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Sea kayaking on New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, August 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. Bring a lunch, sun screen, bug spray. 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 for refreshments. If weather conditions are not good, we'll go Sunday, August 28th. Trip difficulty: moderate.

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)

Regular bimonthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, September 8, 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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

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

Weekend Getaway: Art & Outdoors Combined!

Date: Friday, September 9, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm

From Friday, September 9, 6:00 pm to Sunday, September 11- 6:00 pm. This time away will provide time to combine gently facilitated experiences doing artwork alongside hikes or walks in any combination that works for you. We will stay just outside the north end of Baxter State Park, affectionately known as 'The Quiet Side-" where less traffic and more wilderness is available. With the comforts of a bed and meals provided at Mt. Chase Lodge, participants will determine how to structure their time between a range of wonderful foliage walks or hikes departing from the South Branch campground, and artistic endeavors including drawing and printmaking in a welcoming space at the lodge. Participants do not need to be skilled artists or accomplished hikers. Enthusiasm for artistic expression and a moderate fitness level is required. Holly Berry is a graphic artist, illustrator, and printmaker. She will provide materials, as well as structure as needed for artistic endeavors of individual choice. Hikes and walks will be led by Emily Davis, AMC Maine Trip Leader. Hikes and walks will be determined by weather as well as the energy and interest of individual participants. Minimum participants: 7 Maximum participants: 10. Cost includes lodging and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and facilitator expenses: $225. There is also a $10 materials fee. An extended stay is available through Monday morning for an additional $69. Driving times: Boston to Mt. Chase Lodge, Patten Maine: 5 hours Portland to Mt. Chase Lodge, Patten, Maine: 3 hours Bangor to Mt. Chase Lodge, Patten, Maine: 1 hour 10 minutes For more information, contact emilyjfdavis@gmail.com

CampingActivity Categories: Camping
Adult Member Fee: $225
Adult Non-Member Fee: $225
Child Non-Member Fee: $Lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday afternoon, as well as resident artist workshop, guided walks/hikes. Optional: Sunday night lodging with dinner and breakfast: $69 p/p.
Location: Mt. Chase Lodge, Patten, Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Emily Davis 207-542-2824 (Before 9 p.m.)

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend in Acadia - Blackwoods Campground

Date: Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18

Join us for a weekend of camping and a hike on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. We will be staying at Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park starting Sept. 15 for 6 nights in our trailer. RV and tent camping available. Please make your own reservations for the nights you want and join us for activities to celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and the park's 100th birthday. See our Sept. 17 post for a hike to Cadillac Mt. Let us know if you make a reservation so we can get together up there.

CampingActivity Categories: Camping, Hiking
Location: Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
FMI: Campground Reservations

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend - Hike to Cadillac Mt.

Date: Saturday, September 17

We will be staying at Blackwoods Campground for the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and the park's 100th anniversary. We will plan to leave from the Route 3 trail head up the South Ridge Trail to the top of Cadillac Mt. 7.1 miles and elevation gain of about 1500'. Great views from the ledges along the way. A steady uphill climb at a moderate pace. Must be used to elevation gain and longer hikes. Aimed at the older crowd but open to all. Enjoy a cold soda and great views at the top (along with the crowds who drove up). Rain date - Sept. 18. Join us for the day or come camp for several days. See Sept. 16 post for camping info. Be sure to include phone contact and level of hiking experience when registering. Registration is required and the activity is limited to 12 people

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Route 3, Mt. Desert Island
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Moderate plus
FMI: Trail Map - Maine Trail Finder

Flatbread Portland Social (YM - 20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We will meet at Flatbread Company on the waterfront in Portland, starting at 6pm for a mid-week social. They have tons of delicious organic fare and drinks to choose from and it's a great atmosphere that includes outdoor seating and an indoor wood-fired grill. Come and see what we're up to, let us know what events you'd like us to post, or just come to say hi! Reservations are not required but are much appreciated so we have enough seats. Look for the YM Signage!

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St, Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)

Morse Mt-Sewall Beach Conservation Area

Date: Saturday, September 24

4 mile walk to small mountain and spectacular beach. Group size limited. No dogs allowed. Great birding.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Phippsburg, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 8:30 pm) , Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: blog with description, pictures and directions to hike

Potluck and Presentation: Exploring Maine by Foot

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

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

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

Boundary Work -Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins-MWI Maine

Date: Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10

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

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

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

Date: Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10

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

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

AMC Leader Training Workshop

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

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, October 29

Legend has it that Mt. Chocorua was named after a Native American man who came home one day to find his son dead. Believing his settler neighbor had poisoned his child, Chocorua got his revenge in a most horrific way. The settler pursued Chocorua up the mountaintop. Realizing he was trapped, Chocorua jumped off the mountain to his death-cursing the settlers before his fatal leap. Venture out on this 7.6-mile and 2,500 elevation gain hike with this curse in mind, and you are brave. Of course, the amazing 360 degree views may make you forget any fears….for a moment. Please Note: Recent hiking experience required. This hike is also happening in late October so microspikes may be necessary (we have a limited number available for loan). Rain Date Sun, Oct 30.

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

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

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

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

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

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

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

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

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

Potluck and Presentation - Northern California's White Trinity Alps

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

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

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

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

Date: Friday, December 30 - Sunday, January 1

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

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

Claybrook Mountain Lodge Ski Week

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

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

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