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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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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.

14th Annual Loon Echo Trek to Support Land Conservation

AMC’s proud to be a gold sponsor of this September 20th event. Join the toughest 100-mile bike trek in Maine, and beautiful 25, 50, or 75 (new this year!) mile options, that start at Shawnee Peak Ski Area and go through Evans Notch. You can also hike the ridge of Pleasant Mountain as a way to support land conservation in Maine. Loon Echo Land Trust protects 5,900 acres of land and maintains 25 miles of hiking trails for the public’s benefit. Get details on the Trek.

AMC’s Mountain Watch Program

Interested in rare and fragile flowers? Or how about air quality and visual impacts on our summit views? AMC’s “Mountain Watch Program” may be for you! This program turns the ordinary hiker, into a volunteer scientist to collect important data on trends in alpine flowering dates and visibility distances. All in an effort to protect the ecological health of the mountains we all enjoy.

Seek the Peak!

Do you want to go hiking AND support a cause at the same time? July 18-19 is the 14th annual “Seek the Peak” hike to support the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory. There is thousands of dollars in prizes, hiker goodies bags, live music, and awards bash as well as a dinner feast. So, grab your hiking boots and a couple of friends and help raise even more funds in 2014. To register visit the website!

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!

Wilderness Act Turns 50

September 3, 2014 marks the 50-year anniversary of President Lydon B. Johnson’s signature to make the Wilderness Act law. And it had overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Far before climate change was even discussed, these foreseers recognized the need to protect wild landscapes for the future based on the rapid changes they noticed around them. Check out page 17 of this article in ATC’s May-June 2014 magazine AT Journey’s for more information.

Navigating the AT in the Whites

Are you a thru hiker? Or, headed for a trek on the AT in the White Mountains of New Hampshire? This article spells out “things you should know before you go”. Also contained in the article are links to several helpful webpages about services, accommodations, hiking tips, weather, and stewardship in the Whites. Read it before you go, and happy hiking!

Presentation: Staying at an AMC Volunteer Managed Facility (VMF)

Join us on Tuesday June 17th for a presentation by Mary McCann-Baker and Amy Grover for their narrated slide shows on the AMC’s Volunteer Managed Facilities (VMF’s) at Knubble Bay Camp and Cold River Camp in Maine. In Mary’s words for Knubble Bay Camp: Did you know that AMC has two great options for tidewater cabin camping or tenting and paddling that you can rent for yourself, a family or large group right in the mid-coast area? Knubble Bay Camp is on the water in Georgetown, Maine. It is a modern post and beam cabin that is off the grid but fully equipped to accommodate a couple or up to fifteen people. In Amy’s words for Cold River Camp: We invite you to come learn about our peaceful valley, our rugged mountains with their cooling pools, our welcoming camp community. Cold River Camp is waiting for you…just a few steps across the Cold River Dam from Maine into New Hampshire. These two ladies are hard-working volunteers with a great enthusiasm for the places they help manage. Join them at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, for a potluck dinner at 6pm and their talk and slide show at 7pm. Bring a potluck item to share and your own dinnerware (plate, utensils etc.). Drinks will be available. Or simply come for the talk at 7pm. Both potluck and talk are free and open to the public. FMI, email Fran Leyman or download a flyer (430KB PDF)

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