Appalachian Mountain Club Spring Hiking Program

Bondcliff, White Mountains

Bondcliff, White Mountains

If you know someone who is a beginner day hiker or backpacker or wants to become one, and they live in the Boston area, you should encourage them to sign up for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Spring Hiking Program. This an annual lecture series and program of day hikes and backpacks reserved for hiking beginners or people who want to increase their outdoor skills before setting out on their own adventures. It’s also a great way to meet other hikers and AMC trip leaders for people who want to make new hiking friends or get more involved with the club.

The cost of the course is $50 or AMC members and $55 for non-members. In addition to 5 evenings of lectures on Tuesday April 17 & 24th and May 1, 8 & 15th, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The instruction topics on each Tuesday evening include: clothing, heat and energy management, nutrition, footwear, heat injuries/hypothermia, choosing the right gear, backcountry stewardship, physical conditioning, accident prevention, map and compass skills, weather hazards, sleeping bags, tents, and more! Day Hiking topics will be covered the first three evenings and Backpacking topics on the fifth with a mix of subjects on the fourth evening.

Attendees also receive a comprehensive course manual and the newly updated AMC White Mountain Guide book with maps, a $24.95 value.

I’ll be teaching two of the topics on the class agenda:

  • Day Hiking and the Ten Essentials
  • Fundamentals of Leave No Trace

In addition, I’m co-leading a stealth camping trip to North and South Hancock Mountains where we’ll learn how to select a good unprepared “wild campsite” and camp in a way that preserves the area as we found it. This is a very important skill to learn if you have the heart of an adventurer and want to go where “no woman (or man) has gone before.” You can do still do that in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Class enrollment is limited to 150 students and always fills up early, so don’t delay. Make sure to sign up today.

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4 Responses to Appalachian Mountain Club Spring Hiking Program

  1. Greg March 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Is the stealth trip only open to class participants? I’m very interested in the trip, but don’t think I could make several of the class dates…

  2. Earlylite March 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    They usually get first crack before we let non-program participants onto these trips, but most of the program trips are usually oversubscribed, so it’s unlikely that you’d get on if you weren’t in the program.

    I was planning on running a regular club stealth backpacking trip to Mt Carrigan and The Desolation Trail in the June/July time frame. You’re welcome to sign up for that. It will be listed under the Boston Chapter trips.

  3. Boo March 10, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I live in Bangor but will be in Boston the evening of May 8th. Do you suppose I could sit in on that lecture?

    • Earlylite March 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      You have to pay the class fee to see the lectures, though the slides will be available online afterwards.

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