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Canceled: Hike Baldface Circle

Date: Saturday, October 1

This is a beautiful loop hike in the Evans Notch area of New Hampshire's White Mountains. We may see fantastic foliage. This is a strenuous 9.8 mile hike with some scrambling over ledges. We will follow the Baldface Circle Trail from Rt. 113 to the 3,570 ft summit of South Baldface Mountain and continue along the ridge to the 3,610 ft North Baldface Summit for a total elevation gain of about 3,600 ft. We will descend the Bicknell Ridge Trail to complete the circle. This will be a 9-10 hour hike and we will start early.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Baldface Circle
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Canceled
Leader: Cindy Caverly 207-313-7862 (Before 8pm)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Speckled Mountian Evans Notch

Date: Saturday, October 1

Hike to the summit of Speckled Mtn (2906 ft) in Evans Notch. The open summit ledges have excellent views in all directions which will provide for great fall foliage viewing. The hike will be a round trip distance of approximately 6.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 ft. at a moderate pace. Contact the trip leader to register .

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Susan Surabian

Potluck and Presentation: Exploring Maine by Foot

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

For the past five years, Rebecca Goldfine, of West Bath, has been building an online guide to Maine's trails. She decided early on that because the Internet is so open and easy to use, she would use the web as her publishing platform. Starting in the Midcoast region and gradually working her way farther afield, Rebecca has been hunting down public trails to hike and photograph. Heading out with a GPS, her iPhone (for its camera), and sometimes a dog, she updates her site almost every weekend with the new trails she logs. During the week, she works in Bowdoin College's communications office. Her goal is to make it easier for local people to find trails near their homes and for Maine tourists to explore the areas they're visiting. Along the way, she has discovered some incredibly beautiful places, and is excited to share information about them. She has also developed a greater appreciation for the many conservation organizations around the state that help keep Maine relatively undeveloped. Please join us in an evening talking about local trails, Maine, its conserved lands, mapmaking, and the wonderful way the Internet is making it possible for people to better know the natural areas around them. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share - help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody

Conservation Meetup for all Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Date: Thursday, October 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

To further its conservation mission AMC is inviting hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, paddlers, skiers, and surfers, and anyone involved in similar adventures to come together to meet and discuss conservation issues related to our outdoor-adventure sports. This gathering is intended to be a loose affiliation of like-minded people who want to put their collective heads together to work on conservation of and access to areas with outdoor recreation opportunities. We anticipate this meeting will be a first step in plugging those interested in becoming more involved in shaping conservation policy in the Northeast into conservation activities being pursued by AMC, one of its partner organizations, or connecting you with a network of people and resources to pursue your own ideas. We also want you to participate! If you have a short (approx. 5 to 10 minutes) slide show or film featuring a cool adventure that would fit in with the overall theme of the night, we would love to show it. Please submit proposals to the email address below

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Allagash Brewing Co. 50 Industrial Way, Portland
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Carney

Boundary Work -Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins-MWI Maine

Date: Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10

With dozens of miles of property lines, the AMC in Maine has lots of boundary marking to maintain. Join us for this unusual and fun activity. Bring your old work clothes ( there is paint involved) and try something new. Help us maintain the boundary lines that define AMC property in the northern Maine woods. Stay at historic Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Cabins and experience the best of the old and the new. Comfortable bunkhouse, newly renovated lodge, fabulous meals and unbeatable hospitality. Oh and by the way, few biting insects and peak foliage season. To learn more contact leader.

Trail WorkActivity Categories: Trail Work
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Trail Work -Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins-Oct 7-10, 2016

Date: Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10

So many trails, so few volunteers. Join us in the 100 Mile Wilderness as we help build and maintain hiking trails near the MWI lodges. We may continue work on the Henderson Brook Trail which connects Gorman Chairback Lodge with the Appalachian Trail. Join others in the effort to complete the "hardening" process on this beautiful trail that follows Henderson Brook as it descends to the Pleasant River. We stay in the comfortable bunkhouse, eat very well in the lodge and enjoy downtime admiring the peak foliage and exploring the woods and waters nearby.

Trail WorkActivity Categories: Trail Work
Location: Township 7 Range 9
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Young Members Baxter Weekend

Date: Friday, October 7, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join AMC Young Members (and those young at heart) for a weekend of car camping and camaraderie in beautiful Baxter State Park in Millinocket, ME. We have three nights reserved at the Foster Field group site near Katahdin Stream Campground over Columbus Day weekend, which is during (though past peak) foliage season in Northern Maine. This site offers easy access to hike Mount Katahdin (Maine's highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail), numerous other hike options encompassing all levels, from beginner to 4000+ footers and New England Hundred Highest peaks for you peak baggers out there (including the Brothers, Doubletop, Coe, and more), as well as fishing/swimming/canoe rentals at Kidney and Daicey Ponds. The cost includes a spot for all three nights at the group campsite, which has vault toilets and a fire pit for group meals and social time. Space for this trip is limited to 25 people, so reserve your spot today!

CampingActivity Categories: Camping
Adult Member Fee: $25
Adult Non-Member Fee: $25
Child Non-Member Fee: $Camping for three nights. Please keep in mind that parking in Baxter State Park is free for Maine residents, but an additional $14 for non-residents. Carpooling will be strongly encouraged for this event for that reason, and also because parking is extremely limited.
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Marielle Postava-Davignon , Sarah Keats
Registrar: Marielle Postava-Davignon

The Life of Trees Nature Walk

Date: Saturday, October 8

The life of trees is a walk through the forest to gain a deeper understanding of the life cycle of trees - how they work, how they grow and their complex relationships with other members of the forest. This will be a leisurely walk of about 2 miles on an forest path (some inclines) through a variety of habitats to observe and learn about the life of trees.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Walks
Location: Donnabeth Lipman Park, North Windham
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy

Climate Change, the Story Behind the News

Date: Thursday, October 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Glen Koehler will present on global climate change. The main focus is to provide context for understanding the larger story behind the news stories about climate change by covering key concepts that explain why and how the climate is changing. The presentation briefly addresses some common myths, how human-driven climate change is different from natural climate variation, and why such rapid change matters to ecosystems, agriculture, and human prosperity. It concludes with some thoughts on meeting the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities that are upon us. Glen came to this topic through his work on Integrated Pest Management in fruit orchards New England over 28 years and seeing the critical impact of weather on orchard management decisions.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Child Non-Member Fee: $Free and open to the public!
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924

AMC Leader Training Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 15, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth ME. Join experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMCs Leadership Training Manager for a one day workshop to develop and practice leadership skills necessary to plan and lead safe and enjoyable chapter activities. This workshop is for new and prospective leaders with no prior AMC leader experience and for experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. The workshop format will be a combination of presentations, discussion, and interactive sessions on outdoor leadership including; leader decision making , group management strategies, accident scene management, trip planning, and others. Whether you are an experienced leader looking to make your trips run more smoothly, or are interested in becoming a leader, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence you need to lead a chapter activity. Participants successfully completing this workshop will meet AMCs requirement for chapter trip leader training.

Leadership TrainingActivity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Miles Notch/Great Brook loop hike

Date: Saturday, October 22

Miles Notch/Great Brook loop hike in North Lovell and Stoneham area. Cross Red Rock (2141') and Butters (2246') Mtns. along this 10 mi. pretty traverse. Relaxed pace through pristine wooded area with some excellent outlooks.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Miles Notch Trail
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm) , Lewis Dow 207-890-8512 (before 9:00 pm)
FMI: Description of loop hike (see South Approach)
FMI: Pictures and additional description - also link to blog

Outings Leader Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Leader meeting for current leaders , leaders in training and those who would like to become leaders. Agenda will include winter activities postings, leader recognition and requirements proposals

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Red Cross Community Center, 16 Community Way, Topsham, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Haunted Hike - Mt. Chocorua (YM - 20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, October 29

Venture out on this 7.6-mile and 2,500 elevation gain hike and listen to the haunting story of the curse of Mt. Chocorua, the amazing 360 degree views at the rocky open summit may make you forget your fears….for a moment. Please Note: Recent hiking experience required. This hike is also happening in late October so microspikes may be necessary (we have a limited number available for loan). Rain Date Sun, Oct 30.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Chocorua, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Nick Montecalvo
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Potluck and Presentation: 50 of the Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Adventurer and writer Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been exploring Maine's coastal and mountain hiking trails for more than four decades. His new guide, the Appalachian Mountain Club's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, is designed to take readers on a grand journey of discovery along Maine's coastline and coastal interior, from York County and Casco Bay to the Midcoast, Acadia National Park and Downeast. Hundreds of miles of foot trails await hikers for many hours and days of exploration through the wealth of conservation lands. Anyone seeking outdoor pleasure and healthful exercise will find Kish's new guidebook an interesting, useful and trustworthy pathfinder, and a fine complement to AMC's Maine Mountain Guide. Through the two-year process of writing of this book Kish enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of exploring the full length of the Maine coast while also experiencing the bounty of natural beauty that defines its parks, lands and preserves, as well as its people, food and accommodations. Please join Carey for an informative and entertaining look at 50 of the best hiking trails from Kittery to Eastport. Signed copies of AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast will be available for purchase ($19), as will the AMC Maine Mountain Guide ($24). Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrel Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)

Mt. Hight & Carter Dome (YM - 20's, 30's & Young @ Heart

Date: Saturday, November 5

We will do a lollipop loop hike over Mt. Hight and Carter Dome. Mt. Hight has amazing views of both NH and Maine and Carter Dome will satisfy the 4k peakbaggers. This hike is 10.2 miles roundtrip with approx. 3,500 ft elevation gain. Participants must have recent hiking experience of similar mileage and elevation gain. This hike occurs in early November in the Whites, so be prepared for possible winter-like conditions. This hike is happening as part of Young Members Fall Cabin Weekend, FMI and to register, copy & paste this link in your browser: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/92271 This hike is listed as Young Members but is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Pinkham Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)

Clever Corvids: Ravens & Crows

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Crows and Ravens are common Maine residents with uncommon smarts and interesting behaviors. Come learn the differences between them and the habits that they share. From courtship to play, these corvids do amazing things. Come learn about them in a slide talk you'll be raven about! Not to crow about her but Lynn Rachel Havsall is a biologist who taught at the University of Washington and has worked as a naturalist for 38 years. Her co-workers included an educational one-winged crow, named Corvus, who was the caws of much enjoyment.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library; 145 Harlow St.
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This is a regular bi-monthly meeting of the Maine Chapter Executive Committee. All members are welcome to attend to find out what we are planning! Contact a committee member for building access instructions if you have not attended before. Meeting at 6:30pm at LL Bean facility in Brunswick.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: LL Bean, 8 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick ME 04011-7314,
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Doug Chamberlin 978-761-3815 (6-9pm)

Burnt Meadows Mountain Hike

Date: Saturday, November 12

Burnt Meadows Mountain is located near Brownfield, Maine. The climb to the summit is steep in places with a ledgy summit providing great views in all directions. There is approximately 1,000 feet of climb. Trail length is 3.3 miles.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Burnt Meadows Mountain Trailhead
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm) , Larry DeHof
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Friends of Burnt Mountain website

Potluck and Presentation - Northern California's White Trinity Alps

Date: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us as Bill Geller takes us on an 8 day photographic journey well off the beaten path. "With the exception of the first afternoon and the last day we picked our way over a challenging white granite landscape at 7000 - 8000 feet in the middle of a spectacular wilderness which seemed to extend to the horizon in every direction.  Arêtes, 10 in all, with their sheer faces looking like an impregnable wall dissected our route. Covering a half-mile an hour was fast progress. Our average daily mileage was three from point to point without accounting for the wandering." Bill Geller lives in Farmington, Maine where he retired from UMF in 2010 after 33 years of service.  As a teenager and college student Bill worked five successive summers for Mead Wilderness Base in the southern edge of the WMNF leading week-long hiking trips.  He's never stopped taking such trips. In a piece in Down East (September 1988) friend and Maine writer Bob Kimber  described Bill as being seriously afflicted with the-bear-went-over-the-mountain syndrome, and he does not limit himself to just mountains. "The more unpromising the terrain, the better he likes it." Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)

Protect the Places you Love - AMC's Conservation Work & How to Engage!

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

If you love to hike, paddle, ski, camp or just love our Maine mountains, what happens in the State House and Congress affects YOU! Learn how development, pollution or land conservation can change your trails experience for the better or worse. Here in Maine, AMC works hard all year-round to support a variety of conservation and environmental policy issues both in Augusta and at the federal level in DC. We advocate on behalf of all of our members with recreation access as our primary lens. Issues we've worked on include: Land for Maine's Future conservation funding, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, wind siting rules, forest management and regulations, Maine's mining rules, and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Join AMC Policy Staff Bryan Wentzell & Kaitlyn Bernard and the ME Chapter Conservation Chair, Pete Carney for an update on Maine's current environmental issues and a preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. We'll have a rundown of the election results and what they mean for our policy agenda. We'll also have opportunities for Maine members to stay in the loop and try their hand at policy advocacy.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Child Non-Member Fee: $Free and open to the public!
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924

Winter Hiking Workshop

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Winter Outings Skills Workshop at Maine Audubon in Falmouth, ME. Experienced Maine AMC winter hiking leaders will discuss clothing, gear, snow travel, and other essential knowledge and techniques to prepare you for outdoor outings in the winter. This event is intended as an introduction course for new and experienced three-season hikers and a refresher for experienced winter adventurers. Although the focus of the workshop is on hiking in the winter, many of the topics apply to any outdoor winter outing. This workshop will be an excellent "things-you-need-to-know-before-you-go" for anyone who will be spending time out of doors this winter. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Bill Brooke at Bill@mesoft.org or (207) 549-5100 to register or for more information.

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Zealand Hut Weekend and New Year's Eve Bash- (Young Members 20's & 30's & Young @ Heart))

Date: Friday, December 30 - Sunday, January 1

Join us for a chance to stay at Zealand Hut and celebrate the New Year! We'll also have a pasta potluck dinner one night (all other meals/snack are on your own). This hut offers access to nearby mountains such as Zealand, Hale and The Bonds among other great hikes. Zealand Road is closed to cars in the winter and is 3.2 miles with an additional 2.8 miles on Zealand Trail to get to the hut. It can be a great ski up the road for beginner or intermediate skiers. You can also snowshoe up the trail, but use care not to disrupt the ski track. There may be leaders available to accompany skiers and hikers up to the hut, but this is not guaranteed depending on the time that you arrive. Winter hiking experience and gear is required. *Young Members is an AMC group geared toward people in their 20's and 30's, and the young at heart who share a common interest in the outdoors, to get involved in AMC activities: socialization, recreation, and conservation. Rates: Friday: $27/ Saturday: $44 (taxes not included). **Call AMC Reservations by NOVEMBER 30, 2016. After this date, these spots open back up to everyone. Space is very limited so reserve early! Send me an email once you reserve your spot. I will send out more details to those I know have reserved, closer to the event. TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: *Call the AMC Reservations Line at 603-466-2727 Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm. *Tell the Customer Service Representative you want to reserve into the: AMC Maine Chapter YM, Group Number 336515. Note: Huts are not heated and you will need to bring your own pillow case, sleep sack, sleeping bag, or linen for bunk beds. Bathrooms have no running water in the winter. No showers. Full kitchen use is available, carry in and out your own food and trash.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $71
Child Non-Member Fee: $Friday rate: $27, Saturday rate: $44 (plus NH tax) (includes bunk room accommodations, self-service hut, use of kitchen for food prep, running water in kitchen, great company)
Location: Zealand Falls Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registrar: AMC Reservations - GROUP #336515 603-466-2727 (Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate to Strenuous

Protect the Places you Love - AMC's Conservation Work & How to Engage!

Date: Thursday, January 5, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

If you love to hike, paddle, ski, camp or just love our Maine mountains what happens in the State House and Congress affects YOU! Learn How will development, pollution or land conservation can change your trails experience for the better or worse. Here in Maine, AMC works hard all year round to support a variety of conservation and environmental policy issues both in Augusta and at the federal level in DC. We advocate on behalf of all of our members with recreation access as our primary lens. Issues we've worked on include: Land for Maine's Future conservation funding, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, wind siting rules, forest management and regulations, Maine's mining rules, and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Join AMC Policy Staff Bryan Wentzell & Kaitlyn Bernard and the ME Chapter Conservation Chair Pete Carney for an update on Maine's current environmental issues and a preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. We'll have a rundown of the election results and what they mean for our policy agenda. We'll also have opportunities for Maine members to stay in the loop and try their hand at policy advocacy. Curtis Memorial Library (23 Pleasant St., Brunswick). Doors open at 5:30, optional potluck dinner at 6pm, presentation starts at 7pm.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Child Non-Member Fee: $Free!
Location: Curtis Memorial Library
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody

SKI MAINE HUTS & TRAILS 4TH ANNUAL

Date: Friday, February 17 - Monday, February 20

Ambience in the Maine Woods: glide through the remote Maine woods on groomed tracks in the historic Flagstaff Lake region & enjoy lodge camaraderie at night at Maine Huts & Trails lodges on our ski adventure: * Visit Flagstaff & Grand Falls huts * Groomed & tracked trails * Daily ski distances for varied abilities from intermediate to advanced * Shuttle bags between huts & car parking * All meals & lodging are included in price The huts are rustic with mixed gender bunk rooms, with state-of-the art off-grid energy facilities for heat, hot water, & showers. Mattresses & pillows are provided. Beer & wine are available for purchase. Bring two bags: one with most of your gear for use overnight, and another to use while skiing. Trails are generally easy to moderate rolling terrain with machine set tracks. Our base tour will be about 20km (intermediate) to 40km (advanced) on groomed tracks in the forest. Itinerary: All distance & elevation information are approximate based on representative maps. The leaders reserve the right to change the itinerary for reasons such as weather, trail conditions, group preference, & other factors. * Friday: meet at 12:00 to drop off bags. Ski from Big Eddy trailhead to Flagstaff hut (distance ~ 7km, ascent ^ 76m, descent v 40m). * Saturday: Halfway Yurt (~ 19km, ^ 193m, v 193m). Advanced option to Poplar hut (~ 38km, ^ 344m, v 344m). * Sunday: Grand Falls hut (~ 19km, ^ 123m, v 156m). * Monday: Big Eddy trailhead (~ 13km, ^ 74m, v 76m). Distance & pace are on the higher side, conditions are unpredictable in remote area, therefore we rate this is an intermediate-advanced trip for capable day skiers comfortable with being out in the woods all day without external support. Your best skis are double camber, narrow touring center skis in the profile range of 65/46-55/42-60/44 profile so they will fit in cut tracks and allow for nice kick and glide. Trip is co-listed with Rami Haddad from AMC Boston Chapter.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $565
Adult Non-Member Fee: $590
Child Non-Member Fee: $*Three nights of lodging, ski trails, & all nine meals from Friday dinner through Monday lunch. There is a $25 fee to cancel before 16 January 2017. No refunds are allowed afterwards.
Location: Flagstaff Lake trailhead
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Rami Haddad
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
FMI: Trip Policy
FMI: Trail Map

Potluck and Presentation: The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Date: Thursday, March 2, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

In 1994, Sheila and Dean Bennett produced a small booklet for the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Maine Department of Conservation, that visitors to the waterway could take with them on their trips. The following is excerpted from that booklet: "The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a 92-mile-long protected stretch of lake, shore, and river corridor established in 1966 by the Maine State Legislature and managed by Maine Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Department of Conservation. Set in the middle of a working forest, the Waterway includes a 400- to 800-foot state-owned restricted zone within a privately owned forest . . . . Managed to conserve the Allagash's natural beauty and undeveloped character, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway was the first state-administered component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. . . . "This remote and isolated river corridor is perhaps the most diverse of our northeastern waterways. . . . But perhaps more importantly, it is a place where you can still capture the essence of the great north woods and experience the feeling of an earlier, more primitive time." Sheila and Dean Bennett invite you to a PowerPoint presentation of a 100-mile canoe trip through this place in the wild which is full of mystery, history, and beauty. They have been paddling this river since 1976 and have much to share. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Claybrook Mountain Lodge Ski Week

Date: Sunday, March 5, 3:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Have you ever thought about checking out the new Maine Huts and Trails system but the thought of carrying an overnight backpack didn't appeal to you??? We have the solution for you! Join us for a week of great cross country skiing on the Maine Huts and Trails system of well-maintained trails. We'll have the opportunity, weather permitting, to visit each of the 4 huts without the burden of large backpacks. Enjoy the luxury of skiing with just a small daypack while enjoying the magnificent trails and scenery in the Bigelow area. Our accommodations will be in shared twin or triple rooms at the Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation. The lodge is owned by Greg, a certified EMT and Maine Guide, and his wife Pat. Pat is a fantastic cook who will spoil us with her homemade bread, muffins, cookies and multi course meals. Made to order breakfast, trail lunches and dinner are included in the trip fee. All meals from supper on Sunday March 5th (day of arrival) through and including lunch on Friday the 10th (day of departure). We will eat our trail lunch at one of the MHT huts whenever possible, so we can purchase hot food items there as well. The Claybrook Lodge has twin and triple rooms located on 2 levels; with a shared bath on each floor. There is also a living room area on each floor and a large wood stove on the 1st floor. The facility is clean, cozy and rustic surrounded by an array of mountain peaks. Cost of $815 covers accommodations in a comfortable family run lodge, all meals including trail lunches, and guiding Monday through Thursday with Greg. This trip tends to fill up quickly so plan on applying early in order to guarantee your spot!

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Adult Member Fee: $815
Adult Non-Member Fee: $815
Child Non-Member Fee: $Accommodations, 4 days of guiding with a certified Maine Guide and all meals from Sunday night dinner to Friday lunch.
Location: Claybrook Mountain Lodge, Highland Plantation, Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Ginette Beaudoin 207-294-6302 (before 9pm) , Ginette Beaudoin 207-294-6302 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Ginette Beaudoin
Trip Difficulty: moderate