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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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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‚Äôs 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.

Summer Day Hike Equipment List

It’s already mid-summer, but better late than never. Ready to hit the trails for with the Maine Chapter for a day hike? Check out this summer day hike checklist to help you plan for success in the outdoors! And don’t forget to check our calendar of events to join an activity!

Web Cams of the Whites

Not in the Whites, but wish you were (like during your office lunch break)? Or, headed there soon and want to get a sneak-peak at what lies ahead? There are several web cams in the area that can satisfy your curiosity. They cover nearly every angle of the Presidentials as well as air pollution and haze updates. AMC’s “Equiped” blogger Matt Heid details them all. Just don’t tell your boss you heard it from me!

State Museum in Augusta has new Don Fendler Exhibit

Remember the true tale and subsequent book of the young boy “Lost on a Mountain in Maine”? This year marks the 75th anniversary of Don Fendler’s 9-day, 48-mile ordeal that earned the boy a Medal of Valor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Although it happened way back in 1939, the lessons learned still apply today for the outdoor enthusiast. The Maine State Museum in Augusta has a new exhibit opening on July 12th, and Don himself will be there starting at 10:30 AM to talk about his experience and sign books. Read the article for more information.

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