20s and 30s Social: Bissell Brothers

Date: Monday, January 27, 5:30 pm - Monday, January, 27, 7:00 pm

Bissell Brothers taproom in PortlandYour next outdoor adventure starts here! Come get to know other active people in their 20s and 30s while enjoying some Bissell Brothers beer. Our monthly socials are a perfect opportunity to make outdoorsy friends and plan your next trip. Join us for a fun night, and let's get outside together! ---- This event is hosted by the Maine Young Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club. We help connect people in their 20s and 30s with the outdoors and each other, but all who love preserving and playing in nature are welcome to attend.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Bissell Brothers Brewing - 4 Thompsons Point #108, Portland, ME 04102
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Steven Profaizer

Cathance River Hike with traction

Date: Friday, January 31

Cathance River IceLet's go check out the ice formations along the river on a morning hike. After some rain and freezing nights, there should be some really nice ones along the banks and on the rocks. Trails may be icy or hard packed snow so microspikes or similar traction will be a must. Plan on about 2+ hours out. Distance covered and trails taken will be a group decision. We will start near the Ecology Center and mostly hike along the river. There are a few short steeper sections and the trails are narrow. This is always one of my favorite places to hike as the river is always changing especially in the winter. Please email Michelle at meamc@micstan.us and include a bit about your hiking experience, traction you have and a phone contact. Full details will be emailed with correct times and meeting location as we will need to carpool to the trailhead.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Trail Map

Canceled: X-C Skiing in the woods on snowmobile trails

Date: Friday, January 31

Join us for a morning outing cross-country skiing on trails that are used by snowmobiles and are usually groomed. These are mostly old woods roads and some side trails that make for 2 loops with a straight stretch in between. The trails are mostly flat with a couple easy slopes. We can also ski by a couple ponds at the old Topsham land fill. This area makes for a scenic ski outing where we can watch for animal tracks and enjoy being surrounded by woods. We'll set a moderate pace. I'd call this an easy outing if you are used to skiing for2-3 hours. Be sure to email Michelle to register and include a bit of info on your x-c skiing experience and include a phone contact. A fully detailed description will be emailed to you after registration. Call if you have any questions.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Lovers Lane, Topsham, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Canceled
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Sarah Hunter
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Topsham Trails

Puzzle Mtn - Grafton Notch

Date: Saturday, February 1

Winter hikingSnowshoe/hike to the summit of Puzzle Mtn. (3,133 ft.) in on the Grafton Notch Loop Trail for a round trip distance of 5.7 miles and elevation gain of 1200 feet. This is a moderate hike suitable for advanced beginner and intermediate winter hikers. Full winter gear including snowshoes with crampons and crampons/micro spikes are required. Contact the leader to register or for more information. Bill Brooke, bill@mesoft.org

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Graton Notch, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult

X-Country Ski Tour of AMC Maine Woods Initiative Lodges

Date: Sunday, February 2 - Saturday, February 8

Skiing on the lodge to lodge trail between Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins and Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins.Join the Maine Chapter for a ski and snowshoe tour of the Maine North Woods with stays in AMC Lodges at Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins, Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins as well as independently owned West Branch Pond Camps. X-country skiers with advanced beginner/intermediate skills will find this trip enjoyable. We start from the winter parking lot on the KI Road near Greenville where AMC staff takes our baggage to our first stop, Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins about 8 miles by ski trail. We will spend the first two nights of our trip there in either the bunkhouse or a cabin. Possible activities include, skiing and snowshoeing on nearby groomed trails along shore of Long Pond, snowshoe to summit of 3rd Mountain on the AT, snowshoe to AT and the Hermitage, an old growth stand of large trees and snowshoeing on either the Henderson Brook Trail or the Gorman Loop Trail. On Day 3, we leave Gorman Chairback skiing to Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins our next stop with a 2 night stay there. Possible activities there include a snowshoe hike to summit of nearby Indian Mountain, ski Indian Mountain circuit trail or Baker Pond Loop Trail, ski/snowshoe to Gulf Hagas, explore nearby trails that surround the Little Lyford Ponds. Then it is on via the scenic River Trail to West Branch Pond Camps. The camps are privately owned by the Sterling family who been providing first rate hospitality for over 100 years. Open concept kitchen/dining room allows for hearing North Woods tales from host Eric Sterling as he puts finishing touches on breakfast or dinner. Possible activities nearby include a variety of groomed ski trails to explore with wildlife sightings not uncommon, for the truly ambitious nearby Whitecap Mountain on the AT beckons and the several West Branch Ponds closer by and on more level terrain could be explored as we pass by on groomed trails. West Branch Pond may allow skating if the weather gods have allowed. BYOS. Contact leader for further details and for details on booking reservations.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Adult Member Fee: $493.82
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Full
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Cross Country Ski Bethel Village Trails at Bethel Inn (with optional swim/sauna package)

Date: Sunday, February 9

x-c skiing Bethel Inn ResortBethel Inn Resort X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center has it all: Groomed trails, ski rentals, heated indoor areas to get organized and even a ski/swim/sauna package! We'll meet in the morning for a ski, enjoy lunch and go out again in the afternoon. Those interested (like myself) can linger to swim in a heated outdoor pool and finish up with a sauna. These trails are suitable for experienced- beginners i.e., not the first time on X-C skis. There are extensive relatively level areas, but also a few hills to navigate. Day passes are $18, with the ski/swim/sauna $27. Ski rentals are available for $18 for adults and $15 for seniors.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Bethel Inn, Bethel Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: easy to intermediate
FMI: Bethel Village Trails at Bethel Inn

Snowshoe Hike to S. Horn Mountain on AT in Bigelow Range

Date: Sunday, February 9, 7:30 am - Sunday, February, 9, 4:30 pm

Western Maine MountainsChallenging snowshoe hike via the Horn's Pond Trail to Horns Pond and then on to South Horn Mountain on the AT in the Bigelow Range. One member of the group is working to complete the 100 highest mountains in New England in winter and needs this one as she closes in on this amazing goal. Over 2000 feet elev. gain over 5.5 miles. Beautiful views from S. Horn.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Bigelow Mountain
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Valentine's Day at Woodward Point Preserve Snowshoe - GMOW

Date: Friday, February 14

View from Woodward PointLooking for something fun to do on Valentine's Day and the start of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend?  Then come join us for a morning outing as we explore this new preserve on the coast in Brunswick.  Woodward Point Preserve was a joint venture of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. Learn more about this wonderful new preserve as we explore several trails on this 87.5 acre parcel. The east section of trails is about 1.4 miles round trip and the west section is 1.6 miles total.   The terrain is mostly flat and good for families with children.  A great place to snowshoe or x-c ski in winter.  In case of lack of snow but icy trails, we will hike with microspikes or similar traction.   Woodward Point is one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land in northern Casco Bay - a designated estuary of national significance. The preserve cradles all or part of two commercially important shellfish beds and is surrounded by critical habitat for waterfowl and wading birds. Woodward Point's vast fields are also home to a healthy population of bobolinks estimated to be around eighty birds in the summer. See web links for trail map and more info.   After the hike, take your special someone out for lunch in town.   To register, please email Michelle (meamc@micstan.us) and include information on winter experience, equipment and a phone contact.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Woodward Point Preserve, Brunswick, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
FMI: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Cathance River Preserve Snowshoe or Hike - GMOW

Date: Monday, February 17

Cathance River IceCelebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend by joining us for a fun afternoon winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Nature Preserve. Michelle will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the trails at the Preserve, one of her 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 either loop back or return via the same trail to the Ecology Center. 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 will be required if icy. Plan on about 2+hours out. Please let us know if you need to borrow snowshoes. You'll have a chance to learn a bit about 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 and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as we learn more about the flaura and fauna of the area.  Michelle will also talk about our local land trust - the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust which holds an easement on the property. To register, please email Michelle (meamc@micstan.us) with a bit of info on your winter hiking experience, equipment and a phone contact.  Let us know if you need to borrow snowshoes.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Cathance River Education Alliance

Claybrook Mountain Lodge Ski Trip

Date: Monday, February 17, 4:00 pm - Friday, February, 21, 12:00 pm

Claybrook Mountain Lodge in winterJoin 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 Monday February 17th (day of arrival) through and including lunch on Friday the 21st (day of departure). We will eat our trail lunch at one of the MHT huts whenever possible, so we can purchase hot food items as well. The Claybrook Lodge has twin and triple rooms located on 2 levels; with shared bathrooms 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. Greg will act as our naturalist guide each day and will give us information on tracking, wildlife identification, tree identification and historical perspectives of the area. As a certified Maine Guide and EMT, his skills will increase our enjoyment of the area while maintaining a good level of safety. There will also be two AMC trip leaders on the excursion, both of whom are trained in Wilderness first Aid and CPR.

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $708
Adult Non-Member Fee: $708
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Ginette Beaudoin 207-294-6302 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Explore Portland Trails

Date: Saturday, February 22

Portland trails double header! Begin with a walk in the Fore River Sanctuary and a visit to Jewell Falls, Portland's only natural waterfall. Afterwards, we'll explore the network of Portland Trails behind the Evergreen Cemetery. Depending upon weather and trail conditions, we will use snowshoes or a traction device (like microspikes). At a minimum, please bring a traction device.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Fore River Sanctuary
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Fore River Sanctuary description & map
FMI: Portland Trails from Evergreen Cemetery description & map

20s and 30s Social: Austin Street Brewery

Date: Monday, February 24, 5:30 pm - Monday, February, 24, 7:00 pm

Austin Street BreweryYour next outdoor adventure starts here! Come get to know other active people in their 20s and 30s while enjoying some Austin Street beer (at their Fox Street location). Our monthly socials are a perfect opportunity to make outdoorsy friends and plan your next trip. Join us for a fun night, and let's get outside together! ---- This event is hosted by the Maine Young Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club. We help connect people in their 20s and 30s with the outdoors and each other, but all who love preserving and playing in nature are welcome to attend.

Activity Categories: Social Events
Location: Austin Street Brewery - 115 Fox St, Portland, ME 04101
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Steven Profaizer

Pineland Farms Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Cross Country Ski Trip

Date: Friday, February 28

Skiing at Pineland FarmsJoin us on a cross country ski trip at Pineland Farms, where we plan to have a beginner ski group and an intermediate/advanced ski group depending on participant abilities. You can rent skis if you need them from Pineland. This is a great ski area close to Portland with rolling hills and some easier areas for beginners as well as challenging terrain for more advanced skiers. We will pick trails that work well for the group. Beginners and more advanced skiers are welcome to join us. We can also stop at the cafe to rest for a bite to eat and a view of Mount Washington if the sky is clear enough. See link below for more info on Pineland. Day pass: $18

Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $18
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Cindy Caverly 207-530-2446 (Before 8 pm) , Sarah Hunter
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced
FMI: Pineland Farms Information

Rumford White Cap Mountain

Date: Sunday, March 1

Rumford White Cap Mountain is located in located in Rumford Whitecap Preserve. It is a moderate 5 mile round trip hike which offers panoramic views at the summit. Elevation gain is 1600ft in 2.3 miles one way

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Rumford, Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Susan Surabian 207-474-6100 (Call anytime before 9pm) , Denise Fredette
Registration is required for this activity.

Easy Snowshoe Hike at Libby Trails Forest

Date: Sunday, March 8

Winter sceneLibby Hills Forest is a wonderful place for a half-day snowshoe hike with some hilly terrain and a couple easy stream crossings. We plan to do some bushwhacking to explore along the edge of a beaver pond that houses a large heron rookery in the summer. There are often tracks and other animal sign to examine and perhaps we'll pause to learn a little about how wildlife survives the cold winter months. The total length of the hike is estimated at around three miles.

Activity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Libby Hills Forest, Gray Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm) , Peg Nation
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: easy
FMI: Libby Hills Forest
FMI: Libby Hills Forest Facebook

Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19

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 email Kim Sanders at kimberlyannsanders@gmail.com

Activity Categories: First Aid, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME 04105
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kim Sanders
Registration is required for this activity.

American Canoe Assn. Level 2 Essentials of Sea Kayaking Touring

Date: Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 13

Heading out of the harborAmerican Canoe Assn. Level 2 Essentials of Sea Kayaking Touring/Knubble Bay Camp - Want new confidence as a kayaker? Friendly, experienced kayakers and ACA instructor lead you through stroke and rescue techniques that can change your game. Sheltered marine environment. Individual and small group instruction..

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Adult Member Fee: $85
Adult Non-Member Fee: $98
Location: Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Mary McCann-Baker 207-399-8534 (Before 9PM)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Gail Fensom

Date: Thursday, January 1

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