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Winter Hiking Series (Training)

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Winter Hiking Series
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Winter Hiking Training for Experienced 3-Season Hikers

Winter Hiking Series Workshop


2014 WHS on Franconia Ridge

For over 15 years the New Hampshire Chapter has offered the Winter Hiking Series (WHS) and is pleased to do so again in 2016. 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 over-night backpacking workshop, although much of the gear necessities are the same or similar.

The WHS will be taught by experienced Winter hikers and AMC Trip Leaders / Instructors; Larry Yetter, Barbara Audin, Beth Zimmer, Dan Heon, Wijpkjen Whittier, Bob Janukowicz, Brian Tausendfreud, Janis Stokes, Lisa Hart, Rich Jalbert, Mark Layton, Heather Layton and other great instructors.

The WHS begins with a weekend in late October and then a series of hikes ending in early Winter. 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.

Warning Sign on Edmunds Path

2016 WHS Schedule


Highland Center Opening weekend 10/28 to 10/30
Mt. Flume 11/19 or 11/20
Mt. Mooselauke 12/3 or 12/4
Mt. Eisenhower & Mt. Pierce 12/17 or 12/18
Mt. Lincoln & Mt. Lafayette 1/7 or 1/8

The hike destinations are subject to change based on weather conditions in order to provide the best learning opportunities to the participants.
Note that each hike is scheduled for a Saturday with a weather date of Sunday.

Winter Hiking Series Details


The WHS is designed to help individuals currently hiking the four thousand footers to transition into safely hiking them during the winter.
The course is $279 for AMC members and $299 for non members. This includes two nights lodging at Highland Center, two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch and coffee break as well as a book and other training materials.


2015 WHS ascending Edmunds Path
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 includes a Saturday session with lectures and discussions as we get to know each other and show you the necessary equipment for later in the course. Sunday we will have our first hike, rain, snow, or shine.

Equipment


You are expected to have 3-season hiking gear before the first lecture. The only piece of winter gear you need to purchase prior to the first session is light traction such as MicroSpikes.

Using information provided in the lectures you will be able to make informed choices regarding appropriate gear and clothing to purchase, as well as when to buy versus rent gear and equipment. We will help you sort through the marketing hype and information regarding what is essential in order to stay warm and minimize risks in the winter backcountry and mountains of the Northeast. Therefore, we recommend that you do not buy gear or clothing in anticipation of the series until you have attended the lecture.

That said please be advised that the gear needed for this workshop can be very expensive! If you have little or no winter gear at present, this workshop can easily run you $1,000 or more!

If you have some winter gear already (boots, snowshoes, etc.) please bring it to the first session. The instructors will be available to make an assessment of it in terms of its suitability for backcountry winter travel.

Prerequisites


You must be able to demonstrate recent three season hiking experience (Spring, Summer and Fall) by completing the application. This is NOT for those who may be new to hiking.

The ideal candidate for this Series is someone who hikes at least once a month, has maintained a level of fitness, has 3 season hiking experience, has familiarity with the White Mountains or their equivalent, and has the appropriate gear for three season hiking.

Registration; apply early


Class size will be limited to 24 individuals, so please complete the application and forward it in early. You will be contacted by phone after we receive the application and if accepted will be provided with the payment information.


Great under cast as seen from Edmunds Path
looking North towards Mt Jefferson
For information call or preferably email:
Larry Yetter
603-554 8284 (7-9 PM Only)
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2016 Winter Hiking Series Application
This is an editable pdf document which you can fill out save and return to Larry Yetter via email.
2016 Winter Hiking Series Application (pdf file)
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