NH Chapter Excursions Spring School 2024

Date and Time

Friday, May 3, 2024 7:30PM - Sunday, May 5, 2024 4:30PM


Cardigan Lodge,
New Hampshire, North Country,


Registration is required for this activity.


AMC NH Spring School! Our renowned weekend workshops, covering most every aspect of safe three-season back country travel, are designed for hikers of all levels. Choose from one of seven available workshop sessions, each filled with field exercises, instruction, lectures, and discussions. If you're not sure which class is right for you, ask our workshop directors (see contact info below). Choose from one of the following workshops: BASICS OF HIKING/OUTDOOR SAFETY: Beginner and Intermediate. Instruction in general mountain safety, equipment, route finding, map and compass, off-trail navigation, weather, trip planning, nutrition and emergencies in the mountain environment. BACKPACKING: Beginner /Intermediate sections. For those who want take their skills beyond day hiking and learn how to spend the night outdoors, instruction will be offered regarding backpacking equipment, campsite selection, route finding, map and compass, weather, trip planning, cooking and emergencies. Participants will need to provide their own backpacking equipment (we can occasionally assist those who do not own a tent; contact instructor). LEADERSHIP and Mountain Skills: For those who have good three-season hiking skills and wish to enhance them and/or wish to run trips of their own. Exercises will include planning, organizing, and conducting trips with an emphasis on leadership techniques and group dynamics. Also covered will be accident scene management, medical considerations, and off-trail navigation. This course is also designed for those who may desire to become an AMC NH Chapter Volunteer Trip Leader. MAP AND COMPASS: Covering everything you wanted or needed to know about map and compass use. Participants will spend the weekend reviewing and learning the details of map and compass skills, culminating in field exercises that will include off-trail (bushwhack) navigating. PHONE Apps For NAVIGATION (GAIA) Learn how to use the features of GAIA Avery popular and Robust navigation app for your smart phone TRAIL WORK INSTRUCTION: Learn how to perform basic trail work, such as cleaning water bars, painting blazes, brushing, and replacing signs. This years special project working on The all access trail. ALL WORKSHOPS are for any adult who wants to learn and have a great time! Our weekend begins Friday evening at 7:30pm and end Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. Cost is $290/members and $310/nonmembers, and includes lodging & excellent meals.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $290 member / $310 non-member
*Friday & Saturday Night lodging, Friday night snack, Saturday & Sunday breakfasts, Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch, instruction and all training materials and maps.

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Using caution following your GPS as sometimes road conditions may require detours. We will email you this season's directions when you register.

spring school is a favorite time to join NH Chapter for their Leadership training or  other outdoor  skill sessions


Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training

Offered By

New Hampshire



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 10:00 Am -10:30 pm)

Winter leader since 1976, Director NH Chapter Winter and Spring school since 1981. Past Chairman AMC Club-wide Outdoor Leadership Development Committee. Past Chair AMC NH Chapter.


(best time to call: Evening after 6:30)

Winter leader for twenty years. Former Director AMC NH Chapter winter series.