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Sea Kayak Self-Rescue Workshop

Get ready for the upcoming paddling season by brushing up on your kayak safety skills! The Maine Chapter will host a self-rescue workshop on Saturday June 13. Whether a rookie paddler or experienced sea tourer, there’s something for everyone in this workshop. Instructors will demonstrate and coach both guided and independent practice of wet exits, self rescue, braces, and paired rescues. This material is great stuff-to-know-before-you-go. Contact Peter Roderick or Al Mandell for more information and to participate.

Presentation: Endangered Canyons of Utah – with Harvey Halpern

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 to hear and see a great presentation by Harvey Halpern. Harvey has been professionally photographing wilderness since 1978. The emphasis of his work has been the endangered canyons of Utah. He has visited some truly remote areas, some of which have not been seen for over 600 years. Presentation starts at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:15. Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. This event is free and open to the public. FMI email Lisa Pengel

Map and Compass Workshop

Come join us on Saturday, June 13 for a workshop offering fundamentals of map reading, identification of symbols, contour lines, terrain features, compass use, and triangulation. Once learned, these skills will enable participants to feel more confident with backcountry travel. After a morning classroom session, participants will put newfound skills to the test with an afternoon outdoor session. Go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!

This event is free and open to the public. Contact AMC Maine Chapter leader Roger David for more information.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid Recap!

Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification classes were held May 2 & 3, 2015. It wasn’t just two days of intense training, it was also a lot of fun! We had a fantastic group this year, and the instructor Gerry Brache, of Solo Wilderness Medical Schools was great once again. continue

Volunteer Trail Opportunities

Have you ever thought about the “freeway” of trails we all hike on, but you want to pay your “toll”? AMC offers a variety of opportunities to give back to the trail through working with volunteer trail crews or adopting your own section of trail. Volunteer for as short as a day or as long as a week, or set your own schedule with trail adoption. Workshops on trail maintaining techniques are also offered. Check out Maine Chapter trail work opportunities or all opportunities with AMC.

Intro to Backpacking Workshop

Are you a day hiker who would like to do a backpack but feel like you need more information before you begin? Learn the basics of backpacking- proper gear, food needs, and training -from an experienced backpacker at May 19th evening workshop. There will be a follow-up 2 day backpack in the White Mountains on July 4th weekend where you can test what you have learned. For more information, please email Ray Cooper or call him at 207-929-2726 (before 9pm).

Presentation: Winter Adventures in Baxter/Happenings on AMC Maine Lands

Join us on Tuesday, April 28 when Peter Roderick, AMC Maine Chapter leader, volunteer and adventurer will talk about some winter adventures he has enjoyed in Baxter State Park. He has summited on Baxter Peak and Hamlin Peak the two tallest points on Katahdin from several different trails in all seasons. Later in the evening, Peter will recount some highlights of his 11 years of volunteering in the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) area east of Greenville and near portions of the 100 Mile Wilderness Section of the Appalachian Trail. He will be joined by several staff members of the AMC’s MWI team. AMC has created an area of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land. They actively involve the children of the area as well as guests from the world. Their lodges are showpieces of environmental friendliness and culinary excellence. Partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski. Join AMC and Maine Audubon on Tuesday, April 28 at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME. Potluck at 6, meeting at 7. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerald Sawyer 207-234-2425 (before 9 pm)

Nature Notes – Cathance River Preserve in Spring

View of Cathance River

View of Cathance River

Spring is here! Days are getting longer and warmer, and the grass is showing! Well the grass is showing on our lawns, but not so much at higher elevations. Even at some of the lower elevations, if the trail is shaded and in the woods, you will most likely encounter snow well into late April. continue

Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening

What are you doing for Earth day? Please join us on Wednesday April 22 for an exciting night of nature-minded films. Maine Audubon and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club present an Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival MOFF Selects Tour at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. Doors and cash bar open at 6, films start promptly at 7. Tickets are $5 for members (of either AMC or MA) and $8 for nonmembers. We expect this event to sell out, so advanced registration is encouraged to ensure your seat.

Maine Chapter Trip Leader Meeting

On Thursday May 7 there is a meeting for AMC Maine Chapter leaders and those interested in becoming leaders. We will be serving pizza and discussing upcoming events. This is also a great time for those interested in leading to meet leaders and sign on to co-lead hikes. All leaders have a chance to work with experienced leaders before leading on their own. The night will include pulling the calendars out to plan some great adventures for the summer months. Time: 6:00-8:00pm American Red Cross, Mid-Coast
Chapter, 16 Community Drive, Topsham. Contact Peter Roderick for more information.

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