Leader Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip Leader meeting for current leaders and others interested in becoming a leader . Agenda will include winter activities postings, leader recognition candidates and year to date outings activities information. Pizza will be provided.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: AMC Policy Office , 14 Maine Street, Suite 0126 Brunswick, ME,
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

White Mountains Hostel-to-Hostel Bike Tour

Date: Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21

Join us for a challenging three-day, 130-mile loop tour of the White Mountains! We'll cycle through stunning notches and exhilarating mountain roads, ending each day in the comfort of a different hostel. This is a brand new tour designed for experienced cyclists by the owners of the Notch Hostel, the Rattle River Hostel, and the White Mountains Hostel. Participants should be comfortable traveling on major roads and have a deep love of hills. We'll stay at our first hostel on Thursday night. We'll cycle 38 miles on Friday, 53 miles on Saturday, and 38 miles on Sunday. We will ride at an average speed of 12-13 mph, we will wait at the top of longer hills and at cross-roads, and no one will be left behind. This is a self-supported bike tour and there will be no SAG vehicle. All participants will wear a helmet and bright clothing and carry their own gear (including a spare tube and tools specific to their bike), food and water, and be prepared for chilly October weather. Must have a bike in good condition, tuned and ready to roll.

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Road, Bicycling - Touring
Adult Member Fee: $115
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Full
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Jeanine Libby , Stephen Robe
Registration is required for this activity.

Baldface Circle Loop with a trip to Eagle Crag - Terrifying 25 and 52WAV

Date: Friday, October 26

Join us for a challenging 10-mile hike to South (3570 ft) and North (3610 ft) Baldface Mountains and Eagle Crag. This is a difficult hike with nearly 4,000 feet of elevation gain, several miles of exposure above tree line, and very steep ledges. This trail is on the "Terrifying 25" and "52 With A View" lists for good reason. Your reward, on a nice day, will be jaw-dropping views. Registration is required. Please contact the trip leader to sign up and receive further details about the hike.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Sarah Keats
Registration is required for this activity.

Camden Hills State Park, Megunticook Mtn. and Mt. Battie

Date: Sunday, October 28

Day hike up past Maiden Cliff, over 1385' high Megunticook and then south over Mt. Battie. The five trails travelled will follow softwood forest, and along cliffs, ledges and over open knobs with many good views of Penobscot Bay and the low mountains of Camden Hills State Park. Some trails will be rocky and with roots, common to New England. We will shuttle cars between the two trailheads. More information will be sent out close to the trip date. About 5.5 miles, moderate activity level. For a more complete trail description see Best Day Hikes Along The Maine Coast, by Carey Kish, trip 28, page 147. http://tipsfromchip.blogspot.com/2012/07/hike-mount-battie-megunticook-mountain.html

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Camden Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Stephen Brezinski 207-353-9854 (before 9 PM) , Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 8 PM)
Registration is required for this activity.
FMI: Hike done in the opposite direction

Speckling Mountain

Date: Saturday, November 3

Come join us on a fall hike up beautiful Speckled Mt. The hike starts at the Brickett Place Farmhouse. Built in 1830's from homemade bricks, the Farmhouse is the oldest structure in the eastern region of the White Mountain National Forest Service. This hike is rated as a strenuous 8.2 mile loop which takes between 6-8 hours of hiking. We will follow the Blueberry Trail which follows Bickford Brook affords affords views of slides and falls . We will descend via the Bickford Brook Trail. The trails offers many varieties of lichen along the way. The summit, at 2877 ft, consists of open ledges with excellent views. Come join us and experience a brisk fall day in beautiful western Maine.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch. Meeting place at Brickett Place.
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Susan Surabian 207-474-6100 (call before 9pm)

AMC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, November 10, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

AGENDA: 5:30 PM Social Hour & Cash Bar (one free drink ticket with registration) 6:00 PM Greetings, Introductions, Dinner and Desert 6:45 PM Business Meeting (Volunteer Recognition and Executive Committee Elections) 7:30 PM Featured Speaker Ty Gagne 9:00 PM Closing Remarks The evenings featured speaker, Ty Gagne, is the author of Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova. This is a story about Kate Matrosova, an avid mountaineer, who set off before sunrise on Feb. 15, 2015 for a traverse of the Northern Presidential Range in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Late the following day, rescuers carried her frozen body out of the mountains amid some of the worst weather ever recorded on these deceptively rugged slopes. What went wrong? Where You'll Find Me offers possible answers to that question, demonstrating why Matrosova's story-what we know and what we will never know-represents such an intriguing and informative case study in risk analysis and decision-making If you need further information about this meeting, please contact chair@amcmaine.org Cost is $25 per person (includes free parking, buffet dinner, desert, and ticket for one adult beverage). A cash bar will also be available. Payment maybe made by check or Paypal. To pay by check please send payment to: Cindy Caverly AMC Maine Chapter Vice-Chair & Treasurer 76 Pine Beach Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kathleen Redmond-Miller
Registration is required for this activity.

Megunticook Traverse in Camden Hills

Date: Sunday, November 11

Enjoy beautiful views from the ridge of Camden Hills. We will traverse 5.8 miles across the ridge, with views from Mount Battie, Ocean Lookout and Mt Megunticook. There are parts of the trail that are steep, exposed, and require scrambling. This trip requires a car spot.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Camden Hills State Park
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kim Sanders
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: KimberlySanders 207-712-0862 (before 9pm)

Potluck and Presentation: Paddling Southern Maine

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Sandy Moore is a former Registered Maine Guide and ACA (American Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue Association) Kayak Instructor. Passionate about introducing people to the world of paddling, she believes that kayaking, SUPing, and canoeing are the perfect methods for people with a wide range of abilities to explore nature from a unique and intimate perspective. Kimberlee Bennett is an educator, blogger, amateur photographer, and kayaker. With a demanding career as an assistant principal in one of southern Maine's largest high schools, Kimberlee treasures kayaking as a way to find balance, peace, and tranquility away from life's stressors. Join us as these two paddlers take us on a journey of Southern Maine's paddling treasures. They will take us to wonderful places they explored and how their book came to be. Paddling Southern Maine will be available for purchase. You can also check it out at http://paddlingsouthernmaine.com/ 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
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
FMI: Paddling Southern Maine
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Dinner at Bruno's

Date: Monday, November 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for dinner at Bruno's Restaurant & Tavern in Portland starting at 5:30 pm. Stop by and say 'Hi', find out what we have planned for the winter season and make some new friends! RSVP is not required but it IS appreciated so that we have enough seats reserved. This event is categorized under 20's & 30's, but is open to ALL.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Bruno's Restaurant & Tavern, 33 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Winter Hiking Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 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: Maine Mountain Guide - Carey Kish

Date: Thursday, December 6, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This newest edition was two years in the making and has been painstakingly revised, updated and expanded by author/editor Carey Kish, who will lead us on a journey of discovery from Acadia National Park to Aroostook County, Maine's White Mountains to Washington County. Carey's informative and entertaining talk will highlight many new hikes, the best of local hikes near you, as well as some old favorites.    The new Maine Mountain Guide includes more than 175 new trails on 50 "new" mountains, thereby increasing the remarkable variety of hiking possibilities available for every interest and ability level. In all, 625 trails are described on 300 mountains, a hiking bounty totaling close to 1,500 miles, and ranging from easy woodland walks to moderate hill climbs to strenuous mountain traverses. Full-color topographic sheet maps covers 7 popular hiking regions, while 22 topographic maps within the text complement the trail descriptions.  Carey Kish is veteran hiker, outdoors and travel writer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide and certified funmeister. Kish has completed some two-dozen long distance trails in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (once in 1977 and again in 2015), the 1,100-mile Florida Trail in 2017, and has plans to tackle all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2019. 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
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Pre New Year Weekend in the Whites - YM

Date: Friday, December 28, 6:00 pm - 10:00 am

Join us at the Shapleigh Bunkhouse in Crawford Notch, NH for a pre-New Year's celebration! The past year has been filled with lots of fun outdoor activities and social events and we'll be looking forward to more exciting plans for 2019. We've reserved the entire Shapleigh Bunkhouse and some space in the Highland Center if more folks want to join. There's plenty of hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing opportunities nearby during the day and relaxing/socializing at night. You'll have the chance to show off your coolest/gaudiest holiday clothes with an Ugly Sweater contest Saturday night (optional). *AMC Member Rates are pp per night: Shapleigh Bunkhouse $74, Main Lodge Bunk Room $115 (Non-Member rates: $88/$138) *Rates include dinner & breakfast. All bed linens and quilts, and a bath towel are provided. **Call AMC Reservations by NOVEMBER 28, 2018. After this date, these spots open back up to the public. Space is limited so reserve as soon as possible! 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 - Reservation # 414631. Let the leader also know you will be coming when you sign up. A group email will be sent out a week before with more details. *This Event is listed as "Young Members - 20's, 30's & Young at Heart" however, it is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $74
Adult Non-Member Fee: $88
Youth Member Fee: $43
Youth Non-Member Fee: $51
Child Member Fee: $63
Child Non-Member Fee: $76
Location: Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: AMC Reservations 603-466-2727 (Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm)

MAINE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

Date: Thursday, January 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Chapter Executive Committee will be meeting on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: AMC's Maine Policy Office, 14 Maine Street, (Fort Andross) Suite 126, Brunswick, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kathleen Redmond-Miller

Potluck and Presentation: Nature Notes from Maine

Date: Thursday, January 17, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

River Otters, Moose, Skunks & More Join us for an evening of wonder as Ed Robinson of Harpswell shares with us interesting facts about some of Maine's most beautiful and fascinating wildlife.  Ed, an avid outdoorsman, moved to Maine in 2007 and soon became involved with his local land trust, the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Ed has been writing stories about the outdoors for many years. This led to a new book full of personal stories of wildlife encounters, along with stunning photographs and lovely sketches. Ed will share with us some of these stories along with lots of photos to help you learn about the wildlife you might encounter while you are out enjoying your own corner of Maine or exploring new places. You can check out some of Ed's stories. https://hhltmaine.org/nature-notes/ Copies of the book will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit the work of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. "This book is full of great stories about Maine's wild animals. The stories are highly entertaining and brought back memories of some of my own wildlife encounters. These are the wild critters that make life in Maine very special." - George Smith, Outdoor News Editor for the Bangor Daily News 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
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: HHLT Nature Notes

Potluck and Presentation: Critical Hours - Search and Rescue in the White Mountains

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

A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp-and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor. In the past decade, inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to alarming levels of overconfidence on the trail. Adding to this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of ventures into mountainous terrain has led hikers seeking solitude-or an adrenaline rush-into increasingly remote or risky forays. Sandy Stott, the "Accidents" editor at the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club, delivers both a history and a celebration of the search and rescue workers who save countless lives in the White Mountains-along with a plea for us not to take their steadfastness and bravery for granted. Filled with tales of astonishing courage and sobering tragedy, Critical Hours will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers alike. Join us as Sandy Stott shares some of these stories and tells us what we can do to avoid being the victim in one of these rescues. Whether you are hiking on a local trail or up in the mountains, knowing how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency is an invaluable tool. Books will be available for purchase. 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
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

MAINE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

Date: Thursday, March 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

he Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Chapter Executive Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: AMC's Maine Policy Office, 14 Maine Street, (Fort Andross) Suite 126, Brunswick, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kathleen Redmond-Miller