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SUMMARY:Massachusetts: Best Practices for Long Distance Hikes - Slideshow, Gear Demo, and Pack Fitting Clinic
DESCRIPTION:Have you always had the dream of taking off into the woods for a thru-hike or other long- distance trek\, but just weren't quite sure where to start? Be it the Appalachian Trail\, The Colorado Trail\, The Long Trail\, or any of the many long-distance trails around the world\, there's a method to the madness of thru or section hiking. Join multi-trail thru-hiker and AMC Hut Croo Jeremy "Beowulf" Day for a lecture on the principles of planning and executing an extended (10+ days) backpacking trip\, followed by a Gear Demo and Pack Fitting Session hosted by Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors and AMC Leaders Julie LePage and Philip Werner. The AMC Auditorium\, 4 Joy St.\, Boston\, MA 02108 Potlucks start at 6:30pm\, slideshows begin at 7:15pm\, doors close at 9pm. Potluck Info: Participation in the potlucks is optional. Homemade dishes are welcome\, store bought goodies & takeout are equally welcome. Plates\, bowls\, cups\, cutlery\, napkins and drink pitchers will be supplied. The auditorium has a kitchen if you need to do any re-warming or prep (w/stovetop\, oven\, microwave\, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cooking pots if needed for stovetop. Please RSVP
LOCATION:5 Joy Street, Boston, MA, 02108, United States
SUMMARY:Oregon: Trekking in Nepal - The Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley
DESCRIPTION:Do you dream of trekking in Nepal? Please join us as Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador\, Heather Knight shares photos and stories about her recent trek along the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley in Nepal. This trek is less traveled\, well off the beaten path and circles around Manaslu\, the eighth highest peak in the world. She will be sharing tips and tricks so you can plan your own trekking adventure in Nepal.
LOCATION:426 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, United States
SUMMARY:North Carolina: Why Go Light?
DESCRIPTION:Join Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Joe Jacaruso for a talk about lightweight backpacking with BSA Venture Crew 52. This is a private event.
LOCATION:Mebane, NC, United States
SUMMARY:Nepal: Upper Mustang Valley (11/16-11/30)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Jen "Shuttle" Adach for a guided trip of a lifetime in Nepal to the famous Upper Mustang Valley. As you know\, I am crazy and I have way too much leave. I also really love Nepal\, so this fall\, Shuttle and I are teaming up to offer one of the less well-known treks in this fantastic country--Upper Mustang Valley. A few years ago\, I did the Annapurna Circuit\, and as you come off Thorung La\, you walk through a place called the Valley of the Winds\, almost at the foot of Dhaulagiri\, to a little village called Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the jumping off point for Upper Mustang Valley. They won't even let you leave the village gate to the north without a special permit. I stared northward into the high desert that stretches off towards Tibet and thought\, "I'm going to do that someday." Well\, that someday is November 2014. I've teamed up with my good friends at Nepal Trailblazer Trekking (a local Nepalese company) to get a really great rate of $1\,750 for this trip. If you even find this trip listed with most international companies\, the price is usually much higher. Someone told me $4\,000\, and even then the trip was only being offered privately. This is teahouse trekking. There will be a guide and porters. You'll be sleeping indoors at rustic little inns. There will be beer\, Snickers bars\, Pringles\, and Ballywood on TV. This is my third trip to Nepal\, and I feel like I know how I want to do things ... I know some people think I'm going soft with the teahouses\, but I have strong opinions\, and prefer to conform to local customs. You'll need three weeks off. We've deliberately scheduled it over Thanksgiving to take advantage of that holiday. November is a splendid month to visit Nepal. Dry. Big beautiful skies. Cool walking weather. A $350 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The hiking will not be difficult\, by our standards\, but I need to know you well to consider bringing you on this trip. Potentially\, I could take a good-sized group. You may note that we actually have a few extra extra days in Nepal\, so we'll be contemplating a second\, much shorter trek to fill this time. As an added perk\, we'll be able to visit Her Majesty (Christine) in Kathmandu\, as she's there working for the State Department. And now let me turn things over to our Nepalese outfitter: Package program: Day 01 (11/16): Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)\, Kathmandu (1350m); you will be met by our Airport Representative\, and transfer to hotel 20 - 30 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B. Day 02 (11/17): Trek permit preparation. Day at leisure or you may do a city tour of Kathmandu\, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour in extra cost). Overnight at hotel. B.B. Day 03 (11/18): Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m). It's 200 k.m to Pokhara\, a 5 - 6 hours scenic drive by private car through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli & Marshyandi. On way way drive\, we we will have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal\, Manaslu and Annapurna (depends on weather). And the beauty of nature is just of awesome. Overnight at hotel near the bank of Fewa Lake. B.B. Day 04 (11/19): Flight Pokhara - Jomsom (2720m)\, and trek to Kagbeni (2810m\, 2 hours walking). It's just a 20 minutes short flight; but amazing flight through the Kaligandaki river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000m gaints peaks\, Annapurna I (8091m) & Dhaulagiri (8167m). After landing at Jomsom airport; we walk following the east bank of Kaligandaki river to Ekle Bhatti (2740m\, 1:30 hours). Then walk for another 30 mintutes to reach Kagbeni\, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist gompa of Sakyapa sect in the village and views of the gompa with Mt. Nilgiri\, Mt. Tilicho\, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna rising above are superb! Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 05 (11/20): Trek to Samar (3660m\, 6-7 hours walking) After breakfast we take a short walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path\, then we enter to the restricted area of Mustang. From here we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060m)\, Chhusang (2980m) & Chele (3050m) overlooking the fantastic landscapes. There is a small\, but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara\, the buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes continue walking to Chele; we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley\, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another 11/2 hours slow pace walking we arrive at the Dajori La Pass (3735m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes walking we arrive at Samar\, a small picturesque village. Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 06 (11/21): Trek to Geling (3570m\, 5 - 6 hours walking) We walk through the centre of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse; then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-coloured hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village (3800m) following mani walls and stupas; then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 gompas in the village\, the date back to 15th century which are worth visiting. Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 07 (11/22): Trek to Tsarang (3560m\, 6-7 hours walking) Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurnas. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520m)\, a small settlement of few tea houses\, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest mani wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the mani wall\, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and we descend to Tsarang\, the old capital of Mustang. Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 08 (11/23): Trek to Lo - Manthang (3809m\, 4 hours walking). Today is the final day of our destination\, short and moderate walking to Lo - Manthang\, the medieval walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950m) from here we can see the good views of Lo - Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass\, it is an easy down hill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 09 (11/24): All day at Lo - Manthang (Exploration day) After breakfast\, we go for walking tour around the valley. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa\, the oldest\, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa\, a huge\, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa\, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa\, which is known as the "New Gompa". Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 10 (11/25): Trek to Ghemi 93520m\, 5 - 6 hours walking). Overnight at guest house. B.L.D. Day 11 (11/26): Trek to Samar (3660m\, 6 - 7 hours). Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 12 (11/27): Trek to Jomsom (6 - 7 hours walking). Overnight at guesthouse. B.L.D. Day 13 (11/28): Flight Jomsom – Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. B.B. Day 14 (11/29): Drive back to Kathmandu by car. Overnight at hotel. B.B. Day 15 (11/30): Transfer to Airport for your onward journey. ***End of the Trip*** Note: B.B> Bed and Breakfast\, B.L.D> Breakfast\, Lunch and Dinner. Package Includes: · Airport pick up & drop- off by car. · 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (tourist standard with breakfast). · 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotel\, inclusive of breakfast). · Meals (breakfast\, lunch and dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee in each meal during the trek. · An experienced guide (trained by Ministry of tourism)\, 1 porter between 2 members\, their food\, accommodation\, salary\, insurance\, equipments. · Surface Transfer to Pokhara and return on tourist bus. · Annapurna conservation permit. · 10 days special Upper Mustang trek permit. · Domestic flight (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara) · Duffle bag (if required) · Sleeping bag & down jacket (if you don't bring your own) · Walking poles (if required) · Government tax · Office Service charge. Package Excludes: · Any meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara other than breakfast. · Travel insurance. · Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days\, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu. · International air fare to and from Nepal. · Items of personal nature. · Monasteries entry permits on the trek.
SUMMARY:New Hampshire: Hike Garfield, Galehead, and the Twins!
DESCRIPTION:JoinTrail Ambassador Allison Nadler for a hike in the Pemigewasset Wilderness! On this fast paced (~2.5 MPH) trip we will hike 15.5 miles and climb about 5\,800 feet over four rugged New Hampshire 4000-footers. register at http://www.meetup.com/Peakbaggers/events/214122962/.
LOCATION:NH, United States
SUMMARY:Georgia: Beginner Backpacking Trip for Women (11/15-11/16)
DESCRIPTION:Join Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Joan West on an 1-night backpacking trip at F.D. Roosevelt State Park\, GA. This event is for women only\, and signup is through the Trail Dames meetup site.
LOCATION:GA, United States
SUMMARY:Georgia: How to Lighten Your Backpack w/ Gear Demo
DESCRIPTION:Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes will be presenting a hands on demonstration for Scouts on “How to achieve a lighter pack”. Learn how to save weight with the gear you already have\, use multifunction gear and tips-n-tricks on saving additional weight like the pros. This is a private event.
LOCATION:Dacula, GA, United States
SUMMARY:Pennsylvania: Loyalsock Trail Backpack (11/8-11/11)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Brian Horst for a 60 mile backpacking trip on Pennsylvania's Loyalsock Trail. With Veteran's Day being on a Tues\, I'm looking for a few folks willing to take Monday off as well to hit up this classic PA trip.
LOCATION:PA, United States
SUMMARY:Arizona: Grand Canyon - Deer Creek/Tapeats Creek Loop (11-6 to 11/10)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Dave Brunstein for a Grand Canyon hike on the famous Deer Creek/Tapeats Creek Loop. This rugged\, challenging trip has it all: mushroom rocks\, dramatic narrows\, waterfalls\, unique geology\, remote hiking\, wildlife\, and endless dramatic views. We'll head up Thursday (11/6) afternoon from Phoenix and car camp in the cool pines on the North Rim at 8\,000’. On Friday (11/7) morning\, we'll start at the Bill Hall Trailhead on Monument Point and drop down 5\,000' in 9 miles into the Canyon\, camping at Deer Creek. We'll have time to check out the falls\, narrows\, and the Throne Room. On Saturday (11/8). we'll follow the faint\, tough trail 6 miles along Colorado River before heading up Tapeats Creek for a few miles to camp. This incredible day of hiking really exposes you to the grandeur and remoteness that is the Inner Gorge. The weather’s usually warm enough for a quick dip in the river at lunch. On Sunday (11/9)\, we'll start climbing 7.5 miles and 3\,000’ up\, passing dramatic Thunder River along the way. We'll camp on the Esplanade and enjoy the sunset over the Canyon rim. On Monday (11/10)\, we'll hike the final very steep 3.5 miles up and out before heading home. Total of 28+ miles and well over 6\,500' elevation gain and loss. There is lots to explore on short side trips. This is a great time of year to do this trip (my 3rd time) because it's not to warm down at the River and we’ll beat the snow on the North Rim. The cost is $22 for the permits.
SUMMARY:Oregon: Beginner Backpacking Clinic (11/1-11/2)
DESCRIPTION:Join Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors Erin Saver and Whitney LaRuffa at a Beginner Backpacking Clinic and Gear demo sponsored by Trail Clubs of Oregon. They'll have Gossamer Gear Ultralight Backpacks on hand that you can try out. This event is part of the Annual Backpack Seminar hosted at Neshka Lodge. For more information.
LOCATION:OR, United States