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Lightweight Hiking in New England

Lighten Up that Pack! – Appalachian Mountain Club Talk and Gear Demo in Boston, May 1st

Are you ready to let go of the extra gear/weight in your backpack for lighter, longer, more enjoyable day hikes or backpacking trips this summer? Or do you find yourself saying, “but I neeeed this”, when packing extra sets of nearly everything in your backpack? Join Appalachian Mountain Club Leaders Julie LePage and Philip Werner […]

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Dave Collins of CleverHiker

CleverHiker Preview of The 20 Most Essential Trail Skills by Dave Collins

A few months ago, I was trying to determine a focus for the next CleverHiker video series. For our second season, I wanted get away from gear and focus on teaching skills. The idea came about to make a 10-episode series on the most critical trail skills and I started to scribble down ideas. It […]

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Mount Washington in Winter

Boston Chapter Appalachian Mountain Club Winter Hiking Program – 2013

I really love winter hiking and I’m lucky to live so close to New Hampshire’s White Mountains which have a 5-6 months of winter seasonal hiking and mountaineering each year. There’s nothing quite as majestic as climbing a mountain in winter, or physically and mentally challenging. But winter hiking is a lot more technical than […]

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Autumn in the White Mountains

Andrew Skurka’s White Mountains Backpacking Fundamentals Trip, 2013

Last weekend, I participated in another fantastic three-day backpacking fundamentals trip with hiker extraordinaire Andrew Skurka and nine students. This year, we hiked in the remote and little used Stinson-Carr-Kineo region of the White Mountains which proved to be absolutely delightful in crisp, late autumn weather. Southeast of Mount Moosilauke, the terrain here is varied with […]

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Students work on Compass Navigation Problems in Class

AMC Map and Compass Instructional Weekend: September 27-29, 2013

If you really want to learn how to use a compass, you owe it yourself to attend Joe Comuzzi and Bob Knudsens’ annual Map and Compass Instruction Weekend in the White Mountains this month. Held from Friday, 9/27 – Sunday, 9/29, the class is held at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Harvard Cabin, close to Mount Washington, […]

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Above Treeline - From Adams to Madison

What is the Footing Like in the White Mountains?

I’m co-leading a Backpacking Fundamentals trip in two months with Andrew Skurka, and one of our students contacted me over the weekend for help with his homework. He’s been assigned the Footing section of the Environmental Conditions Assessment we have students collaborate on before the trip. The purpose of the Environmental Conditions Assessment is to base your […]

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