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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.

Day Hiking: New England by Jeff Romano

Lisa Pengel, a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter Executive Committee, recently sat down with author Jeff Romano, to discuss his recently published book, “Day Hiking: New England”.

Day Hiking: New England” was released in May of 2015, and is Jeff’s third published hiking book. His first book was released in 2006 and is titled “Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the Maine Coast“. His second book was released in 2010 and is titled “100 Classic Hikes in New England“. All three of his books are published by Mountaineer Books, a nonprofit publishing division of The Mountaineers, an organization founded in 1906. They are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in many book stores. continue

Late Spring Fling and Celebration!

Come to celebrate and learn more about the AMC! Meet other folks interested in the outdoors, an executive from AMC, and this years Most Prestigious Volunteer Award recipient ~ Peter Roderick, a long standing Maine Chapters volunteer. All Maine Chapter members, families, and others are invited to attend this potluck at beautiful Maine Audubon on Saturday, June 6th from 11 to 3pm. The event is a potluck at beautiful Maine Audubon. Situated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland, Maine Audubon’s headquarters features a modern environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through woods, meadow, orchard and salt marsh. Please join us to celebrate recreating in the outdoors and giving back! Registration encouraged- contact Kim Sanders.

Sea Kayak Self-Rescue Workshop

Get ready for the upcoming paddling season by brushing up on your kayak safety skills! 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.

Presentation: Endangered Canyons of Utah – with Harvey Halpern

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 to hear and see a great presentation by Harvey Halpern. Harvey has been professionally photographing wilderness since 1978. The emphasis of his work has been the endangered canyons of Utah. He has visited some truly remote areas, some of which have not been seen for over 600 years. Presentation starts at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:15. Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. This event is free and open to the public. FMI email Lisa Pengel

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