk Lake NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: Dix Wilderness Map

Canceled: 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

Wilderness First Aid - Vertical Edition

Date: Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, February 9

AMC's Climbing and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Committees will be holding a special two-day WFA course for climbers. The course will follow the standard two-day WFA curriculum with a unique focus on incidents climbers may encounter at the crag. The majority of the WFA course will be held indoors, however, if the weather permits, we will be going to Gantry Plaza State Park for some scenarios and simulations. Please dress appropriately for 2 - 3hrs of outdoor scenario work. If not, you'll make an awesome hypothermia patient. In addition to the items listed below, we require all participants to bring their climbing pack, meaning everything you normally would carry with you to the crag. Yes, bring your ropes, lockers, cams, water bottles, harness, helmet, and etc. But leave your dogs at home. This WFA will be taught using all the gear that you carry and nothing that you won't. Please register on EVENTBRITE with your LEGAL NAME. Spaces are very limited, so book your space NOW! Questions: climbing@amc-ny.org ---------------------------------------------------------------------- What to bring Notebook Pen Lunch (working lunch) Water Climbing Pack Outdoor Clothing ------ Location Rockaway Brewery - Upstairs (Google Map) Parking: Limited street parking ------ Schedule Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 8:30 am - 4 pm | Working Lunch; Bring your own Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 8:30 am - 4 pm | Working Lunch; Bring your own ----- Costs: AMC Members - $75 | Non-Members - $135 Refunds: Full refund (less Eventbrite fees) only available until 11:49 pm on January 8th, 2020.

Activity Categories: First Aid
Location: Rockaway Brewery (Long Island City)
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Robin Lau (amcrjl@gmail.com)
Link: Eventbrite Registration

LEADER'S CHOICE - Nordic Backcountry Ski Adventure

Date: Sunday, February 9

"If there's snow... then we'll go!" Nordic backcountry skiing adventures in upstate NY (Catskills, Adirondacks), the Berkshires, or southern Vermont. Snow conditions will dictate our objective, so we'll need to be flexible. Destinations are usually remote with no access to public transportation. Participants are encouraged to arrange carpooling/ride shares. Skiing will be what the Norwegians call "fjellski," which is nordic ski touring in hilly/mountainous terrain. If we follow a trail it will be ungroomed. Some outings may be entirely off-trail with trail-breaking required (bushwhack skiing). - Good fitness and stamina are required. - Solid winter hiking skills are necessary. - Advanced cross country skiing skills are required. - For some destinations, intermediate ('blue square') downhill skiing skills will also be required (ask Leader for info on this). **Not appropriate for novice or intermediate cross country skiers.** GEAR REQUIREMENTS: Nordic backcountry/light telemark gear is most appropriate, including metal-edged skis. Fish-scale based skis are better for this type of skiing unless you are very comfortable (and competent) with kick waxing. Climbing skins may be necessary for some outings, depending on the chosen destination. Not suitable for alpine touring (AT) gear or splitboards (terrain won't be steep enough for long enough for a fun day on this type of gear). Activity Difficulty Rating: AMC Backcountry Ski Difficulty Rating will vary from the high side of 4 (Moderate) to 5 (Vigorous). Registration is *required*. Email leader if you're interested in participating or have questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Telemark
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, February 10

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Nature & Human Nature Essay Book Club

Date: Wednesday, February 12 - Wednesday, February 12

We love the outdoors. Yet we meet INDOORS every second Wednesday of the month for a very special group of readers and books. The Essay Book Club, in part the gift of Book Culture book store, is a core group of warm, witty, fun but serious readers who welcome walk-ins and open membership to other readers. Our choices tend to be writers who love adventure, nature, or are shrewd observers of human nature. JOIN US! Even if you haven't read every essay in a book, we welcome new ideas and thoughts! Feb. 12th at the 112th street store we will discuss Susan Orlean THE ORCHID THIEF and THE LIBRARY BOOK (Couldn't break the tie votes!) Please RSVP directly to Loretta Brady, AMC paddler at lorettajbrady@hotmail.com so we can know how many chairs to add! Can't make this night? This stimulating group meets monthly here on the second Wednesday of every month, covering all kinds of profound, enlightening and fun essay writers. BOOK CULTURE gives a generous discount to members of this essay club, so if you buy books there (or at any of it's other branches) be sure to mention this and save some $$$. The Essay Book Club meets every second Wed. here at 7 pm and is open to ALL! Past selections included Barbara Kingsolver SMALL WONDER, Svetlana Alexeivitch's VOICES OF CHERNOBYL, Mary Oliver, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (journalism) and more.---but most often many other titles relevant to lovers of nature and the planet. Feel free to ask more questions about this event, or future monthly sessions. Again, though, faster responses can be had if you email me directly. lorettajbrady@hotmail.com

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Conservation, Cultural, Hiking, Paddling, Social Events, Walks
Location: Book Culture Book Store 536 W 112th St. NY NY 10025
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com)

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

Ballerina Fashion at FIT and Valentine Treats, Walk & Museum Visit, 2A4(W)

Date: Friday, February 14

Lavish garments on display at the FIT gallery illustrate the influence of classical ballet's tutu on 20th century high fashion. After stopping for a late lunch at a deli, we'll walk through the Flatiron area, Gramercy Park and beyond. Bring a small Valentine treat to share. Meet time is 11:45 am. Please send leader an email to register. Details will be sent with response.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: The Museum at FIT, 7th Ave at 27th St. NYC
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A4
Link: The Museum at FIT

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, February 14

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

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

Date: Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 2 ½ hours north of Boston at Calumet lodge & cabins. On the edge of Lake Ossipee, Calumet offers hiking, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, x-c skiing at our doorstep, and optional DH skiing nearby. Adults relax while kids build snowmen and snow angels and play outdoor basketball and broom ball at the covered pavilion. This weekend includes accommodations, all meals, activities, & down time for kids & adults. Saturday evening, there is a campfire w/singing & stories on the beach. 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. $125 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. To Register click the "Register button" or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2646. For questions contact: Kate Atanasova,ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com, 774-232-6846.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Calumet, 1090 Ossipee Lake Road, Freedom, NH
Region: New Hampshire, Lakes Region
Leader: Kremena Dimitrova (ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com) 857-928-0533 (evening after 6 pm) , Ekaterina Atanasova (ekaterina_atanasova_bg@yahoo.com) 774-232-6846
Co-Leader: Helene Guezennec (lnguezenn@hotmail.com) 857-352-1688, Daniel Parvanov (parvanov@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
Link: Register Here

Family AMC Cardigan High Cabin Overnight, Alexandria, NH

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16

Enjoy an invigorating winter hike with a small group of AMC Boston Families for this Winter Weekend overnight at Cardigan High Cabin, a two mile hike (1450' elevation gain) from Cardigan Lodge and under half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3155'). High Cabin was built in 1931 and renovated in 2004 with new bunk beds, roof, woodstove and Clivus composting toilet. Trip best for kids 10 years and older. Cost of $50 for adults and $40 for kids includes dinner and breakfast. Register w/Denise Boucher-denisegirish@gmail.com, 978-470-0243.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: AMC CARDIGAN HIGH CABIN OVERNIGHT, ALEXANDRIA, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Boucher (denisegirish@gmail.com) 978-470-0243
Trip Difficulty: Moderate - Vigorous
Link: Register Here

President's Weekend Family Winter Fun, Burke, VT

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 18

Winter fun in the heart of the snow belt in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont! Cross country and downhill skiing nearby at Burke and Jay Peak. Other xc options a short drive away. Also Ice skating, sledding, snow men, etc. Stay at large ski house. Group meals, great company. $180pp for the 3 day weekend, includes 2 dinners, 3 breakfasts and snacks. Please register online at: https://tinyurl.com/PresidentsWknd2020. Questions please contact Naomi Ribner, tonaomirose@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing
Location: Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Vermont
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Naomi Ribner (tonaomirose@gmail.com) 781-444-6693
Trip Difficulty: Suitable for all levels
Link: Register Here

ADK W46'er: Nye & Street Mountains

Date: Saturday, February 15 - Saturday, February 15

Let's Nye and Street mountains towards the winter 46'er in ADK during Presidents Day Weekend! The logistics, hiking plans, packing list, disclaimers and all other relevant details are found at: https://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/47098/749695/

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Adirondack Loj
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: AMC Difficulty Rating: 4 (Moderate) ~ 5 (Vigorous)

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

Date: Monday, February 17 - Thursday, February 20

Join a small group of families at AMC's newest Medawisla Lodge and Cabins in Greenville, ME Monday thru Thursday of February School Vacation Week. Enjoy private lakefront cabin or bunkhouse w/shared bathhouse (w/shower) and toasty warm wood stove. Small group of families. Drive in location. Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe extensive trail network just steps away from our cabins/bunkhouse. Group cooking and full service combo. Your choice private lakefront cabin (limited availability and more expensive, each with living room with futon and two bedrooms with either queen or twin beds with linens including pillowcases, sheets, and towels provided) or bunkhouse (super nice almost brand new with separate rooms partitioned with 4 bunks per room) - either with shared bathhouse with shower. We anticipate one or two families per cabin, depending on family size (will need to be flexible). The bunkhouse sleeps up to 16. We will have some electric LED lighting and a wood or propane stove keeps the cabins/bunkhouse toasty warm. Our cabins/bunkhouse have a kitchenette and we will cook as a group one breakfast, one dinner and our lunches. Our second night (Tuesday) and Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we will enjoy "full service" eating dinner and breakfast in the main Lodge. Medawisla (the Abenaki word for loon) is part of AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges network. The Lodge & Cabins are "off the grid" by the shore of Second Roach Pond, on 70,000 acres of forestland permanently conserved by AMC as part of its Maine Woods Initiative. AMC has completely rebuilt this sporting camp first opened at this location in 1953. The main or Central lodge includes dining room, sitting area, deck, and sauna. Questions? Contact Hillary Berbeco, Hillary@berbeco.com.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: AMC Medawisla Lodge, Greenville, ME
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Jeanne Blauner (jablauner@comcast.net) 978-202-5606
Co-Leader: Hillary Berbeco (hillary@berbeco.com) 781-223-5918
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Link: Register here

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, February 17

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

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

Date: Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23

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. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2672 Questions: valerie.paul@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, 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 9 pm) , Eddy Luttmer (eddy.luttmer@gmail.com) 617-413-1815 (before 9 pm)
Link: Register Here

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, February 21

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

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.

X-C Skiing (or winter hiking) weekend -- Fahnestock State Park

Date: Friday, February 21 - Sunday, February 23

ReCreation weekend at Graymoor (Garrison, NY) features cross-country skiiing for all levels: first-timers to experienced; ski classes, movie, and meditation. Hiking in Hudson Highlands if no snow. For more information and flier, contact Skip Doyle. Limited to 15 participants. $300 single occupancy; $250 double occupancy. When contacting leader, state whether you need to rent ski equipment. Park pass: $12. X-C Ski equipment rental: $18.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Graymoor - Spiritual Life Center - Garrison, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: All levels: beginner, novice, experienced.
Link: Graymoor - online registration

Trip Leadership Training

Date: Saturday, February 22 - Saturday, February 22

This training is designed to provide the foundation soft-skills and tools required for leading trips for many of the committees of the NY-NoJ chapter. Participation in the training is the first step towards leading trips; after this training you will need to complete the training requirements for your specific activity committee. Leader status will be determined by the chair of the activity committee. Training will run from 10 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. with lunch included. This is offered free of charge. Contact the leader if you have any questions about the training.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Climbing/Mountaineering, Hiking, Leadership Training, Paddling, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: AMC Office 5 West 63 St, Manhattan
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Edward Sobin (esobin@yahoo.com) , Ingrid Strauch

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, February 24

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, February 28

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Miramar Ski Club Weekend in Vermont's Green Mountains

Date: Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1

Join us for a weekend of winter fun including bus transportation from/to NY and NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Potential destinations include Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Mad River Glen and others.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Tom Fleming (tomofbrooklyn@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, March 2

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, March 6

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Family Fun in the Snowbelt of Vermont

Date: Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a fun, active and relaxing winter weekend in Londonderry, Vermont. Activities include downhill and x-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and more. Leader-led nordic ski and snowshoe options on both days, and an optional tubing outing after 3pm on Saturday. Stay at the Blue Gentian Lodge (www.bluegentian.com), within walking distance to Magic Mountain, an excellent kid-friendly ski and tubing area. The Lodge is close to Viking Nordic Ski area (2 miles), Bromley (8 miles), Stratton (9 miles), and Okemo (13 miles). The Lodge has a pond out back for skating. The Blue Genetian is a 100% Solar and Certified VT Green Hotel with a hot tub, game room and common area with a fireplace. Enjoy home cooked breakfasts and dinner Saturday night, with a pre-dinner happy hour. Nordic and downhill ski lessons available for children. Register at https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2661

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Londonderry, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Stacia Biel (amcstacia@gmail.com) 617-835-6532, Eliza Grinnell (eliza.grinnell@gmail.com) 617-515-1095
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: Register Here

Miramar Ski Club Weekend in Vermont

Date: Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

Join us for a weekend of winter fun including transportation from/to NY and NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Potential destinations include Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Mad River Glen and others. [In cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club]

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Edward Pitt (Edwardpit@gmail.com)

Skylight/Gray/Redfield 3 night sled/backpack in the Adirondacks

Date: Friday, March 6 - Monday, March 9

This is a three night backpack to climb Skylight (#4 at 4,924') and if there is time to climb Gray (#7 at 4,840'). On our second climbing day we will climb Redfield (#15 at 4,606'). Skylight is the only one with an official trail to the summit. Our approach will be from Upper Works with camping 4.7 miles from our cars at Flowed Lands to set up a base camp from which we will day hike to the peaks. Total mileage for trip is 28. 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. Leaders pace will be slow but steady to keep warm but not overheat. There is significant elevation gain and the liklihood we will need to break out some of the trail with our snowshoes. Two of the peaks are officially bushwhacks but they have herd paths. Leaders have not climbed Redfield before so that is a scouting trip for them. There are several stream crossings. which hopefully will be frozen over but if not will require a change in the plan. This trip requires previous winter hiking and camping experience in cold temperatures. A minimum of 3 season backpacking experience in cold conditions is required. 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. This program is open to older youth 15+ but they must be accompanied by a parent and have the same gear and experience requirements.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Upper Works NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Vigorous
Link: A previous backpack to this area Feb 2010.

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, March 9

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH

Date: Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15

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. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2674 Questions: valerie.paul@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (before 9 pm) , Eddy Luttmer (eddy.luttmer@gmail.com) 617-413-1815 (before 9 pm)
Trip Difficulty: Accommodates All Levels
Link: Register Here

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, March 13

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Miramar Ski Club Weekend in Vermont's Green Mountains

Date: Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15

Join us for a weekend of winter fun including transportation from/to NY and NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Potential destinations include Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Mad River Glen and others.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Richard Carey (richard@richardcarey.net)

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

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, March 16

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, March 20

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Family Sub Sig XC Ski and/or Hiking Weekend, White Mountains, NH

Date: Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22

Join us for a weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch, NH down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel …in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin (Sub Sig) is rustic, but comfy with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7 and up. Group size limited to 12 lucky souls. Cost is $70/adult and $60/child (ages 0 - 18) for lodging, 2 breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. Register: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2666 Questions: contact Brian Witkov, user369128@aol.com, (978) 807-4901.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Hart'sLocation New Hampshire
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Brian Witkov (animalhc@aol.com) 978-807-4901
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Miramar Ski Club Weekend in Vermont's Green Mountains

Date: Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22

Join us for a weekend of winter fun including transportation from/to NY and NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Potential destinations include Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Mad River Glen and others. MORE INFO: https://miramar.org/skiing-and-snowboarding/#!event/2020/3/20/2-day-bus-trip-to-vermont-march-20-22-2020

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Nancy Rosenthal (nancyrosenthal9@gmail.com)

Downtown Brooklyn & Beyond: Historic, Restored & Newly Developed 2A6(W)

Date: Saturday, March 21

Come and see the transformation of Downtown Brooklyn: the former Abraham & Strauss Department Store, now Macy's, has been partially restored and incorporated into a new glass-fronted office tower. Explore the neighborhood surrounding the Williamsburg Bank Building, now "The Downtown Cultural Arts District." Continue through the preserved Prospect Heights Historic District and beyond to Park Slope and Prospect Park. Please bring your lunch. Meet in front of Macy's, 422 Fulton Street at 10:30 am. The closest subway is the 2/3 line to Hoyt Street.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Macy's, 411 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, March 23

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Friday, March 27

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text, or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Ramapo River (Class 1+)

Date: Saturday, March 28

Join the crowd on our first trip of the year. The water will be cold, so a wet- or drysuit is required. For those with some moving water experience.

Activity Categories: Paddling
Location: Rockland County, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Martin Plante (mjplante@yahoo.com) 518-321-8277 (NCA 9 p.m.)

Mohonk Preserve Intermediate Cross Country Skiing

Date: Monday, March 30

Intermediate Skiing 3-5 hours depending on conditions. Meet @ Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center @ 9:30AM for drive/shuttle to the trailhead. If there isn't enough snow to ski we will do an intermediate hike of 6-8 miles. There is a day use fee for non-Mohonk members so you might want to join at the very start of the season. Scrambles are possible on non-ski days but I`m not set on it. If you have any questions please call, text or email: martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com)

Miramar Ski Club Two-Day Disco Party Bus Trip - April 3-5, 2020

Date: Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5

Last Ski/Ride Adventure of the Year! Saturday we're having a disco party - don't forget to dress the part! Join us for a weekend of winter fun including transportation from/to NY and NJ, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinner, and more at our homey lodge in northern Vermont. Potential destinations include Sugarbush, Killington, Stowe, Mad River Glen and others. MORE INFO: https://miramar.org/skiing-and-snowboarding/#!event/2020/4/3/2-day-bus-trip-to-vermont-april-3-5-2020

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield, VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Ruth Yashpan (rdy98@aol.com)

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

Northwest Brooklyn Neighborhoods: Open Space, Tenements, Townhouses & What Else is New? 2A6(W)

Date: Sunday, April 26

From DUMBO to Fort Green and so much in between, we'll explore street life, parks, and the architecture that gives these neighborhoods their unique character. We'll peek behind the fence of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, now home to growing businesses and artist studios, a new Wegman's and a stop on the NYC Ferry. Please bring your lunch. Meet 10:30 outside the York Street stop on the F train at the intersection of Jay Street and York

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Intersection of Jay Street and York outside the York Street station on the F line in Brooklyn.
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

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 , Jean MacFarlane
Co-Leader: Jill Watkins , Al Mistry
Trip Difficulty: Relaxed
Link: Seneca Creek Backcountry

APPALACHIAN TRAIL: SHENANDOAH- SOUTH DISTRICT 3D9-14.5(H)

Date: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17

Do you like strenuous day hikes? Do you like section hiking the Appalachian Trail? Then this event is for you. Expect a full day of activity each day. The trail will be very rocky so proper footwear is a must. Also, please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, and a head lamp just in case. Thunderstorms and other crazy weather will modify or cancel the trip. This will be three separate day hikes. (Friday 14.5 miles, Saturday 12 miles, Sunday 9 miles) The hikes will be shuttle point to point hikes. If the park is busy be prepared to chip in for a group AT Hiker Shuttle.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Shenandoah National Park South District
Region: Virginia, Shenandoahs
Leader: Raymond (Rand) Salani (RaymondSalani3@gmail.com) 732-233-4838
Trip Difficulty: 3D9-14.5

2020 Leadership Workshop

Date: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17

Those looking to lead trips for AMC are invited to this comprehensive 2-day event. It will be a great opportunity to hone your leadership skills, discuss best practices, explore new ideas, share your experiences and connect with the NY-NoJ leader community. The workshop is geared towards those aspiring to become leaders but those who have only recently become leaders will benefit as well. Participants will learn more about the AMC while building a solid foundation for becoming volunteer leaders with the NY-NoJ Chapter. At the workshop, prospective leaders will also have the opportunity to connect with a mentor as an important next step in their leadership journey. New leaders can fill in some gaps and gain confidence in leading. We will cover a variety of topics including: activity planning, leadership styles, group dynamics, conservation, accident scene management, managing challenging participants, creating a welcoming environment, and mentoring. Instruction will be provided by experienced AMC volunteers and staff. Our goal is to foster a positive learning environment where participants can improve their skills, gain confidence and delve more deeply into topics of interest to the leader community. For everyone, the workshop is a great chance to connect - visit with old friends, make new ones, and participate in a conversation about leadership within our AMC community. Registration options include: Option #1: Cabin lodging (includes 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 lunches and workshop materials): $70/person. Note: Friday night arrival is encouraged. Option #2: Shelter lodging (includes 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 lunches and workshop materials): $50/person. Note: Friday night arrival is encouraged. Option #3: Instruction-only (includes 2 lunches and workshop materials): $40/person Questions about the workshop should be sent to LeadershipWorkshopQuestions@amc-ny.org

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Camping, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Paddling, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Walks
Location: The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Edward Sobin (LeadershipWorkshopQuestions@amc-ny.org) , Ingrid Strauch (LeadershipWorkshopQuestions@amc-ny.org)

NOVICE BACKPACKING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS W/OVERNIGHT BACKPACK (2C6) (PET FRIENDLY)

Date: Friday, May 15 - Monday, May 18

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 15 to May 18, 2020. Arrival time Friday May 15, 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 (richge@optonline.net) , Jean MacFarlane , Jill Watkins (jill@watkinsdesignworks.com)
Co-Leader: Al Mistry
Trip Difficulty: Relaxed
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)

Canoeing in Moving Water

Date: Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14

Two full days of canoe instruction and practice for moving water. Even take the course as a refresher, and we will challenge you. Step up to solo canoe, perhaps? Steep discount to any who take an AMC early spring Introduction to Quiet Water Canoeing! At least one follow-up moving water trip dedicated to the graduating class will even follow soon after this exciting weekend. No prior paddling experience and no equipment needed. Learn basic strokes and maneuvers needed to negotiate the beautiful and easy but twisty and often strong-current rivers in our surrounding area. Or, just enjoy the confidence of having the ease to now paddle across a lake efficiently, without going in circles. This is a comprehensive course on eddy turns to ferrying, with plenty of hands-on practice. Fri. evening arrival highly recommended. Registration is not complete until full payment deposit is received. Dorm style cabin with kitchen, showers. Or bring own tent and sleep gear to sleep under the stars in these wild woods. Your CKC instructors include ACA certified and fully experienced teachers and coaches. Average ratio is 1 instructor per 4 paddlers. So you see, you'll also quickly become friends with some of the most experienced, kindest outdoors-folk we know!

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: High Point State Park
Region: New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com) , Charles Michener (charlesmichener@msn.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Backpacking the Hammersley Wild Area in Potter County PA

Date: Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14

The Hammersley Wild Area lies within the Susquehannock State Forest and is known for its beautiful forests and streams. Trekkers remark about solitude, quietude, and dark evening skies given it is the largest roadless area in Pennsylvania. There are 50+ miles of marked hiking trails including a 9-mile portion of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS). This trip is being led by an AMC backpacking leader-in-training accompanied by David Mong as our official leader. This will be a 15 mile point to point backpack on the STS from mile marker 64 to 49 with 700' of elevation gain on Saturday and some gain and 1,000' of loss on Sunday. There are quite a few stream crossings on Saturday without bridges and the trails tend toward being rough. Part of the route has not been previously hiked by either leader. Pace will be fairly slow but steady. This group will take some time to do light trail maintenance with tools we will bring. This includes cutting small limbs from blowdown in the trail with a hand saw and using a hand weed whacker on stinging nettles. Day 1 we'll meet 3 pm Friday, park at the Cross Fork Trailhead, then shuttle a few cars to our starting point on East Fork Road. Camp is about 3 miles away over relatively easy terrain. Day 2 Saturday we head 6.5 miles further on the STS where we'll camp at the "The Pool", reputed to be one of the best swimming holes in the state. Day 3 we will backpack roughly 5.5 miles back to our cars at Cross Fork Village. Afterwards there's an optional adventure to explore rumors of a gigantic burger, called the "Bubba", at a local eatery. After lunch we depart to pick up our vehicles at the starting point. This trip is suitable for those in good physical condition with some previous backpacking experience.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Cross Fork Trail Head (Cross Fork, PA)
Region: Pennsylvania, Central
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Mike Pellicciotti
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Hammersley Trip Report - Mid Atlantic Hikes

Dolly Sods Wilderness Three Night 12 mile Overlook Lovers Backpack, WV (2C12)

Date: Friday, June 26 - Monday, June 29

A three-night backpack in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, West Virginia. Dolly Sods is located in the Monongahela National Forest. Arrive late Friday afternoon and hike 2 miles to a spectacular overlook on the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail. On Saturday move camp to the Lion's Head overlook on Breathed Mountain over another 5 miles. On Sunday hike 4 miles to a campsite near Laneville, with a final hike on Monday of 1 mile on this point-to-point backpack. All of the campsites are beautiful locations. There will be plenty of time to relax, enjoy the views, and swim if it is warm enough. We hope to see the rhododendron still blooming as well. This backpack is suitable for beginner backpackers in good physical condition and who have hiking experience. Trails tend to be rocky and wet. There is one moderately steep climb, two moderately steep descents and several stream crossings. Two of the campsites sometimes require a long walk for water. Please register by clicking on the register now button.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Laneville WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: Jill Watkins (davidcmong@gmail.com) , David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate 2C12
Link: For a good map of the area.

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) , Vlad Rud , Richard Breusch , Christopher Bickford
Co-Leader: Denise Boucher , Jackie Wah (jwah2002@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Relaxed
Link: Photo album from the 2019 program

A Week of Adirondack's Quiet Water Rivers

Date: Sunday, August 2 - Saturday, August 8

A week of Adirondack's quiet water rivers. Camping at Meacham Lake Public Campground (on SR 9 north of Paul Smith's College). Arrive on Sunday, paddle the next five days, and return home following Saturday. There will be five straight days of paddling wilderness streams in the area. Much skill needed, and many lift-overs. Unsuitable for most kayaks because boaters must be able to climb out in deep water onto beaver dams. Registration required, limited to 12 boats. Register early!

Activity Categories: Paddling
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Donald Getzin (dgetzin3@optonline.net) , Eileen Yin , Charles Michener , Loretta Brady

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

Backpack in Allegany State Park on the Finger Lakes Trail

Date: Friday, September 4 - Sunday, September 6

Here's a 21 mile, 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip on the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) in Allegany State Park (ASP), NY. We will be camping each night in lean-tos on the FLT. This trip is being led by an AMC backpacking leader-in-training accompanied by David Mong as our official leader. The plan for the trip is based on the FLT Map M01 which can be purchased online at www.fingerlakestrail.org. On this trip we will be hiking North to South as follows: •Friday afternoon meet at our endpoint parking spot on PA Route 346, this is mile 0.0 on the FLT Map M01. We will then car shuttle to the starting point at mile 21.5 and park. •Friday afternoon hike from the starting point 2.3 miles to Beck Hollow Lean-To and camp overnight, this is mile 19.2 on the FLT map. •Saturday hike 5.6 miles to Stony Brook Lean-To, mile 13.6, have lunch, then continue hiking to Willis Creek Lean-To at mile 7.2. Total hiking mileage this day would be 12 miles. •Sunday hike 7.2 miles to our endpoint at PA Route 346, shuttle back to beginning point and be done. Total hiking mile on Sunday would be 7.2. You should have some prior backpacking experience for this trip. Additional details will be sent to confirmed participants as we get closer to the trip.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Allegany State Park, Western NY
Region: New York, Finger Lakes
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Mike Pellicciotti
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: A good description of this hike, along with maps and elevation profiles can be found at https://www.cnyhiking.com/NCT-AlleganyStatePark.htm

Northville Placid Trail Section Backpack in the Adirondacks

Date: Friday, October 2 - Monday, October 5

A three night backpacking trip to the West Canada Lake Wilderness region. Arrival time on Friday is flexible, we will car camp near the Otter Brook trailhead. Saturday will be 6.0 miles on the Otter Brook Trail with an additional 2.6 miles on the Lost Pond Trail for a total of 8.6 for the day where we will set up for the night at one of the camping sites around Cedar Lakes. Sunday will be 5.8 miles on the N-P trail with 2.5 miles further on the Brooktrout Lake Trail for a total of 8.3 for the day where we will set up for the night. Monday would be 5.9 miles to the Brooktrout Lake Trailhead. Total close to 23 miles roundtrip. The elevation gain is minimal and the route is very picturesque. The trip, however, would be moderately difficult (rating 2C23) involving hiking along an old woods road in poor condition with a couple of potentially difficult stream crossings depending on rainfall. This trip is suitable for those with some previous backpacking experience in good physical condition.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Otter Brook trailhead
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Alexander Punnoose
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: A photo album of a previous trip to a portion of this backpack