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Hike-Laudholm Farm Wells Reserve

Date: Saturday, December 10

5-7 mile hike at Laudholm Farm Wells Reserve

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Wells, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm) , Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm)
Trip Difficulty: easy

7.5 Mile Hike in Smith Preserve, Kennebunkport, ME

Date: Tuesday, December 27, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

If you enjoy the quiet of a woodland hike with waterfalls, vernal pools, and large ledge outcroppings, then come hike with us on the Smith Preserve! Part of a 3,000 acre block of undeveloped land, the Preserve contains over 1,100 acres, over 10 miles of trails, and is a home to white-tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, hares, owls, partridges, turtles, and many other species. The Steele & Bobcat trail loop includes several Batson River crossings and follows the spine of Bobcat Ridge with many beautiful ledges. We should also see some pretty waterfalls along the short but hilly Brook trail. This will be a moderate hike of 7.5 miles with minimal elevation gain. The trails vary from packed soil to rocky and root covered. Some parts of the trail may be muddy and wet, or icy and snow packed dependent upon the weather. Be prepared with warm clothing layers, waterproof boots, and adequate water & food. Rain or heavy snow will cancel this trip. (Raindate: Thursday December 29th.)

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carla Dow 603-205-5410 (between 7- 9pm)
Co-Leader: Carolyn C 207-767-3716 (9am -8pm)
Trip Difficulty: moderate- steady moderate pace on hiking trails
FMI: Smith Preserve - Kennebunkport Trust

Hike Mt. Hale: Zealand Hut Weekend (20s & 30s, Young at Heart)

Date: Friday, December 30

Come celebrate the end of the year by hiking a 4,000 footer with other adventurous souls! Offered in conjunction with the Zealand Falls Hut Weekend and New Year Bash, we'll hike 5.5 miles round-trip from Zealand Falls Hut to the summit of Mt. Hale. The hike has 1500' of elevation gain and will conclude at the Zealand Falls Hut for dinner. Note that this trip will take place in December in the White Mountains. As such, we anticipate cold weather and icy and snowy conditions and winter hiking gear and experience is required.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Serena Doose
Registrar: Serena Doose
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Zealand Falls Hut Weekend and New Year Bash

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
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

New Year's Day in a State Park - Camden Hills SP

Date: Sunday, January 1

Join us for the New Year with a hike or snowshoe (depending on conditions) in one of our favorite state parks. We will hike the back side to Bald Rock for great ocean views. About 1000 foot elevation gain. We can also add the Sky Blue Trail and Cameron Mt. if the group is up to it. Mid morning start with possibility of lunch on the trail. Stop at the Camden Deli after for those interested. Plan on winter conditions - microspikes or similar traction required, snowshoes if enough snow. Please email leader with info on hiking experience, winter equipment and phone contact to register.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Camden Hills State Park
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Easy/moderate
FMI: Maine Trail Finder map

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 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. 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
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody
Co-Leader: Stan Moody

Intro to Winter Hike at Bradbury Mt. SP

Date: Saturday, January 7

Come to learn or practice some winter hiking skills. If there is enough snow, we will use snowshoes. But 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. 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. Call leader for details and recommended gear. Please include information about your level of hiking or snowshoeing and gear you already have. Let leader know if you would like to carpool and from what area.

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
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Maine Trail Finder - trail map for Bradbury Mt. SP

Pleasant Mountain Hike

Date: Sunday, January 8

Pleasant Mountain, Fire Wardens Trail. 2.3 miles 1500 foot elevation gain. Snow Shoe or ice grippers depending on trail conditions.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Bridgton, Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Larry DeHof 207-310-8952 (before 9pm) , Jeanne Christie
Registrar: Lawrence De Hof

Burnt Meadow Mountain: Beginner Winter Hike (20s and 30s, Young at Heart)

Date: Sunday, January 8

Interested in diving into the joys of winter hiking? Join us for a 3.3 mile round-trip hike of Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield, ME. This classic hike is located just one hour outside of Portland, with beautiful views of Western Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Trails are maintained by the AMC along with Friends of Burnt Meadow Mountains. We will ascend via the Burnt Meadow Trail (moderate) and descend on the Twin Brook Trail (easy), depending on conditions. The hike is designed for those new to winter hiking and will require microspikes/snowshoes, layered synthetic clothing and insulated footwear, among other gear.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Brownfield, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Kim Sanders
Co-Leader: Serena Doose
Registrar: Serena Doose
Trip Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Bangor EcoHomes: a case study in affordable high performance building

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

David & Suzanne Kelly will discuss the evolution of Bangor EcoHomes, a 'green pocket neighborhood' of six nearly self sufficient single family homes (3 complete, with 3 left to build). From steam laundromat and brownfield site to permaculture gardens & super energy efficient houses, our site on Fern street has seen a radical transformation. We'll discuss the complex balance between affordability, sustainability and performance in the design/build process; we'll also discuss the fundamental practices and priorities that have made each house a little different. Plenty of time will be left to answer questions you might have about your own projects. David Kelly, son of Bob and Suzanne Kelly, grew up in Bangor & returned five years ago to work as project manager for Bangor EcoHomes. In that capacity he's participated in every aspect of building high performance homes, including (but not limited to) design, framing, finish, landscaping & solar PV installation. Working for House Revivers, he's also helped renovate older homes to far exceed current energy standards. In his 'free time' he renovates an 1890s farmhouse and tends a large garden he shares with his partner, Kathryn. Suzanne Kelly is co-owner, with her husband, Bob, of House Revivers and Kelly Realty Management. For over 35 years their business has focused mainly on the restoration and management of residential and mixed-use historic buildings in the Bangor area, especially in Bangor's downtown. In the last ten years or so, they have added the building of super energy-efficient homes to their palette. Suzanne and Bob live in the first of these homes on Fern Street.

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

Winter hike of Mt. Pierce (hosted by YM; 20's and 30's)

Date: Saturday, January 14

Do you have some winter hiking under your belt, but are looking to increase your skills? Would you like to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Presidential Mountains with no bugs, smaller crowds, and crisp, clean air? Then come join the Maine Chapter YM (20s and 30s) for an intermediate-level winter hike up Mt. Pierce (4,320 ft). This hike is ideal for those that have some winter hiking experience and all the required gear, and are looking to practice winter exposure above tree line. We will hike 6.4 miles with ~2,400 ft elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 miles/hr), out and back on the Crawford Connector and Crawford Path. The trail is mostly covered on the way up, but is exposed at the summit with a view of the Southern Presidentials including Mount Washington.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Crawford Connector Trailhead
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Marielle Postava-Davignon , Denise Fredette

Table Rock - Grafton Notch

Date: Saturday, January 14

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 trip leader to register and for more information.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Grafton Notch State Part
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Cranberry Peak Snowshoe - Stratton Maine

Date: Saturday, January 21

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)
Co-Leader: Tennyson Tappan
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Garfield (Young Members, 20's, 30's)

Date: Saturday, January 21

Join us on this Winter hike to the exposed summit of Mount Garfield, where there are beautiful views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, including the Bonds, Twins, and the Franconia Ridge. We will be hiking the Garfield trail after hiking in the Gale River Loop road to the trailhead, round-trip 12.4 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain. Most of the trail has a moderate ascent but there is a steep, rocky ascent near the summit. Winter hiking experience and gear is required for this hike.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-245-2563 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Mariano Scandizzo
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Bretton Woods Cross Country Ski (20's, 30's, Young at Heart)

Date: Sunday, January 22

Join us on a cross country ski trip at Bretton Woods which has beautiful views of the Presidentials and there is a heated yurt on one of the trails. There are beginner trails with rolling hills, flat areas to work on technique, and intermediate and advanced trails as well. Ski rentals are available. We will pick trails that work well for the group. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers are welcome to join us and we will split into different groups based on levels if needed. Plan on bringing a lunch or buying a lunch at the Nordic Center Grille. It is $21 for an all day trail pass. Please see the link below for more info on Bretton Woods. Young Members and the young at heart are welcome to join us! This trip may be moved to a different location depending on snow conditions.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $21
Adult Non-Member Fee: $21
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-245-2563 (before 9pm) , Marielle Postava-Davignon , Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner-Advanced
FMI: Bretton Woods Nordic Skiing

Burnt Mt. Winter Hike

Date: Saturday, January 28

If you have some experience with winter hiking, here's your chance to bag a snow-topped mountain. Mid-winter hike to 3595' summit of Burnt Mountain. Outstanding views of Sugarloaf, Abraham, Crockers, and Bigelows! 6 miles total with vertical rise of 1600'. Good introduction to above-treeline conditions. Comfortable pace, intended for hikers with full winter gear and previous winter hiking experience. Snowshoes and other traction device (i.e. Katoola Micro-Spikes) required.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Carrabassett Valley
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeff Aceto 207-650-5674 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Marielle Postava-Davignon
Registrar: Jeff Aceto 207-650-5674 (Before 9 pm.)

X-Country Skiing - Maine Huts and Trails

Date: Sunday, January 29

31 miles on Maine Huts and Trails system including stop at hut at Grand Falls. Suitable for fit advanced beginners and above skiers.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Dead River between Grand Falls and US Route 201
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Potluck and Presentation: The A.T. in Maine - Beyond Trail Maintenance

Date: Thursday, February 2, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an examination of the behind-the-scenes work undertaken by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine A.T. Land Trust and the Maine A.T. Club along with AMC to protect the scenic integrity and hiker experience along the trail in Maine.  Most people are aware of the seasonal trail maintenance work required to keep our trails functioning but there are longer-term threats from increased visitation, sprawl development & energy development that can change and degrade the A.T. experience for future generations. This presentation will focus on three specific solutions --- visitor use management, current land conservation projects & visual impact legislation --- that seek to address these concerns. A fallen tree in the trail may be an easy fix compared to some of these other issues. Claire Polfus, ATC's Resource Manager in Maine, will provide the latest on increasing use in the 100-mile region & Baxter State Park.  Simon Rucker, MATLT Executive Director, will fill us in on the exciting 10,000+-acre conservation easement north of Redington.  Tony Barrett, MATC Executive Committee member, will bring the latest news from Augusta on visual impact legislation and why we need it.  Come February 2nd  to learn about these 'behind the scenes' efforts and to ask your questions about the Appalachian Trail in Maine and how you can get involved. 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: ATC
FMI: MATC

Bald Pate Mt. Snowshoe - Great Maine Outdoors Weekend

Date: Saturday, February 4

The trails at Bald Pate Mountain offer scenic views, a forest returning from past timber harvests and ice-storm damage, a unique pitch pine habitat with fragile soils at the summit, and a haven for wildlife. A relatively easy mountain hike with options for a steeper climb up 360' to the top or a gentler longer ascent. Summit at 1100'. Views to Pleasant Mountain and the lakes in the area. A mid morning start with lunch at the top. Snowshoes and traction footwear (like microspikes) required. Please include information about your hiking experience and equipment when contacting leader to register. Also let leader know if you wish to carpool and from what area.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Bridgton and Sebago
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
FMI: Maine Trail Finder - Bald Pate

Baldpates - Grafton Notch

Date: Sunday, February 5

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 State Park
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Wayne Newton 207-897-3072 (before 9pm)

Snow Tubing at Seacoast (20s, 30s & Young @ Heart)

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

We're going Snow Tubing! Join us at Seacoast Fun Park in Windham, ME for some winter fun. They even make their own snow so no worries on what Mother Nature decides to do. Cost is $20 per person for a Session. Click "Buy Tickets" on the website (http://www.seacoastadventure.com/snow/) or call the Park to reserve for the session on Sunday, February 5 from 2:30 - 4:30pm. Reserve your spot early before it fills up! Optional Happy Hour/ food/drinks at the on-sight Deckhouse Tavern following the tubing. Join us for Tubing, or the Tavern, or both! Let me know you're coming so I know who to look for.

SleddingActivity Categories: Sledding, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $20
Adult Non-Member Fee: $20
Youth Member Fee: $20
Youth Non-Member Fee: $20
Location: Seacoast Fun Park, 930 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
FMI: Seacoast Fun Park - Tickets

The Canada Lynx and Other Northern Wildlife - Can we Protect them from Global Warming?

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

Mark McCollough, Ph.D.  is the lead biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Northeast for the threatened Canada lynx.  He is working with a team of wildlife biologist to develop recovery strategies for the Canada lynx and other endangered species in response to climate change.  Mark will talk about how warming temperatures and changing snow conditions could present challenges to moose, pine marten, and northern songbirds that live in the North Maine Woods.  By the way, you already know Mark McCollough. He is the artist who created Maine's chickadee and loon license plates.

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

Little Bigelow Snowshoe/Hike

Date: Saturday, February 11

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)
Co-Leader: Marielle Postava-Davignon
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

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
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

North and South Crocker - Carrabassett Valley

Date: Saturday, February 18

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 for details.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Carrabassett Valley
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Rick Charity

Hike Heald & Bradley Ponds Preserve

Date: Saturday, February 18

6 mile hike to three mountains in Lovell, Maine. Join us for the lovely views from Whiting Hill(801), Amos Mtn(955) and Flat Hill (891). No dogs please.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lovell, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm) , Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Greater Lovell Land Trust
FMI: Description of hike and driving directions

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
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)

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)