What we're about

We are a group of friends with similar interests - the primary one being hiking. It doesn't matter if it's a one-day trip or a multi-day backpack; we like climbing up and down mountains throughout the Northeast (and beyond). Having other people come along with us makes things even more fun. Other activities on our calendar include biking (rail trail, road, & off-road), kayaking (rivers, lakes, & ocean), skiing (downhill & cross country), and various adventure races.

Our approach is simple - the strength of a cohesive group is greater than the sum of its individual parts. We start as a group, stay as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. We travel in small groups (10-15 people) to lessen our impact on the environment and the others who are also out there enjoying the peace and solitude of the outdoors. The ultimate goal is to get outside, have a safe and enjoyable time, and then do it again.

Most of our hikes involve climbing to the highest summits in the Northeast. That means people may have to get up early, drive a long distance, and then spend most of the day hiking. There aren’t many late starts, short days, or easy/moderate level hikes on our calendar. Instead of trying to do something that another group has already perfected, we have partnered with the Blue Hills Hiking Club (http://www.meetup.com/Blue-Hills-Hiking) out of Boston, MA. If you live in the Boston area and want to get outdoors they offer almost daily hikes of varying distances and speeds.

If this sounds like fun then be sure to join our group and sign-up for an event.

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Potluck & Slideshow - The Best Unknown Place to Backpack in the World

IMPORTANT: Please register at the link below. A keycode to gain access to the building will be sent to your email the night before the show: https://goo.gl/forms/u75S7ZNnk2R3oWhX2 Potluck @ 6:30pm, slideshow @ 7:15pm, doors close @ 9:00pm. Nasja Mesa...the best unknown place to backpack in the world. Join Cambridge, MA photographer Harvey Halpern as he shows photos from his two latest long backpacks (33 and 24 days in length) on Nasja Mesa in Southern Utah. Harvey will also update you on the legal and political battle to reverse President Trump's illegal evisceration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both in Utah. Potluck: If possible, please arrive with your contribution between 6:30-6:45 pm. Homemade salads and main courses are always welcome, takeout & store bought goodies are equally welcome.There is a kitchen to prep or re-warm (stovetop, oven, 2 microwaves, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cook pots for the stovetop. HELPFUL TIP: There is a Whole Foods conveniently located across from the Community College T Stop (in the Bunker Hill Mall) for last minute food pickups! Public Transit: Take the MBTA Orange Line subway to the Community College or North Station stop. Walking times from either stop is approximately 10 minutes. The AMC's front door is located to the left of Legal Oysteria at 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA. Use Google Maps for walking directions from the T. Driving & Parking: The best way to find us is to enter "10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129" into Google Maps or your GPS. There is a small amount of free parking along the north side of City Square Park (street name is: 'City Square') after 5pm. There are 2 nearby parking garages: - Nautica Parking Garage: 88 Constitution Road (0.3 mi away) - Constitution Center Parking Lot: 1 Constitution Road (0.3 mi away)

Winter Camping Series Part 1 (Beginner) Lets try this again!

Interested in winter camping? Here is your chance to learn, teach and do at the same time. I will bring my pulk and some extra gear for people to see and maybe try. The plan is to meet at 4th Iron campground (Across the street from Sawyer River Road.) There is a fee here $15 a site, but sites are big enough for a few tents. Parking for extra cars may be a little extra, unless you park across the street. I put the start time as 3pm but because it's a Friday I understand some people may be later. I am going to shoot for site 8. There are only 8 sites at this campground so I wont be hard to find, just look for the hammock in the picture above. Once there we will set up camp, collect fire wood and then get together to go over gear and do a little Q and A. I have to take off early Saturday morning to join the Randomites for a hike up Mount Washington. but people are welcome to hang behind and hike. If anyone is interested in getting there earlier and hiking before we set up camp, that is also welcome. A few close by hikes Some gear videos to watch Zero Degree Winter Backpacking and Pulk Gear List | Weight Breakdown https://youtu.be/sASjS0OMiKs Zero Degree Winter Day Pack gear list and Weight Breakdown https://youtu.be/up7OiPVqTMs 20 Deg Fall Backpacking Gear List and Weight break down | Hammock Camping https://youtu.be/wGznVJq-4do THE FINE PRINT Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code (http://www.hikesafe.com/); the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

AMC NH Chapter Winter Workshop

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Posting this as an informational listing. If you are interested in participating in this great program (many of our groups winter hikers started with this one) be sure to use the link below to register - simply RSVPing to this posting will not suffice. There are still openings for the second session of the AMC NH Chapter weekend winter workshop at Cardigan Lodge. The dates are February 22-24. The workshop is a great way to improve winter outdoor skills, make some new like-minded friends and enjoy fabulous food. There are different classes offered that are a match for most skill levels in hiking, backcountry skiing, winter backpacking and leadership. Follow this link for more info: http://amc-nh.org/committee/excursions/index-winterworkshop.php

NH 4K ... Washington and Monroe (ADVANCED)

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Read the entire description before you RSVP to this event. If you underestimate the demands; overestimate your knowledge, experience, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself and others at risk. Consider this before you RSVP. WHAT WE'RE DOING The plan is to hike to two of the NH 4,000 footers - Washington and Monroe. We will use Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Mount Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Gulfside Trail, and Jewell Trail to reach the summits. The Lake of the Clouds Hut and the Mount Washington Visitor's Center are closed for the season. Be prepared to be above treeline - in addition to what's listed below be sure to bring wind protection AND goggles. If you are interested in participating in this event sign up for the waiting list. I will add people that (1) answer the question that is part of the RSVP process and (2) have done similar hikes within the past three months. - RSVPs close 24 hours before the event. - The maximum group size will be 12 people. - Guests aren't permitted. - Dogs are only permitted with prior approval. We start and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are fast and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slow and expect us to constantly wait for you. On this moderate pace [masked] MPH) trip we will hike about 10 miles miles and climb about 4,200 feet. It should take an average hiker about 7 h and 15 m to complete. This event is considered ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. Use this link for more information: - https://trailsnh.com/peaks/nh/4000/1-Mt-Washington-6288 - https://trailsnh.com/peaks/nh/4000/4-Mt-Monroe-5384 Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants. Use this link for the current weather forecast: - https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.2703&lon=-71.3033#.XDVuHafMy-s WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING It's winter - don't show up without winter clothing and gear. Here's what you should have: - https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/954d1e_ab8ae9bb3c364ce1abc90829554e9225.pdf Mountaineering snowshoes plus basic traction are required - if it's not listed below you need to get approval from me before you bring something different. - Mountaineering Snowshoes: MSR Evo, Lightening, or Revo. Tubbs Flex ALP or VRT. TSL Hyperflex. Atlas Aspect or Spindrift. - Basic Traction: Kahtoola MicroSpike. Hillsound Trail Crampon. - Intermediate Traction: Kahtoola K-10 or KTS Crampons. Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro. - Mountaineering Crampons (optional): Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon. Camp Stalker Universal. Petzel Vasak Leverlock Universal. WHERE WE'RE MEETING We will meet in the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead which is located on the south side of Base Station Road near Jefferson, NH. According to Google Maps it's about 161 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 h and 46 m to drive there. Use this link to customize the driving directions: - https://goo.gl/maps/QsvzGHSRFd12 THE FINE PRINT Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code (http://www.hikesafe.com/); the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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