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Pre-Thanksgiving in Ward Pound Ridge 3C9(H)

Date: Wednesday, November 22

Let's enjoy a brisk November day with a brisk excursion of Westchester's premier park! Our hike will visit the densely wooded northern section that borders some farms grazed by our equine friends, and then move south to the exquisite view from Leatherman's Lookout. The stark landscape of the season provides sweeping vistas in all directions at almost every location. Please email of intent to join. Drivers should meet in front of the fee booth at 10:00am. GPS coordinates 41.258336, -73.602119; directions upon request. Fees are generally not collected in November. If using public transportation, please contact L promptly. Have 2 liters of water, sturdy boots, lunch and snacks The event is subject to favorable weather. Trail map: http://parks.westchestergov.com/images/stories/pdfs/WPRsm_2012.pdf

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Cross River, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Mike Handelsman (hikermike7@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C9

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bear Mountain Inn with AMC

Date: Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bear Mountain Inn with AMC Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bear Mountain Inn. We will be enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving Day dinner buffet style at the Bear Mountain Inn. Dinner will start at 3 pm so that will give you plenty of time to work up your appetite with a nice hike beforehand. The buffet will feature the traditional holiday favorites and have plenty of vegetarian options for the herbivores among us. You don't have to do a hike to join us for dinner. Stop by and enjoy a nice meal and see some old friends. One of the hikes will be led by Wayne Foote (this year's host), 3-1/2 miles, elevation gain of about 950 ft., following the Major Welch Trail to Perkins Tower at the top of Bear Mountain, returning to the Inn by the new, relocated Appalachian Trail. This hike will begin at 10:45 and end by 2:45 to give people time to clean up for dinner. We hope to have some more leaders add to the festivities and leading a hike that morning. Just make sure everyone can be to the Bear Mountain Inn in time for dinner! Getting there: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north, to the Bear Mountain Traffic Circle, then south a short distance to the Inn (sign on right). There is no fee for parking on Thanksgiving Day. Driving time from the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge is about an hour. Please plan to arrive at the Inn no later than 10:30, when we will all meet in the lounge on the ground floor. Bus: Alternatively, if you want to arrive in time for any of the hikes, you should take the 8:45 Short Line bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, arriving 10:15 directly in front of the Bear Mountain Inn. There is also a bus leaving at 11:15, which arrives 12:45 at the Inn. The round-trip bus fare is $26.70 ($13.35 one-way -- half price for seniors (62+) with blue reduced rate New Jersey Transit coupons. (You can pick up a booklet of reduced fare coupons at any Jersey Transit window at the PABT by showing ID indicating date of birth.) Returning, there is a 5:19 bus from the Inn, arriving 7:00 p.m. at the Port Authority Bus Station. HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING! Wayne Foote, Registrar voice: 203-758-2854 text: 347-244-6287 email: foote.wayne@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Hiking, Social Events
Location: bear mountain inn
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Nathan Baker

Black River Friday, NJ 3C7(H)

Date: Friday, November 24 - Friday, November 24

Save your Black Friday money! This will be a brisk hike through the scenic Black River area. Bring sufficient water, good boots and lunch. Meet at the Cooper Mill parking area in Chester NJ at 10:30 AM. Rain cancels, so if the weather looks questionable, email leader. http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/coopermilldir.asp No trans. L Fred Hafele jerseyrailwalker@yahoo.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: Fred Hafele (jerseyrailwalker@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C7

10 Mile Taurus and Breakneck Hike 3D10(H)

Date: Saturday, November 25 - Saturday, November 25

Let's have some fun this Sat. by hiking up Taurus and Breakneck. The planned route is to go up the Washburn trail until we get to the Notch trail, and then take the Notch trail to the Breakneck Ridge trail, and then take the Breakneck Ridge Trail to the Undercliff trail, and the Undercliff trail to the Washburn trail all the way to the parking lot. If it is getting late, we will take the Undercliff Trail to Brooke Trail and the Brook trail to the Cornish trail, and the Cornish Trail back to the cars. The hike will be a hilly demanding hike with a reasonable amount of stops. The hike is at a brisk pace, not running pace, but won't be slow either. 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, distance and mileage, number of stops, and the duration of stops. If you want to run don't come. Hiking boots required. Bring hiking devices for ice. Also, bring at least 2 quarts of water and your lunch. This is an all day hike that will start at 9:08 and end 6-7 hours later. Rain, snow, or Ice storms cancels. No dogs allowed on hike. We will meet in Cold Springs, drive to the Stoney Point parking lot at the base of Taurus. Trans. 5D, but take the early train that leaves at 7:43, and arrives at 9:05. Those using Public Transportation take the 7:43 Metro North Trail to Cold Spring. If you are driving take 9D to Main Street and park at the foot of Main Street near the Depot Restaurant. L; Joe Nigro 718-331-6148. (Call only between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM) Joeni1@msn.com if you have any question feel free to call me between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM or e-mail me. Joe.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 1 deport Square, cold spring newyork
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Joe Nigro 718-331-6148 (7:30-9:30PM)
Trip Difficulty: 3D10

Rails-To-Trails-To-Ales Manitou Mountain and Anthony's Nose Hike and Beer Social 2C9.5(H)

Date: Saturday, November 25 - Saturday, November 25

Join us for a challenging and laid-back hike along the Manitou Ridge and Anthony's Nose with some of the most beautiful vistas in the Hudson Valley at a slow - moderate pace. We will be taking the 9:43 AM train from Grand Central, arriving at the Manitou stop at 10:55 AM (Meet me in front of the Clock at the Information Booth at 9:30 AM; or sit in the last car and tell the conductor you are getting off at Manitou). This is a point-to-point hike ending at the pubs on Division Street in Peekskill. We are not returning to the original trailhead. We will first walk from the tiny train stop to the Anthony's Nose trailhead on Rt. 9D. The beginning of our steep ascent will be on the Appalachian Trail before turning onto the Camp Smith Trail and then to the peak of Anthony's Nose. We will continue on this trail for several more peaks with steep ascents and descents, as well as several more beautiful viewpoints until we hit the trail's end at the old defunct Bear Mountain Bridge Toll House. Next we will walk 2.5 miles single-file alongside the tight and busy Rt. 202, staying as far off the road as possible until we reach the funky little town of Peekskill. We will make stops at the pubs on Division Street, the Peekskill Brewery, a whiskey taphouse, and possibly a late-night jam at a neighborhood joint hosting Karaoke for a very local crowd. Take the Peekskill Train home whenever you want, though I am not rushing the hike for any reason. Bring water, lunch, and layered clothing as it will be COLD. Train costs $28.00. Approx. 1,500 ft. of elevation gain over several peaks (Anthony's Nose and Manitou Mt.), 4.5 steep backcountry miles, and 5 miles of road (add a few for strolling Peekskill). Heavy rain cancels. Not suitable for beginners or for folks with evening plans in NYC. Drivers, this is a point-to-point hike so plan on leaving your car at Manitou and taking a taxi back. To register, or if you have any questions, email Patrick at westieterrier2000@yahoo.com.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Manitou Metro North Train Stop
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Patrick J Mercurio (westieterrier2000@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2C9.5

Taurus Mountain and Ruins 3D6(H)

Date: Saturday, November 25 - Saturday, November 25

Hike Taurus Mountain, and visit Cornish Northgate Mansion Ruins. We will spend an hour walking around the ruins reviewing pictures of its past glory, and current state, and then continue on hike around Taurus, with great views of Hudson River. Trans. 5D Cold Spring - Metro North train leaves Grand Central 8:43 arrives Cold Spring 10:05. Meet at foot of Main St. (near Station Cafe).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 1 depot square cold spring ny ( next to Depot Restaurant)
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Richard Weinberg 914-523-6223
Trip Difficulty: 3D6
Link: NY Parks Map

A Walk on the Grand Concourse, the Boulevard of Dreams 3A4.5(W)

Date: Saturday, November 25 - Saturday, November 25

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 the entire 4.5 mile length of the Concourse from 138th Street to Van Cortlandt Park, stopping briefly to view and discuss the most famous places, and still have time for a short visit to the Bronx Museum of Arts (free) along the way, and the Edgar Allan Poe house ($5 if you choose to enter) if time permits. We will walk at a steady, moderate 3 level (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of approximately 4.5 miles (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). We do not anticipate any lunch stop. The walk ends at Bedford Park Boulevard, where we can take the D train subway line back to Manhattan, or wherever you are going. Rain or even questionable forecast may cancel or postpone; check website for latest updates. We meet at 1 PM at the street entrance to the 138th St.-Grand Concourse subway station (4 or 5 line). Please leave yourself a bit extra time getting there due to possible train delays.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 138th Street and Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, USA
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Lamb (dlambde@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3A4.5

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, November 26

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Inwood Hill Park Trail - CCNY Outdoors

Date: Sunday, November 26 - Sunday, November 26

We all know Manhattan is known for its flashy lights and it's never ending rush of people! What if the CCNY leaders decided to change your mind about that? Join the CCNY Outdoors Club for a day of hiking in Inwood Hill Park. Inwood Hill has scenic scenes, trees that are still living from the time the park was constructed, and plenty of trails that lead to a beautiful view of the Hudson River! For this hike, we will be doing a short, 2 mile trail that leads us through the Glacial Potholes and ends at The Inwood Hill Nature Center. This hike is for CCNY students, but everyone is welcome! We will meet at the 207th St. stop on the 1 train. We will then walk to Inwood park and begin our hike up the Blue Line Trail! The hike will begin with a overlook meadow, then we will loop around and pass through many different rock formations, including glacial potholes! The end of the Blue Line Trail will guide us through a natural spring and we will see The Shorakapok Rock. This rock is believed to be the point where the "selling" of Manhattan occurred between Peter Minuit and the Native Americans. Once we reach The Inwood Hill Nature Center, we will turn back around and hike down to exit the park. This hike will be lead at a moderate-slow pace. The Blue Line Trail is primarily used for walking and trail running because the path is pretty flat. For this hike you will need: AT LEAST 2 liters of water, a packed lunch, and a few snacks. Please wear synthetic clothing that dries quickly. A pair of hiking boots or hiking sneakers are recommended for this hike. In addition, bring a fleece sweater, a rain jacket, and a warm hat. Please do not wear cotton on this hike. Transportation: Take the 1 Train to 207th street. We will be departing at 9:30am and arriving at the park by foot, around 9:45am. For those who will be driving please be conscious about arriving a little earlier due to the high volume of cars in this area.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: New York City
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Jasmine Santiago (jasminesantiago151@gmail.com) 347-607-0647, Ashley Stein
Trip Difficulty: 3D6 - Difficult

Last-Minute Hikes/Walks(H)

Date: Friday, December 1

If you would like to receive info on last-minute hikes or walks not in this database, send an email to: hikeamc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Or go to our hiking website groups.yahoo.com/group/hikeamc and click on Join This Group. Hike rating codes consist of three parts: PACE, TERRAIN, MILEAGE: Pace 1 Leisurely (nature walk, window shopping pace) 2 Moderate (steady, comfortable pace) 3 Vigorous (brisk, firm pace) 4 Fast 5 Very Fast Terrain A Solid pavement/sidewalk B Soft ground/sand/carriage trails C Hiking trails & gentle rolling hills D Steep hills, scrambles possible E Rough terrain/exposure and/or thick brush possible F Extremely difficult terrain/possible sustained exposure Mileage: estimated mileage of the hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Walks
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Hiking Committee (hikeamc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

NYNoJ Hike Rating Codes Explained

Date: Friday, December 1

Hike rating codes consist of three parts: PACE, TERRAIN, MILEAGE - followed by a committee designation, see below. Pace 1 Leisurely (nature walk, window shopping pace) 2 Moderate (steady, comfortable pace) 3 Vigorous (brisk, firm pace) 4 Fast 5 Very Fast Terrain A Solid pavement/sidewalk B Soft ground/sand/carriage trails C Hiking trails & gentle rolling hills D Steep hills, scrambles possible E Rough terrain/exposure and/or thick brush possible F Extremely difficult terrain/possible sustained exposure Mileage: estimated mileage of the hike. Committee Designations: "(H)" following the code indicates a Hiking Committee event. "(W)" following the code indicates a Walks & Outings event. "(YM)" following the code indicates a Young Members event. The leader may modify or cancel a hike due to weather, trail conditions, or any other reason deemed prudent for the safety of the group. Rating codes are intended as a general guide only. We strive for accuracy & consistency, but cannot guarantee them. If you have concerns relating to your safety or enjoyment, please discuss them with the leader in advance.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Hiking Committee
Trip Difficulty: See more here

Sages Ravine Winter Backpack

Date: Saturday, December 2 - Sunday, December 3

Moderately strenuous two day backpack covering 17 miles of the Appalachian trail in Southern Mass and Northern CT. Terrain is hilly and rugged in spots with some ridge walking. This is a cold weather trip with the possibility of needing traction devices depending on trail conditions this year. Backpackers with shoulder season experience necessary. limited to 8 participants. 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: Please register using the link above.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Taconics
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

CCNY Indoor Rock Climbing

Date: Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 2

Indoor rock climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in NYC. Climbing gyms are popping up everywhere and people are flocking to the rock walls. For many people the sport has even replaced traditional gym memberships! Check out what all the fuss is about! The Appalachian Mountain Club in conjunction with the CCNY Outdoors Club is excited to offer a 2-hour climbing session with our friends at LIC Cliffs. This will be a great, no pressure, and fun environment to get introduced to indoor climbing. Participants will be provided with harnesses and lessons and no previous experience is necessary. Optional climbing shoes can be rented for an additional $6. LIC Cliffs will have trained staff there to help belay and guide participants on a variety of different walls! **This is a CCNY Outdoors Club trip. CCNY students will receive a 75% discount for this instruction course, which cuts the price down to $10. If you are a CCNY student, please contact one of the leaders to receive the discount code. **People who wish to participate that are not students at CCNY are welcome for the event, but will be paying the full price for the activity. Please sign up soon because there is a limit of 25 spots! Additionally, it's highly encouraged you follow the link under "Related Links" and fill out the online waiver prior to the event, it will save a significant amount of time at check-in.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Rock Climbing, Social Events
Location: 11-11 44th Dr, Long Island City, NY 11101
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Ashley Stein (astein@outdoors.org) , Jasmine Santiago (jsantiago@outdoors.org)
Trip Difficulty: Fun
Link: LIC Cliffs Online Waiver

Bob Susser Farewell in Riverside Park 1A4(W)

Date: Sunday, December 3

In the 2014 Fall Chapter Schedule, Bob Susser described Riverside Park as "Manhattan's most spectacular waterfront park, and one of only eight officially designated scenic landmarks in NYC." Let's walk through the park, share our thoughts, feelings and recollections of this very special person who we lost on November 14th. Bundle up, bring your lunch, your memories and any poems or stories you wish to share! Or just come; everyone is welcome! Meet at 11:30 am on the NW corner of Riverside Drive and 91st Street (which is across the street from Bob's apartment).

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Riverside Drive and 91st Street
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 1A4

Monthly Indoor Climbing

Date: Sunday, December 3 - Sunday, December 3

Outdoor rock climbing is a thrilling sport. Before you head outside, try it indoors with the AMC. Indoor rock climbing is one of the fastest growing sports. Climbing gyms are popping up everywhere and people are flocking to the rock walls. For many people the sport has even replaced traditional gym memberships and now is your opportunity to check it out! On the first Sunday of every month from 10am - 12pm The Cliffs at LIC is giving dedicated wall time to the AMC. During our club time AMC members will receive a discounted day pass which will includes free rental of equipment for first-time Cliffs visitors: See below for pricing information. These club meets are meant to be fun and friendly, beginner or expert, no matter your skill level everyone is welcome to climb with us. We'll learn together as a group and pass around our collective climbing knowledge. Already a Cliffs member? Great, then you can hop right in and climb with us for free. Are you not yet an AMC member and still would like to climb with us? You're welcome too; standard gym rates apply to non-AMC members. Check out the links below for AMC membership information. Any questions, feel free to PM me. See also AMC the AMC page for this event: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/99429 The Cliffs at LIC http://lic.thecliffsclimbing.com/ The Cliffs Waiver https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/thecliffsvalhalla/4a7c9598-2ad1-425a-bdee-d9ff8161fbd8 Intro to Climbing Course http://lic.thecliffsclimbing.com/the-indoor-school/#toprope AMC Membership Info https://www.outdoors.org/get-involved/join/join-amc-nypm.cfm Everyone who intends to climb with us on a regular basis should also obtain a belay certification through The Cliffs at LIC. When you're on the wall someone needs to belay you, so it's great to be able to return the favor! That's why The Cliffs is offering 50% off their intro to climbing course for AMC members. Contact jbailey@outdoors.org to receive the discount code and sign up for a class using the link below. If this is your first time at The Cliffs, you can help save time by filling out the waiver online using the link below.

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: The Cliffs at LIC - 11-11 44th Dr Long Island City, New York,
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Stefan Erwin (erwinstefan@gmail.com) , Justin Bailey

Holiday Lights, 2017 2A5(W)

Date: Wednesday, December 6

Time to create your own holiday joy as we walk the illuminated streets of Midtown Manhattan. Explore creative and artful window designs both fantastical and conceptual. Experience the smiling crush of humanity that flocks to New York City from all over the world! Come after you have eaten and bring a snack & water--there won't be time for a dinner break or to make a purchase along the way. Meet at 6:30 pm inside the Time Warner Building (Columbus Circle and 61st Street) on the second level--on the side facing the street. Please note that restrooms are located on both the second and third levels.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Time Warner Building, Columbus Circle & 61st Street
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A5

AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack

Date: Saturday, December 9 - Sunday, December 10

A 4.3 mile one night backpack on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland from the Route 40 Trailhead to Pogo Memorial Campsite. The hike out Sunday will pass by the equally spectacular vista at Black Rock. The trip will end at the Thurston Griggs Trailhead. 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. Leader will take the time to assist beginners to the activity. 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. 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:

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

Canoe&Kayaking, NY-NoJ Paddlers' Holiday Party: Hike, Happy Hour, Dinner, Dessert!

Date: Saturday, December 9 - Saturday, December 9

It's time for our Holiday Paddlers' Party--and "Pub Crawl" 4-7 pm Celebrate the season with good friends, good cheer, good food. * Hikers meet at Fort Tryon Pub, Fort Washington, NY 1 pm right by the express A train stop Then, we'll meet others for *Free Happy Hour food from 4-5pm at Buddha Bar, Fort Washington Enjoy your own pay-as-you go dinner, then *Free home-made gourmet cakes to celebrate our past and future Chairs of CKC Price: $4 pp at the door, $2 pp in advance Register here, then receive instructions to pre-pay at discount rate.

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

AMC Membership Holiday Party

Date: Monday, December 11 - Monday, December 11

Time to get together and celebrate your successful year of 2017! Share us your outdoor adventures! The AMC Membership Committee invites you join the Holiday Party. This year, the Winslow has assigned us a bigger space than the last two years. AMC NY-NJ Chapter covers light refreshments, and please buy your own beverages at the Winslow. We have raffles, including the free nights of staying at the Harriman Outdoor Center in one of the 2018 AMC programs (under conditions). This year, we will have TWO lucky AMC Members. Join us! Share, cheer, celebrate and build our AMC Community together! AMC members: $5.00/Non-members: $6.00 Host: Carrie Ho, Membership Chair

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: The Winslow - 243 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Carrie Ho (MEMBERSHIP@AMC-NY.ORG)

1% For the Planet: Maine Beer Company & AMC Happy Hour

Date: Thursday, December 14 - Thursday, December 14

Join AMC's NY-NoJ Chapter and Maine Beer Company as part of their monthly non-profit focus! Rattle N Hum West, a local NYC staple for amazing craft beers has graciously offered to host us. A percentage of sales this evening will go towards supporting AMC's conservation mission in our region. "Do what's right. Make great beer. Have fun." This is the mission statement that hangs in the brewery at Maine Beer Company and in the simplest terms possible, outlines our business and brewing philosophy. Founding the company in 2009, David & Daniel Kleban wanted to prove that you could run a business while still doing what's right. Beyond the platitudes of giving back and being environmentally sound, the desire to "Do what's right" is a genuine philosophy that is embraced at all levels of the company. Through our partnerships with non-profits our staff develop a personal connection to our local community and environment. Opportunities to do more and create a symbiotic relationship with our environment & community often outweigh the opportunity to expand in a traditional business sense. While some businesses judge their success based on financial growth, at MBC success is gauged by how much they are able to give back, with each year in business seeing an increase in our donations to 1% For the Planet non-profits. MBC has selected Appalachian Mountain Club as one of their 1% For the Planet environmental non-profits because they saw a like-minded focus in to protecting the environment and encouraging people to get outdoors. The Appalachian Mountains pass through many of the areas where Maine Beer Company beers are distributed, and they recognized an opportunity of engaging more people and drawing attention to the work of the AMC through their beer community both at home and in other states. Locally, the Maine Woods Initiative supported by the AMC ties in with Maine Beer Company's advocacy for the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. In a state whose economy is increasingly defined by tourism they recognize the importance of supporting land conservation, nature-based tourism, and community partnerships, all of which are central to the AMC.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, Critical Treasure, Cultural, Hiking, Meetings, Paddling, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Social Events
Location: Rattle N Hum West - 306 W 39th St
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Justin Bailey (jbailey@outdoors.org) 631-767-3336
Trip Difficulty: Fun
Link: Maine Beer Company

Catskills Spruceton Loop Winter Backpack, NY

Date: Saturday, December 16 - Sunday, December 17

A moderate-strenuous 15-mile FULL ON winter backpack with a stop at Hunter Mountain fire tower and camping near Diamond Notch Falls. Day one has us hiking up to Hunter Mountain via the Spruceton Trail. We will then pick up the Devil's Path and hike to our campsite near Diamond Notch lean-to. Day two offers a bit more climbing via the Devil's Path up and over West Kill Mountain. Limited to 6 experienced winter backpackers with appropriate winter gear. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Catskills
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Link: REGISTER HERE

Thomas Cole, Black Dome, Black Head, and the Escarpment Trail

Date: Saturday, December 16 - Sunday, December 17

This is a 14 mile strenuous cold weather backpack for no more than 8 people. The terrain will be steep at times and due to the short days we will need to move at a 1.5 to 2.0 mph pace. Participants should have some backpacking experience and be prepared for cold weather conditions such as snow and below freezing temperatures. This route provides spectacular views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Maplecrest, NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: David Lloyd (dalloyd@optonline.net) 516-997-4544 (7 PM to 10 PM Week days)
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

AMC Open House NYC

Date: Wednesday, December 20 - Wednesday, December 20

Looking for a way to get outdoors, reconnect to nature, and unplug for a while? We know that it can be hard living in NYC, with all of the obstacles between you and a place that's green and quiet. The Appalachian Mountain Club is here to help! Experiencing the outdoors is easy with AMC providing access to some of the best hiking, paddling, biking, camping, snow sports, and climbing in New York! We offer thousands of local activities, lodges less than an hour from NYC, guidebooks, and endless resources. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn and explore the outdoors, or you are a seasoned adventurer looking for like-minded people to connect with, the AMC has something for everyone! We will be giving a quick presentation about the AMC and the activities the New York-North Jersey Chapter offers. Bring your questions if you have them and we'll give you all of the information needed to get outdoors. You'll have a chance to meet and socialize with some experienced members of the club and ask them about what makes them passionate about the AMC and what got them involved. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please register if you will be attending!

Activity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: 5 west 63rd Street (AMC Program Office)
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Justin Bailey (jbailey@outdoors.org) 631-767-3336
Trip Difficulty: Fun!

Young Members - Thirsty Third Thursday

Date: Thursday, December 21 - Thursday, December 21

Do you love the outdoors and want to meet people who share a similar interest? Would you like to meet members and leaders with the AMC before going on a hike? Do you enjoy adult beverages? Then join us at Young Members' Thirsty Third Thursdays - a happy hour held on the third Thursday of every month. Young Members are outdoor enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s (or young at heart too!) who are an affinity group within the Appalachian Mountain Club. Also open to "non-members," the Young Members welcomes you to grab a drink (or two), meet new people with similar interests, and chat about future outdoor activities and trips! Meet us at the tables in front of the bar at the New York Beer Company for an array of craft beers and signature cocktails and wines!

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: New York Beer Company 321 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036,
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Stefan Erwin (erwinstefan@gmail.com)

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, December 31

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Traditional New Year's Day Hike at a Moderately Easy Pace 2/3C7(H)

Date: Monday, January 1 - Monday, January 1

Start the year off right with a hike! This hike will be around 7 miles more or less. We will travel on trail and off trail to interesting places not normally visited. We will see some of the places they have been spending time during the year. Dress in layers. Suggest a base wicking shirt, fleece or wool sweater and a jacket. Thermals may also be needed depending on the temperature. Boots recommended. We will meet the bus at 9:10 am in Sloatsburg, NY 98 Orange Turnpike (Rte 17) at the Municipal Building. Bus riders, take the 8:30 am departure bus from Port Authority. This is CoachUSA/Shortline bus. Tickets on the second floor in the North Wing. Buy a one way ticket. If you need or can offer a ride, I have set up a carpool at https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/5rjctq Hike will end around 3 pm. If you are new and have questions, please email or call me. Registration required.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 98 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Cynthia Tollo Falls (ctollofalls@gmail.com) 646-325-9924 (No calls after 9 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Pace 2/3C7
Link: Car Pool

Pharaoh Lakes Winter Backpack

Date: Friday, January 5 - Sunday, January 7

Early winter backpack in the gorgeous pharaoh lakes region of the Adirondacks. This will be a base camp type trip with lots of mileage on day hikes...which will hopefully be snowshoeing! While this trip doesn't have any high peaks, it does offer some of the most beautiful winter scenery in the Adirondacks with minimal crowds. This is trip is for fit and experienced winter backpackers. Full winter gear is required. Limited to 8 backpackers. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: John Hilley
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Baileytown Early 3C7(H)

Date: Saturday, January 6 - Saturday, January 6

Brisk pace hike on the Menomine to Baileytown with one climb to Cave shelter for early snack/lunch. Hike will proceed on Long Path to Nawahunta Road. Out on Menomine with the rest of the day free and enough time to attend the AMC Annual Dinner at the Dinosaur Barbque. No public transportation. Meet Silvermine parking lot 9:15 Harriman State Park for a 9:30 start. Be prepared with boots, water snack. Traction aids recommended. Will go in light rain but anything more or snow cancels.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Slivermine parking lot Harriman State Park
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Stuart Falls (bikehiker250@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C7

AMC NY-NoJ Chapter Annual Dinner & Meeting

Date: Saturday, January 6 - Saturday, January 6

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 105th AMC NY-NoJ Chapter Annual Dinner & Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 At Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 700 W. 125th St., Harlem NYC. This annual event is a time to show off all the good work AMC does and includes: - Election of the 2018 Executive Committee - Annual Report - Recognition Awards - Guest Speaker - Raffle & More - Cash Bar Guest Speaker Mr. Derick Lugo (Mr. Fabulous) tells his story of becoming an "unlikely thru-hiker" and his journey on the Appalachian Trail. His story, filled with plenty of humor, hardship, and one-of-a-kind experiences that New Yorkers looking for their first thru-hike adventure can certainly relate to, and in some cases learn from. Derick is a hiker, writer and blogger. He is currently on final edits of his book entitled 'An Unlikely Thru-Hiker'; it's a humorous account of his unusual and life changing AT thru-hike. Derick resides in New York City, but his heart lives where the AT takes him. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a famous Harlem eatery with consistently high reviews for its food and atmosphere. EventBrite Registration required. Tickets go on sale Sept 23rd. Be sure to register early. This event sold out last year! We hope to see you there. More to come!

Activity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 700 West 125th Street
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Oliver Dettler
Link: Annual Dinner & Meeting Registration

Go With The Snow! - Ski MLK Weekend on the Tug Hill Plateau

Date: Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15

"Go With The Snow!" - Tug Hill XC Ski MLK Weekend Fri-Mon, January 12-15, 2018 Leader: Ron Gonzalez, iamrongon@gmail.com Co-leader: Russ Faller, outdoorsruss@gmail.com We'll spend the long weekend in the most reliable snow pocket in the East, the Tug Hill Plateau of north-central New York State. The Tug Hill typically receives over 300 inches of snow per winter. Northwest winds pick up moisture from Lake Ontario before running into the Tug Hill's 2000 foot elevations. The result is the famous "lake effect snow machine." We'll be cross country skiing on well-maintained backcountry trails in the area's state forests, with the option for spending a day at the local nordic center. There is also a sweet little downhill ski area nearby if some in the group want to make turns. Outings are suitable for intermediate and advanced XC skiers. You will need to bring your own ski equipment, food and water, proper clothing, and any other gear necessary for spending a full day out in the snowy woods. We'll be staying in a shared house with fully equipped eat-in kitchen, bathroom, linens and towels. Breakfast cereals, bread, coffee, tea, sugar, butter, milk, and eggs are provided. Bring cooked food to share for pot luck dinners; we'll each make our own breakfasts and trail lunches. Plan on a 5+ hour drive from the NYC Metro area to the Tug Hill. Be prepared to drive in heavy snow conditions if the lake effect kicks in. Snow tires are recommended, and bring a shovel in your car. We'll be driving up Friday, January 12. Saturday and Sunday will be the main activity days. Some people leave for home Monday morning, but there's always a few who stay most of Monday to play in the snow, leaving in the afternoon. Email leader to register or for further information.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Tug Hill region, north-central NY State
Region: New York, Thousand Islands - Seaway
Leader: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Russ Faller (outdoorsruss@gmail.com)
Registrar: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous, but moderate terrain

AMC YM Interchapter Winter Weekend at Lake Placid, NY

Date: Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15

The AMC NY-NoJ Young Members Chapter is proud to announce the 2018 Winter Weekend in Lake Placid, NY. The event was a huge success in 2016 and 2017, and now we'd like to expand it to all our Young Member chapters. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amc-young-members-interchapter-winter-weekend-lake-placid-ny-tickets-38875625041 Nestled in the heart of New York's beautiful Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is one of America's top winter destinations. The city played host to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and features easy access to a wide range of winter outdoor activities. Tear up the slopes at nearby Whiteface Mountain, rent a pair of ice skates to glide across Mirror Lake, strap on the Nordic skis for miles of cross-country adventures, tame the blustery High Peaks, or relax by a warm fire. This trip is yours to make! We will aim to follow our itinerary from previous years. Last year, over a dozen intrepid NY-NoJ young members drove up to Lake Placid on the Friday before MLK Jr. weekend, stayed three nights at the Cascade Cross Country Ski Lodge just outside Lake Placid, and returned on Monday with many more great memories than they had before leaving. The Cascade Cross Country Ski Lodge, our planned venue, features a half-dozen heated bunkrooms and showers. You can see more at: http://www.cascadeski.com/. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan to arrange your own food, and please bring your own sleeping bags! We often do group dinners, but breakfast/lunch is often largely independent. If there is enough interest, we can certainly consider adding a light group breakfast at the lodge. We're looking forward to a great trip! COST ESTIMATES: REQUIRED: Three nights at the Cascade XC Ski Center: $120 OPTIONAL: One day of skiing at Whiteface Mtn: ~$90 (~$140 with ski/snowboard rentals) OPTIONAL: Single-day XC ski pass and rentals at Cascade: ~$30 Feel free to check out any other activities you might be interested in here: http://www.lakeplacid.com/ APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES TO LAKE PLACID: New York: 5 hours Boston: 5 hours Concord, NH: 4 hours Portland, ME: 6 hours Philadelphia: 6 hours Washington, DC: 8 hours

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering, Hiking, Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Skiing - Telemark, Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Cascade X-C Ski Center, 4833 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY, 12946
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: John Perilli (johnwperilli@gmail.com) 401-316-3375 (After 6 p.m. ET)
Trip Difficulty: Depends on Activity
Link: Registration Page

Catskills Sled Backpack - Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose

Date: Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15

A three night backpack to climb some of the 3,500' peaks in the East Branch Neversink River area of the Catskills. These peaks are a combination of bushwhacks and trailed peaks with a focus to work on climbing Rocky and Lone, the trailless peaks the first day and then Table and Peekamoose the second day. The trip will be to pack or sled in our gear to a base camp on Friday and then have Saturday and Sunday to climb peaks. Return on Monday. This trip is suitable for winter beginners who have a lot of three season prior experience. Keep in mind though that we will be several miles into the woods and getting out if you don't like it won't be an easy task. Previous winter hiking experience is required. For gear, boots with removable liners and snowshoes are required. Crampons and ice axes are optional. Leaders have spare sleds we can loan for those interested in using them. Contact leaders for more information about required gear and the trip plan. On the registration form please list under other comments what kind of boots, sleeping bag and tent you have. Leaders don't recommend buying a lot of gear ahead of getting a little experience to see what works well for others. Much of the gear you need can be rented or borrowed. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Clareyville ny
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

AMC Open House NYC

Date: Wednesday, January 17 - Wednesday, January 17

Looking for a way to get outdoors, reconnect to nature, and unplug for a while? We know that it can be hard living in NYC, with all of the obstacles between you and a place that's green and quiet. The Appalachian Mountain Club is here to help! Experiencing the outdoors is easy with AMC providing access to some of the best hiking, paddling, biking, camping, snow sports, and climbing in New York! We offer thousands of local activities, lodges less than an hour from NYC, guidebooks, and endless resources. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn and explore the outdoors, or you are a seasoned adventurer looking for like-minded people to connect with, the AMC has something for everyone! We will be giving a quick presentation about the AMC and the activities the New York-North Jersey Chapter offers. Bring your questions if you have them and we'll give you all of the information needed to get outdoors. You'll have a chance to meet and socialize with some experienced members of the club and ask them about what makes them passionate about the AMC and what got them involved. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please register if you will be attending!

Activity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: 5 west 63rd Street (AMC Program Office)
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Justin Bailey (jbailey@outdoors.org) 631-767-3336
Trip Difficulty: Fun!

Ski Vermont with Miramar

Date: Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

Two full days of riding, downhill, or XC skiing at Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Trapp Family Lodge, or Stowe, depending on conditions. Stay as guests of Miramar Ski Club, at its lodge in Waitsfield VT. $300 includes bus from LI/Manhattan/NJ, comfortable accommodations, two large breakfasts and dinners, open bar before and after dinner, dancing, and fireplace conversation. For Novices there is a partial reimbursement for skiing or boarding packages that includes lessons, lift tickets and rentals. Use link to register starting 30 days before the trip. Trip discount offered up to 2 weeks prior to trip. See link for more details.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield,VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Ruth Yashpan
Trip Difficulty: Beginner to expert
Link: More info

Mt. Greylock Circular Winter Backpack 3D16

Date: Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, January 21

A 16-mile loop in the northern Berkshires over moderate terrain with some steep sections and scenic viewpoints, including the highest point in MA. Limited to 6 experienced, fit winter backpackers with proper gear including snowshoes. . Register using link below. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Williamstown
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D16
Link: REGISTER HERE

Lost Clove to Biscuit Brook

Date: Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, January 21

This is a 15 mile winter backpacking trip over moderate terrain with some steep places. We will need to travel at a 1.5 to 2.0 mph pace to insure that we reach camp before dark. It is likely that snow shoes will be required and night time temperatures will be in the single digits. We will climb Belleayre, Balsam, Eagle, and Big Indian mountains. This is an excellent opportunity for a backpacker who has done some cold weather trips to try out winter backpacking. To more easily keep up to date on trip postings please consider joining our Facebook backpackers group. See link below:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Clareyville, NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: David Lloyd (dalloyd@optonline.net) 516-997-4544 (7 pm to 10 pm week nights)
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Dolly Sods Moderate Winter Beginner Backpack, WV

Date: Friday, January 26 - Monday, January 29

A three-night sled/backpack to Dolly Sods North. Lots of open terrain and not a lot of steep elevation change. Backpack will start early Friday morning where we will establish a base camp about 5 miles into the woods. We will camp out three nights in this location. We will do two days of day hikes from this location. Backpack will end early afternoon on Monday. This backpack is suitable for three-season backpackers who want to learn how to hike and camp out in the winter. More advanced backpackers welcome but program will be focused toward teaching skills and the group will stay together. Appropriate winter gear required including snowshoes, winter boots with removable liners, -20 degree sleeping bag and full body wind protection. 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. Leaders don't recommend buying a lot of gear before you get some experience seeing what other people are using for gear and what they think about it. Much of your gear can be rented or borrowed. Contact leaders for more information. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Davis WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Moderate (2C17)
Link: A copy of the Dolly Sods map from the USDA

One-night, Short Backpack & Camping in the So. Taconic Mtns.

Date: Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 28

Expand your backpacking/camping experience into winter. You know you've wanted to try it. Meet Saturday morning and backpack only 1.5 to 2 mi., set up camp, then day hike in the Mt. Washington State Forest of SW Massachusetts. Day hike possibilities: Brace Mtn. (8 mi. RT) and Alander Mtn. (3 mi. RT). Our campsite will have a picnic table, fire ring, food vault and outhouse. Participants do not need winter backpacking experience, but should have winter day hiking experience. Pack sleds can be used. Contact leader if you want to discuss your readiness and/or gear. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Washington State Forest, Massachusetts
Region: Massachusetts, Berkshires
Leader: Russ Faller (RussOutdoors@yahoo.com) 845-297-5126 (Before 9:30 PM)
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, January 28

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Lake George Wild Forest Loop

Date: Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4

A 3 day - 2 night winter backpack in the Lake George region of the Adirondacks. Base camp style trip with day hikes to Sleeping Beauty and Black mountains and lots of miles in between, hopefully on the snowy trails in Lake George. Trip is only open to experienced winter backpackers with appropriate winter gear. Limited to 6 participants. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Co-Leader: John Hilley
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains Wilderness Sled Backpack

Date: Friday, February 2 - Monday, February 5

A three-night sled/backpack to Dolly Sods and Roaring Plains Wilderness. The area is a mix of forest and open areas with great views. 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. The rest of the trip for day hiking will tend toward only moderate elevation changes. We will camp out three nights in this location. We will do two days of day hikes from this location. Backpack will end early afternoon on Monday. This backpack is suitable for three-season backpackers who want to learn how to hike and camp out in the winter. More advanced backpackers welcome but program will be focused toward teaching skills and the group will stay together. Appropriate winter gear required including snowshoes, winter boots with removable liners, -20 degree sleeping bag and full body wind protection. 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. Leaders don't recommend buying a lot of gear before you get some experience seeing what other people are using for gear and what they think about it. Much of your gear can be rented or borrowed. Contact leaders for more information. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Davis WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Winter Gear List

Presidents' Day Long Weekend XC Ski

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

This trip will be based at historic and romantic Lilac Inn in Brandon VT, near Killington, and minutes from spectacular XC centers (Rikert and Mountain Top) which have XC Skiing for all levels. Leaders will lead intermediate and advanced skiers. Beginners welcome and encouraged to take lessons (available at XC centers). Rental skis and snowshoes are available. Lilac Inn has spacious rooms with private baths. Cost is $330 PPDO (plus tax/tip) which includes 3 nights lodging, 3 full breakfasts, 2 social hours, and 2 gourmet dinners. Book early: this is a unique experience with limited number of rooms. Please contact Richard prior to registering with Doug.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Brandon VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Richard Seibel , Ron Phelps
Co-Leader: Doug and Shelly Sawyer

Seward Range Sled Backpack - Seward and Seymour

Date: Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

A three night backpack to climb some of the 4,000' peaks in the Seward Range of the Adirondacks. These peaks are all bushwhacks. The trip will be to pack or sled in our gear to a base camp on Friday and then have Saturday and Sunday to climb peaks. Return on Monday. We will meet in the area the night before the trip due to the early start time on Friday. This trip requires previous winter camping experience. For gear, boots with removable liners and snowshoes are required. Crampons and ice axes are optional. Leaders have spare sleds we can loan for those interested in using them. On the registration form under other comments please include what kind of boots, sleeping bag and tent you have. Leaders don't recommend buying a lot of gear until you have had a chance to see what others like about their gear. In many cases gear can be rented or borrowed. Contact leaders for help. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Coreys NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Indian Head Wilderness Basecamp in the NE Catskills

Date: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25

This is a short, 2-night backpack to a basecamp. Friday afternoon, we'll backpack 2 miles to set up a basecamp in the Devil's Kitchen area of the Indian Head Wilderness in the NE Catskills. On Saturday, we'll day hike up 3,573-foot Indian Head Mtn. (@5 mi. RT) and possibly 3,640-foot Twin Mtn. (8.5 mi. RT for both), depending on trail conditions. On Sunday, day hike to Codfish Point (@1.5 mi. RT) for the fabulous view. Upon returning, break camp and backpack the 2 mi. to our starting point. This trip is suitable for those with 3-season backpacking experience AND Winter day hiking experience who want to try Winter backpacking. You know, deep down, you want to do this! Contact leader if you want to discuss gear and your readiness for this adventure. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Catskills. NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Russ Faller (RussOutdoors@yahoo.com) 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM)
Link: Facebook Backpackers of NY/NoJ Chapter AMC

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, February 25

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Catskills Winter Sled Backpack - Balsam Cap, Friday, Cornell & Wittenberg

Date: Friday, March 2 - Monday, March 5

A three night backpack to the Slide Mountain Wilderness in the Catskill Park of NY. We will hike a short distance into the woods in the Moon haw Road area. From there we will climb Balsam Cap and Friday (both bushwhacks) from that location on one of our climbing days. The next day we will continue our attempt there to climb Cornell and Wittenberg (as bushwhacks) or drive to Woodland Valley to do so via trail. We may do another short climb on Friday afternoon. As this trip has a short distance approach to our campsite, winter beginners will be welcome for camping as long as they have winter day hiking experience. This is a very strenuous climb in challenging exposed terrain. Crampons, ice axes and approved boots with removable liners are required. Contact leader for more information about required gear and trip plan. Under additional comments in the registration form, please let us know what kind of boots, crampons, ice axe, sleeping bag and tent you have or that you need to acquire these before the trip. Leaders do not recommend buying a lot of new gear before you have some prior experience. Most gear can be rented or borrowed until you have a chance to see what works best for others. 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:

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: West Shokan NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Cornell from Woodland Valley

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, March 25

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, April 29

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Spring Pine Barrens Paddle

Date: Saturday, May 12 - Saturday, May 12

Spring Pine Barrens Paddle. Boat rentals available. We will either do the Oswego or the Wading depending on conditions.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Location: South Jersey
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: Great Beginners Paddle

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, May 27

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:43 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:22. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-478-1248
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Mullica River Family Canoe Trip

Date: Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3

This is a yearly favorite! Be a canoe gypsy as we paddle, swim and nosh our way down the river! This two day trip is lots of fun. Canoe rentals can be found near by. The Mullica is the longest wilderness paddle in New Jersey. You might even see the Jersey Devil! This is a great beginners trip. Families are welcome too.

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