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White Mountains

Backpacking Trip

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The Hike...

NOT A BICYCLING TOUR - There are few ways to feel closer to God or more profoundly experience the awe of his creation than hiking in the high Appalachian Mountains of New Hampshire. There are few better ways to build community than hiking the Appalachian Trail and staying in remote lodging for days together with other backpackers from our Ends Adventures team and beyond.


This adventure will stretch you. It will be physically and mentally and spiritually strenuous. You will carry your own clothing, gear, water and lunch dozens of miles and thousands of

3-Day

100 miles

Key Largo to Key West, FL

feet. You may encounter sunny weather in the 70s or rain and sleet in the 30s. You will stay in remote, off-grid huts that are supplied by the staff who carry staples miles on their backs to feed and provide for you. Once on the trail, you cannot be picked up by a SAG vehicle or flown out by helicopter even if you were to break an ankle. [Is this because there is no way to communicate with the outside world? - If so, it may be time to purchase an emergency satellite beacon of some sort.] You will grow.

This adventure will use you. 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 and repeat (#PrayTrekRepeat) for five 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
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. While on the Annual Trek, Leonia Church stays at the AMC “huts” – remote lodges in the White Mountains – and lodges that were built beginning in 1888. The AMC huts and lodges provide a delicious and hearty dinner at 6:00 p.m. and breakfast at 7:00 a.m. for those who have reservations to stay the night. When the trek allows us to be at a hut or lodge at lunchtime, you can often buy something for lunch. We will be hiking above the tree line in the alpine zone and at high altitudes for extended periods. It is quite possible this time of year for the weather to be rainy, chilly and/or windy, so you need to be prepared for bad weather.


Our Tour Director
Dave Wehrle is the Outreach Tour Director 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 to hike, backpack, and camp. Dave was introduced to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s High Huts in 2012 by members of the Leonia United Methodist Church in Leonia, New Jersey who had been backpacking the White Mountains every summer since 1980. Dave led backpacking treks to the AMC’s high huts for 8 years while serving as senior pastor of Leonia Church.

You Must Carry:

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

  • Nighttime snacks / lunches (Soup and baked goods are usually available in the huts from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Water – refillable only at the beginning and end of each day of hiking most days

  • Toiletries, insect repellent, sunscreen, etc.

  • Bedding – only a mattress is provided at the huts

  • All trash that you produce

Other Details:

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

  • Did we mention that this is strenuous hiking?

  • There is no cell signal.

  • There is no electricity.

  • The huts are not heated.

  • There is absolutely nothing but wilderness between huts.

ITINERARY 

(Subject to change)
 

Thursday, August 4
        AM

  • Arrive in Boston (BOS - Boston Logan International Airport) for pickup.

  • Gather at Vida Real International Church (404 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145).

PM

  • PFO – Pre-field Orientation

  • Registration and swag

  • Introduction and opening comments

  • Icebreakers in groups

  • Safety talk and final gear check

  • Dinner and exploration in the North End

  • Orange line from Forrest Hills to North Station?

  • Last shower for 5 days

Friday, August 5 - Valley Way Trail – 3.8 miles, 3,500 feet, book time 3 – 5 hours (3:40)
        AM

  • Breakfast in Somerville

  • Drive to Valley Way Trailhead (Presidential Hwy, Randolph, NH 03593)

  • Pack vans

  • Leave by 7:00 a.m.

  • 3-hour drive, not including breakfast stop

  • Breakfast stop

  • Shuttle one van to Crawford Notch (Fast Team – One hour round trip)

  • Lunch at Valley Way Trailhead

PM

  • Ascend to Madison Spring Hut

    • Slowest team begins by 12:30 p.m. sharp

    • “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.”

    • Valley Way Trail – 3.8 miles, 3,500 feet, book time 3 – 5 hours (3:40)

    • Capacity of 50 guests

  • Dinner at Madison Spring Hut

  • 6:00 p.m. sharp

  • Team Worship After dinner

Saturday, August 6 - minimum: 6.8 miles, 1,850 feet, book time 4 – 6 hours (4:20) 

AM

  • Dress, pack, fill water

  • Optionally pack and fill water after breakfast

  • Breakfast at Madison Spring Hut

  • 7:00 a.m. sharp

  • Hike to Lakes of the Clouds Hut

  • Gulfside/Appalachian Trail (et.al.)

    • Minimum: 6.8 miles, 1,850 feet, book time 4 – 6 hours (4:20)

      • including Mount Washington: 7.5 miles, 2,500 feet, book time 5 – 7 hours (5:00)

      • there are additional presidential peaks along the way that can be summited or bypassed

  • Lunch on the trail – there are facilities on the peak of Mount Washington

PM

  • Complete hike to Lakes of the Clouds Hut

    • “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.”

    • Capacity of 90 guests

  • Dinner at Lakes of the Clouds Hut

  • 6:00 p.m. sharp

  • Worship After dinner


Sunday, August 7 - minimum: 4.8 miles, -1,250 feet, book time 3 – 5 hours (2:50)

AM

  • Dress, pack, fill water

  • Optionally pack and fill water after breakfast

  • Breakfast at Lakes of the Clouds Hut

  • 7:00 a.m. sharp

  • Worship

  • After breakfast

  • Hike to Mizpah Springs Hut

  • Crawford Path/Appalachian Trail

    • minimum: 4.8 miles, -1,250 feet, book time 3 – 5 hours (2:50)

    • there are additional presidential peaks along the way that can be summited or bypassed

    • there are optional hikes from the hut for those arriving early

  • Lunch on the trail – there are no facilities whatsoever between these huts

PM

  • Complete hike to Mizpah Springs Hut

    • “Nestled inbetween two 4,000-foot peaks, Mizpah Springs Hut, known by generations as ‘Pa,’ is just a short distance from the legendary Crawford Path. A memorable stop on your exploration of the southern peaks of the Presidential Range or as you head north through the heart of the highest range in New Hampshire, this unique hut sits at 3,800 feet and its name means “pillar in the wilderness.”

    • Capacity of 60 guests

  • Dinner at Mizpah Springs Hut

  • 6:00 p.m. sharp

  • Team Prayer and Testimony

  • After dinner

Monday, August 8 - minimum: 2.7 miles, -2,000 feet, book time 2 – 4 hours (2:00)
       AM

  • Dress, pack, fill water

  • Optionally pack and fill water after breakfast

  • Breakfast at Lakes of the Clouds Hut

  • 7:00 a.m. sharp

  • Hike to Highland Center

  • Crawford Path/Appalachian Trail

    • minimum: 2.7 miles, -2,000 feet, book time 2 – 4 hours (2:00)

    • This hike is a gentle and steady descent into Crawford Notch and is the easiest of the trek 

      • “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.

  • Retrieve van from Valley Way Trailhead (Fast team – one hour round trip).

PM

  • Debrief at Highlands Center

  • Travel nonstop to Vida Real International Church (3 hours).

  • Evening shuttle to airport

  • Dinner and exploration in the North End

  • Orange line from Forrest Hills to North Station?


Tuesday, August 9

AM
Morning shuttle to airport

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

For The Youth Of:

Ukraine

The Reason We Ride...

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

Even though the Romanian Revolution was in December 1989, the effects of Communism can still be seen today in the rural areas of Romania. With these socio-

economic conditions, Romania is second in the top countries-of-origin (the country where a trafficked person came from before being trafficked) for victims of human trafficking in the EU, with our service area being the highest in Romania.  

Those who live in rural or marginalized areas and those with little-to-no education are the most susceptible to fall into the hands of traffickers. Our Children-At-Risk programs currently serve over 750 marginalized children annually, meeting the spiritual and material needs of the neediest of all - the at risk children and youth.

 

Through our programs and services we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to end the cycle of child abuse, exploitation, illiteracy, and poverty, in order for them to have a better life and a brighter future.

 

By joining Ends Cycling on this tour, you will be raising prayers, awareness and funds to combat the injustices happening in Romania and spread the word about our need for short-term teams.  We are thankful that through joining this Ends Cycling tour, you are partnering with us to provide continuous prayers and support for these precious at-risk children in Jesus Name.

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 - February 25 at 1:30p - 7p*

February 26 - 28, 2022

Optional - Feb 29 - drive you back to Key Largo / Fort Myers

BEGINS IN:

First Baptist Church of Key Largo

99001 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo, FL  33037

COST:

Cyclists - $299

w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **

Fundraising Toolkit

Support Staff - $199

(Fundraising encouraged but

not expected)

Children 12 & Under - FREE ***

Only 3 days worth of AWESOMENESS!  

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

  • A place to stay every night of the event (hotels are an optional cost to you)

  • Breakfast & Lunch every day

  • Snacks throughout the event (energy gels, granola bars, fruit, etc.)

  • Ends Cycling Jersey (by Primal – no jersey for support staff)

  • Laundry services every evening (for cycling clothing only)

  • Official Tour T-Shirt (Cyclists & Support Staff)

  • Tour Insurance

  • Swag Bag

  • A support vehicle (S.A.G.) dedicated to your group loaded with

     water, air pumps, tubes, snacks, etc.)

  • 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.

  • Daily devotional 

  • Water bottle (for cyclists only)

  • Transportation back to starting line

  • Airport transportation (at designated shuttle times)

  • Pre-ride supper

  • Post-ride meal

  • Cycling training in orientation

  • Experienced Group Leaders

  • And More! See the Riders Handbook for more details.

*Participants are strongly encouraged to be at the starting location at 1:30pm - 7p, the day before for check-in for this important Pre-field Orientation.  We will get to know each other, have a safety presentation and training ride.

**Fundraising Goal: $1000 (Minimum $500).  Participants will not be eligible to ride 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 ride begins. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

***We love for families to get involved together! The parent is expected to be present during the whole week. It is recommended that children under age 15 participate in a Support Staff role. Children 12 and under are FREE (unless otherwise noted - example: a Super Family Friendly type tour with kid activities, events, that would have an additional cost, etc.).

How Are Your Cycling Groups Organized?

An experienced Team Leader will lead a team of 4-10 cyclists throughout the multi-day event. Riders will be grouped depending on their strengths and preferences. You are welcome to choose which group you wish to be in ahead of time. (If you're not sure you can do it, get a cycling computer and see where you are at!) A suggested 10 week training schedule is available to you. 

It’s our recommendation no one changes groups unless absolutely necessary. The reason that we ride in groups is for your safety.  We would love for you to grow deep relationships with people in your group.

Break Away - 18+ mph average

Paceline - 16-17 mph average

Journey Lovers - 14-15 mph average

SEE Train - 13-14 mph average

D Group (trikes, etc) - 11mph average (will likely not finish all miles each day)

 

PLEASE NOTE"Average" means over the course of a 60-80 mile day, the actual pedaling speed that your computer will read at the end of your ride. This means you will at times, be riding at 2-4 M.P.H. above your actual "average" for the day.  These averages will change on international tours.

Pictures from Other Tours!

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sisterhood ride

Ladies Only