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 listed as "20's & 30's & Young at Heart", 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

Cliff Walk, Prouts Neck, Scarborough

Date: Saturday, December 1

Leisurely 4 mile walk along the shoreline where Winslow Homer lived and painted. Great ocean views.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Scarborough, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Mill Brook Preserve

Date: Saturday, December 1

Explore the Mill brook Preserve, an area maintained by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Hike 3-1/2 miles from the northern trailhead parking at Route 302 & Methodist Road down to the Allen Knight Road trailhead. The trail winds through woods and runs beside the Mill Brook, which flows from Highland Lake in Windham to the Presumpscot River in Westrook.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Westbnrook, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 8:30pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
FMI: description of the hike

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

Puzzle Mountain

Date: Sunday, December 16

Join us for a hike up Puzzle Mountain (3133 ft) along the eastern section of the Grafton Notch Loop trail! This hike is considered moderate due to its length (7.2 miles) and elevation gain (approximately 2400 ft.) It follows old logging roads and switchbacks through young spruce, white birch, and balsam fir woods at a gradual incline before crossing over exposed granite boulders and ledges offering terrific views of Grafton Notch and the Presidentials. Winter hiking experience required.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Western Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Kelly Corbin
Registration is required for this activity.

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)

Intro to Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing at Bradbury Mt. SP

Date: Saturday, December 29

Join us on a morning outing to learn or practice some winter hiking/snowshoeing 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. If you don't have winter gear yet, be sure to talk to the leader ahead of time. 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
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Maine Trail Finder - trail map for Bradbury Mt. SP

Eastern Trail Walk Kennebunk

Date: Tuesday, January 1

Start the New Year right with a leisurely 4 mile walk/snowshoe/xc ski on the Eastern Trail Kennebunk, Maine.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Kennebun, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

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

Mt. Agamenticus Snowshoe

Date: Saturday, January 26

Not ready for the big mountains but looking to try a small one? Here is your perfect choice with ocean views from the top. Snowshoe outing for those looking to learn a bit more or have a relatively easy day out on a mountain in the snow. Moderate pace. Start at the base of Mt. A and go up to top then on to second and third hill if the group is up to it - 5 to 6 miles. Ocean views from the Lodge. Elevation gain about 400 feet plus some extra up and down on back side. Plan on lunch on the trail and about 3-4 hours out. Microspikes will be required if not enough snow for snowshoes. Please email Michelle with info on your gear, level of experience and a phone contact to register.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Mt Agamenticus, Cape Neddick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody , Carla Dow
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Mt. Agamenticus

Round Top Mountain Hike or Snowshoe

Date: Wednesday, January 30

This winding trail ascends to 1,133' with an elevation gain of about 650' to the top of Round Top Mountain meandering through hardwood and conifer forests before opening up to views of Long Pond, Belgrade Lakes Village and Great Pond. Plan on hiking or snowshoeing based on conditions. Great small mountain hike for those who want to add a bit of work to their outing and new members to meet fellow AMC members. Total length about four miles; 2-3 hours with stops. Microspikes will be required if not enough snow for snowshoes. Morning outing - correct times will be emailed with full details upon registration. Please email Michelle with info on gear, level of experience and a phone contact.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Round Top Trail, Rome, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Susan Surabian , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy/moderate
FMI: Round Top - Maine Trail Finder

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

Cathance River Snowshoe/Hike - GMOW

Date: Friday, February 8

Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend by joining us for a fun morning winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Preserve. We will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the trails at the Preserve. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. The trails will lead us down to the river where the ice formations can be magical in the winter. We will follow along the river and do as many trail sections as the group is up to. We will then loop back to the parking area. Watch for animal tracks along the way and enjoy this beautiful woods walk. Trails are narrow with some short steeper sections. Snowshoes required if enough snow. Microspikes or similar traction may be required if icy. Plan on about 2-3 hours out. Please let us know if you need to borrow snowshoes. You'll have a chance to learn a bit about the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and the history of this wonderful Preserve. It's also home to the Cathance River Education Alliance. A staff member of CREA will join us for the outing and open up the Center for us to visit. So join us in this wonderful winter wonderland. To register: Please email leader info on level of experience, gear and a phone contact.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Cathance River Preserve
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
FMI: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
FMI: Maine Trail Finder - Cathance

Old Speck

Date: Sunday, February 10

It's Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Join us for a winter hike up Old Speck Mountain (4,170 ft) in Grafton Notch, Maine. This is a 7.6-mile out and back hike with 2700 ft of elevation gain. We'll follow the Appalachian trail through a beautiful forest with switchbacks, outlooks of the Notch, and occasional steep sections to the wooded summit. Recent winter hiking experience and experience hiking similar terrain and distance is required for this hike, but it's entirely below tree line so it's great for those looking to test their skills on a 4000 footer.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Grafton Notch
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (After 6pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

3 night Winter Getaway

Date: Sunday, February 24 - Wednesday, February 27

Join us for some winter fun in Stratton, Maine. 3 night stay at the White Wolf Inn with daily winter outings of your choice. Pay for 2 night and get the 3rd night free. Please do not call hotel directly as leader is assigning rooms. Let us know if you'd like to share a room. Please include phone contact info and a bit about your winter outings and gear when emailing leader. You can choose from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing on groomed trails, or down hill skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain. Trails include old railroad beds which are groomed and mostly flat terrain or venture up to one of the Maine Huts for a bit more strenuous outing. Dining at local restaurants as a group or on your own. We'll get together for a social hour each evening to decide on what activities to do the next day. Must book before January 10 to guarantee a spot.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Snowshoeing, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $79
Adult Non-Member Fee: $79
Location: White Wolf Inn, Stratton, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Michelle Moody
Trip Difficulty: Mostly Easy to Moderate
FMI: White Wolf Inn
FMI: Sugarloaf

Horns Pond Snowshoe via Firewarden's and Horns Pond Trails

Date: Saturday, March 2

Hike to Horns Pond via the Firewarden's and Horns Pond Trails. 15 miles including 2 miles road snowshoe. Strenuous snowshoe hike below treeline. Visit Horns Pond in winter and travel the beautiful Horns Pond Trail with glimpses of Carrabassett Valley along the way. Intermediate to Advanced snowshoers only please.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Bigelow Preserve/Carrabassett Valley
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm) , Cindy Caverly
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Stenuous

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

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Upwards - Solo thru-paddling New England's Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Date: Thursday, March 28, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Fifteen years ago, Laurie Apgar Chandler and her two children moved to Maine, beginning a new chapter of life in a log cabin surrounded by lakes and ponds. Changing careers from forestry research to special education, she remarried, and discovered a new passion, wilderness paddling. After losing her husband, Laurie began taking longer and longer trips alone. Photography and journaling captured many of the magic moments, but she began to dream of writing about her adventures. In the summer of 2015, Laurie set off from Old Forge, New York for a 740-mile solo thru-paddle of New England's Northern Forest Canoe Trail, finishing in Fort Kent, Maine 53 days later. Upwards, the story of that journey, is her first book. Achieving her improbable dream, to travel 740 miles alone in a small canoe, was by no means certain. Relatively new to wilderness paddling, she encountered challenges, expected and unexpected, that pushed her to the limits of her courage and endurance. Surprisingly, the scariest of these had a human face. Providing one of the first looks at the country's longest mapped inland paddling route, this tale weaves faith, nature, and the goodness of people into an inspiring adventure on storied waterways like the Allagash. Join us as Laurie regales us with stories and photos from this incredible journey. Her book, Upwards, 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, Paddling, 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) , Stanley Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

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