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139th Annual Summit

Register for AMC’s Annual Meeting on Saturday January 24th, 2015! Whether you are a long time volunteer or are interested in becoming more involved as a volunteer in 2015, the Annual Summit will have something for you!

  • What: A fun day of exciting trainings, meaningful meetings, and fun conversations.
  • When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, MA
  • Cost: $30- includes lunch, program materials, and our evening Celebration Reception of drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres.
  • We have curated a great selection of useful and interesting courses this year, so whether you want to brush up on your splinting skills, see a historical AMC film, learn about conservation tactics, or trail tools, we will have a session that interests you. continue

    Backcountry Skiing Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to tackle some of the steep chutes in Tuckerman or King Ravines or even just put your skis on and go exploring? If so, then you will not want to miss the AMC’s Backcountry Skiing Workshop on Saturday January 24 at Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire. The workshop will cover the details of backcountry ski trips, what gear you need, where to get that gear and general wilderness backcountry ski preparation. Also included will be how to understand an avalanche forecast and use and avalanche beacon. Techniques, gear, planning and trip suggestions for both low-angle backcountry skiing as well as steep backcountry skiing will be covered.
    This all-day workshop at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center starts at 8:00AM with both classroom and field sessions. AT, split board, telemark gear required. Bring own lunch, snacks, water, and come ready to learn all about backcountry skiing from the top guide service in the area. Please contact Al Mandell for more information.

    Winter Outings

    Looking to get outside this winter and see what the season has to offer? Whether it’s cross-country skiing, climbing a 4,000-footer, taking some backcountry telemark turns, or a pleasant hike on a trail the Maine Chapter has you covered. Keep up to date on our calendar page, and get out and enjoy winter!

    Presentation: Randy Spencer – Local Guide, Author and Song Writer

    Join us on Wednesday, December 10 in at the Fields Pond Aubdubon Center in Holden as local guide, author and musician Randy Spencer will provide a marvelous evening for all with story and song. How wonderful it must be to spend carefree days in the woods or on the water with Randy Spencer. Who wants to bet that he is a pretty darned good cook too? Randy Spencer is a Master Maine Guide based out of the Maine town of Grand Lake Stream. In addition to being a guide, he is a freelance writer, a songwriter, and a voiceover artist. In 2008, Yankee Magazine named Spencer one of the “25 People You Need to Meet Most This Summer.” His first book, Where Cool Waters Flow, was named the Best Book of 2010 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Join AMC and Maine Audubon on Wednesday, December 10 at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Main. Free and open to the public. FMI contact: Gerry Sawyer

    Presentation: Dog Sledding Adventures with Bryan and Polly!

    Join us on Thursday December 4 in Brunswick as Bryan Courtois and Polly Mahoney share their experiences dog sledding in some interesting places. Polly, a guide with Mahoosuc Guide Service will be bringing two of her sled dogs! Bryan has made several trips to northern Canada including Ungava Bay and Baffin Island. Come and listen to his tales of hunting seal, fishing, looking for polar bear, learning traditional Cree bush medicine, and hunting ptarmigan. Polly, a guide with the Mahoosuc Guide Service, is a native Mainer with extensive outdoor experience. She and her huskies were featured in the movie Never Cry Wolf. Seldom has a musher achieved the degree of friendship, loyalty, and obedience from a dog team that Polly has accomplished. Come and meet Polly and two of her sled dogs. This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. To join in on the potluck fun, please bring a food item to share, along with your own plate and utensils. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel

    Becoming and Outdoor Woman (BOW)- Winter Skills Weekend

    This year’s winter weekend workshop is February 20-22, 2015 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. It offers programs aimed primarily at women 18 years and older who are interested in learning or improving their skills in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment. Class sessions include winter survival, snowshoeing, ice fishing, archery, shotgun, cross country skiing, primitive skills, wild game cookery, map and compass, fly tying, and shooting basics. These workshops provide the opportunity to learn about the outdoors but to also provide a venue for women to learn more about themselves. To learn more about BOW, the weekend workshop, or to register, visit BOW’s website or contact Brittany Humphrey.

    “Wilderness Matters” Newsletter Electronically

    Did you know you can receive the Maine Chapter newsletter Wilderness Matters electronically? You can elect to forgo a paper copy entirely and only receive an electronic copy sent to your e-mail inbox for each issue. This preference is set through AMC’s Member Center. Or, did you misplace your paper copy, or would you simply like to view past issues? These are posted on the Maine Chapter website on the Newsletter page. However, in order to provide members with inside benefits, we will only post the current issue to the public one month after regular postal and electronic mail distribution. Electronic distribution saves the chapter valuable funds that we can repurpose for workshops, outings, and other chapter activities.

    Presentation: Karen Herold – Hiking the Haute Route, Switzerland

    Join us on Thursday November 20th in Brunswick as Karen Herold shares her pictures and tales of her experiences hiking the Haute Route in Switzerland! Karen Herold, her husband, and her sister hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland, in July, 2013. Among many reasons to do this beautiful hike was the chance to reconnect with the Swiss geography and relatives Karen’s family knew growing up with their Swiss father. The route traverses below the summits of ten out of the twelve of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. Come and hear Karen’s story, and see beautiful photos, about this beautiful place on earth! This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. To join in on the potluck fun, please bring a food item to share, along with your own plate and utensils. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel.

    Winter Outings Workshop in Brunswick

    Please join experienced winter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight on Saturday December 13 for an introduction to clothing, gear, snow travel, and taking care of your self in the winter in outdoor settings. Learn to stay warm, dry and functional. There will be a morning indoor session, followed by a pot-luck lunch, and an optional outdoor session in the afternoon. This event is intended as an introduction course for experienced three-season hikers and a refresher for experienced winter adventurers. Although the focus of the workshop is on winter hiking, many of the topics will be an excellent “things-you-need-to-know-before-you-go” for anyone who will be spending time out-of-doors this winter. This workshop will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library at 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Please e-mail Laura Flight (207-215-5306) to register.

    Presentation: An Evening with Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute

    Countries are looking forward to Arctic shipping lanes being ice-free year round. But what are climate changes likely to bring to our own area of Maine? To find out, join us at the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden (outside of Bangor) on Wednesday November 12th for an Evening with Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. Maine State Climatologist Dr. Jacobson will share his knowledge of climate change and its effects on our lives. “The big question we’re trying to answer in our work is how have forests and forest education patterns responded to climate change in the recent past and in the distant past under different climate regimes. Understanding the long term variability of the climate gives us the ability to understand the modern world.” Join AMC and Maine Audubon on Wednesday, November 12 at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Maine. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, (please bring a food item to share and a plate and utensils) followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. Free and open to the public. FMI contact: Gerry Sawyer

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