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.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, 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

East Point Sanctuary

Date: Saturday, March 2

3-4 mile shoreline walk includes beach walk, road walk and rough path in Biddeford Pool. Good oceans views include Wood Island Light. Great birding. No dogs allowed.

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

Introduction to the Maine Island Trail & What to pack for a kayak overnight

Date: Thursday, March 7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Want to spend the night on a wild island? Come learn about the nation's first water trail; over 200 sites stretch between Maine's NH and Canadian border for day use or overnight camping. The evening is held in MITA's new offices overlooking Casco Bay and will include an overview of the trail from MITA's Executive Director, Doug Welsh, and demonstrations of the gear you'll need and how to pack for an overnight kayak expedition to one of Maine's wild islands. Free, but registration is required. Offered in conjunction with MITA.

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Maine Island Trail Association office, 100 Kensington St, Portland, ME 04103
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Alicia Heyburn , Peter Roderick
Registration is required for this activity.

MAINE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

Date: Thursday, March 7, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 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: Cindy Caverly

Bradbury Mtn. Snowshoe or Microspike Dayhike

Date: Saturday, March 9, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for a 5-mile loop hike from Lawrence Road parking area in Pownal, east into Bradbury State Park, up and over Bradbury Mtn. and back to Lawrence Rd. Moderate to easy terrain for beginners and intermediate level hikers. This trail is part of the Pineland to Bradbury Connecter Trail. Snowshoes or Microspikes required. (Alternate hike date Sunday, March 10.)

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Pownal
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Stephen Brezinski 207-353-9854 (Before 9 PM)
Co-Leader: Robin Kerber
Registration is required for this activity.

Heald & Bradley Ponds Preserve

Date: Saturday, March 16

6 mile hike to three mountains in Lovell, Maine. Join us for the lovely views from Whiting Hill (801'), Amos Mtn (955') and Flat Hill (891'). Depending upon trail conditions, either snowshoes or a traction device like microspikes may be needed for this hike. No dogs please.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Lovell, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Greater Lovell Land Trust
FMI: Description of hike and driving directions

After Work/Pre-Social Snowshoe @ Evergreen Cemetery Trails

Date: Tuesday, March 19

We will snowshoe on the trails behind the cemetery for an hour before the social at Great Lost Bear. The trails are well-marked and wind through the woods, and the sun will still be up in the late afternoon so close to the start of spring! Registration is required for this event. Please contact the leader to sign up and receive specific info regarding the meetup time and location. *This Event is listed as "Young Members - 20's, 30's & Young at Heart" however, it is open to ALL. To learn more about the Evergreen Cemetery trail system, please visit the Portland Trails website: http://trails.org/our-trails/evergreen-cemetery/.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Natalie Skovran
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Natalie Skovran

Social @ Great Lost Bear

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for dinner and drinks at Great Lost Bear in Portland! They call themselves the best beer bar in town, and the burgers are pretty amazing too! Registration is not required to attend but will be helpful for reserving a table for our group. Please contact Natalie using the email linked to her name in this posting. This social will follow the snowshoe outing on the Portland trails behind Evergreen Cemetery. Join us for both! *This Event is listed as "Young Members - 20's, 30's & Young at Heart" however, it is open to ALL.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Natalie Skovran

South Moat

Date: Saturday, March 23

Join us as we hike to South Moat Mountain on this first weekend of Spring. This is not a peak to be missed, as the views from the summit rival any other in the White Mountains (52 With a View peak).Hikers should still be prepared for possible full winter conditions and have some winter hiking experience and appropriate gear. This is an intermediate hike. Elevation gain is 2,200 ft and round trip 5.4 miles. Average group pace will be 1.5 mph. *This event is listed as "Young Members 20's & 30's" However, it is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: South Moat Mountain, Albany, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

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

Plan a kayak trip on the Maine Island Trail, chart reading & suggested itineraries

Date: Thursday, April 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this interactive evening held at MITA's waterfront office, we will share suggested itineraries for single and multi-day sea kayak trips along the Maine Island Trail. The program includes an overview of the MITA Guidebook, chart reading, and recommended weather and navigation apps to help you plan safe expeditions following the principles of Leave No Trace. Free, but registration is required. Offered in conjunction with MITA.

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Maine Island Trail Association office, Address: 100 Kensington St, Portland, ME 04103
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Alicia Heyburn , Peter Roderick
Registration is required for this activity.

AMC Potluck and Presentation - Wyoming Wilderness Backpacking

Date: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join our group of three as we make our way, both on and off trail, through Wyoming's spectacular Gros Ventre Wilderness. Five nights, no permits, no reservations, no crowds, and hardly any trail signs.  We'll spend plenty of quality time above treeline, scramble over steep, exposed terrain, and pull native trout out of sparkling backcountry lakes. Jonathan Rundell is an avid hiker and photographer.  This is his third presentation for the Maine chapter. As you can see from Jonathan's photo, you are in for a real treat in this wonderful landscape. The Gros Ventre Wilderness is a gem in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  The Wilderness provides critical habitat for many species of wildlife, hosts the headwaters of multiple Wild and Scenic Rivers and offers miles and miles of trails. In addition, the Gros Ventre Wilderness is famous for it's incredible geological features, from alpine peaks to red, purple and yellow rocky slopes. So we hope you will join us on this photo journey into one of our treasured public lands. 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) , Stanley Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

AMC Potluck and Presentation - Paddle Maine! Tune up your skills, equipment and knowledge

Date: Thursday, May 2

Have you wanted to get out on the water but not sure where to get started or maybe you want to up your game. What boat is best for you? What equipment do you need? What classes should you take? Where should you go to paddle? How do you go about trying out different options? Are there guided trips in the area? Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and more... So many choices! Join Scott Shea, Master Maine Guide and owner of Seaspray Kayaking for over 25 years, as we share and prepare for another season of Paddling the beautiful waters of Maine. Scott will discuss cold water safety, rescue techniques, the latest trends in paddling (including stand up paddleboards), and great local places to explore. We have a wealth of opportunities in the Midcoast area from rivers and streams, to local lakes and some of the most wonderful coastline to explore. Scott can guide you to find that perfect spot for the type of outing you are looking for. There will be giveaways during the presentations and lots more...Seaspray Kayaking offers 20% discount on all purchases and rentals to all AMC members. 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, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Sea Kayaking, Paddling - Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Mtg Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stanley Moody
FMI: Seaspray kayaking
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Date: Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5

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. To register for this course call or email Peter Roderick at 207-293-2704 ,or roderick1027@fairpoint.net

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm) , Bill Brooke
Registration is required for this activity.

BEGINNING BACKPACKING WORKSHOP

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The introduction to backpacking workshop is for beginners and experienced hikers who would like to take the next step from day hiking to multi-day trips. The workshop will cover the basics needed for a safe and enjoyable three season backpacking trip. Topics include: conditioning for backpacking, planning a backpacking trip, dealing with emergencies, food & water considerations, selection of appropriate clothing and footwear, and gear for backpacking. Have your questions on backpacking answered , see backpacking gear, and a demonstration of how to load a backpack. To register for this workshop or for more information contact the Leader

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.

Alpine Garden Hike

Date: Saturday, June 8, 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Experience the beauty of the Alpine Garden. We will carpool up the Mt Washington Auto Road to the Cow Pasture parking area. We will then hike down the Huntington Ravine Trail to the Alpine Garden Trail. While taking the Alpine Garden Trail to the Lion Head Trail, we will spend time looking at and identifying the flowers and plants of the Alpine Garden. The moderate round trip hike is a 2.4 mile slow pace hike.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Hiking, Photography
Location: Alpine Garden, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peg Nation 207-583-2720 (before 9pm) , Jo Anne Diller
Registration is required for this activity.

Camping Weekend in Acadia

Date: Friday, June 14 - Monday, June 17

Join us for a long weekend of camping, a hike on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park and maybe some biking. We will be staying at Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park starting June 13 for 4 nights in our trailer. Please make your own camping reservation at Blackwoods Campground. If you are not interested in camping, let us know where you are planning to stay. We will plan on a hike up Cadillac Mountain on Saturday (rain date Sunday). For those who enjoy biking, there are lots of carriage roads in the park. Paddling is also an option on several lakes in the area. Feel free to arrive a day early and we could plan something for Friday. Potluck get together on Friday evening. Full details will be emailed upon registration. TO REGISTER: Please email leader with info on your normal activity level (current), activities you hope to do during your stay, where you plan to stay and what nights, and a phone contact. For anyone who has not gone camping before and would like to try it for the first time, give us a call.

CampingActivity Categories: Camping, Hiking, Social Events
Location: Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
FMI: Campground Reservations
FMI: Acadia National Park Info

Cadillac Mt Hike

Date: Saturday, June 15

We will be staying at Blackwoods Campground for a long weekend and will do this as a day hike. We will head up the South Ridge Trail to the top of Cadillac Mt. About 3.5 miles one way 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. Enjoy a cold soda and great views at the top (along with the crowds who drove up). Lunch stop on the ledges with a view. Rain date - Sunday, June 16. Join us for the day or come camp for several days. See June 14-17 post for camping info. TO REGISTER: Please email leader information on your current level of hiking activity, info on gear and a phone contact. Limit 12

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

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