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Presentation: Hiking the Grande Traversee des Alpes, with Tulle Frazer and Rob Bryan

Join us on Tuesday, March 3 as Tulle Frazer and Rob Bryan share their adventures hiking the Grande Traversee des Alpes! The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) is a hiking trail which runs from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean through the French Alps, close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy. The trail covers about 380 to 450 miles, and typically takes about six weeks to complete. The GTA is the highest part of the longer GR5 (Grande Randonnée Cinq) which runs 1,600 miles from the North Sea in Holland to the Mediterranean at Nice, France. Their group of four stayed at mountain huts, farms, and small village hotels that cater to hikers. This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick starting at 7:00 PM. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel

Wilderness First Responder Offering in Maine

Maine Conservation Corps is hosting a 9-day Wilderness First Responder Course March 23-27 and March 30-April 3, 2015 located at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine. Successful participants will receive a nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder certification lasting 3 years. The cost of this class is $650 and includes instruction, meals and lodging. Reservations due March 6. FMI: Contact Erin Amadon to reserve your spot or request further information. Availability is limited and participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due by March 16.

Winter Weather Links

Planning an outdoor adventure, be it a hike, ski, over-night trip, or just a walk through the woods? Winter weather is definitely something to consider. And, the weather out your back door may be drastically different from where you intend to recreate. An accurate local forecast is needed for proper planning, so you know if you will need the basic winter gear, or extra hand-warmers. If you are headed to the White Mountains, the trusted weather source is continue

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Come celebrate outdoor activities in Maine during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend February 13-15. 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.

Ice Fest 2015

Don’t let winter freeze your activities- get out and embrace it at the annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival from February 6-8 in North Conway, New Hampshire. This 3-day event brings together climbers of all abilities to celebrate the adventure, the fun, and the comradery of ice climbing and will feature gear demonstrations, evening entertainment, as well as a skills clinic. There are also a ton of great sponsors. For more information, check out the Ice Fest website.

Presentation: Behind the scenes on the Appalachian Trail with Claire Polfus

Join us on Tuesday, February 3 as Claire Polfus of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, shares a “behind the scenes on the A.T.” presentation! Maine’s section of the Appalachian Trail is the most rugged and remote of the 2,185 mile trail and it is also many hikers’ favorite. Take a look behind on the scenes at the ecology, management and challenges of the A.T. in Maine. Claire Polfus is the Conservation Resources Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Farmington, Maine. Her work covers everything to do with A.T. in Maine, from natural resource management to project planning to community outreach. In her spare time she heads right back to the mountains on foot, bike or ski preferably with friends and dogs in tow. This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick starting at 7:00 PM. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel

Banff Mountain Film Festival

It’s back! Catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the State Theater in Portland on Sunday February 8 and Monday February 9. The fourteenth year of this film festival will feature two hours of magnificent cinematography of skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain culture, the environment, and more and is produced by some of the world’s best outdoor cinematographers. For More Info. Tickets are available at Nomads, Allspeed Cyclery & Snow, at through the State Theatre, or at the door if still available.

Youth Wilderness Leadership Program in Baxter State Park

Attention all Maine high school sophomore and juniors! The Friends of Baxter State Park is currently seeking applications to the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. This ALL EXPENSE paid week scheduled for August 8-16 is designed to introduce participants to the importance of wilderness preservation, with a central message of: “wilderness preservation is an essential value for humans as well as for all other species that rely upon this land.” Participants with leaders will backpack from one end of Baxter State Park to the other, learning important skills along the way; “Understanding the wilderness through science, art, storytelling, photography, writing, history, and recreation.” To learn more and download an application (due February 8th!), visit the Friends of Baxter State Park web site!

AMC Photo Contest Winners Announced

AMC’s 20th annual photo contest results are in! And a Maine Chapter member, Stephen Fabricius, was the grand prize winner for his photograph of the stars over Greenleaf Hut- Congrats, Stephen! Congratulations also to Maine Chapter member Bill Stoner who took first place in the “Scenics and Nature” category. There were over 800+ entries this year, so there was much competition. All of the prized pics can be perused on AMC’s website.

Awards Presented at 2014 Maine Chapter Annual Meeting

We are a bit late in posting this, but this year’s Maine Chapter Appie of the Year award for 2014 was presented to John Mullens. This is the second time John has been presented with this award. In the past, John was the chair of the Meetings and Education committee of the Maine Chapter, and recruited presenters to offer their unique perspectives on travel, gear, conservation, history and other relevant subjects. More recently, John volunteered stepped up to serve as Vice Chair for 2014 to fill that vacant position. In the Vice Chair role, John served the Maine Chapter in a manner that was beyond expected commitment and dedication to the job. Because of his willingness to take on this assignment on short notice and in addition to his responsibilities as Chair of the Maine Woods Initiative Committee including as a member of a task force that worked with the AMC board of directors he was the obvious choice for Appie of the Year. Working with Chair, Roger David and the executive committee, he kept the chapter moving forward and helped it to achieve many goals it might otherwise not reached at this time. For 2014, Jeanne Christie and Peter Roderick were recognized for their involvement with the Maine Chapter as they stepped down as Chapter Youth Program chair and Outings committee chair, respectively. Both have served the Maine Chapter in various leadership capacities for a number of years. Congrats and thanks to all!

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