It’s official. I’m going to be co-leading backpacking trips with the NY/NJ Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club staring in late September. My first trip will be a moderate, 3 day/2 night trip in the Western Catskills, so register if you want to come along. I’ll be assisting my old friend Christine Benton, who I’ve hiked with before in the White Mountains, the Catskills, and the Adirondacks.
You’re probably wondering, why the NY/NJ Chapter and not the Boston or the New Hampshire Chapters, which are much closer to my home?
Of all the AMC chapters I have hiked with, the NY/NJ Chapter is by far the most forward looking in terms of lightweight backpacking. A lot of the leaders there make a point to mentor new hikers on how to cut their gear weight, so I reckon I’ll fit in pretty well. If you recall, I also co-lead a demonstration day hike on lightweight backpacking in New York last April, with this same group.
Looking back on my own group backpacking experience, I’ve also done most of my organized group hikes with leaders from this chapter. I’ve been on trips with them on the Long Trail (Vermont), the White Mountains (New Hampshire), the Taconics (Connecticut/Massachusetts), the Adirondacks (New York) and the Catskills (New York). They really get around and I wouldn’t mind backpacking in all of those locations again.
It feels like it’s the right time to start hiking with other people again, as least part of the time, and I’m looking forward to the day when I can run my own trips with this chapter as a full leader.
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