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Camden Hills Traverse

Date: Saturday, November 25

This traverse of the Camden Hills offers spectacular ocean and lake views from at least 3 spots along the route which include Mt. Battie (800 ft.), Ocean Lookout on the Tableland trail and Maiden Cliff. We will also hike up the second highest peak on the East Coast of the US (Mt. Megunticook 1,385 ft.). We will gather at the Cellardoor Winery to park cars and then carpool to Camden village to commence the 8.5-mile hike. The Cellardoor tasting room and shop will be open for Holiday shopping. Registration is required for this activity - please contact the leader after November 1.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Tony Barrett 207-833-0939 (Before 9 PM)
Registration is required for this activity.

Reid State Park Loop Hike

Date: Tuesday, November 28

Join us for a walk along a scenic woods trail along the Little River and then a mile hike along the beach at this beautiful state park. Plan on about 3-4 miles of hiking (including a portion on the park road). Great views along the way. Lunch will probably be on the beach or the shore above the beach. Be sure to email leader to sign up and include a phone contact and info on past hiking experience.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Reid State Park, Georgetown, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Alicia Heyburn
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Maine Trail Finder Map

Hike Tom/Field/Willey Loop from the AMC Highland Center (YM: 20s and 30s)

Date: Saturday, December 2

*NOTE: This hike is being offered in conjunction with the 20's and 30's Pre-Holiday AMC Highland Center Weekend Getaway. You can participate in just this hike, or you can also sign up for the weekend event here: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/100217 Winter hiking experience required. Come join the YM and young-at-heart for a hike of the Willey Range (Mts. Tom, Field, and Willey), and knock three 4000 footers off your list in one go! This is an intermediate difficulty hike with some steep pitches, and we will hike at a moderate pace (~1.5 miles/hr). We will leave from the Crawford Depot trailhead, and hike up the Avalon and A-Z Trails to summit Mt. Tom (4051') first. Then we will traverse the Willey Range Trail to summit Mts. Field (4340') and Willey (4285'). Heading back from Mt. Willey we will descend the Avalon Trail to make a loop. Weather permitting and depending on the feeling of the group, we may also summit Mt. Avalon for some stunning views of Mt. Washington and Crawford Notch. Total mileage 10 miles, with ~3250 ft of elevation gain.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: AMC Highland Center
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Marielle Postava-Davignon , Nick Montecalvo 978-518-9448 ((best time to call: 8-10:30 PM weekdays))
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Marielle Postava-Davignon
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Willard - Beginner Winter Hike with a View!

Date: Saturday, December 2

**NOTE: This hike is being offered in conjunction with the 20's and 30's Pre-Holiday AMC Highland Center Weekend Getaway. You can participate in just this hike, and/or you can also sign up for the weekend event here: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/100217 You don't have to go far to get a fantastic view! Join us as we ascend Mt. Willard, considered a good beginner mountain for winter hiking, this is a 3.2 mile rt, out-and-back with 950 ft elevation gain. It's on the 52 With a View List, and has commanding views of Crawford Notch from the ledges. You should be in good cardiovascular shape and used to regular aerobic activity, with some recent hiking experience. We may experience winter-like conditions, snow and ice is common in Crawford Notch at this time. We may require foot traction (microspikes or similar) and possibly snowshoes, and will go over proper layering and food/water for winter-like conditions. We have a couple of pairs of spikes to lend and one pair of snowshoes, first come, first serve. Hiking pace will average 1.5 mph.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: AMC Highland Center
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (Before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Jackson and Pierce YM 20's and 30's

Date: Saturday, December 2

Please join young members and the young at heart for a December hike to Mount Pierce (4310') and Mount Jackson (4052') via Crawford Path, Webster Cliff, and Webster-Jackson Trails. There are beautiful views of the Presidential range from both of the summits! This hike is an 8.1-mile loop at a moderate pace with an elevation gain of approximately 2380 feet. Winter hiking experience is required and winter gear such as microspikes and/or snowshoes may be needed depending on conditions. *NOTE: This hike is being offered in conjunction with the 20's and 30's Pre-Holiday AMC Highland Center Weekend Getaway. You can participate in just this hike, or you can also sign up for the weekend event here: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/100217

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-245-2563 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Hannah Sirois
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
FMI: 20's and 30's Pre-Holiday AMC Highland Center Weekend Getaway

Winter Hiking Workshop

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: Maine Audubon , Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Land Conservation in Maine

Date: Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

The AMC Maine Chapter Conservation Committee and the Meetings Committee invite you to join our guest speakers for an enlightening look at how land is conserved in Maine. Representing the local land trust level - Angela Twitchell from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, the state wide (and beyond) large land preservation efforts - Bill Patterson from The Nature Conservancy, and what tools are out there for funding these types of efforts - Warren (Whit) Whitney from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Learn about how these organizations go about their work, what you can do to help, how you can find out more about these conservation efforts including where to look for information and how you can stand up to ensure future funding programs. From water access to mountain views, we count on these preserved places to enjoy the great outdoors. We'll be sure to throw in plenty of photos to entice you to visit some of these conserved lands and include some tips on finding that perfect spot you might want to discover. 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.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Str., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
FMI: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail

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

Few know the full story behind the creation of Appalachian Trail. The proposal to create it could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people?and two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out. Jeffrey Ryan's book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail weaves history and biography to bring the story of the unlikely creation of the AT to life. Drawing upon never before published sources, Blazing Ahead delves deep into the historical realities MacKaye and Avery faced and how their personalities and views ultimately forced them apart. Join us as Jeff shares the story of the creation of the AT and how many of the challenges faced in the 20s and 30s still resonate today. Published by AMC Books, Blazing Ahead (and Jeff's first book, Appalachian Odyssey), is available on Jeff's website: www.JeffRyanAuthor.com and will also be available at the presentation.

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

Whiting Hill 800'/Amos Mt 955'

Date: Saturday, December 9

5 mile hike to two small mountains with lovely views in Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lovell, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm) , Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
FMI: Greater Lovell Land Trust

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

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. 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 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

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.

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.

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)
Registration is required for this activity.

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.

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