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Friday, November 11, 2022 - Saturday, January 14, 2023
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
For over 20 years the New Hampshire Chapter has offered the Winter Hiking Series (WHS) and is pleased to do so again in 2022. The goal of this series is to provide you with the knowledge and training to safely hike the larger mountains of the Northeast during the winter months. The focus of this series is on winter day hikes in the mountains of the Northeast, especially those in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is NOT a winter backpacking workshop, although much of the gear necessities are the same or similar. The WHS begins with a weekend in early November and then a series of hikes ending in January. During that time participants will gain experience, confidence, and knowledge concerning aspects of appropriate gear, clothing, nutrition, and dynamics for winter hiking. This course is one of those life-changing opportunities. It provides you the training and experience to successfully and safely hike in Winter. Along the way you'll pick up hundreds of tips and techniques garnered from thousands of hikes in New Hampshire and around the world. The course is $340 for AMC members and $360 for non members. This includes two nights lodging at Highland Center, two dinners, two breakfasts, and one lunch as well as a book and other training materials. We will teach you the basics of safe winter travel and give you informed choices for winter gear. This program includes lectures on hiking gear, footwear (boots, crampons, & snowshoes), equipment, heat management, energy management, emergency preparedness, group safety, weather, and winter conditions. The opening weekend at Highland Center opens on Friday evening November 11th after a group dinner and includes a Saturday session with lectures and discussions as we show you the necessary equipment for later in the course. Sunday, we will have our first hike, rain, snow, or shine. Due to Covid-19, special protocols will be in place. You must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the workshop and each subsequent hike. Without this proof you will not be able to attend the workshop or participate in the hikes. A refund will be issued to anyone who tests positive or shows Covid-19 symptoms within 72 hours of the opening weekend. You must be able to demonstrate recent three season 4000 footer hiking experience (Spring, Summer and Fall) when completing the application. This is NOT for those who may be new to hiking or new to 4000 footers. Registration will begin on July 15, 2022. Class size will be limited to 27 individuals, so please complete the application early. You will be contacted by phone after we receive
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.
The opening weekend is November 11 - 13, 2022. The four subsequent hikes are scheduled for December 3, December 17, January 7 and January 14.