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Greg Westrich – Hiking Maine

Greg Westrich is the author of Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, amongst other shorter works, and will have two more books released in the spring. Five years ago he left his regular job to do what he loves, to hike and share it with others through his writing. continue

Registration is now open for the 2015 Annual Meeting!

Registration is now open for the Maine Chapter’s 2015 Annual Meeting, November 6-8, 2015, at Camp Wavus in Jefferson, Maine. Find out more and register today!

Karen Herold – Reconnecting with the Swiss Alps

Karen Herold, her husband, and her sister hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. 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.  Long ago Karen was an attorney, and now she’s involved in a variety of environmental causes.  She always has her next adventure germinating. continue

AMC Maine Annual Meeting November 7, 2015 at Camp Wavus

AMC’s Maine Chapter will hold its annual meeting on November 7, 2015 at Camp Wavus in Jefferson, Maine. This is a beautiful site located on a peninsula on Damariscotta Lake. It is the same venue as last year’s AMC Fall Gathering and was a big hit with attendees! Check it out at this site tour! continue

Hiking, Biking, and Boating at Little Lyford

Come join in on a fun filled weekend of hiking, biking and boating June 26-28. We will be staying in the bunk house at Little Lyford for the weekend’s events. Friday night arrive in time to meet everyone prior to sitting down for dinner which is served at 6:00 p.m. Saturday we will plan to hike Gulf Hagas during the day and view the breathtaking waterfalls. This is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Then we may close the day with an evening paddle on the pond followed by some storytelling around the camp fire. More fun to come as we rise the next morning to prepare for the 19.5 mile Bike and Boat ride to benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital patient care. The bike ride will begin in Greenville and go to Rockwood and then we will return aboard the historic Katahdin vessel. While on the boat we will enjoy lunch and music on our way back to Greenville. If you can’t come for the whole weekend, just come for the bike and boat ride on Sunday. Register with Jeanine Libby for the entire weekend or Judy Oneal for just the Greenville Bike and Boat on Sunday.

Naturalist & Information Volunteer Training – June, 2015

Story and Photos by Lisa Pengel

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers annual training opportunities for AMC members to become Information and/or Naturalist Volunteers. The 2015 training sessions were held the weekend of June 5-7, 2015 at the Gorman Chairback Lodge in Greenville, Maine. Two other sessions were offered during the month of May, at two other locations: Mohican Outdoor Center in NJ, and the Highland Center in NH. continue

Sea Kayak Self-Rescue Workshop

The date is rapidly approaching! 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.

Summer Full Moon Paddle

You, your boat, the Maine coast, and a full moon. What could be better in the summer? Maine Chapter trip leader tried to capture the essence of it in this video. To see and feel it for yourself, join him on one of the paddling trips offered this summer!

National Trails Day, Saturday June 6

This annual, national event is sponsored by the American Hiking Society to promote awareness and cooperation among trail users. The event occurs this year on Saturday, June 6th and there are several ways you can get involved! Check out AMC’s web site for trail day events. Or, donate some of your own time to clean-up a favorite trail in your neck of the woods. And as they say, “Trails Day is EVERY day!” so check out the many opportunities to volunteer on Maine Chapter trail maintenance trips or a trip somewhere else in the great AMC region. There’s a job for everyone!

AMC Made the NY Times!

The AMC was recently featured in a New York Times article entitled “Tips for Healthy and Sustainable Hiking.” Read the article to learn why it’s important to stay on the trail when hiking, especially in the spring and the impacts of hiking on the environment. While the article is not about the Maine Chapter, it notes that the Grafton Loop Trail in western Maine was one of the most challenging trails to construct.

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