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Toast the Outdoors with Maine Beer Company

Date: Thursday, December 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Raise a glass for the wild places you love. Throughout December, Maine Beer Company is placing its delicious beers on tap in pubs throughout AMC regions to support the mission of the AMC. It's simple, when you drink one of their beers at an AMC event a portion of your tab gets donated to AMC. Join us at the Maine Beer Company flagship in Freeport on Thursday, December 14 from 6pm - 9pm. They will have their signature goods on tap which will (hopefully!) include Woods & Waters, Peeper, Another One, Lunch, and Zoe. Maine Beer Company is located at 525 US-1, Freeport, ME and online at: https://www.mainebeercompany.com/ Each month, Maine Beer Company partners with a 1% for the Planet non-profit. Maine Beer Company writes, "We selected Appalachian Mountain Club as one of our 1% For the Planet environmental non-profits because we saw a like-minded focus in to protecting the environment and encouraging people to get outdoors. The Appalachian Trail passes through many of the states where Maine Beer Company beers are distributed, and we recognized an opportunity of engaging more people and drawing attention to the work of the AMC through our beer community both at home and in other states. Locally, the Maine Woods Initiative supported by the AMC ties in with Maine Beer Company's advocacy for the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. In a state whose economy is increasingly defined by tourism we recognize the importance of supporting land conservation, nature-based tourism, and community partnerships, all of which are central to the AMC."

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Maine Beer Company, Freeport, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Kaitlyn Bernard

Toast to the Outdoors - AMC & Maine Beer Company in Kingfield

Date: Thursday, December 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Raise a glass for the wild places you love. Throughout December, Maine Beer Company is placing its delicious beers on tap in pubs throughout AMC regions to support the mission of the AMC. It's simple, when you drink one of their beers at an AMC event a portion of your tab gets donated to AMC. Head on over to Rolling Fatties in Kingfield (268 Main St.) on Thursday, December 14 from 5pm - 8pm. They will have Maine Beer Company on tap delicious food for sale. Each month, Maine Beer Company partners with a 1% for the Planet non-profit. Maine Beer Company writes, "We selected Appalachian Mountain Club as one of our 1% For the Planet environmental non-profits because we saw a like-minded focus in to protecting the environment and encouraging people to get outdoors. The Appalachian Trail passes through many of the states where Maine Beer Company beers are distributed, and we recognized an opportunity of engaging more people and drawing attention to the work of the AMC through our beer community both at home and in other states. Locally, the Maine Woods Initiative supported by the AMC ties in with Maine Beer Company's advocacy for the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. In a state whose economy is increasingly defined by tourism we recognize the importance of supporting land conservation, nature-based tourism, and community partnerships, all of which are central to the AMC."

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Social Events
Location: 268 Main St., Kingfield, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Kaitlyn Bernard 207-808-4424

December Social - Slab Sicilian Streetfood (Young Members=20's, 30's & Young at Heart)

Date: Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Come take a break from holiday shopping and discuss the outdoors with folks that are as interested in them as you are. Winter is upon us and we get a lot of questions about winter hiking, this is the perfect opportunity to come ask active young members in the AMC what it is all about! Not to mention the food at Slab is great, and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Don't be shy, no registration is required, come spend some time with the Maine YM's we'd love to see you on December 20th!

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: 25 Preble Street Portland, ME 04101
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Nick Montecalvo 978-518-9448 (8pm-10pm Weeknights)

New Year's Eve at Lonesome Lake (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, December 30 - Monday, January 1

Ring in the New Year with us and get a chance to stay at Lonesome Lake Hut with breathtaking views of Franconia Ridge across a pristine glacial lake! This is the most accessible winter hut in the White Mountains at just 1.6 miles from the trailhead. We'll have a potluck dinner New Year's Eve (all other meals/snack are on your own). This hut offers access to nearby mountains such as Cannon, North & South Kinsman, Bald and the Cannon Balls as well as more leisurely lakeside hiking/snowshoeing. Winter hiking gear and some winter hiking experience is required. Please Note: bunkrooms are unheated and it is self-service season. At least a zero degree sleeping bag, appropriate layers to keep warm and nalgene or similar water bottles and insulators recommended. Rates (self-service): Saturday: $45/ Sunday: $28 (taxes not included). **Call AMC Reservations by NOVEMBER 30, 2017. After this date, these spots open back up to everyone. Space is limited so reserve early! Send me an email once you reserve your spot. I will send out details to those with confirmed reservations, closer to the event. TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: *Call the AMC Reservations Line at 603-466-2727 Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm. "Reservation Group #372571 - AMC Maine Chapter"

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $73
Adult Non-Member Fee: $88
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: AMC Reservations Line (Reference Group #372571) 603-466-2727 (Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Winter North and South Kinsman from Lonesome Lake Hut (20s, 30s & Young @ Heart)

Date: Sunday, December 31

*NOTE: This hike is being offered in conjunction with the New Year's Eve Lonesome Lake Hut event. It is not required that you participate in this event to participate in the hike, but be aware that the hike will be leaving from Lonesome Lake Hut, and you will need to plan to add the extra hike time and mileage to the hut if you are not staying there. You can find more information on the weekend-long event here: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/99547 Here's your chance to bag 2 Winter 4000 footers! We will hike North and South Kinsman starting from Lonesome Lake Hut, via the Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge trails. This is an out and back trip, and is mostly in the woods until approaching South Kinsman, with a breathtaking view of Franconia Ridge near North Kinsman, South Kinsman is completely exposed affording sweeping views on a clear day. This trip is 7.2 miles round trip from the hut (9.7 miles from Lafayette campground), with ~2,550 ft elevation gain (~3,550 ft from Lafayette campground). Recent winter hiking experience with similar mileage and elevation gain, and appropriate winter hiking gear required for this event. This hike is listed as "Young Members - 20's & 30's) but is open to ALL. Limit 8 participants and 2 leaders.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats , Marielle Postava-Davignon
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderately strenuous

Winter Hike - Speck Mtn. in Grafton Notch

Date: Saturday, January 6

Hike to the summit of Speck Mtn. (4170 ft.) in Grafton Notch State Park via the AT for a round trip distance of 7.6 miles and elevation gain of 2720 feet. This is a strenuous hike suitable for experienced advanced intermediate winter hikers. Full winter gear including snowshoes with crampons/cleats and crampons or micro spikes are required. Contact the leader to register or for more information.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Grafton Notch, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Intro to Winter Hike at Bradbury Mt. SP

Date: Sunday, January 7

Join us to learn or practice some winter hiking skills. If there is enough snow, we will be using snowshoes. Bring them along in any case to practice getting them on and carrying them when not using them. Plan on ice to practice using your traction footwear such as microspikes if there is not enough snow. A good time to work on layering for cold weather. Bradbury is a fun place to get the feel of climbing a mountain without the work of bigger mountains. Great for those new to winter hiking/snowshoeing. Lovely woods walk with far off views from the top Email leader for details and recommended gear. Please include information about your level of hiking or snowshoeing experience and gear you already have. If you have questions, feel free to call. There is an entrance fee to the park.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Bradbury Mountain State Park
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Co-Leader: Alicia Heyburn
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Maine Trail Finder - trail map for Bradbury Mt. SP

Dinner & Trivia at The Deckhouse

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Meet us at Deck house Sports Tavern & Restaurant in Windham for dinner and/or drink starting at 6pm followed by Trivia at 7pm for those who are interested. Find out about upcoming AMC events, find out how to get involved, and make some new outdoorsy friends. Plenty of free parking. RSVP isn't required but it is appreciated so that I know how many seats to reserve.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Deckhouse Sports Tavern & Restaurant, 930 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME 04062
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)

Hiking in and around Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

Date: Thursday, January 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Greg's first visit to KW&W was more than fifteen years ago. He's paddled the East Branch and the Seboies River. Since 2013, he's mapped more than 500 hikes in Maine including numerous hikes in KW&W. He has also backpacked from one end of Baxter State Park to the other and has hiked more than 200 of the 215 miles of trails in the park. In his slideshow, he'll be discussing hiking and paddling routes in and around Katahdin Woods and Waters. He'll have suggestions for where to go for a family outing, where to get lost for a week, where to find wildlife, and where to see spectacular scenery. Greg's passion for nature began when he was a young child and carried him through travels and adventures while he grew up. Twenty years ago Greg and his wife settled in Maine to continue this journey. They hike, camp, canoe, ski, and generally love their wild home. The author of five Falcon guides about hiking in Maine, Greg has also published more than fifty articles. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. He'll bring copies of his five hiking guides for sale and discuss his latest book projects. Greg lives in Glenburn with his family and too many pets.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Paddling
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Little Bigelow Snowshoe/Hike

Date: Saturday, January 13

Snowshoe to the 3,040 ft summit of Little Bigelow. This is a moderate 7 mile out and back hike with 1,920 ft of elevation gain. We will have beautiful, panoramic views of Sugarloaf, the Bigelow Range, and Flagstaff Lake. This is an excellent introduction to snowshoeing in the mountains. Winter gear required.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Cindy Caverly 207-313-7862 (Before 8pm) , Susan Surabian 207-431-7548 (before 8 pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

X-Country Skiing - Maine Huts and Trails

Date: Sunday, January 14

15 miles more or less of skiing on Maine Huts and Trails system including stops at huts at Poplar Stream and Stratton Brook. Good workout for advanced beginner or intermediate or above skiers. Beautiful Carrabasset Valley locale.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Carrabasset Valley
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Explore Pondicherry Park, Bridgton, ME

Date: Thursday, January 18

Explore Pondicherry Park, a downtown forest park full of beautiful stone walls, animal tracks, squirrel middens...who know what we might see. Two to three miles on snowshoes or micro cleats depending on day. Then stop at Beth's for a hot chocolate. After that explore town on your own, antique/junktique shops, 302 Gallery, and bargains galore at Reny's

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Bridgton, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jo Anne Diller 207-647-2117 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Connecting rivers, people and fish - by bike

Date: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us for this unique presentation on fish passage and biking in Europe. Alicia Heyburn, of Brunswick, spent five weeks last summer on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps, to the outlet at the North Sea near Amsterdam. Traveling on an exceptional network of bike paths, she experienced the various characters of the river along its 1300 km course - wild, tamed, power-producing, awe-inspiring, industrial and bucolic; and met with people who are working to improve river conditions for migratory fish, such as salmon.  In her presentation you will learn about Europe's extensive international network of bike trails, free cultural exchange and accommodation services, the stages and benefits of re-wnaturalizing a river, and how to travel alone without being lonely or turn an interest into an expedition. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup. Free and open to the public.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: The Nature Conservancy - Alicia

Cranberry Peak Snowshoe - Stratton Maine

Date: Saturday, January 20

Snowshoe trek to Cranberry Peak near Stratton Maine. Experienced winter hikers with full winter gear needed for fun day in the Maine woods. With car spot we hike from trailhead near Stratton Maine to Cranberry Peak and on to Cranberry Pond and the junction with the Appalachian Trail. We then head south on the AT to route 27. Trip length 8 miles. Incredible views of the Bigelows and beautiful woods walk especially between the peak and the pond. Contact leader for more information.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Stratton Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Beginner Snowshoe Hike Table Rock Grafton Notch

Date: Saturday, January 20

Beginner snowshoe hike to follow up the winter hiking workshop . Table Rock (2350 ft) is a 2.6 mi. round trip hike with an elevation gain of 900 ft. This short but somewhat steep hike provides an opportunity to experience snowshoe hiking in a mountain setting with a spectacular view to reward your efforts. Moderate winter hike suitable for beginner to intermediate winter hikers. Winter gear including snowshoes with crampons/cleats are required. Contact the leader to register and for more information.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Grafton Notch, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Cross Country Skiing - Maine Huts and Trails

Date: Sunday, January 21

Ski on groomed trails between Popular Falls hut and Flagstaff hut. 22 miles round trip. Fun skiing on MHT trail system with great views of Bigelow Mountain and Flagstaff Lake in Bigelow Preserve.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Carrabassett Valley
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Beginning on Bradbury Mountain

Date: Sunday, January 21

Have you been wanting to extend your three season hiking to include winter or possibly only interested in winter hiking? Are you looking to learn and/or practice your winter hiking skills? This is the trip for you! We will pick trails depending on the size and ability of the group. No one will be left behind and all will be made to feel welcome and supported. If there is snow, we can practice snowshoeing. Come find out what the Maine Chapter is all about! This is part of the Young Members winter series of events but all are welcome!!!!!!

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Instruction (Skills), Snowshoeing
Location: bradbury mountain
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kim Sanders , Nick Montecalvo
Registration is required for this activity.

Easy Snowshoe Hike Libby Trails Forest

Date: Saturday, January 27

This snowshoe hike will be on the Libby Hill trail system, with some bushwacking to explore along the edge of the beaver pond. The terrain is rolling and the total length of the hike is estimated at around three miles.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: 50 Libby Hill Road, Gray, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Map of the Libby Trails System

Bald Mountain (Weld)

Date: Sunday, January 28

Join us for this hike up Bald Mt. (Weld) (2,370ft). This is a moderate but steep Round Trip hike of 3 miles. The trail reaches open ledges at 0.9 miles. At the summit 1.5 miles there are fine views in all directions.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Susan Surabian 207-474-6100 (call anytime before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Peter Roderick 207-441-5521 (call anytime before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Tales of Adventure on a Winter Evening

Date: Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a melange of the tales of adventure provided by explorers in our area. Everyone who stepped up to the plate has 10 minutes to tell of their memorable adventure and 5 minutes for Q&A while we sip hot cocoa with marshmallows. Our stories include walking on the Camino Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Icelandic forestry in the face of a changing climate, an epic thru hike of the AT, canoe camping while building AMC campsites, a solo journey across country by bicycle, the first solo woman paddler to complete the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and a ski trip to the AMC lodges. Join us on a whirlwind adventure.

Bicycling - TouringActivity Categories: Bicycling - Touring, Camping, Conservation, Cultural, Hiking, Meetings, Paddling, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

BALDPATES - GRAFTON NOTCH

Date: Saturday, February 3

Snowshoe to the west and east peaks of Baldpate Mtn. from Grafton Notch. Round trip distance 8 miles , elevation gain of 2,280 ft. Enjoy extensive views of the western Maine mountains and lakes from the East Peak. This is moderate to strenuous hike suitable for experienced winter hikers. Full winter gear including snowshoes with crampons/cleats and crampons or micro spikes are required Contact the trip leader to register and for more information

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Grafton Notch, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Sarah Hunter
Registration is required for this activity.

Claybrook Mountain Lodge Ski Week

Date: Sunday, February 4, 4:30 pm - 11:00 am

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 February 4th (day of arrival) through and including lunch on Friday the 9th (day of departure). We will eat our trail lunch at one of the MHT huts whenever possible, so we can purchase hot food items 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. Greg will act as our naturalist guide each day and will give us information on tracking, wildlife identification, tree identification and historical perspectives of the area. As a certified Maine Guide and EMT, his skills will increase our enjoyment of the area while maintaining a good level of safety. There will also be two AMC trip leaders on the excursion, both of whom are trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $825
Adult Non-Member Fee: $825
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Ginette Beaudoin 207-294-6302 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Young Member Pleasant Mountain Loop Hike

Date: Sunday, February 11

Join us for a loop hike up Pleasant Mountain via the North Ridge Trail, Sue's Way, and Bald Peak Trail. This hike is 5.13 miles and about 1740 elevation gain. We will move at a moderate pace, so this is not for beginners, but for folks who have experience hiking in the winter and comfortable managing themselves in winter conditions, especially various terrain.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kim Sanders , Denise Fredette
Registration is required for this activity.

Intermediate x-c ski

Date: Sunday, February 11

Libby Hills Forest has a little know gem for x-c skiers; a 10 kilometer trail designed specifically for x-c skiing and groomed for both skating and traditional x-c skiing. This is a trail for intermediate skiers. It is very hilly and not suitable for beginners. The price is right: it's free. However this is no place to go inside to warm up. We meet in the parking lot and head out on the trail. We'll likely ski it once in one direction and then again in the opposite direction.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: 50 Libby Hill Road, Gray, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate, Hilly
FMI: Libby Hills Trail System

Dinner at Nosh & Banff Film Festival - Save the Date!

Date: Monday, February 12, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for dinner at Nosh Kitchen Bar on Congress St in Portland starting at 5pm, before we walk over to The State Theatre for the Banff Mountain Film Festival (doors at the theatre open at 6, show starts at 7pm). RSVP by 2/10 so we can reserve a table at Nosh that is big enough for the group. This listing will be updated when tickets go on sale, with the where and how of getting tix. **"Exhilarating and thought provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure. Through the big screen, audiences can visit remote cultures and the world's last great wild places as well as experiencing footage of adrenaline packed action sports."

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: State Theater, Congress Street, Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Appalachian Odyssey - A 28-year hike on America's trail

Date: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

When two new hiking companions went on a day hike of Katahdin in 1985, they had no idea they were starting a 28-year, 2,100-mile adventure. Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan's book it, Appalachian Odyssey, has delighted readers who enjoy reliving the adventure through a refreshing blend of history, photography and humor. Born and raised in Maine, Jeff grew up in a family that relished time outdoors and he has certainly carried on that tradition. He has hiked 9,000 miles in the U.S. and is still going strong. In the past year and a half he has traveled the U.S. in a 1985 VW camper, sharing the story of Appalachian Odyssey in hundreds of venues nationwide. His presentations combine terrific storytelling and 30 years' worth of trail AT photos to create a memorable evening. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Jeffrey Ryan
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

North & South Crocker - Carrabassett Valley

Date: Saturday, February 17

Two 4000 footers in winter. Snowshoe North and South Crocker via the AT south. North peak of Crocker (4,228 ft) is 5.5 miles with 2,500 feet of elevation gain with South Crocker an additional 1 mile and 250 feet of elevation gain for a total of 13 miles and 3,750 feet elevation. Strenuous hike for experienced winter hikers with full winter gear. Contact the trip leader to register and for additional information

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Carrabassett ,Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Bethel Inn Resort x-c Ski

Date: Saturday, March 3

Bethel Inn Resort X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center has it all: Groomed trails, ski rentals, heated indoor areas to get organized and even a sk/swim/sauna package! We'll meet in the morning for a ski, enjoy lunch and go out again in the afternoon. Those interested (like myself) can linger to swim in a heated outdoor pool and finish up with a sauna. These trails are suitable for experienced- beginners i.e., not the first time on X-C skis. There are extensive relatively level areas, but also a few hills to navigate. Day passes are $18, with the ski/sauna $27. Ski rentals are available for an additional cost.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad Street Bethel, Maine 04217, x-c ski entrance is off Mill Hill Road
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Experienced Beginner
FMI: Bethel Inn Resort X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center

Little Jackson Mountain - XC Ski and Snowshoe

Date: Sunday, March 11

Ski and snowshoe to summit of Little Jackson Mountain. If Byron Road is unplowed, we will ski in 2.5 miles to trailhead to Little Jackson Mountain. From there we will snowshoe to summit and back and then ski out to parking lot. 360 degree view from summit with many peaks near and far visible. Approx 13 miles round trip.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Little Jackson Mountain
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm) , Susan Surabian
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Atlantic Canada

Date: Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Our Closest Neighbor and its Exceptional Natural Beauty Priscilla Anson is a world traveler whose most recent journey took her through the four provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Boondocking most nights with no planned itinerary, Priscilla experienced through hiking and wanderlust-filled days the expansiveness, natural beauty, and cultural warmth of this unique region. Join us as she she shares photos, narrative, and anecdotes that will bring to life this beautiful region, with a focus on Newfoundland. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change: Carbon Fee and Dividend has received accolades and commitments from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and from leading scientists and economists who tout it as the best method to combat climate change. The cities of Bangor and Portland have endorsed CF&D. Come learn about it from Peter Garrett, the Maine Chair of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, as well as members of the Bangor Chapter, which is one of 456 chapters of this national grassroots organization

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Moat Mountains Traverse

Date: Saturday, March 24

Join us for a classic Moat Mountain traverse. This hike is 9.6 miles with 3,300 ft of elevation gain. We will set up a car spot at the beginning of the day and hike southbound starting with North Moat then summiting Middle and South Moat. All 3 peaks have open summits with incredible views. Average group pace will be 1.5 mph. Recent winter hiking experience and above tree-line hiking experience required. Possible winter conditions will call for full winter gear. Trip plan may be altered due to weather & conditions at leaders' discretion. Optional stop at Moat Mountain Brewery and Restaurant after.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Moat Mountain, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Co-Leader: Sarah Hunter
Registration is required for this activity.

Monitoring Maine's Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Spring 2016, five Great Blue Herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti! Hear about herons and the project from Danielle D'Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past nine years. In 2016 she incorporated students from eight schools in the tagging effort and hopes to get students of all ages across the state following Maine's Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds' habits and the wetlands they depend on. She will present the results from the heron movement data collection, and how it ties in with what we have learned thus far about the natural history and current status of Maine's Great Blue Heron population. Danielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine's coast.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22

Wilderness First Aid training goes beyond standard Red Cross first aid , providing you with the skills needed when you are more than one hour from medical care. Learn to assess & treat injuries in outdoor situations. This course is two full days, and will be taught at Maine Audubon in Falmouth, Maine by Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). The fee covers instruction and materials, and does not include lodging or meals. The class includes patient assessment, immediate life threats, disabling injuries, hypothermia & other environmental hazards, fractures, sprains and more. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR which are valid for three years Course costs are $175 for AMC Maine chapter members, $200 for AMC members (non-Maine chapter), and $250 if you are not an AMC member. This course frequently fills quickly. To register or for additional information call or email Bill Brooke at 207-549-5100, outings@amcmaine.org

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Location: Falmouth, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Kim Sanders
Registration is required for this activity.

Trekking on the Long Trail

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Vermont's Long Trail is America's oldest long distance trail. The 273-mile footpath was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. It begins on the Massachusetts-Vermont border and travels north to the Canadian border, along the way summiting the Green Mountains' highest peaks: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mt Abraham, Camel's Hump, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, and many other smaller mountains. For the first 100-miles, the Long Trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail. Anne O'Regan, a popular presenter for AMC, will share stories and slides from this magnificent and challenging trail. She thru-hiked it twice, once in 2012 (south to north) and again in 2013 (north to south). Anne previously spoke at the AMC - Bangor Chapter about her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. Her book, Tamed. A City Girl Walks from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, will be available the evening of her talk and is also available on her website: anneoregan.com

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The creation of Flagstaff Lake wrote a sad chapter in our history. The three villages of Bigelow, Dead River and Flagstaff were inundated and their residents forced to relocate and scatter. Buildings, most of them purchased by CMP prior to the gates in the dam being closed, were either razed, sold, or moved by their owners. Some buildings were left to be flooded. Long Falls Dam was constructed in 1948 and 1949 and impounds an area of approximately 22,000 acres. Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, lifelong Mainers have had a shared passion for the story. They will share the photos and storied from their book, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake.

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Date: Thursday, January 1

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