AMC Adventure Travel trips are designed and led by our experienced volunteer leaders which provides for a constantly changing trip calendar and exciting new travel opportunities. Group travel allows for participants to share the joys of standing on top of a peak, learning about a different culture, tasting new foods, or relaxing over a glass of wine at the end of the day with fellow travelers. AMC Adventure Travel trips are a wonderful way to experience new places and meet people with a shared passion of the outdoors.
Past destinations include Alaska, Azores, China, St. Johns USVI, Death Valley, Glacier National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mexico, New Zealand, Patagonia, Machu Picchu, Nepal, Tuscany, Utah, Yellowstone and Yosemite to name a few.
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After your trip, you will receive an email with a link to an online trip evaluation. If you do not receive and email within a week of returning from your trip, please contact Nancy Holland. If you have any additional feedback or would like to talk with someone regarding your trip or the program, please contact us.
Adventure Travel Programs Manager
AMC Adventure Travel Committee Chair
AMC Adventure Travel
10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
The AMC Adventure Travel Committee is responsible for approving all proposed trips, new co-leaders and leaders, and coordinating the organization’s activities. The Committee meets four times a year.
Chair: Steve Cohen
Vice Chair: Ron Janowitz
Secretary: Karen Thurston Barsanti
Treasurer: Mike Barry
Committee Members: Mike Barry, Dick Cable, Steve Cohen, Mike Darzi, Eva Borsody Das, Rami Haddad, Sam Jamke, Ron Janowitz, Sue Lach, John Lisker, Cindy Martell, Janis Stahlhut, Joe Thomas, Karen Thurston Barsanti, and Bob White.
Meet our leaders
Active participant on Boston Chapter trips since 1994 and a bike and ski leader since 1998. During this time he started leading groups on ski tours and some biking excursions. Mike helped lead a biking tour in Tuscany, led a bike tour to the Southern Czech Republic and Prague, and completed a backcountry ski tour of Norway. He thinks that the Adventure Travel program is a great way to go on some excursions with a bit of built in “local color” at as modest a cost as possible.
Ginette has been a member of the AMC since 1988 and has led several day and weekend trips in the White Mountains of NH, as well as various parts of Maine. She has led adventure trip in July 2014, July of 2011, August 2012 and July/August to Austrian Alps. She has also lead Adventure travel trips to Yosemite National Park, Azores Archipelago, Tuscany and Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota for the AMC. She has participated in numerous AMC Major Excursions to Switzerland and Austria, involving hiking and cross country skiing. She has hiked in the Stubai valley as part of a 2006 Major Excursion and hiked to 26 of the high Alpine Huts throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She has hiked all of the NH 4000 footers. Her interests include hiking, photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, travel, information volunteer for AMC and introducing others to outdoor activities. Contact info is 207-294-6302, 207-590-4431 and email@example.com.
A long time member of the AMC and has been actively involved at the chapter level and is a former Chair of the Southeastern Mass. Chapter as well as numerous Club committees including the AMC Adventure Travel committee (Chair, Treasurer, Member). His vast outdoors experience and breadth of historical context is a rare combination. He has led more than 40 major excursions, including backpacking, biking, hiking, and skiing, on six continents. Bob has been a member of the National Ski Patrol for more than 30 years and has served as Patrol Director for the EMARI Nordic Patrol for more than 15 years.
Stacia leads about 2-3 trips per year, some of which have included hiking and backpacking trips to the Canadian Rockies, Wyoming, and Patagonia, a backpacking and kayaking trip to New Zealand and Alaska, and trekking trips to Nepal and Tanzania (Mt. Kilimanjaro). Her most recent trips have been to Turkey (cultural touring), Glacier National Park (Montana), and hiking and backpacking in Hawaii. She is the Vice-Chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter. She is Advanced Wilderness First Aid certified. Stacia works with a study abroad program that sends students overseas.
A member of the AMC Boston Chapter, Wyatt leads local trips and leads with AMC Adventure Travel. Wyatt has led his AMC Chapter and Adventure Travel participants throughout New England, the American Southwest, the Canadian Rockies and Istanbul and coastal Turkey. He and AMC Adventure Travel Vice Chair, Stacia Biel, backpacked with AMC members on the islands of Hawaii over the 2007-08 New Year holiday. They led a bike trip through the viticulture of Northern California followed by a visit to Yellowstone National Park, in July 2008.
Jeanne is a backcountry leader with the AMC Boston Family Outings and has been leading hiking, camping, and winter trips for them since 2000. Jeanne is the current Chair of AMC Boston Family Outings and former Boston Chapter Membership Chair. In addition, Jeanne has led over thirty national and international week long Sierra Club trips since 1980 including trips to the Dolomites in Italy, the Dordogne region in France, the Austrian Alps.
Ralph and Jenni Blumenthal
Jenni and her husband Ralph have decades of experience in traveling and hiking in areas as diverse as the Grand Canyon, North and South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, Norway, Slovenia, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and Japan as well as annual trips to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jenni and Ralph are members of the New England 4000’ers Club, have hiked all of the Appalachian Trail over many years, and have been to 32 of the state highpoints. Jenni is a retired pharmaceutical librarian. She is Vice-President of Citizens for Informed Land Use, a local land use education and lobbying organization, and a member of the Monmouth Civic Chorus.
Ralph Blumenthal is the Treasurer of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee. Ralph and his wife Jenni live in Holmdel, NJ. They have been members of the Delaware Valley Chapter for four decades. Since retiring from a career in physics and telecommunications 10 years ago, Ralph does a lot of volunteering in his community. He is a Founding Trustee of the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, a local land trust, and has been Chairman of the Holmdel Planning Board and a Member of the Holmdel Environmental Commission. He has led numerous hikes and excursions. Ralph’s favorite annual trip is to St. John in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Photography is one of his hobbies; pictures from many of his trips are posted on a web site he maintains.
Dick is a bike and hike leader for both the Connecticut and Berkshire Chapters. His real passion is to lead international trips for Adventure Travel. His ‘travel bug’ began early in his professional career when he lived and worked in Tarsus, Turkey and traveled in Europe and the Middle East. He has travelled as a participant on Adventure Travel trips to Belize, China and Tibet, Tuscany, and the Czech Republic. As a co-leader/leader, he has led trips since 2008 to Yosemite, two horseback trips to Mongolia, an Inca Trail/Easter Island exploration, trekking in Nepal, hiking in Norway, New Zealand, and Patagonia, and biking trips to Sicily, the Po River Valley and Venice, the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Provence, Loire Valley, and Tuscany. His interests are far and wide regarding world travel?you may find him in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, or hiking and biking close to home. Current and upcoming trips include biking trips from Paris to London, Vietnam to Cambodia, Provence, and Croatia. Upcoming treks/walks include Walking in the Foothills of Oberbozen/South Tyrol, a Walking Safari in Tanzania, and a hiking/cultural trip to Northeast India and Bhutan. He is a retired educator and educational consultant. He is a fitness instructor at the Northwest CT YMCA and does specialized personal training for seniors.
Before becoming an Adventure Travel trip leader, Steve was a participant on many major excursions in the last ten years including trips to Alaska, the Smoky Mountains, Maroon Bells (near Aspen, CO), Grand Tetons/Yellowstone, Tour du Mont Blanc, Escalante Canyons (Utah), and rock climbing in the Dolomites (Italian Alps). In the last few years he led AMC hiking expeditions to the Dolomites, the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, Patagonia, the Austrian Alps for both hiking and skiing, the French Pyrenees, Greece, and the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt) among other destinations. He lived in Germany and Switzerland for four years and has a good command of both the French and German Steve is currently chairman of the Adventure Travel program. Steve can be reached at 617-997-6861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eva Borsody Das
Eva began leading AMC Adventure Travel trips as the co-leader of a hiking trip to the Carpathian mountains and medieval cities of Romania in June 2007. As a hike leader for AMC’s August Camp since 1998, Eva has led hikes in many national parks and forests around the US, and also serves on the August Camp Committee. Eva currently lives in Hull, MA, overlooking a tidal estuary. She is an all-season mountain hike leader for the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of AMC. Previously she was a Delaware Valley Chapter hike leader while living in Philadelphia. She is a 2001 graduate of AMC’s Mountain Leadership School, and is Wilderness First Aid certified. Eva’s other trips include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2008, climbing Mt. Rainier, and day hiking in Alaska, Newfoundland, Ireland, Scotland, the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and Poland, Slovenia, New Zealand and Patagonia. Eva is originally from Hungary, and particularly likes traveling in Eastern Europe.
Andrea Deaton Christensen lives on the Big Island of Hawai’i and has been an AMC member for more 20 years and an AMC leader since 2001. She first got involved with AMC leading and volunteering through her involvement with the Delaware Valley Chapter Having led more than 15 adventure travel trips around the world, she loves to explore more remote places in the backcountry, as well as learn more about the culture and biological diversity of the places she takes groups.
Merri is a software analyst in the IT department of a major aircraft engine company. Because she loves sharing her favorite outdoor destinations, over the past 12 years she has led hiking, snorkeling and cultural excursions in Belize, Paris, Hawaii, Arizona, the Tetons, Switzerland, California and the Virgin Islands. She has been an AMC member for over 20 years. She leads local hikes in CT and participates in training programs for new leaders. Merri lives with husband Rance in NW Connecticut, where she enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining guests.
Sam (Ruth) Jamke
Sam has been a member of the AMC since 1983 and has led numerous day and weekend hiking trips. She is a past Chair of the New Hampshire Chapter and is presently a hike leader and workshop instructor for the New Hampshire Chapter. She has completed AMC’s Mountain Leadership School. She is an annual hike leader at the AMC’s August Camp and led the 8-day NH Chapter Presidential Range Hike in 2007. Sam has hiked the 115 Northeast 4,000 footers and has hiked all of the New England Hundred Highest summits in both the three seasons and winter. Some of Sam’s other hiking venues include Mount Rainier National Park, Washington’s North Cascades, California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Newfoundland, Colorado’s Fourteeners, and long distance paths in Scotland, England and New Zealand.
Ron loves to share his enjoyment of the outdoors with like-minded individuals. He relishes the exercise, the challenge, the beauty, and learning about different cultures. He skis, hikes, bikes and kayaks. He is a member of the NH Chapter and has served on its Executive Committee in various capacities. He has been an August Camp leader. Ron has led Adventure Travel trips to Slovakia, Peru, Scotland, Patagonia, Utah, Washington and Arizona. He volunteered for 3 months at Natural Bridges National Monument. Let’s explore the world together.
Sue is a hike leader for the CT Chapter and has led day hikes along with weekend backpacks in the White Mountains. She is an avid hiker and backpacker. In 2005 she reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, backpacked the Grand Tetons, and the Torres Del Paine circuit in Chile. Recent trips she has led include a trip to Belize where they had many jungle and Mayan adventures, and a backpacking and kayaking trip to New Zealand. Sue currently holds Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications. She lives in Manchester, CT and also enjoys skydiving, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain biking, and photography. When she is not traversing the globe, Sue occupies her time as an IT Project Manager for The Hartford.
Pam was essentially brought up on AMC experiences at Cardigan Lodge, canoeing the Allagash, skiing, and hiking in the White Mountains. Pam’s love of the outdoors has inspired her to become actively involved with AMC Adventure travel. Pam is best known for leading an annual AMC Adventure Travel trip to a destination that tends to beckons participants back multiple times?St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her other co-lead adventures include Hawaii, Russia, Paris, Trinidad & Tobago and New Zealand. Pam currently participates on the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and holds her Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification. She is also a member of the Harvard Travellers Club. Pam lives in Medfield, Massachusetts. Her hobbies include snorkeling, spinning, and English hand bell ringing. Pam serves as Team Leader for Keller Williams Realty at their Westwood Market Center and Needham Business Center in Massachusetts.
Anna is a Boston Chapter INTRO (AMC) Leader. Anna has co lead AMC Adventure Travel trips to Austria, Azores, Yosemite National Park, Minnesota and Morocco. Anna leads hiking trips in the White Mountains and most recently led an excursion to Waterville Valley and Craftsbury Vermont for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. She has also co led the Claybrook ski trip on previous years. During the summer of 2014, she and the trip leader backpacked the Haute Route from Chamonix France to Zermatt Switzerland. This is in addition to trips that she takes to all corners of the world! Anna has completed SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid course as well as CPR training. Contact info is 781-648-2492; 617-429-2175 and email@example.com.
Art is an AMC Adventure Travel Committee member and has been leading/co-leading trips since 2004 to such places as Durango, Utah, Grand Tetons, Lake Tahoe, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies and he is constantly searching for his next best place to ski. He is also a ski leader for the Southeastern Mass Chapter and leads weekend trips throughout New England, particularly along the Catamount Trail and in the White Mountains. When not leading backcountry ski tours with the AMC, Art has been a Nordic Patroller with National Ski Patrol since 1986. He is a dedicated mountain biker and he is also a Patroller with the New England and National Mountain Bike Patrols, covering kids rides, adventure rides and sanctioned races; is an American Red Cross (ARC) first aid volunteer for such events as the Boston Marathon, the Corporate Challenge, and the Tufts 10K race; and is an ARC Instructor for community and wilderness first aid and community and professional rescuer CPR. His most enjoyable trip was his most recent only because each adventure is so special and different. The participants always make trips wonderful. In his “free” time, he works for a mid-sized pharmaceutical company.
Carl considers himself fortunate to be retired to Conway, NH, but was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent his working life in Connecticut. Since 2000, he has been leading AMC Adventure Travel trips, including to the Sierras, Glacier National Park, Big Bend National Park, the Colorado 14ers, New Mexico, Washington State, Alaska, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks and Death Valley National Park in this country and to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Leading Adventure Travel trips has given him the opportunity to share his hiking knowledge and organizing and planning skills with other AMC members. AMC Adventure Travel has also allowed him to meet some wonderful people. When not on an AMC Adventure Travel trip or planning one, Carl most enjoys spending time with his wife, Jadwiga, their two six year old poodles, hiking in the White Mountains, especially in winter, and doing crossword puzzles.
George is a Connecticut Chapter Hike leader currently certified in SOLO Wilderness First Aid, AED and CPR. He also completed AMC Mountain Leadership School in 2008. He has led hut hikes in the NH White Mountains over the past four years, and led day hikes on all sections of the AT in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including Bascom Lodge overnight on Mt. Greylock. Prior to leading, George was an avid hiker (since age 11) with family and friends in the Adirondacks, Colorado Rockies and Yosemite National Park. During the 10 years he lived with his family in Europe, he hiked the Lake District of England, Scottish Highlands, Wales and Switzerland.
Janis is a Connecticut Chapter hike and bike leader. With Dick Cable, she has co-led bicycling trips to Italy, Sicily, France and Spain and in 2014 the two will team up again for the Machu Picchu/Easter Island trip. Dick and Janis make a great team, complimenting each other like peanut butter &jelly. Janis enjoys sharing her “bucket list” of exotic and beautiful travel destinations with others of like mind. She has a keen appreciation of the beauty of nature and is as interested in the cultures that inhabit and share our planet both now and in the ancient past. Janis is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. As with all Adventure Travel leaders, Janis is CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified.
Joe is a Connecticut Chapter hike and bike leader. He became involved with AMC Adventure Travel when he participated in bike trips to Italy and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Joe was urged by his friends, Dick Cable and Janis Stahlhut, to pursue leadership training with the AMC-AT and he did just that. Since being qualified as a co-leader, he has co-led a trip with Dick and Janis to Machu Picchu and will soon co-lead a biking trip with them to Puglia, Italy. Other co-lead trips already approved by the AMC include the Loire Valley in France and a hiking trek though Tanzania, Africa, both with Dick. Joe’s love of fitness and health, enjoyment of meeting new people and a strong desire “to see the world” makes the AMC Adventure travel a perfect spot for him. As with all Adventure Travel leaders, Joe is CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified.
Bill joined the AMC in 1995 and has been a hike leader for the Connecticut Chapter since 2005. He also leads weekend trips every summer to the White Mountains and Adirondacks. Bill began co-leading Adventure Travel trips in 2010 and leading them in 2015. He has organized trips to several National Parks such as Guadalupe – Carlsbad Caverns, Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Arches – Canyonlands – Capitol Reef. Bill has also enjoyed international travel to 6 Canadian provinces, 7 European countries, India and New Zealand. He co-led trips to the Canadian Rockies, Austria and Bulgaria. Bill is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. His personal accomplishments include summiting 14,497 ft. Mt. Whitney in 2006, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states. In 2015, Bill completed a 20-year quest to the summits of New England’s 100 Highest Peaks. He works as a Software Engineer for a health insurance company. When not hiking, Bill can often be found at Red Sox games and University of Connecticut basketball and football games.
Bob learned to canoe and love the wilderness from his grandfather. For most of his adult life, he has been active in AMC. In his younger years, he led white-water canoe trips for Connecticut AMC. In more recent years, he has been a sea-kayak leader for Connecticut AMC. About 15 years ago, he and his wife discovered Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada from a New York Times article. He has led numerous family wilderness camping trips in Algonquin. For the AMC, he has led canoe trips to Algonquin, La Verendrye in Quebec and Temagami in Ontario. For AT, he has led sea-kayaking in Mexico, and hiking trips to Utah and Hawaii. He works as a psychiatrist in New Haven, CT. His hobbies include cooking, birding and photography.
Basic Medical and Evacuation Insurance – Included in your Trip Fee
Medical and evacuation insurance is included in the cost of your trip and will provide coverage from your departure date through the date you arrive back home. If you extend your trip then you will be covered until the time that you depart from the AMC trip itinerary. This policy covers sickness that manifests itself or an injury that occurs during the trip. Evacuation that is necessary as a result of the above is also covered, including travel home, if needed.
Benefits of This Policy
- Medical Expenses (Primary), $5,000 (maximum)
- Emergency Medical Evacuation, $200,000 (maximum)
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment, $5,000 maximum
Worldwide Assistance Center
The Worldwide Assistance Center is available to our trip participants, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in an emergency. They are available during the trip to assist in finding appropriate medical care or a dentist (even if it’s minor), making arrangements for evacuation and travel home, helping participants get in touch with family members at home, and providing translation services when necessary.
Insurance coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company, Kansas City, MO, a member company of Arch Insurance Group Inc. This is only a brief description of the insurance coverage(s) available under the policy. The policy contains reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Full details of the coverage are contained in the policy. If there are any conflicts between this information and the policy, the policy shall govern.
Additional Travel Insurance – Optional
We offer RoamRight Pro Plus to help safeguard against cancellation penalties if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason, and to help protect you while traveling for events such as a travel delay, lost baggage or need or Security or Political Evacuation. Purchasing a RoamRight Pro Plus policy for your trip will provide you with additional coverage in case you have travel difficulties or are unable to participate in the trip due to a covered reason such as illness or injury. To learn more about the Pro Plus policy, get a quote or to purchase a policy; go to https://partner.roamright.com/?AgencyCode=amc
The above is a brief overview of the coverage provided. Please refer to the policy for the complete terms, conditions and exclusions that apply.
AMC Adventure Travel Trip Rating System
AMC Adventure Travel excursions are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 the most strenuous. The following are general descriptions of the levels. Consult the trip prospectus for details and refer to the tables that follow the general descriptions for the miles, speed, elevation gain, etc., expected for the activity on your trip. Note that any individual trip may be rated higher by the leader than the tables might indicate for a number of reasons – short distance but very difficult conditions (terrain, steepness, etc.) for example, or much longer distance over easier terrain.
- Relaxed: Suitable for most active participants with normal mobility and participants new to the activity described. Some specific clothing and equipment may be needed. Expect to be actively on the move for about 3 hours/day. You may be on the trail, slopes or water for a longer time, but there will be plenty of rest breaks.
- Easy: Suitable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but trip is suited to those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than level 1, but with generous breaks.
- Moderate: Some experience with and fitness for the expected activity is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action.
- Vigorous: Suitable for those with recent related experience and demonstrated proficiency in the expected activity and the ability to perform at the expected level for back-to-back days. Expect to be active up to 5-6 hours per day, with brief breaks.
- Strenuous: Most physically demanding. Significant recent near expert skills and fitness for the specific activity is required. References must be provided. Expect to be active 6+ hours per day for back-to-back days. Breaks will be shorter/fewer than for other levels of trips.
Tables for specific types of activities, to go with general ratings
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, miles||Daily Elevation gain/loss, up to, ft.||Comments|
|Relaxed||3+||4||500||Hikes over rough terrain and/or poorly marked trails may be rated up a level.|
1. Trips involving hiking at high elevations, such as above 7,000’, may be rated more difficult than mileage and elevation gain alone would dictate
2. Likewise, backpacking and trekking trips that involve carry a heavy pack may be rated up a level.
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, miles||Moving Speed, mph||Elevation up to Gain, Ft||Rise, Ft/Mile|
XC Skiing; groomed touring center maps are in km so metric units are used:
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, km||Moving Speed, kph||Elevation up to Gain, m||Rise, m/km|
BC Skiing; many trips are in the western US and maps are typically in English units:
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, miles||Moving Speed, mph||Elevation up to Gain, feet||Rise, ft/mile|
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, miles||Comments|
|Relaxed||3+||3||Flatwater, day trip, no portages|
|Easy||5||5||Flatwater, day trip, no portages|
|Moderate||6||6||Class 1 river; no portages, overnight|
|Vigorous||7||8||Class 1-2, river; 1-2 portages/day; overnight|
|Strenuous||7+||8+||Class 1-2, river; portage class 3 rapids; longer and/or more difficult portages; overnight|
All levels require ability to wet exit and re-entry, either solo or assisted.
|Activity Level||Moving Time Up to, Hours||Distance up to, miles||Comments|
|Relaxed||3||5||Protected water with little wind and current, within ½ mile of shore|
|Easy||3-4||6-7||Less sheltered rivers or harbors, open water in flatwater conditions, waves < 1ft.,5-10 knot winds, following seas, boat wakes|
|Moderate||4-5||8-12||Open water, up to 2 ft. seas, 2-3 knot currents, 10-15 knot winds, open water crossings up to 2 miles|
|Vigorous||5||10-15||Open water, up to ocean swells and chop, 20 knot winds, crossings with significant exposure to winds, waves, current and boat traffic|
|Strenuous||7||15-20||Open water in remote locations in foul weather, winds up to 25 knots, 3 ft. surf, open crossings of 5-10 miles|