Feel the Wind on Cardigan and Firescrew Mountains

Date and Time

Saturday, December 4, 2021


New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.


So you've done a few hikes below tree line and are ready to go a little higher and feel the wind in your face? Come join Elizabeth and Jim on this hike up Cardigan and Firescrew Mountains, where we'll focus on spending time in exposed sections of the hike appropriately handling the weather. Our intended route up Manning Trail and down Clark Trail has about 1,732 ft of vertical gain over 4.9 miles, and should take us 4-5 hours. This will be a nice chance to talk about and demonstrate how to stay happy and safe above treeline (ATL), and help you decide if bigger ATL trips are for you or not. Note that we expect to modify the route as needed so that microspikes will suffice on this trip (i.e. crampons and ice axe not needed), although we will require a facemask and either ski goggles or glasses for wind protection. See the full recommended gear list below. Participants must have some prior winter hiking experience, and strong Winter Hiking Program participants who have already completed a Level 1 hike are welcome on this hike. To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out. All participants should bring a face mask on the trip for emergency use, but are not required to wear it while hiking, although we note that masks are still advised for unvaccinated individuals and whenever 6' distancing with others cannot be maintained.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.



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AMC winter hiking group in 2020



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Cardigan Lodge




Adults (18+)


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Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter and Adventure Travel. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. International trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands, Newfoundland, Iceland and New Zealand.


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Jim Hutchinson has hiked all 48 of the NH 4000 footers, many in winter, and has also done various expedition climbs including Mt Rainier, Denali, and Kilimanjaro. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and now daydreams about trying the Continental Divide Trail someday. He is an AMC leader for Three Season Hiking/Backpacking, Local Hikes, and Ski.