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Annual Winter Hiking, Skiing, Leadership Workshop

Winter Workshop
Winter Workshop
Backcounty Skiing
41st Annual Winter Hiking, Skiing & Leadership Workshop
Instruction in safe Winter mountain travel for hikers and skiers
Friday, January 30 - Sunday, February 1, 2015 (First Session)
Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1, 2015 (Second Session)
Cardigan Lodge, Alexandria, NH
Winter is no reason to stay inside.

The winter hiking season is just around the corner, are you prepared?

Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean you have to hang up your backpack until spring.  Learn how to go out and explore the NH wilds this winter safely and with confidence.

This workshop offers instruction in safe winter mountain travel to experienced 3-season hikers and novice or experienced cross country skiers. Among the many available courses, almost every aspect of winter backcountry travel is covered.

The weekend is filled with instruction, field exercises, lectures, and discussions. ` When you’re not learning, there is plenty of great food to fuel you back up!

Once again this winter, the NH Chapter will sponsor two training workshops.  They’re designed to teach you what you what you need to know for safe travel in the winter mountains; what to wear, what to take, how to use it, how to get there, how to get back, and how to plan for the unplanned.  Both sessions will offer the same curriculum, except as noted below.  All sections (courses) include extensive time outdoors. 

Both weekends of learning and fun run from Friday night until Sunday afternoon.
They are conducted at the Cardigan Lodge. Each session is separate. You may attend either or both.

A variety of instructional courses are offered that cover most every aspect winter backcountry travel and safety.  The weekend is filled with instruction, field exercises, lectures, and group discussions.  Your time will be divided between your individual course and activities for the entire workshop. 



Courses

Choose from one following courses.  If you are not sure which course is right for you, just call the Workshop Director and to discuss your options.  Once you’ve found a course and determine which session you want to attend, use the on-line application.

The courses offered this year are:

  1. Introduction to Winter Wilderness Travel:
    Instruction in general mountain safety, clothing, & equipment, nutrition, risk management & trip planning.  Instruction includes an introduction to snowshoeing as well as map & compass.  This workshop section is intended for individuals with limited experience in the New England outdoors who would like to start winter activities safely.  Anticipate hiking as much as three miles at a slow pace with occasional uphill grades.
  2. Intermediate Snow Shoeing:
    Instruction in snowshoeing, route finding (map & compass) as well as general mountain safety, clothing & equipment, nutrition, risk management & trip planning.  This workshop section is intended for individuals with extensive 3-season experience in the New England outdoors, but limited winter experience, who would like to get into more winter activities safely.  Anticipate hiking/snowshoeing up to five miles at a moderate - slow pace with sustained uphill grades.
  3. Back Country Ski Touring 101:
    Want to expand your horizons beyond the golf courses and touring centers? Come learn how to explore the winter backcountry on skis. We will cover how to travel efficiently on ungroomed trails over rolling terrain and how to control speed by turning and stopping on modest hills. General back country safety will be addressed. Expect to be outdoors playing in the snow on skis for 4+ hours each day and ski 2-4 miles. Be prepared to ski with a day pack. Participants should be comfortable skiing on groomed terrain, preferably with some off-track experience.*

    Gear requirements: metal edged b/c or xc skis, adjustable length or xc poles & sturdy b/c or xc boots & appropriate bindings (NNN BC or sturdy 75mm)
  4. Intermediate Back Country Ski Touring:
    Ready to explore the wilderness for the day and go where you want with confidence? Spend the day in the woods to improve your skills including turning, stopping, climbing, trip planning and navigation. We'll be outdoors for about 5 hours each day skiing and l earning on various terrain with your full day pack. Students are expected to already be comfortable skiing on groomed terrain and have some off-trail skiing experience.*

    Gear requirements: Full metal edged b/c skis, adjustable length poles & sturdy b/c boots & matching bindings.

    *NOTE!: Participants in the “101” and Intermediate sections will be evaluated for their on-snow abilities Saturday morning and will be placed in groups of similar abilities. This is done to enhance the participants learning experience and for the overall safety of the group.
  5. Advanced Winter Wilderness Travel:
    Instruction offered in winter travel on steep terrain and above treeline. Subjects covered include snowshoeing on mountain terrain, use of crampons, dressing for extreme weather conditions, off-trail navigation and risk management. Intended for individuals with winter experience in the outdoors interested in climbing NE mountains safely. Anticipate hiking 6+ miles at moderate/fast pace, steep terrain, and significant exposure to wind.
  6. Down Mountain Backcountry Skiing:
    Tired of the crowded lift served areas? Leave them behind and explore the solitude of the backcountry. This course is intended (designed) for the down mountain skier who wants to jump the gap from the lift served area and “side” country to the backcountry. This is not a learn to telemark clinic but how to apply your front-country/lift-serve skiing skills to the backcountry on down-mountain trails. Strategies for skiing on backcountry terrain in New England "Powdah" (less than optimum snow conditions) will be reviewed. Be prepared to spend 4 to 6 hours per day outside, on skis and to ski with a pack on down mountain trails. This is not just for telemark skiers, backcountry skills and strategies for the AT skier will also be reviewed! Tired of the crowded lift served areas? Leave them behind and explore the solitude of the backcountry. This course is intended for the down mountain skier or rider who wants to jump the gap from the lift served area and “side” country to the backcountry. This is not a “learn to ski/ride” clinic but rather how to apply your front-country/lift-serve skiing and riding skills to the backcountry on down-mountain trails.

    Participants in this section MUST be in good physical condition and be proficient skiers or riders – able to readily ski Black Diamond rated trails at lift service areas on the gear they will be using in this workshop! Strategies for skiing on backcountry terrain in New England "Powdah" (less than optimum snow conditions) will be reviewed. Be prepared to spend 6+ hours per day outside on the snow and to ski with a pack on narrow, possibly icy, down mountain trails (read: rocks/stumps/branches!!!)

    Gear requirements: Metal-edged skis, split board (or snowshoes and a regular board), appropriate boots and correctly-adjusted bindings and pre-fitted climbing skins are required and we expect participants to be familiar with their use. Helmets, Eye Protection, and Knee Pads are STRONGLY recommended!
  7. Leadership and Mountain Skills:
    This section is for those who have mastered the basics of winter hiking.  Exercises in planning, organizing, and expediting a trip with emphasis on leadership techniques and group dynamics.  A review of the basics, accident scene management, medical considerations and off trail navigation.  This section is also for people with potential and desire to become trip leaders for the NH Chapter Excursions Committee.  NOTE: proficiency on snowshoes is a prerequisite.
  8. Introduction to Winter Backpacking:
    For those that have mastered the basics of 3-season backpacking skills.  Instruction (will cover as many of these topics as possible) in general winter mountain safety, snowshoeing, equipment, proper camp site selection, how to erect a tent in winter, how & what to cook, trail finding, map & compass, off trail navigation, weather, trip planning, nutrition, emergency situations.  Warning: All participants must have proper winter clothing, a winter sleeping bag that has a rating of 20° below zero or lower, a winter foam pad and a winter backpacking tent.  Tents will be provided if needed.  This group will participate in indoor lectures and evening programs, sleeping outside Fri. & Sat. night, prepare 1 meal outdoors.  This course will only be offered during the first session.
  9. Intermediate Winter Backpacking:
    Same as Introduction to Winter Backpacking except this group will be spending more time outdoors.  They will not participate in most lectures or evening program, will sleep outside both Fri. & Sat. night, prepare 2 meals outdoors.  This course will only be offered for the second session.



Schedule:

Session 1: January 30 - February 1, 2015.
Session 2: February 27 - March 1, 2015.
The workshops will begin promptly at 7:30 P.M.  Friday evening
and end Sunday afternoon at approximately  4 P.M. 
Each session is separate. You may attend either or both.

Location:

AMC's Cardigan Lodge
774 Shem Valley Rd.
Alexandria, NH 03222

Cost:

$150 ($170 non-members)
The fee includes lodging, excellent meals, materials, and instruction.
Pay via Paypal using the amc-nh.org store once you have been accepted, or you may pay by check now.
Your slot is only confirmed once your payment is received.

Application:

Please apply via our on-line application to ensure the accuracy and priority of your application.
If this is your first time using our online registration form, you must first create an account.
Otherwise, login with your password.
After you have completed the registration form, if paying by check, please send your payment to:
  Rick Silverberg, 29 Albin Rd. Bow NH 03304
You must be 18 years or older to attend.

Workshop Director:

If unsure of attending and need more info please contact:
Workshop Director Rick Silverberg at 603-225-5921 (7-10:30 p.m.)
or Click to reveal eMail

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