Trip Day/Date Depart From Leader
1 Sat., 3/16
Sun., 3/17
8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Nordic Center
Nordic Center
2 Sun., 3/17 8:30 a.m. Hotel Rankin
3 Sun., 3/17 9 a.m. Hotel Thompson
4 Sun., 3/17 8 a.m. Hotel Davis
5 Sat., 3/16
Sun., 3/17
8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
Base of Mt. Washington Auto Road
Base of Mt. Washington Auto Road
Cruz et al.
Cruz et al.
6 Sun., 3/17 8:30 a.m. Hotel Amidon

Field Trip and Short Course Only registrants are strongly encouraged to register early. Note: Field Trip or Short Course Only registration does not permit attendance to Technical Sessions or Exhibits. All presenters must register for the meeting.

Field Trips

1. Bedrock Geology and Tectonics of the Presidential Range on Nordic Skis.
J. Dykstra Eusden, Bates College, .
Half-day trip runs on Sat., 16 March, and Sun., 17 March, and departs the Nordic Center at 8:30 a.m. both days.
Enjoy this half-day trip on cross-country skis examining the Silurian and Devonian metasedimentary and igneous geology at bedrock outcrops and from vistas on the well-groomed Bretton Woods Nordic Trail System. We will be skiing ~5 km on the “easier” to “more difficult” trails, so the trip is not suitable for beginning cross-country skiers. A trail pass is required, and participants must bring their own skis and equipment or rent them from the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Classic ski technique will be preferred.
2. Type Localities of Marland Billings’ 1935 Paleozoic Bedrock Stratigraphy near Littleton, New Hampshire.
Douglas Rankin, Scientist Emeritus, USGS, .
Trip runs on Sun., 17 March, and departs the hotel at 8:30 a.m.
This trip will examine exposures, mostly in roadcuts, of Billings’ classic Paleozoic stratigraphic section in their type localities, all within eight miles west and southwest of Exit 42 of I-93 at Littleton, New Hampshire, USA. All are at chlorite grade of Acadian (?) metamorphism. As time permits, we will also look at exposures near Littleton of some of these same formations at progressively higher metamorphic grades southeast of the Mesozoic Ammonoosuc fault.
3. Glacial Geology and Archeology, Northern White Mountains.
Woodrow Thompson, Maine Geological Survey, ;
Richard Boisvert, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, .
Trip runs on Sun., 17 March, and departs the hotel at 9 a.m.
This trip will visit localities between Bretton Woods and Jefferson, New Hampshire, USA. Topics will include the effects of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, late-glacial climate change, and recent archeological work revealing occupation of the area by Native Americans soon after the glacier departed.
4. Landslides in the White Mountains.
P. Thompson Davis, Bentley Univ., .
Trip runs on Sun., 17 March, and departs the hotel at 8 a.m.
We will visit the sites of the famous Willey House Slide in Crawford Notch and the historic Cherry Mountain Slide in Jefferson, New Hampshire, USA. We will also examine the remains from the 2003 collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain and evidence for several historic and prehistoric rockfalls and landslides nearby in Franconia Notch. This will include a 12,000-year record of debris flows into Profile Lake at the base of the Cannon Cliff.
Mt Washington Observatory
Photo courtesy of
Mount Washington Observatory.
5. Mount Washington: Its Summit & Observatory.
Michelle Cruz, Mount Washington Observatory, ;
Mark Van Baalen, Harvard University;
Timothy Allen, Keene State College.
Trip runs on Sat., 16 March, and Sun., 17 March, and departs from the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, at 8:30 a.m. both days.
Board the Mount Washington Observatory’s snow tractor at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, USA, for a day-long journey to the summit of Mount Washington (6,288 ft [1,917 m]), the highest peak east of the Mississippi and north of the Carolinas and also the home of the “world’s worst weather.” The trip will include stops to examine the mountain’s geology and a tour of the famous weather observatory. Participants absolutely must be in excellent physical condition, have all necessary clothing and equipment, and be able to hike to safety in cold temperatures, high winds, poor visibility, drifted snow and/or glare ice in the event of a vehicular breakdown. The mountain's rugged weather, the elevation of the mountain, and the real remoteness from medical care mandate that those who are in unsatisfactory physical condition or are inadequately equipped may not participate.  All registrants are required to submit a Health Form upon registration, and will complete the Mount Washington Observatory Release Form the morning of the trip. Please review all items on the Equipment list.  For more information please visit View the on-line health form, equipment list, and release form.
6. Nature and Culture in Northern New Hampshire.
Catherine Amidon, Museum of the White Mountains, .
Trip runs on Sun., 17 March, and departs the hotel at 8:30 a.m.
This trip will visit the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, USA, a former summer home transformed into an educational center by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The visit will include a hands-on tour of the Rock Estate’s ongoing maple sugaring operation, followed by a stop at the nearby New England Ski Museum in Franconia Notch. The final destination is at the new Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, where participants will be among the first to experience its opening exhibition, “Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains.” This exhibit uses historical images, interpretive panels, films, and interactive experiences to explore the influence of time and mechanical innovation on human connections to the mountains.


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