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Fall Gathering 2014!

Registration is now open, come join AMC for its annual Fall Gathering October 17-19, 2014, hosted this year by the AMC Maine Chapter at Camp Wavus on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. The entire AMC membership from all 12 chapters is invited to join together for a three-day weekend to experience, enjoy, learn, and celebrate all that is AMC. In addition, a pre-Fall Gathering opportunity invites AMCers to experience two nights at the gorgeous AMC Maine wilderness lodges outside of Greenville, Maine. Extend your stay to experience more of the Maine coast, its views and seafood.

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New Book from SOLO

Our friends and teachers at SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) have a new book called “Wildcare.” Outdoors organizations and enthusiasts look to SOLO for wilderness first aid and medicine. And this new textbook is written by none-other-than Dr. Hubbell himself- founder of SOLO and pioneer of wilderness medicine. Check it out!

Retracing Thoreau

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Thoreau’s famous book “The Maine Woods.” In honor of this occasion, a group spent 16 days retracing his route over 300 miles from Moosehead Lake in Greenville, north of Mount Katahdin, then down the Penobscot River to Indian Island near Orono. Bugs, rain, waves, muddy portages, and wind were some of the obstacles they faced. AMC had a hand in the trip helping to shuttle supplies and people. Check out this article including some great pics for a taste of the expedition.

20th Annual AMC Photo Contest

Are you a shutterbug? Here’s your chance to share your images with your fellow AMC members! The AMC’s 20th Annual Photo Contest has been announced for 2014. And although the deadline isn’t until October 1, photography is a year-round sport! This is a great opportunity to show others your work and possibly have your images become part of the AMC’s print and online publications. Photo submissions may be made in three categories including (1) AMC in Action; (2) Kids, Families, and Adults Outdoors; and (3) Scenics and Nature. This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a spot in an upcoming photography workshop and an accompanying stay at an AMC destination. Category winners will receive prizes from outdoor gear manufacturers. For more information including contest rules, visit the AMC photo contest website or e-mail

77th Anniversary of the Completion of the AT

Do you know where the last section of the fabled 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail was completed 77 years ago on August 18th? Right here in Maine between Spaulding and Sugarloaf Mountains. There is a plaque at the location documenting the spot. The original AT took more than 15 years to build and the last two-mile stretch was completed by a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew 77 years ago this August. Have you been to this spot?

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AMC and Carbon Credits

AMC has a keen interest in air pollution and climate change. The impacts on our lungs, the views from prized peaks, and changes to ecosystems are all things that impact AMC activities and its members’ enjoyment of the outdoors. Check out this press release on AMC’s support of a recent EPA plan to address carbon pollution from America’s existing power generating facilities.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Come celebrate outdoor activities in Maine during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend September 26-28. The series of events across the state will be lead by companies and outdoor oriented organizations, including AMC. Many activities are free and at an introductory level. The goal is to connect people with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, and good health as well as to take advantage of recreation lands and waters across the state.

First AT Thru-Hike Completed 66 Years Ago

What happened on August 5, 1948? Earl Shaffer completed the first documented thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Maine! And just for fun he did it again in 1965 SoBo (South Bound), and again in 1998 NoBo (northbound) for the 50th anniversary of his first hike. He was the first of thousands who have now walked over 2,000 miles along the ridges and lowlands of the eastern seaboard.

AMC Maine Chapter is on Facebook

We’ve been there awhile, but just wanted to remind you that AMC Maine Chapter is on Facebook. We also have an active Young Members page on Facebook. We know not everyone will want to pop over to the website every day and RSS feeds are not everyone’s cup of tea, so we’re trying to be where others are in the electronic world. If you’re on Facebook, we’d appreciate it if you would Like the AMC Maine page and/or the AMC Maine Young Members page over there. As always, our calendar of Maine AMC outings will remain here on the website although you may ocassionally see announcements of special activities on Facebook.

Flags on the 48

“Flags on the 48″ is an annual event and will be held this year on Saturday September 13th. The goal- to raise an American flag on each of New Hampshires forty-eight 4,000-footers from noon to 2PM. These efforts are to honor those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. For more information on this year’s event or to register, visit the Flags on the 48 website.

YOUR Maine Lands

Yes, that’s correct; YOUR Maine lands. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands owns over 500,000 acres accessible to you for recreation and other outdoor pursuits. And here’s a website to help you explore all the great State of Maine has to offer. I bet you didn’t even know some of these areas were in public ownership! Check out the map, and plan a visit soon.

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