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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!

Presentation: Rich Cromwell presents Hiking, Biking, Rowing in Southeast Asia

Join us on Tuesday January 13th as Rich Cromwell shares his experiences hiking, biking, and rowing in Southeast Asia. What motivates someone from Maine to visit Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos? Join us and hear Rich as he describes the encounters with the people that transformed his life and prompted him to return for more visits. Rich will share a fantastic presentation with spectacular photos of the area and people as he hiked, biked, and rowed his way throughout SE Asia. Pictures of the traditional Mekong longboat that he paddled, his makeshift bike and heavy load he carried, and his tenting space along the banks of the Mekong, to name just a few. 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

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.

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Another New Year!

Another year has gone by. What will a new one bring?

Recreation: Trails to hike, bike, and ski? Peaks to bag? Rivers and lakes to paddle? Be sure to keep in touch with ongoing Maine Chapter activities on our calendar.

Conservation: Any resolutions to be more conservation-minded or reduce your impact on our environment? Join AMC’s Conservation Action Network (CAN) e-mail alerts.

Education: Would you like to learn a new outdoor skill? Check out AMC’s Outdoor Skills page for a complete listing. Or attend Mountain Leadership School.

Recreation, conservation, education- the three principles of the AMC. I hope they will be a part of your New Year’s resolutions!

2014 Conservation Gifts to Celebrate

These gifts may not be as tangible, but they certainly keep on giving- day after day, and well into the future. No, not indigestion from Aunt Hilda’s fruit cake, or one too many glasses of spiked egg nog. But gifts of land protection, trail maintenance and improvements, protection of air and water quality resources. Check out more details on this interactive map or in the full report. And be thankful for what these things give us; places to recreate, hardened trails, and healthy waters and wildlife.

139th Annual Summit

Register for AMC’s Annual Meeting on Saturday January 24th, 2015! Whether you are a long time volunteer or are interested in becoming more involved as a volunteer in 2015, the Annual Summit will have something for you!

  • What: A fun day of exciting trainings, meaningful meetings, and fun conversations.
  • When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, MA
  • Cost: $30- includes lunch, program materials, and our evening Celebration Reception of drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres.
  • We have curated a great selection of useful and interesting courses this year, so whether you want to brush up on your splinting skills, see a historical AMC film, learn about conservation tactics, or trail tools, we will have a session that interests you. continue

    Backcountry Skiing Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to tackle some of the steep chutes in Tuckerman or King Ravines or even just put your skis on and go exploring? If so, then you will not want to miss the AMC’s Backcountry Skiing Workshop on Saturday January 24 at Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire. The workshop will cover the details of backcountry ski trips, what gear you need, where to get that gear and general wilderness backcountry ski preparation. Also included will be how to understand an avalanche forecast and use and avalanche beacon. Techniques, gear, planning and trip suggestions for both low-angle backcountry skiing as well as steep backcountry skiing will be covered.
    This all-day workshop at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center starts at 8:00AM with both classroom and field sessions. AT, split board, telemark gear required. Bring own lunch, snacks, water, and come ready to learn all about backcountry skiing from the top guide service in the area. Please contact Al Mandell for more information.

    Winter Outings

    Looking to get outside this winter and see what the season has to offer? Whether it’s cross-country skiing, climbing a 4,000-footer, taking some backcountry telemark turns, or a pleasant hike on a trail the Maine Chapter has you covered. Keep up to date on our calendar page, and get out and enjoy winter!

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