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Baxter State Park - ski and snowshoe touring in northern part of park

Date: Monday, February 27 - Sunday, March 5

Skiing(mostly) and snowshoeing from Matagamon Gate to Southbranch then to Russell Pond and finally to Nesowadnehunk Campground. All stays in bunkhouses. Group shares dinner meal prep. Less busy but very beautiful part of the park. Suitable for winter backpackers with good ski and snowshoe skills.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Adult Member Fee: $200
Adult Non-Member Fee: $200
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Full
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

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. Free and open to the public.

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

North & South Kinsman (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, March 4

Here's your chance to bag 2 4k's in Winter. We will hike North and South Kinsman with a possible stop at the Lonesome Lake Hut along the way. The trip is mostly in the woods until approaching South Kinsman, with an outlook near North Kinsman, South Kinsman is completely exposed affording sweeping views on a clear day. This trip is 10 miles rt out-and-back with 3,550 ft elevation gain. You MUST have recent winter hiking experience with similar mileage and elevation gain and appropriate winter hiking gear required. 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: North Kinsman Mountain, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Marielle Postava-Davignon
Trip Difficulty: Strenous

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
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

Utah - A magical landscape: canyons, sandstone sculptures, red rock and so much more..

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

AMC members Michelle and Stan Moody spent 5 months traveling from Maine to the Rockies with many stops along the way. However, one of the highlights of their journey was spending over a month exploring Utah. This not only included the very well known and popular Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks but lesser know spots like Nine Mile Canyon, the San Rafael Swell, Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons, Goblin State Park, Wire Pass and Bucksin Gulch, Grand Escalante National Monument including Spooky Canyon, and Natural Bridges National Monument - to name a few of the other wonderful places in Utah. Come join them in a photo review of some of these highlights including petroglyphs and pictographs from ancient native peoples. Journey with them through a canyon so narrow they had to walk sideways and not take a deep breath to avoid getting stuck.

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

Lord Hill 1257ft/Pine Hill 1250ft

Date: Saturday, March 18

5 mile hike via WMNF and Greater Lovell Land Trust Trails. Lovely views overlooking Horseshoe Pond and mountains to the north.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lovell, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm) , Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: moderate

The Maine Woods Initiative: the history, development and management objectives of 70,000 acres of AMC land in northern Maine with Steve Tatko, Land Manager for MWI

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

As AMC's most ambitious conservation project, the Maine Woods Initiative has afforded the club with a tremendous opportunity to practice what it preaches at a landscape scale in one of the most important conservation regions in Maine.  Combining sustainable forestry, world-class recreational facilities and trails, and ecological restoration, AMC has been pioneering a new model of conservation ownership in Maine.  With a land base of 70,000 acres or about 100 square miles, AMC's Land Manager will reflect on the first decade of AMC's ownership and what lies ahead.    Steve Tatko was born and raised in Willimantic, ME to a fifth generation slate mining family. At a young age he started working for the family business and gained firsthand experience with logging, road building, and business management skills. He was also a history major and became a Registered Maine Forester.  He has worked for AMC since 2012.

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

Potluck and Presentation: PaddleQuest 1500 - An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire

Date: Thursday, April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

PaddleQuest 1500, An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire: Linking the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail via Canada OR How I met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Survived Violent Storms. Join us as John Connelly shares this journey with us. On June 25th, 2016, he became the first to both canoe the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and kayak the Maine Island Trail, but went a step further connecting them with the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada; 1500-miles in 75-days. This solo expedition launched in the Adirondack Mountains on April 16th proved challenging, rewarding, eye-opening and was tracked in real-time by satellite and was followed by thousands online. Find out how he met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and survived violent storms. Be inspired to seek out these water trails and experience portions of them for yourself. Connelly's 75-day trip took him through 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes and the North Atlantic. Check out his trip at paddlequest1500.com. The trip was inspired by Connelly's recognition of a growing body of evidence that confirms the physical and mental health benefits that come from communing with nature at a time when EPA reports suggest that Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors. Connelly has expressed his hope that his trip can inspire others to increase the time they spend outside, citing research that suggests the profound sense of personal stewardship for natural resources that such contact inspires. 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. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: PaddleQuest 1500

Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

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 Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunities (SOLO). 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. CPR is an additional option and fee for this course. The course costs $105 for AMC Maine chapter members, $130 for AMC members (non-Maine chapter), and $160 for all others. This course frequently fills quickly. To register or for additional information call or email Bill Brooke 207-549-5100, Bill@mesoft.org

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Adult Member Fee: $130
Adult Non-Member Fee: $160
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9 PM)

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course is being offered to those who have gone through Basic Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and are looking to broaden their skills. AWFA goes into greater depth than the Basic Wilderness First Aid (WFA) on basic first aid subjects by teaching new skills such as litter packaging and traction splinting. as well as emphasizing management of first aid emergencies in a wilderness setting . This course is two full days, and will be taught at Falmouth Fire/EMS in Falmouth, Maine by Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunities (SOLO). Costs for this course are - Maine Chapter Member: $130.00; AMC Member: $160.00; Non-Member: $205.00. A CPR option is available at additional cost. Contact Bill Brooke at 207-549-5100, email Bill@mesoft.org to register or for additional information.

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Adult Member Fee: $160
Adult Non-Member Fee: $205
Location: Falmouth Fire/EMS , Falmouth, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (Before 9 PM)

OUTINGS LEADER MEETING

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

Pot-luck dinner and Leader meeting for current leaders, leaders in training , and those who would like to become leaders. Agenda will include summer activities postings, review of leader requirements and proposed changes to leader requirements for new leaders .

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Hiking, Paddling
Location: Red Cross Community Center ,Topsham ME.
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

INTRODUCTION TO BACKPACKING WORKSHOP

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The introduction to backpacking workshop is for beginners and experienced hikers who would like to take the next step from day hiking to multi-day trips. The workshop will cover the basics needed for a safe and enjoyable three season backpacking trip. Topics include: conditioning for backpacking, planning a backpacking trip, dealing with emergencies, food & water considerations, selection of appropriate clothing and footwear, and gear for backpacking. Have your questions on backpacking answered , see backpacking gear, and a demonstration of how to load a backpack.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth , ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Wayne Newton

Spring Hike Warm up on Pleasant Mtn (20', 30s & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, May 13

Get ready for the warmer weather hiking season with this us! We'll be hiking up the Southwest Ridge Trail (5.8 miles roundtrip) to the Southwest and Main summits of Pleasant Mountain. This is a lesser used trail because of it starting location on Denmark Rd. There are some easier stretches interspersed with steeper sections, some open ledges and beautiful views of the surrounding area. Our pace will average 1.5 miles per hour with brief stops along the way and a lunch break at the summit if weather permits. This is an intermediate hike, some prior hiking experience please. This hike is listed as Young Members - 20's & 30s, but is open to ALL)

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Co-Leader: Matt Kahrman
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Trail Work - Little Lyford Pond Camps

Date: Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29

Volunteer for trail work at Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Cabins. Help open trails for the summer hiking season. Join other volunteers from Maine Chapter and beyond as we patrol hiking trails in the area in preparation for another busy summer in the Maine Woods Initiative. We berth in the bunkhouse and enjoy off time exploring the area including Gulf Hagas, a beautiful and wild river gorge and Indian Mountain including Laurie's Ledge which provides views north to Katahdin on clear days. Moose sightings are optional but not infrequent. Black fly sightings are frequent but not optional! This trip fills quickly so call AMC reservations now to avoid disappointment.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East Twp
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Self and Assisted Kayak Rescue Course - Range Pond

Date: Saturday, June 17

Time to get ready to be safe on the water while kayaking. Join Maine Chapter leaders in this fun day of learning. We will cover the basics of wet exits, self rescue with a few different methods and assisted rescue with a partner. We'll go over gear, safety issues and maybe throw in a few paddle strokes and techniques. Morning learning session. If we have enough energy left, we may spend the afternoon for more learning and/or a paddle outing on the lake. Please email registrar with boat info including length, gear normally carried, level of experience and a phone contact.

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Adult Member Fee: $6
Location: Range Pond
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Albert Mandell , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Easy/moderate
FMI: Range Pond

Sea Kayaking, Brunswick. New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable we will go on Sunday June 18th

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

Trail Work -Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins-July11-14, 2016

Date: Monday, July 10 - Thursday, July 13

Trail work trip to the Maine Woods Initiative/100 mile Wilderness area. Lodging at Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins. Under the direction of Steve Tatko, Land Manager and his staff, we will pull a couple of slips out of the AMC job jar and go to work. Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins is located on beautiful Long Pond and near to the Appalachian Trail, The Hermitage and Gulf Hagas. When we are not working we can visit all three and more in this northern Maine woods paradise. Come work, hike, paddle, swim or just relax after a day of trail work in support of the AMC mission. Did I mention the delicious meals and beautiful lodge? Contact leader for further information.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Township 7 Range 9
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Sea Kayaking, Brunswick. New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, July 15, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable, we'll go on Sunday July 16th

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

Sea Kayaking, Androscoggin River, Brunswick

Date: Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Water St. boat launch in Brunswick, we paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog just over the bridge in Topsham for refreshments. If the downstream river flow is heavy, we will go to another nearby location. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable, we will go on Sunday 8/27/

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Brunswick, Water St. boat launch
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

First Debsconeag Lake Canoe Camping Getaway

Date: Tuesday, September 5 - Friday, September 8

Love to paddle and want to get away from it all? Join us for a 3 night camping and paddling outing in The Nature Conservancy's Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. We'll throw in a bit of hiking as well, with a visit to an ice cave and another pond with a full view of Katahdin. We'll paddle in to our campsite and enjoy our outings from there. Watch the sunset from the beach. Listen for loons. Relax and enjoy nature all around you. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow nature enthusiasts. Contact leader for full details. Please include information about your paddling, hiking and camping experience, equipment and a phone contact when emailing leader. Limited space. Kayaks OK if you can carry all your gear. Leaders will share with you a list of other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in the area. So come make this a part of a longer vacation to this wonderful section of Maine. We are working on plans to have staff from The Nature Conservancy join us during our stay.

CampingActivity Categories: Camping, Hiking, Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing
Location: First Debsconeag Lake
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: The Nature Conservancy - Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area

AMC LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, September 23, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Traail and Boundary Work - Medawisla Lodge and Cabns

Date: Friday, October 6 - Monday, October 9

With hundreds of miles of property lines and trails, the AMC in Maine has lots of volunteer work opportunities. For this trip will be staying in a bunkhouse at the newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge and Cabins.Come experience the new facilities and help get the nearby trails ready for all the guests who will be staying at this newest Maine Woods Initiative lodge.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous