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Van Cortland Park Ramble 2B7(H)

Date: Monday, October 14

Da Bronx? Thonx! We start at 9:45 AM and will explore NYC's third largest park. Lake, forest, marathon training hills, historic sites - this park has it all. Take the #1 train to it's end at 242nd Street. We will go around 7 miles, with moderate hills, at a steady, moderate pace - distance will depend on the route we take. At times you won't believe you are in NYC. Wear good shoes, bring plenty of water and lunch. Heavy rain cancels. If so, I will post on the short notice site by 7 AM. Plus I will email anyone who has notified me by email they are coming. Newcomers, beginners, kids welcome.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 242nd Street and Broadway, NY , park side. Last stop on #1 train.
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Tarlo (davsong@aol.com) 917-922-9108 (day of hike only)
Trip Difficulty: 2B7 - moderate

Nominate a Special Volunteer for a Recognition Award!

Date: Tuesday, October 15

Show how much you love our volunteers! Nominate a special volunteer for one of 4 Volunteer Recognition Awards sponsored by the NY-NoJ Chapter, including the crown jewel - Appie of the Year! Consider how much you appreciate the preparation, professionalism and good cheer your favorite volunteer leaders offer when they lead or host a hike, backpack, climbing, sailing, paddling or social event. Think about who introduced you to the AMC and whose enthusiasm convinced you to join as a member. Thank the folks who quietly maintain our local trails, schedule fun events, and do all those little things that makes our chapter work. Take just a few minutes to thank them by sending nominations for ... - Appie of the Year Award - Inspirational Volunteer Award - Ambassador Award - Unsung Hero Award Send your name (optional), Nominee names, suggested award(s) and DETAILED explanations with specific examples for your nominations. Tell us their stories and how they exemplify the best of our membership. Nominators and Nominees must be AMC members. Submit nominations by clicking the REGISTER NOW button or sending to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRtCVsT67H3w24NMbZ14vOoIEUR_jSuD11CJwB_IZGgUfgzg/viewform Deadline is October 31, 2019. Awardees will be announced at the Annual Dinner & Meeting in New York City on January 4, 2019. AWARD DESCRIPTIONS Inspirational Volunteer Award : For a member who embodies the spirit of our chapter and inspires others by leading, mentoring, or encouraging leadership or activity for AMC this year. Ambassador Award : For a member who encourages others to participate with AMC or promotes AMC and our Chapter by recruiting, speaking for or representing AMC at events (including in office, outside venue or related to an activity), etc this year. Unsung Hero Award : For a member who supports the chapter in less visible or celebrated ways behind the scenes , such as public service (conservation, trails), communications, editing, committee service, record keeping, etc this year. More details about each Award and past Awardees at https://www.amc-ny.org/volunteer-recognition-awards/

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Camping, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, First Aid, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Ice Skating, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Meetings, Paddling, Photography, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Softball, Walks, Yoga
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Eileen Yin

Johnsontown Loop 2D7(H)

Date: Tuesday, October 15

A couple of spectacular viewpoints on the heights and a pleasant lake stop for a late lunch. Several long ups and one teensy up rock scramble. VERY moderate pace. Sit-down lunch of 20-25 min. We get out when we get out. Trans. 1B Sloatsburg. Take the 373 leaving the Port Authority at 7:50 and arriving in Sloatsburg at 8:47. Cars, be at the muni lot behind the fire dept. in Sloatsburg by 8:50. Bus hikers, walk forward along SR 17 to the lot. All register: wandatrails@gmail.com by 7 PM Monday. Identify yourself as a bus hiker if applicable. L. Wanda Davenport

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Johnsontown Road parking, Sloatsburg, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Wanda Davenport (wandatrails@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2D7

Two day-hikes in the Catskills in North/South Lake State Park 3C/D6(H)

Date: Wednesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 17

Two day-hikes in the Catskills in North/South Lake State Park at the peak of the leaf-peeking season. On Wednesday we will hike a northerly loop 6 miles along the top of the escarpment overlooking the Hudson River Valley. 700-foot altitude gain; a few rock scrambles (3D6). On Thursday, we hike a southerly loop of 6 miles along the escarpment (3C6). We plan to stay the night of the 16th at a nearby inn with a hot tub and swimming pool. Contact leader for details: Bill McCarthy: billmcca@optonline.net 203-853-6655 or cell 203-247-2127

Activity Categories: Hiking
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Bill McCarthy (billmcca@optonline.net) 203-246-2127
Trip Difficulty: 3C/D6

Fall Foliage Backpacking in Southern Vermont (2C23)

Date: Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20

Come catch the final glimpse of peak fall foliage season in beautiful southern Vermont. Approximately 23 miles along this scenic section of the Appalachian trail. We will hike at a moderate pace from Mad Tom Notch Rd to Stratton Arlington Road. Friday we will hike approximately 3.5 miles and camp near Bromley Shelter. Saturday we will hike approximately 13 miles and camp at beautiful Stratton Pond. Sunday we will hike out approximately 7 miles over Stratton mountain. Terrain is moderate most of the way with the exception of the Stratton Mountain climb (elevation gain of approximately 1,500 feet). Since this is a popular area, the trip is limited to 6 experienced three-season backpackers (plus leaders) with all necessary equipment.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Stratton Pond, Stratton VT
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: David Mong
Co-Leader: Paul Greenberg
Trip Difficulty: Moderate with one 1,500 foot climb

Bike Old Croton Aqueduct - Croton to Yonkers

Date: Saturday, October 19 - Saturday, October 19

Must RSVP. Hybrid or Mountain Bike. Helmet and gloves are required. Bring adequate drinks, though we stop to buy lunch. Terrain: Rolling, flat, and minor hills. Enjoy an all-day, leisurely, Halloween, one-way ride through Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow including the historic Old Dutch Church. From the Croton Point Park, bicycle the dirt path of the OCA with many stops including Sing Sing, Octagon House, OCA Visitor Center, Lyndhurst, and the many weirs and conical ventilators. We set the tone and pace with a meditative labyrinth walk. Coursing through the middle of Westchester, the route is sometimes tricky to find, hence a guided tour. Early out options. The trail itself is mostly flat but there are some moderate climbs where we get on and off the trail at the fragmented points, and on the way to and back from our lunch stop in Tarrytown, NY. We take the Metro-North train back to Croton-Harmon from Yonkers ($5 bike pass (re-usable forever if you buy at Grand Central) + $5 fare). Must have wider tires, no road bikes. Note: Ride will not go in rain or wet roads. Map of route available at: Friends of Old Croton Aqueduct: http://www.aqueduct.org/ For more details and meet time, contact L.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Westchester County
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Glenn Barnes
Trip Difficulty: 8B25
Link: Old Croton Aqueduct

Brilliant Fall Colors, Cactus and Bamboo Forests on 7.5 Mile Garrison Hike 3D7.5(H)

Date: Saturday, October 19 - Saturday, October 19

Registration is requested by clicking on the Register Now link above in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to the many last minute cancellations and some no shows. Let's hope for a nice fall day in the Hudson Highlands, where we will see fall foliage on the Arden Point and Glenclyffe loop trails by the Hudson river, which face West Point on the other side, and have a climb up to Sugarloaf Mountain, where there will be lots of cactus on the summit, as well as small bamboo forests on the trail. We should have plenty of time afterwards to relax on the historic Garrison Landing by the river and visit the Garrison Art Center. Another treat on the Landing is the newly opened Dolly's Restaurant and Café offering gourmet food and deserts. Our hike begins right from the train station, where we proceed to walk along the trails to the scenic Arden Point. From there we hike along the ridge on the Sugarloaf trail, and ascend the mountain for our scenic lunch spot. On the way back to the train station, we hike along trails on the Glenclyffe loop, which has a few gazebos and benches to enjoy the scenery. Trains along the scenic Hudson Line return to Manhattan at least hourly. We will hike at a steady, brisk 3 level (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 7.5 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails in the woods and on rocky terrain. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 1500 feet. Hikers should wear hiking boots, have 2 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch, and be in good condition to complete a strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as wet and slippery rocks, may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. We meet at 10:10 AM in the Garrison train station parking lot. The transportation information for both public transportation leaving from Grand Central and cars (AMC Trans code: 5C on the AMC New York-North Jersey website) is indicated below. Please purchase a one way ticket since there may be rides back to the city offered, and arrive a bit early to allow time to purchase tickets, and getting to the proper gate. 5. 8:45 a.m. METRO-NORTH RR [masked]http://www.mta.info/schedules) Poughkeepsie train from GCT. C. Garrison, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 10:06. ¼-mi. W of Rts. 9D & 403.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Garrison, NY train station
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3D7.5
Link: Transportation Codes

4th Annual Bear Mountain Oktoberfest & Foliage Hike 3C10(H)

Date: Saturday, October 19 - Saturday, October 19

(Attention: Rain Alt. - 10/20) The return of the 4th annual Bear Mountain Oktoberfest and fall foliage hike! Every year, I try to come up with a different hiking route covering different parts of this state park just so it does not get repetitive. Time allowing, we will hit the beautiful exposed peaks that this park has to offer, including The Timp, Bald, Dunderberg and West Mountains over the stretch of 10 miles or so. After the hike, we will enjoy the festivity. Bring your own stein if you are planning to drink. Meet the group at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area (GPS: 41.29716, -74.02807) at 10:15. There will be a $10 parking fee. Rides (two seats) are available from and back to Weehawken/Union City, which is a mere 10~15-min bus ride from PABT. Seats are offered on the first come; first served basis. Feel free to inquire about the availability. All the associated costs will be shared. Alternatively, you may take the Coach USA Shortline bus from PABT. For more details about the bus, visit: https://web.coachusa.com/shortline/booking.asp?action=ProductDetail&TRP=1&productId=7306 Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure schedule of the bus. Every year, there is a long queue and massive confusion about the gate assignment.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking, Music, Social Events
Location: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Registrar: Heeday Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C10
Link: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest

6 mile moderate hike on Appalachian Trail to Dover Oak, New York's biggest tree 2C6(H)

Date: Saturday, October 19 - Saturday, October 19

We'll start at the Metro North Railroad Appalachian Trail stop. Heading west on the Appalachian Trail (toward Georgia), we'll walk across the 1600-foot boardwalk past cattails and tall phragmites reeds. The boardwalk goes over the Great Swamp, NY's third-largest freshwater wetland. Then we'll head into the woods and a gentle ascent up Corbin Hill. At the top we'll come out into farmland meadows and fields before going back into the woods. The trail will bring us to the Dover Oak, the largest oak in New York and largest tree on the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail. After continuing on a ways further, we'll reverse course and head back to the start the way we came. We'll go close to 3 miles out and 3 miles back. This trail includes a short (~50 m) steep part. Otherwise, it's mostly rolling hills or flat, with an elevation gain of 1,120 feet. There are stretches that may be muddy, though there are planks of wood to walk on to avoid the mud. Please be sure to bring at least two quarts of water for drinking and appropriate clothes in case the weather is cold or wet. We will meet by the tiny station for the train that arrives at the Appalachian Trail Metro North Railroad stop (Harlem Line) at 11:22 am (the train that departs Grand Central at 9:10 am), and return in time for the 11:35 AM train that departs for NYC. If arriving by car, there is a parking lot by the train station. We will start hiking soon after the train arrives.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Appalachian Trail Metro North Railroad stop; 991 State Rte 55, Pawling, NY 12545
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Ilya Fischhoff 412-965-7228 (9 am to 7 pm)
Trip Difficulty: 2C6 - Moderate
Link: Metro North schedule lookup

Northern Harriman Ramble 3D12(H)

Date: Sunday, October 20

Come explore some of the prettiest parts of Harriman Park on some of the least traveled trails. Email to register.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Northern Harriman Park
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D12

It's All About the Trees at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ - Guided Tree Walk and more 2A6(W)

Date: Sunday, October 20

This annual tree walk is guided by a biology professor who has been studying the trees at Fairview Cemetery for 17 years. Fairview, a beautifully maintained 105-acre cemetery, opened in 1868. The natural landscape and stone memorials were carefully designed to create a unified composition and is particularly lovely in the autumn. The walk from the meeting location to the cemetery is approximately two miles. The total length of the walk is estimated at six miles. We will stop for lunch in a park on the way to the cemetery tree tour. Please pack a lunch. There will be time to explore Westfield's lively downtown. From Manhattan take a 10:00 am bus from PABT; free parking available near the meeting location; drivers meet at 10:45. Registration required. Transportation details and meeting location will be provided when you register.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Westfield, NJ
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6
Link: Fairview Cemetery

Nominate a Special Volunteer for a Recognition Award!

Date: Tuesday, October 22

Show how much you love our volunteers! Nominate a special volunteer for one of 4 Volunteer Recognition Awards sponsored by the NY-NoJ Chapter, including the crown jewel - Appie of the Year! Consider how much you appreciate the preparation, professionalism and good cheer your favorite volunteer leaders offer when they lead or host a hike, backpack, climbing, sailing, paddling or social event. Think about who introduced you to the AMC and whose enthusiasm convinced you to join as a member. Thank the folks who quietly maintain our local trails, schedule fun events, and do all those little things that makes our chapter work. Take just a few minutes to thank them by sending nominations for ... - Appie of the Year Award - Inspirational Volunteer Award - Ambassador Award - Unsung Hero Award Send your name (optional), Nominee names, suggested award(s) and DETAILED explanations with specific examples for your nominations. Tell us their stories and how they exemplify the best of our membership. Nominators and Nominees must be AMC members. Submit nominations by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button or sending to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRtCVsT67H3w24NMbZ14vOoIEUR_jSuD11CJwB_IZGgUfgzg/viewform Deadline is October 31, 2019. Awardees will be announced at the Annual Dinner & Meeting in New York City on January 4, 2019. AWARD DESCRIPTIONS Inspirational Volunteer Award : For a member who embodies the spirit of our chapter and inspires others by leading, mentoring, or encouraging leadership or activity for AMC this year. Ambassador Award : For a member who encourages others to participate with AMC or promotes AMC and our Chapter by recruiting, speaking for or representing AMC at events (including in office, outside venue or related to an activity), etc this year. Unsung Hero Award : For a member who supports the chapter in less visible or celebrated ways behind the scenes , such as public service (conservation, trails), communications, editing, committee service, record keeping, etc this year. More details about each Award and past Awardees at https://www.amc-ny.org/volunteer-recognition-awards/

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Camping, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, Cultural, First Aid, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Ice Skating, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Meetings, Paddling, Photography, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Softball, Walks, Yoga
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Eileen Yin

Backpack Lake George Wild Forest ( 2C28 )

Date: Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27

Spend 3 days exploring the Lake George Wild Forest. This area has a mix of mountains, ponds, pleasant forests and the scenic shoreline of Lake George. We'll utilize a backcountry base camp and spend half our time hiking w/day packs. Limited to 6 participants. Strong beginners w/recent day hiking and backpacking experience are encouraged to register. Participants will meet Thursday ( 10/24 ) at 6 PM in the town of Hudson Falls to enjoy a casual dinner, dancing and open mic at " Gus's Place ". Then drive to car camp near the trailhead so the group can start hiking at 8 AM Friday ( 10/25 ) morning. Option to stay at hotel/motel in Queensbury, NY. BACKPACKING ITINERARY: Day #1 hike 4 miles to basecamp. Then hike 7.5 miles to the shores of Lake George and Shelving Rock Falls. Day #2 hike 11 miles over Black Mtn and explore several picturesque ponds. Day #3 hike 5.5 miles out over Sleeping Beauty Mtn to end the trip. Please preregister using the "Register Now" button below. Don't hesitate to sign up for a trip that is wait listed. More often than not, there are cancellations. Let the leader know you want to help in the comments section of the registration. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Lake George Wild Forest
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Christopher Bickford (chrisbick4d@gmail.com) 646-334-1525
Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Link: AMC Facebook Backpackers Group

Harriman Fall Foliage Backpack (2C15)

Date: Saturday, October 26 - Sunday, October 27

This is a moderate fall foliage trip in Harriman State Park of about 15 miles. Beginners with proper equipment are welcome.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Harriman State Park
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: John O'Brien (jjobrien5543@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Young Members (20's & 30's) South Mountain Reservation

Date: Saturday, October 26 - Saturday, October 26

Join us for a leisurely 6-mile leaf peeping hike at the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ. For those coming from the city it's a 45 minute ride on NJ Transit, and for those driving there is a parking lot at the trail head. Here is a summary of the hike: https://www.njhiking.com/south-mountain-reservation-hemlock-falls/ I expect the hike to last from about 10am - noon. After the hike those who wish can gather at the nearby Millburn Diner for lunch. And if you're still not ready to head home, at 2pm there is a dog Halloween costume contest happening at the South Mountain Reservation's dog park. Heavy rain and thunderstorms cancel trip. No RSVP required. Questions? Email: AMC.emilyberry@gmail.com Meeting point: Locus Grove Parking Lot at South Mountain Reservation (Near the intersection of Glen Ave and Lackawanna Place, in Millburn, NJ) What to bring: Water, snacks and weather appropriate clothes. Sneakers are ok, but wear hiking boots if you have them. Getting there: From Penn Station New York take the 9:11am Morris & Essex line train to the Millburn stop, arriving at 9:54am and walk across the street to the parking lot to meet up with the group. Please double check the train schedules the day of in case there are changes. For those driving there is parking in the Locus Grove Parking Lot, but plan to arrive early to find alternative parking if the lot is full.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Emily Berry (AMC.emilyberry@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2B6

Fall Foliage in Niagara Gorge 2C10(H)

Date: Saturday, October 26 - Saturday, October 26

Let's explore the Niagara Gorge through Devil's Hole, Whirlpool and Niagara Falls State Parks over the course of 10 miles or so during the peak foliage season. https://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/47098/1599303/ The group will meet at Devil's Hole State Park Parking Area (GPS: 43.13292, -79.04768) at 11:00. We will hike along the gorge through Devil's Hole, Whirlpool and Niagara Falls State Parks. At Niagara Falls, we will have some free time to do some optional tours, such as Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist and Observation Tower. We will leave Niagara Falls around 16:00 and make our way back to Devil's Hole by 18:00. Sunset is at 18:17. Rides (two seats) are available from and back to Newark from where I'll be renting and returning a vehicle. We are leaving on Fri evening after work and returning on Sun night spending Fri and Sat nights at a motel/inn along the way. Seats are offered on the first come; first served basis. Feel free to inquire about the availability. All the associated costs will be shared.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Devil's Hole State Park Parking Area
Region: Other U.S.
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Registrar: Heeday Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2C10
Link: Planned Route

Mongaup, class II, II+

Date: Sunday, October 27

Chris Viani river leads. A rare, special release for this MONSTERGAP celebration. 1 turbine + 1 released at bypass reach. AMC and AW execs ask some of us to try out the flow on the bypass reach for future expanded rec releases. Your choice. Start by the dam for the boat study, or just run laps on the Mongaup. Once registered, we'll give special instructions for both put-in options.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Mongaup whitewater access launch site
Region: New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com)

Nominate a Special Volunteer for a Recognition Award!

Date: Tuesday, October 29

Show how much you love our volunteers! Nominate a special volunteer for one of 4 Volunteer Recognition Awards sponsored by the NY-NoJ Chapter, including the crown jewel - Appie of the Year! Consider how much you appreciate the preparation, professionalism and good cheer your favorite volunteer leaders offer when they lead or host a hike, backpack, climbing, sailing, paddling or social event. Think about who introduced you to the AMC and whose enthusiasm convinced you to join as a member. Thank the folks who quietly maintain our local trails, schedule fun events, and do all those little things that makes our chapter work. Take just a few minutes to thank them by sending nominations for ... - Appie of the Year Award - Inspirational Volunteer Award - Ambassador Award - Unsung Hero Award Send your name (optional), Nominee names, suggested award(s) and DETAILED explanations with specific examples for your nominations. Tell us their stories and how they exemplify the best of our membership. Nominators and Nominees must be AMC members. Click Register Now to submit nominations, or send to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRtCVsT67H3w24NMbZ14vOoIEUR_jSuD11CJwB_IZGgUfgzg/viewform Deadline is October 31, 2019. Awardees will be announced at the Annual Dinner & Meeting in New York City on January 4, 2019. AWARD DESCRIPTIONS Inspirational Volunteer Award : For a member who embodies the spirit of our chapter and inspires others by leading, mentoring, or encouraging leadership or activity for AMC this year. Ambassador Award : For a member who encourages others to participate with AMC or promotes AMC and our Chapter by recruiting, speaking for or representing AMC at events (including in office, outside venue or related to an activity), etc this year. Unsung Hero Award : For a member who supports the chapter in less visible or celebrated ways behind the scenes , such as public service (conservation, trails), communications, editing, committee service, record keeping, etc this year. More details about each Award and past Awardees at https://www.amc-ny.org/volunteer-recognition-awards/

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Camping, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, Cultural, First Aid, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Ice Skating, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Meetings, Paddling, Photography, Rock Climbing, Running, Sailing, Skiing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Softball, Walks, Yoga
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Eileen Yin
Link: Submit Nominations

LAST DAY to Nominate a Special Volunteer for a Recognition Award

Date: Thursday, October 31

Today is the LAST CHANCE to Show how much you love our volunteers! Nominate a special volunteer TODAY for one of 4 Volunteer Recognition Awards sponsored by the NY-NoJ Chapter, including the crown jewel - Appie of the Year! Consider how much you appreciate the preparation, professionalism and good cheer your favorite volunteer leaders offer when they lead or host a hike, backpack, climbing, sailing, paddling or social event. Think about who introduced you to the AMC and whose enthusiasm convinced you to join as a member. Thank the folks who quietly maintain our local trails, schedule fun events, and do all those little things that makes our chapter work. Take just a few minutes to thank them by sending nominations for ... - Appie of the Year Award - Inspirational Volunteer Award - Ambassador Award - Unsung Hero Award Send your name (optional), Nominee names, suggested award(s) and DETAILED explanations with specific examples for your nominations. Tell us their stories and how they exemplify the best of our membership. Nominators and Nominees must be AMC members. Submit nominations by clicking REGISTER NOW or sending to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRtCVsT67H3w24NMbZ14vOoIEUR_jSuD11CJwB_IZGgUfgzg/viewform Deadline is October 31, 2019. Awardees will be announced at the Annual Dinner & Meeting in New York City on January 4, 2019. AWARD DESCRIPTIONS Inspirational Volunteer Award : For a member who embodies the spirit of our chapter and inspires others by leading, mentoring, or encouraging leadership or activity for AMC this year. Ambassador Award : For a member who encourages others to participate with AMC or promotes AMC and our Chapter by recruiting, speaking for or representing AMC at events (including in office, outside venue or related to an activity), etc this year. Unsung Hero Award : For a member who supports the chapter in less visible or celebrated ways behind the scenes , such as public service (conservation, trails), communications, editing, committee service, record keeping, etc this year. More details about each Award and past Awardees at https://www.amc-ny.org/volunteer-recognition-awards/

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Camping, Climbing/Mountaineering, Conservation, Cultural, First Aid, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Ice Skating, Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Meetings, Music, Paddling, Photography, Rock Climbing, Running, Sailing, Skiing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Social Events, Softball, Walks, Yoga
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Eileen Yin

Vast Views, Urban Scenes & Leafy Streets in Weehawken 2A6(W)

Date: Saturday, November 2

Meet me in Jersey City and together we will take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Bergenline Ave where we will enter the world of Union City, Weehawken and West New York. See an eclectic mix of lively storefronts, leafy streets, historic sights, and a lush landscape along with awesome river views. Remember to pack a lunch. From Manhattan, take the 33rd Street PATH train to the Pavonia/Newport Station. Meet 10:30 at the benches of the Newport Welcome Garden just outside the Path station exit. (You can get the 33rd Street Path train from any of these stops: W.33rd, 23rd, 14th, 9th or Christopher St.) Note: The WTC Path Station is currently closed on weekends.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Newport Welcome Garden, Pavonia/Newport Path Station, NJ
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Trail Race: Black Rock Ten Summit 25K

Date: Saturday, November 2 - Saturday, November 2

Join me on the Ten Summits 25k race! This would be my second trail race, and the longest (15.6 miles) and most in elevation gain (roughly 3,500' gain). Registration is $50 until August 28 or $60 thereafter. For more information, refer to: https://blackrockraces.com/races/?fbclid=IwAR1MUtHbJhzDpVcwgMsaDkAyQgPlEx-elQ5c89s1hWOapBHOz7MhZfVJwRc https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=63097 Meet the group at 7:45 at the designated parking lot for registration and warm-up.

Activity Categories: Running
Location: Black Rock Forest Main Parking Lot
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Registrar: Heeday Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2C15.6
Link: Race Info

Old Westbury Gardens

Date: Sunday, November 3 - Sunday, November 3

Let's visit one of my favorite mansions and gardens on Long Island and stroll around while we enjoy the last bit of the foliage. Admission is normally $12/adult, but if you are a Bank of America customer and is eligible for the 'Museum on Us' program (see details at: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture/partners.html#fbid=AwCzP7cMBgn), it is waived. Bring your credit or debit cards along with your photo ID to take an advantage of this great program. The group will meet at its parking lot at 11:00. Rides (two seats) are available from and back to Weehawken/Union City, which is a mere 10~15-min bus ride from PABT. Alternatively, I can also arrange pick-up/drop-off in Fort Lee and 175 Street station along A train. Seats are offered on the first come; first served basis. Feel free to inquire about the availability. All the associated costs will be shared. Alternatively, you can also take the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station (9:52) to Carle Place (10:33). I can scoop up four passengers from there.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking, Social Events, Walks
Location: Old Westbury Gardens
Region: New York, Long Island
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Registrar: Heeday Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 1A5
Link: Old Westbury Gardens

Van Cortlandt Park in Autumn - 6 miles 2C6(H)

Date: Saturday, November 9

Explore trails in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, at a moderate 2.5- 3.0 mph pace. Some minor hills but little altitude gain. Our trails will include; The John Muir Trail, Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, Putnam Trail and several rustic trails in the northwest forest. A walking stick or poles would be helpful. Bring lunch and drinks. Restrooms are available. Early out to the IRT #1 train if needed. Wet weather cancels. The group meets at 8:45 a.m., street level at the last stop on the IRT #4 subway line (Woodlawn). We begin at 9 a.m. Give yourself enough time to get there.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Bronx, NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Steve Galla (steve@stevegalla.com) 914-953-2222 (Text me anytime. Call from the #4 IRT.)
Trip Difficulty: 2C6 - Easy-moderate

Roaring Plains West Wilderness, WV, Backpack (2C15)

Date: Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 17

A two-night backpack with 15 miles covered in an area next to the Dolly Sods Wilderness that is known for the sound of the wind roaring over the eastern continental divide. This point-to-point backpack starts Friday at 3:00 and ends mid-afternoon on Sunday. The route is generally flat to downhill but the trails are rocky, muddy and most of the mileage on Saturday is a bushwhack. Most of the trip will be above 4,000 feet in elevation. We will move camp each night. The route features numerous open vistas. Pace will be moderate for time to enjoy the views. This area is subject to early winter conditions so expect low temperatures. If the area has snow or snow is predicted we will relocate the trip. Roads are not plowed in this area. Due to the lack of tall trees in the area, a bear canister or Ursack is required to store your food at night. This trip is suitable for those with previous 3 season backpacking experience with gear appropriate for the anticipated weather. Contact the leader for more information.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Laneville WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Ron Phelps
Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Link: A Mid Atlantic Hikes trip report on the Canyon Rim Trail.

Breakneck Ridge To South Beacon 3D10(H)

Date: Sunday, November 17

Come Hike one of the favored destinations for hikers. The views are spectacular! Not for those who do not like lots of climbing... Email to register.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Breakneck Ridge, Cold Spring NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D10

Harriman Trail Medley Backpack ( 2C18 )

Date: Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, December 7 - Saturday, December 7

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

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

Holiday Lights in Midtown 2A5(W)

Date: Tuesday, December 10

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

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

AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack (2C5)

Date: Friday, December 13 - Sunday, December 15

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

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

AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack (2C4)

Date: Friday, December 27 - Sunday, December 29

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

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

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

Date: Friday, January 10 - Monday, January 13

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

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

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

Date: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20

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

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

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

Date: Friday, January 17 - Monday, January 20

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

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

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

Date: Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26

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

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

Wittenberg & Cornell 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, January 25

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

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

Vanderwhacker Mountain Adirondacks Sled/Backpack (2C10)

Date: Friday, February 7 - Monday, February 10

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

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

Table, Peekamoose & Lone Mountains 3D12(H)

Date: Saturday, February 8

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

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

Mount Abraham Vermont Sled/Backpack (2C16)

Date: Friday, February 21 - Monday, February 24

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

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

Balsam Cap & Rocky Mountains 3D8(H)

Date: Saturday, March 14

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

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

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

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. Contact Richard Breusch or David Mong for more information.

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

Pine Barrens Spring Paddle .

Date: Saturday, May 16

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

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

Mullica River Family Canoe trip .

Date: Friday, June 5 - Sunday, June 7

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

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