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Backpacking

Pertaining in some way to multi-day backpacking trips.

2017 Upper Goose Pond Cabin Dates

The cabin at Upper Goose Pond will be opened for hikers to stay overnight on 5/13/2017. Volunteer Caretakers will be on duty at the cabin throughout the season until cabin closing on 10/22/2017. Prior to opening hikers may use the campsites on the approach trail to the cabin and behind the cabin.

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

Expand your hiking skills and learn to love winter. Workshop will provide information on hike preparation, proper gear, hydration, nutrition, and how to stay warm for winter hiking in Western Mass. Workshop will be followed by a series of progressive winter hikes.

November 02, 2015 6:30PM - 9:00PM (Mon)
November 2, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM
Northampton Unitarian Society, Social Room
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Explore Your Inner Backpacker

The next in the Backpacking Workshop Series is a 3 day trip coming up Friday June 12th through Sunday the 14th (more info below). This is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters.

Schedule:
May 16-17 Backpack #1 (easy-moderate) Tully Trail, Royalston, MA
May 30-31 Backpack #2 (moderate-challenging) Stratton Loop, Vermont
May 30-31 Backpack #3 (moderate-challenging) Mid State Trail, Westminster, MA
June 12-14 Backpack #4 (moderate-challenging) Mass AT
TBA Lots more!

A note about the listings: Because this series is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters, some of the Backpacks will be listed only on the Berkshire Activities website, and others only on the Worcester site, the links above will take you to the appropriate listing for more information. You are welcome to sign up for any of the trips. Workshop attendees will be given preference on Explore Your Inner Backpacker trips.

Galehead Hut Backpack

Submitted by Heather Wyman, AMC Berkshire Family Programs Chair

On May 17-18 2014 I led an exciting family backpacking trip to the White Mountain National Forest with 12 Scouts and fathers (AMC members as well) meeting Karen and Al from the PVHC at Galehead Hut. Planning the trip was tricky because originally, 21 people were paid or scheduled to hike, and some of the group needed to cancel last minute, including one parking lot casualty due to a stomach bug. Thanks goes to Lori Tisdell of the PVHC, who just finished her Culinary degree at HCC, who helped design a working menu of dinner and breakfast foods for the self-serve hut. Muah!

M-M Trail Guidebook Orders

The guidebook order page has been moved to http://amcberkshire.org/guideorder Please update your bookmarks.

Group Hiking on the AT

Become familiar with the guidelines for all AT hikers found on the “Hiking on the AT” page.

• Keep group size to 10 or under including leaders for overnight trips.

• Sites best for group use are: Sages Ravine (Connecticut AT Committee), Laurel Ridge, Glen Brook, Race Brook Falls.

• Shelters are not for group use. Plan to use tent platforms and existing cleared areas for tenting. Do not clear new tenting areas.

M-M Trail Guide

This trail is largely combined with the New England Trail, a National Scenic Trail. Due to a website update the M-M Trail Guide has been moved to http://amcberkshire.org/mmguide. If you came to this page from a 'bookmark' please reset it to reflect the change.

Monadnock-Metacomet Trail

This trail is largely combined with the New England Trail, a National Scenic Trail, and more information about both can be found at http://amcberkshire.org/netmm/. If you came to this page from a 'bookmark' please reset it to reflect the change.

Mass AT Management Committee

The Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee organizes Appalachian Trail supervision and maintenance within Massachusetts. If you'd like to be a part of this, get in touch with our chair (see below)!

Appalachian Trail Links

There are literally thousands of AT-related sites on the Web. Here are a few of our favorites (with a distinct New England bias).

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