Stonington to Big Baker Island and Pond Island camping trip

Date: Friday, August 17, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sea Kayaking trip with one night stays on Big Baker Island and Pond Island. Experienced campers and sea kayakers and hopefully mostly experienced sea kayak campers welcome. Group reservation made at Old Quarry Campground for the night of August 16 to allow early start to trip. Must have full on sea kayak, spray skirt, paddle float, compass and other gear required for safe travel on the ocean. Training in group rescue and comfort with immersion in water in case of capsize. Campsites primitive with earthen tent pads.. Call leader for more details.

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Stonington and Blue Hill Bay
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Trail Maintenance - Downeast Island

Date: Saturday, August 18

This event is co sponsored by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. We will shuttle volunteers to Babson Island and Bear Island in the Eggemogon Reach via 19 foot skiff. Work will consist of expanding and clearing the hiking corridors on these two well protected, easily accessed, heavily used and wild feeling islands.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Brooklin, ME
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Jeff Pengel
Registration is required for this activity.

Sea Kayaking, New Meadows River, Brunswick

Date: Saturday, August 18, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. 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 in Topsham for refreshments. If the conditions are unfavorable, we will go on Sunday August 19th Trip difficulty: moderate.

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park boat launch, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Blueberry Mountain hike

Date: Sunday, August 19

Join us to enjoy a relatively short (although steep and rocky at times) hike up Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch. The trail to the summit gains only 1750 in elevation, but is made worth it by fields of ripe blueberries and excellent ridgeline views of the Evans Notch region. We will hike the loop trail and include a side trip to a beautiful swimming hole (bring your swimsuit!) towards the end to make the trip a total of 4.5 miles long.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Sarah Hunter
Co-Leader: Natalie Skovran
Registration is required for this activity.

AMC LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, August 25

Join experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMCs Leadership Trainers 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.

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training
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.

Full Sturgeon Moon Walk, Scarborough, Maine

Date: Sunday, August 26

Evening walk on Prouts Neck shoreline where Winslow Homer lived and painted to watch the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Puzzle Mountain and Woodsum Spur

Date: Sunday, August 26

This is a 8.6 mile strenuous hike on part of the Grafton Loop Trail. After leaving the parking lot the trail ascend to sever open summits after passing several ledges with fine views of the Bear Valley, Mahoosuc Range and the Presidential Range.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Grafton Notch
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Susan Surabian 207-474-6100 (call anytime before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Steve Bresinki 207-353-9854 (call anytime before 9pm)

Caribou Mountain Hike

Date: Sunday, September 2, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Caribou Mountain is a lovely moderate loop hike in the Evans Notch area. 6.9 miles and just under 2,000' feet of elevation gain will take us past a waterfall and to some good views before we head back to the parking lot.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Caribou trailhead, Evans Notch (east side of Rt. 113, 24.8 mi N of Fryeburg)
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Kelly Corbin 207-415-2525 (Late afternoon/evenings) , Nick Montecalvo
Registration is required for this activity.

Mt. Chase Lodge 3 nts stay and Katahdin Woods and Water Nat. Monument

Date: Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7

Join us for 3 nights and 4 days at a great location and experience a traditional Maine Lodge. Mt. Chase Lodge is located on Upper Shin Pond and makes a great jumping off spot to visit Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Enjoy some of the finest cuisine while enjoying waterfront accommodations. Cabins and lodge rooms available. Breakfast and dinner will be included in our group rate. Days will be spend as you wish or join us on a group outing. In the monument, you can hike, bike or paddle. You are also just a short distance to Baxter State Park's northern entrance. There are also plenty of lakes to paddle and nearby hills to climb. Go for a swim off the dock after your day's outing or use one of the canoes or kayaks for a paddle on Upper Shin Pond. Listen to loons calling and relax at the water's edge. Please contact leader - Michelle Moody - for booking information and rates. Let us know if you want to share a room.

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Mountain, Hiking, Paddling, Social Events
Location: Mt. Chase Lodge, Upper Shin Pond, Mt. Chase, Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Mixed based on activity chosen
FMI: Mt. Chase Lodge
FMI: National Park Service - KWWNM

After-work Hike at Blackstrap Hill Preserve

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join this scenic after-work hike near Portland through the hills and forests of Blackstrap Hill Preserve! Encompassing 280 acres managed by the Falmouth Land Trust, the trail consists of several connected loops to make the hike as long or short as we'd like. We will plan to hike two of the loops, which should amount to 3-4 miles. The leaves may not be changing yet, but hiking Blackstrap Hill will be a perfect way to unwind after a day of work! Registration is required to receive directions to the correct trailhead, and good hiking footwear is required since there are some moderately steep sections and quite a few exposed rocks and tree roots. *This Event is listed as "Young Members - 20's, 30's & Young at Heart" however, it is open to ALL.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Blackstrap Hill Preserve, Falmouth
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Nick Montecalvo
Co-Leader: Natalie Skovran
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Natalie Skovran
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Maine Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Chapter Executive Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Meetings of the Executive Committee are open to all AMC members.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: AMC's Maine Policy Office, 14 Maine Street, Suite 126, Brunswick Maine 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kathleen Redmond-Miller

Trail and Boundary Work - Medawisla Lodge and Cabins

Date: Friday, October 5 - Monday, October 8

With hundreds of miles of property lines and trails, the AMC in Maine has lots of volunteer work opportunities. For this trip will be staying in a bunkhouse at the newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge and Cabins.Come experience the new facilities and help get the nearby trails ready for all the guests who will be staying at this newest Maine Woods Initiative lodge.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Adult Member Fee: $108.26
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

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
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Jeanine Libby , Stephen Robe
Registration is required for this activity.

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

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)

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

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