|**News and Events: Oct. 1-9: New England fall hike registering now!|
|Wed, February 2, 2005 10:48 AM|
New England fall colors hike: Oct. 1-9|
Although no place on earth can boast the luscious green brocade of Northwest evergreens in our Olympics and Cascades, we understand when Kermit the Frog sings "It's not easy being green." The Pacific Northwest is home to the most extensive variety of conifers in the world, yet if you have never witnessed autumn in New England, you are living in a monochrome world.
Though we westerners may scoff at their scale, the ancient Appalachians - among the oldest mountains on earth - once towered above the continents as the Himalayans do today. If you haven't hiked her brilliantly jeweled gold and ruby ridges, you haven't fully appreciated the full glory of Mother Earth. Homage must be paid!
We can help you fix that. You are invited to join The Mountaineers' Recreational Properties Division for a nine-day expedition through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, departing Oct. 1 and returning Oct. 9. We will be hiking to the top of Mt. Washington (highest peak east of the Mississippi), and from Crawford Notch to Franconia Notch, while enjoying the Yankee hospitality of the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) lodges and high mountain huts along the Appalachian Trail.
We are offering a two-tiered program: 1) for those anxious to hike and scramble, hut-to-hut, on moderate to strenuous trails, below and above tree line, and 2) for those interested in easier to moderate hiking.
As we head for home, the final stop at the AMC's southernmost lodge in the New Hampshire Lakes Region will give us an opportunity to paddle Squam Lake (near Lake Winnipesaukee), where the movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed. At all locations and along all trails, AMC guides and programs will enrich our visit. We guarantee you will long remember those engaging ambassadors of New England's oldest and largest version of The Mountaineers.
Check the March Go Guide for details on an informational meeting.
Cost: approx. $790 for land costs only Includes all meals but one lunch.
Lodging: Lodges and huts offer bunkhouse accommodations, with linens and showers available only at lodges. A sleeping bag is needed for the hut-hopping portion of the trip. Requirements: Trip limits will be a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24. Open to all Mountaineers. Participants must be able to hike trails of at least moderate difficulty. Leaders' approval necessary.
Reservations: A deposit of $500 is required per person to reserve a space on the trip; balance due in full by June 1, 2005. In the event of cancellation, non-recoverable group expenses incurred will be borne by the canceling participant. If cancellation is made prior to June 1, full refund will be made, less $100 plus any non-recoverable expenses. After June 1 there will be a cancellation fee of $250 plus any non-recoverable expenses.
Please see the preamble to the adjacent Foreign Outings section for other conditions in regard to reservations, cancellations and refunds.
Contact the leader, Lynn Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 783-7074 before 9 p.m.