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White Mountains

Backpacking Trip
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The Hike...

NOT A BICYCLING TOUR - Come experience the awe of God’s creation with us in the high Appalachian Mountains! Enjoy the hospitality of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s remote huts and worship with us each evening on the mountaintops. This is a strenuous 4-day, 20-mile, 8,000-foot-gain, backpacking trek through the entire Presidential Range including the summit of Mount Washington and two days in the alpine zone.

This adventure will challenge you. While we will be carrying a slightly lighter pack than you may be used to (15 – 25lbs), the terrain and weather of the Presidential Range make this

4-Day

20 miles

8,000 feet - The Presidential Range, NH

a challenging trek for even the most seasoned backpackers. You may encounter sunny weather around 60-degrees F or rain and sleet as low as 40-degrees F. You will climb thousands of feet each day and hike over the tallest peaks of Eastern USA.

This adventure will change lives. You will raise support for our amazing beneficiary in the months and days leading up to the trip, perhaps even on the trek, and certainly in the weeks following the trek as you tell tales of your adventure. God will use you to resource and advocate for global youth. On the trek, you will PRAY, TREK, REPEAT for four days, lifting our beneficiary in prayer to our loving God. In the huts, you will spend hours with others from around the US, Canada and even the world who will want to hear about you and what brought you to the Appalachian Mountains and the AMC huts.

Where We Stay

In addition to PFO and post-tour accommodations at a host church on the North Shore of Boston, we will stay at AMC Huts. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC - outdoors.org) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We will stay at three huts – remote lodges that were built beginning in 1888. The huts provide a delicious and hearty dinner at 6:00 p.m. and warm breakfast at 7:00 a.m. The huts are staffed by a small team of young people called the “Cru.” They trek in all supplies for the hut several miles on their backs.

Our Tour Director

Dave Wehrle is the Outreach Tour Coordinator for Ends of the Earth Cycling and a member of the Ends of the Earth Adventures Crew. In addition to cycling thousands of miles each year, Dave loves backpacking adventures. He has led groups through the White Mountains and to each of the AMC huts annually over the past decade.

You Must Carry:

  • Clothing for all weather from cold and rainy to hot and sunny

  • Snacks and lunches for the trail

  • Water

  • Toiletries, insect repellent, sunscreen, etc.

  • Bedding

  • All trash you produce (Bring extra ziplocks for this.)

 

Other Details:

  • There will be no bathing at the huts apart from face washing in the bathroom and the use of wipes.

  • Did we mention that this is strenuous hiking?

  • You will likely have no cell signal during the hike.

  • There is no electricity at the huts.

  • The huts are not heated.

  • There is absolutely nothing but beautiful wilderness between huts.

  • This hike is rain or shine, so pack in zip-locks.

GEAR (WHAT TO PACK) - Specific Packing List

Strongly Suggested

  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Lightweight or Midweight, Synthetic or Wool)

  • Day Pack (36L-50L)

  • Face Mask

  • Fleece/Wool Gloves

  • Fleece/Wool Hat

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof or bring bags as inserts/sock covers)

  • Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)

  • Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool)

  • Insulated Jacket

  • Backpack Rain Cover

  • Personal Bathroom Kit: Toilet Paper, Ziplock Bags, Personal Wipes, Hand Cleaner

  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)

  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)

  • Rain Pants (Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)

  • Water Bottles (Two 1-Liter) or Hydration System (“Camelback” 2-liter or greater)

  • Whistle

  • Cash

Recommended

  • Bandana

  • Camping Pillow

  • Camp Towel and Washcloth

  • Casual Shoes for Travel and Free Time

  • Ear Plugs

  • Hiking Shorts (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sleep Sheet/Sleeping Bag Liner

  • Sleeping Bag (40°+)

  • Sun Hat

  • Sunblock and Lip Balm

  • Sunglasses and Accessories

  • Tee Shirts (Synthetic)

  • Toiletries

  • Camera

Rental

It is possible to rent backpacks, headlights, sleeping bags, hiking pillows and other equipment. It can be delivered to your home or picked up in NH/MA. A basic selection of backpack, headlight, sleeping bag and pillow can be rented for less than $150 for the four nights of the trek. If you are interested in renting equipment, please contact Dave Wehrle.​

ITINERARY 

(Subject to change. While we intend to traverse the entire Presidential Range along the ridgeline, weather and other circumstances beyond our control may make it necessary to change the route.)

Thursday, August 4 - PFO

  • AM - Arrive in Boston (BOS - Boston Logan International Airport) for pickup. We will transport you and your things to our host church. Lunch is your responsibility.

  • PM – Take part in our afternoon Pre-field Orientation (PFO). You will receive the official 2022 Ends of the Earth Hiking performance t-shirt and the BTWM 2022 long-sleeved t-shirt. Meet the tour director and your companions for the hike. Get the safety brief and other vital information from our crew and beneficiaries. There will be transportation to a “big box” store in order to purchase snacks/lunches, etc. for the trail. Dinner is provided, and we will eat together on Thursday night.

Friday, August 5 - 3.8 miles, 3,500 feet, 3:40

  • AM - Rise early and board the vans for our trip to the Valley Way Trailhead in Randolph, NH. We will stop for breakfast (your responsibility) along the 2 to 3-hour drive North. Lunch will be out of your own pack (your responsibility) at the trailhead.

  • PM – Ascend the beautiful Valley Way Trail through the woods to Madison Spring Hut. “AMC’s first high mountain hut, built in 1888,

    • Madison Spring Hut has been newly rebuilt and sits above treeline at the northern end of the Presidential Range and overlooks the sheer walls of the Madison Gulf for spectacular views of its closest peaks.” Be sure to arrive by 6:00 pm sharp for a warm dinner provided by the Cru at the hut. If you arrive early, you may choose to drop your pack and ascend 566 feet over 0.5 mile to the summit of Mt. Madison. Join us for worship after dinner.

Saturday, August 6 - 7.5 miles, 2,550 feet, 5:00

  • AM – Warm breakfast is served by the hut Cru at 7:00 am sharp. After that, pack up, fill your water bottles, and head out on the beautiful Gulfside Trail. This portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is entirely above the tree line in the alpine zone. Summit Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. Clay on your way to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak on the East Coast. (You can also choose to trim some miles and feet by circumventing one or all peaks.) Lunch is from your pack on the trail. (There are food and facilities at the summit of Mt. Washington.) Descend on the Crawford Path to the picturesque Lakes of the Clouds Hut 1,276 feet below the summit.

    • “AMC’s most famous Hut, Lakes of the Clouds, is our highest and most visited destination at 5,012 feet. Above tree line, the historic hut’s namesake lakes are nearby, where it often appears that the clouds are sitting atop the water. The hut is located in the Southwestern saddle of Mount Washington.”

  • PM - Be sure to arrive by 6:00 pm sharp for a warm dinner provided by the Cru at the hut. Join us for worship after dinner.

Sunday, August 7 - 5.1 miles, 1,250 feet, 3:10

  • AM - Warm breakfast is served by the hut Cru at 7:00 am sharp. After that, pack up, fill your water bottles, and head out on the historic Crawford Path, the oldest continuously maintained footpath in the United States. This portion of the AT is almost entirely above tree line. Lunch is from your pack along the trail. Summit Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, and Mt. Pierce on your way to Mizpah Spring Hut. (The summits, except Mt. Pierce, can be bypassed.)

    • ​“Nestled in between two 4,000-foot peaks, Mizpah Spring Hut, known by generations as ‘Pa,’ is just a short distance from the legendary Crawford Path. This unique hut sits at 3,800 feet and its name means ‘pillar in the wilderness.’”

  • PM - Be sure to arrive by 6:00 pm sharp for a warm dinner provided by the Cru at the hut. Join us for worship after dinner.

 

​Monday, August 8 - 2.7 miles, -2,000 feet, 1:21

  • AM - Warm breakfast is served by the hut Cru at 7:00 am sharp. After that, pack up, fill your water bottles, and head out on the Crawford Path. You have left the AT and headed West for the AMC Highland Center. This hike is a gentle, short descent; the easiest day of the trip.

    • “Built on the site of the historic Crawford House hotel and nestled in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, the Highland Center is our premier White Mountain lodge, an ideal basecamp for your mountain escape.”

    • The Highlands Center has a deli serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Highlands Center has a retail shop and gift store. Showers are also available for a fee at the Highlands Center if you are really desperate.

  • PM – Return to our host church in the mid-afternoon for debrief over pizza. There will be an evening shuttle to the airport.

Tuesday, August 9

  • AM – A morning shuttle to the airport will be available.

Got questions?  Eemail our #BTWM2022 Hike Director, David Wehrle at DWehrle@EndsCycling.com

For The Youth Of:

Ukraine

The Reason We Hike...

On this tour, you will be hiking for the youth in Ukraine. Our beneficiary ministry there is called Fellowship of Christian Students (CCX). Here is a word from them:

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe in terms of territory. It has the eighth

largest population. Ukraine has around 650 universities and 1.5 million of the 42 million people living in Ukraine are students.  After 70 years as a republic of the Soviet Union (USSR), Ukrainian students generally hold an atheistic worldview or are agnostic, at best. Faith in God has no part in their lives.

The Fellowship of Christian Student (CCX) believes that Jesus cares deeply about students. Students are the future leaders of Ukraine, the Church and the world. CCX realizes that students are at a crossroads in life. Their student years represent the best last chance for them to hear the Good New of Jesus Christ. In their student years, these youth are thinking for themselves and forming their own worldview. After graduation, they will often solidify their worldview and move into the busy routines of career and family.

CCX capitalized on this reality as early as the final days of the Soviet Union in 1990 when we held our first student bible study group. The sea change of ideas at that time presented a unique opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ and share His will and divine plan for the students’ lives on campuses, at universities, and in the dormitories. Since that time, CCX has helped more than 30,000 students grow spiritually, professionally, and intellectually through training, lectures, evangelistic events, on-campus-bible-study groups, scholarships, etc.

The biggest dream and goal of CCX Ukraine today is to have at least one active bible study group at each university in Ukraine. However, we understand that without growth, we physically cannot cover all of them. Our ministry requires more workers because the harvest is so large. The workers need to be trained and well equipped in order to be able to organize and hold evangelism events and do other missionary work among students. That is where we see Ends of the Earth Hiking participants helping us the most.

With your prayers, funds and help, we will be able to train more workers, volunteers and students as a part of our leadership and evangelism training program. Our goal is to double the size of CCX – from 15 to 30 trained and equipped workers and from 150 active students to 300 within the next two years.

Fellowship of Christian Students Ministry

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Who They Are

March, 2014 the first CCX Mission Week took place. This is a short video-review of the event.

What do I get when I Register?
RIDE INFORMATION:

DATES:

Pre-Field Orientation - August 4 at 1:30p - 7p*

August 5-8, 2022

BEGINS IN:

Boston, MA
(Please make flight arrangements to BOS - Boston Logan International Airport)

COST:

Hikers $699

w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **

Fundraising Toolkit

Only 4days worth of AWESOMENESS!  

Well, and a few other things that are listed here.

  • A place to stay the night before and the night after the event (hotels are an optional cost to you)

  • Three nights in the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) high mountain huts

  • Three evening meals and three full breakfasts at the AMC huts

  • Snacks for the trail (energy gels, granola bars, fruit, etc.)

  • Ends Hiking performance T (great for the trail)

  • Official Long Sleeve Tour T-Shirt (Use it as a warm layer on the trail)

  • Tour Insurance

  • Transportation from the host church to the trailhead in NH and back.

  • Full-time Event Photographer when possible (you get free access to the pics after the event!)

  • Corporate worship every night.

  • Custom Thank You cards to send to all of your supporters. (These will be mailed to you shortly after the ride is completed)

  • Daily devotional

  • Airport transportation (at designated shuttle times).

  • Pre-hike supper

  • Post-hike meal

  • Backpacking training and advice in orientation

  • Experienced Group Leaders

  • Radio communication (when conditions permit) between groups

  • And more! Stay tuned for more details.

*Participants are strongly encouraged to be at the starting location from 1:30 – 7:00pm, the day before for check-in for this important Pre-field Orientation.  We will get to know each other, have a safety presentation, distribute snacks for the trail, and make a shopping run for additional lunch/snack foods for the trail.

 

**Fundraising Goal: $1000 (Minimum $500).  Participants will not be eligible to hike if the minimum funds are not raised by event start date.   If you have not raised the minimum by the start date, you will be expected to pay the balance the day the trek begins.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

***We love for families to get involved together! The parent is expected to be present during the whole pre-field orientation and trek. Children must be 14 or older to participate as this is a very strenuous hike unfit for younger children.

How Are Your Hiking Groups Organized?

We will use a combination of self-selection and two scales to group hikers into groups of five to seven:
 

Self-selection:

We want everyone to feel comfortable with those in their group. We also want those who register together or know one another prior to the trek to be able to hike together if they desire. The expectation when self-selection is a criteria of group formation is that the group will slow to match the pace of the slowest member of the group, and that the group will choose course alternatives and rest adequately for the weakest members of the group.

Experience:

  • Highly experienced with multi-day backpacking treks

  • Have experienced a multi-day backpacking trek

  • No experience with multi-day backpacking treks

  • Have no idea what a multi-day backpacking trek is
     

Speed:

  • Exceed book time while carrying a backpack in rocky, mountainous terrain

  • Book time while carrying a backpack in rocky, mountainous terrain

  • Slower than book time while carrying a backpack in rocky, mountainous terrain

  • Have no idea what book time is
     

​No one ever hikes alone on this trek… ever. It is our recommendation that no one change groups unless absolutely necessary. The reason that we hike in groups is for your safety. The Presidential Range can be inhospitable to even the most experienced solo hiker. We would love for you to grow deep relationships with people in your group and anticipate that you will.

White mountains

Backpacking Trip
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