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Cutler Coast Beginner Backpack (Young Members - 20's & 30's)

Date: Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26

Cutler Coast is a mellow loop trail that takes hikers to a unique part of the Maine coast line. The first day is spent hiking along the shore line with luscious forests on your right and steep cliffs falling away into the ocean on your left. There are five campsites along the water anywhere from three to five miles down the trail. All the sites are wonderful and well within earshot of the natural melody of crashing waves. Due to the lack of reservations the group size will be limited to 8 people to help preserve the area while not disturbing other people looking to enjoy the beauty of Cutler Coast. This event is geared toward Young Members (20's & 30's) but is open to ALL.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: Cutler Coast
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Denise Fredette
Co-Leader: Ryan Shanley 860-304-0399 (before 9pm)
FMI: Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land

The Future of Solar in Maine

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A conversation with Maine leaders about solar policy and the state of solar energy. Tim Schneider, Office of the Public Advocate Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine Chuck Piper, Sundog Solar Rep. Norm Higgins, Maine State Legislator Moderated by Sharon Klein Note: This is not an AMC-sponsored event but it pertains to an issue AMC is working on and we think would be of interest to AMC members.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings
Location: Eastern Maine Community College; Rangeley Hall | 268 Sylvan Rd. Bangor
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson

Cathance River to Head of Tide Paddle

Date: Friday, July 1

Join us for a leisurely paddle up the Cathance River from Bowdoinham to the Head of Tide in Topsham. This is a relatively wide river with very few houses so has a nice wild feel to it and makes for a relaxing outing. There can be wind at times so longer boats are best. Watch for wildlife on the way. We will go up with the tide and stop at the Head of Tide Park for lunch. There is a set of stairs up to the park. Boats will need to be tied out. Takes a bit of maneuvering but we've done it before. Nice waterfall to paddle up to at the park. We gear this to the over 55 crowd but everyone is welcome to join us. Knowledge of self and assisted rescue encouraged. Must wear pfd. Please include info on boat you are planning to bring and safety equipment you carry when contacting registrar.

PaddlingActivity Categories: Paddling
Location: Bowdoinham
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: moderate

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, July 7, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Mount Hayes 2555ft (Young Members)

Date: Friday, July 8

Join us for a beautiful, intermediate hike in the Mahoosic Range, with views of the Northern Presidentials and Carter-Moriah range from the ledges. It will be 6.6 miles roundtrip (1800 feet of elevation gain) with a loop hike including the Mahoosuc trail. Prior hiking experience is required.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mount Hayes, NH
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Kim Sanders , Sarah Keats
Registrar: Kim Sanders

Schoodic Peninsula Bike Ride

Date: Saturday, July 9

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Acadia National Park (actual birthday is July 8) by biking on the quieter, mainland unit of the park. This 30-mile ride (with 12 & 25-mile options) will follow the Schoodic National Scenic Byway, including the Schoodic Loop road --- truly one of the most scenic bike routes in the State of Maine. We will ride at a moderate 10-12 mph pace with periodic stops for scenery and points of interest. This ride will also feature the new additions to this mainland portion of ANP - the new Schoodic Woods campground with 7 miles of carriage roads, the Schoodic Institute and the Schoodic Marine Center. We will pass by the largest lobster processing plant in Maine and you can get your picture taken with the large lobsterman statue as well as many other stone sculptures along the route. We will even ride out onto a raised coastal bog. You can drive to the ride starting point in Winter Harbor or take the ferry from Bar Harbor (special AMC member rate). We plan a late morning start, which allows for a doable day-trip from southern Maine. Alternatively, AMC has a group campsite for Friday & Saturday night. Registration is required for this activity - please contact the leader directly to register and for camping details. Space is limited to 14 participants.

Bicycling - TouringActivity Categories: Bicycling - Touring
Location: Winter Harbor/Acadia NP/Schoodic Peninsula
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Tony Barrett 207-833-0939 (before 9:00 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Hike Saddleback and the Horn

Date: Saturday, July 9

Need 4,000 footers in Maine? We will hike Saddleback and the Horn via the Saddleback ski area and the Appalachian Trail. This is a moderate to strenuous 6.8 mile round trip hike with approximately 3,500 ft elevation gain. We will hike very steeply up the ski slopes amid beautiful wildflowers. Once we reach the AT, there are stunning views of the area mountain ranges and Rangeley Lake. This is a great way to pick up two 4,000 footers in one day.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Cindy Caverly 207-465-9097 (Before 8pm)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

sea kayaking, Androscoggin River

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

From the Water St. boat launch in Brunswick we will paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. Bring a lunch, sun screen, bug spray. If the downstream flow from the dam is strong due to recent rain, we will go to another nearby location. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. Rain date is Sunday July 10. Trip difficulty: moderate

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Water St town landing (Delorme Map 6)
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

Schoodic Head Hike

Date: Sunday, July 10

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Acadia National Park (actual birthday is July 8) by hiking on the quieter, mainland unit of the park. This 3.2 mile 1-way hike utilizes some of the 7 miles of new hiking trails just opened last Fall at Schoodic Woods. We will walk at a moderate pace with periodic stops for scenery and points of interest. Bring your lunch to eat along the shore at Blueberry Hill. The return route will be via the same hiking trail or via the park loop road and carriage roads. If you bring a bicycle, you will have the option to leave your bike at Blueberry Hill and return to the start via bike. You can drive to the hike starting point or take the ferry from Bar Harbor (special AMC member rate) and the Island Explorer bus. We plan an early morning start, so staying nearby on Saturday night may be preferable. AMC has a group campsite for Friday & Saturday night. Registration is required for this activity - please contact the leader directly to register and for camping details. Space is limited to 14 participants.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Schoodic Woods Campground, Acadia NP
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Tony Barrett 207-833-0939 (before 9:00 PM)

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

Date: Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14

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.

Trail WorkActivity Categories: Trail Work
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

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, July 14

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email (emilyjfdavis@gmail.com). Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Emily Davis

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, July 14, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 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)

Fourth Annual Inter-chapter YM Rangeley Camping Weekend

Date: Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17

Join us for some summer fun and FREE camping at Rangeley Lake State Park! The Maine Young Members group is hosting our Fourth Annual Inter-Chapter Maine camping weekend! Come and meet folks from all over New England. There are plenty of hiking trails and mountains in the area, including many 4k's. You can join us on a hike led by one of our volunteer leaders or go off on your own day adventure. We have a group site on the lake, so you can cool off with a swim or bring a canoe or kayak and go paddling (canoes also available to rent) and relax by the fire at night. Potluck dinner Sat night.

CampingActivity Categories: Camping
Location: Rangeley Lake State Park
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm) , Denise Fredette
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Rangeley Lake State Park

Beginner Backpack

Date: Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17

This backpack is in conjunction with the introduction to backpacking workshop and is for hikers new to backpacking or those who would just like to spend an overnight at this beautiful high elevation pond. We will hike to Horns Pond from the Stratton Brook Road via the Horns Pond Trail on Saturday (4.8 mi.), camp at the Horns Pond Campsite on Saturday night, returning to the Stratton Brook Road via the AT on Sunday (5.4 mi.). A hike to South and North Horn will also be available as time permits. A tent and camping gear is required for this trip. Contact the trip leaders to register and for more information.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Bigelow preserve
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)

Mt. Abraham Hike (Young Members - 20's & 30's)

Date: Saturday, July 16

We will hike Mt. Abraham (a Maine 4,000 footer) via the Firewarden's Trail. Rt 8 miles, approx. 3,200 elevation gain. The summit of this mountain has outstanding 360 degree views. This alpine zone is 2nd in size only to Katahdin in Maine. This hike is happening in conjunction with Rangeley Camping Weekend http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/89061 This hike is listed as Young Members (20's & 30's & Young at Heart) but is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mt. Abraham Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Co-Leader: Chris Higgins

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, July 21, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Sea Kayaking Warren Island and Islesboro Maine

Date: Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 24

Sea kayaking weekend on the Coast of Maine at Warren Island State Park. Group tent site reserved. Trip is suited for advanced beginners and above paddlers who are trained in wet exit self and group rescue and who are comfortable with a 3 mile open water paddle from Lincolnville to Warren Island. Plan to explore Islesboro by water and possibly on foot. Contact leader for details.

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Warren Island State Park
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)

Introduction to White Water Paddling

Date: Friday, July 22, 7:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for introductory white water paddling instruction by Mahoosuc Guide Service (www.mahoosuc.com) on the Androscoggin River in Errol, New Hampshire Course is from 7:30 PM Friday July 22 to 4 PM Sunday July 24 This course is for people with little or no whitewater canoeing experience. It is also highly recommended for anyone who has no formal training in whitewater technique. The course includes instruction on the following topics: canoe design and handling properties, whitewater strokes, whitewater equipment, safety, self-rescue, group management, throw bag use, river hazards, river reading and scouting, paddle signals, and maneuvers, including eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, side slips, and surfing. Lodging and meals are provided at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge in North Newry include lodging Friday & Saturday, breakfast Sat & Sun, supper Sat. Bring your own sleeping bag and trail lunch for Sat & Sun. Course instructor is Kevin Slater with the Mahoosuc Guide Service Canoes, paddling and safety equipment will be provided by Mahoosuc Guide Service. AMC discounted price for the course of $250. A non- refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to the trip date. Registration deadline for this trip is June 3rd. To register contact the trip leader.

Paddling - WhitewaterActivity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Adult Member Fee: $250
Adult Non-Member Fee: $250
Location: Newry
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, July 28, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Graftop Loop East Section Hike - Young Members (20's & 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31

Join us for a 2 day Eastern Grafton Loop hike. Over 21 miles, several open summits. Must have recent mountain hiking experience 10+ mile days, able to carry a heavy pack over rugged terrain. More info to come!

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: Grafton Notch
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Denise Fredette , Sarah Keats
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, August 4, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, August 11, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Sea kayaking, New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, August 13, 9:30 am - 3:00 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 14. Trip difficulty: moderate.

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

Thursday Hikes in July and August

Date: Thursday, August 18, 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hike every week this summer! Scheduled for nearly every Thursday in July and August, these hikes are 2-3 miles in length, and will take between one and two hours. You can come for one or more, depending on your schedule and your interest. We will meet at the trailhead, departing at 3 p.m. After the hike, consider the option of catching dinner together someplace in town. Participants MUST SIGN UP WITH THE LEADER ahead of time by email. Maximum per hike: 8 adults July 7 Hatchet Mtn. Loop, Hope July 14 Bald Rock. Lincolnville July 21 Bald Mtn., Camden July 28 No hike this week August 4 Mt. Battie, Camden Hills State Park August 11 Megunticook Mtn., Camden Hills State Park August 18 Cameron Mtn., Lincolnville August 25 Ragged Mtn., Camden

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Midcoast Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Emily Davis

Imp Face Loop Hike (YM - 20's & 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Friday, August 19

Start the weekend off with The Imp Face Loop Hike. This hike is approx. 6.4 miles round trip and 1,900 ft elevation gain with some awesome views of the White Mountains. This hike is considered moderate. You should have recent mountain hiking experience. 4 participant min. Optional stop at a nearby swimming hole following the hike. This hike is happening in conjunction with Barnes Field Camping Weekend (NH YM) and is geared towards Young Members (20's & 30's) but is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)

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.

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

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

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)

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)

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