Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) Program Is Back

The Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) program is back, giving subscribers a super easy, no-cost way to support the Appalachian Mountain Club. With your continued support, we have a shot at being one of the “top 5” New England non-profits recognized this year!
Here’s how it works:
  • This month, be on the lookout for your GRANT recipient voucher in the mail or by email.
  • Specify “Appalachian Mountain Club” as your 501(c)(3) charity of choice, and mail or submit it no later than April 30 – all at no cost to you.
  • Or don’t wait – simply fill out the Globe’s online grant voucher now using your subscriber number, email, or phone number.
Globe GRANT recognition comes with free advertising space for organizations with the highest voucher donations, helping to promote AMC’s mission. 

Thank you for choosing AMC as your favorite non-profit! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Best Day Hikes: 5 winter trips along the Maine Coast

Bauneg Beg Mountain in winter | photo by Carey Kish
A bounty of snow blankets every nook and cranny of the Maine coastline thanks to recent storms.

So snap into your skis or snowshoes and hit the trail with a few favorite spots from Carey Kish, author of the brand-new AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (now available in AMC's online store with 20% member discount).

AMC's newest guidebook has you covered with 50 of the best trails from the Maine beaches to Downeast. 

York County
Protected by the Great Works Regional Land Trust, Bauneg Beg Mountain in North Berwick is the only major mountaintop in York County without a communications tower. Snowshoe the half-mile trail to the top for far-reaching views north and west to the snow-capped Presidential Range.

Casco Bay
The wilder sections of the 10-mile long Forest City Trail across Portland offer some fine solitude and terrific snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities. The winding Stroudwater River, the salt marshes of the Fore River Preserve and the hemlock groves along the Presumpscot River beckon urban adventurers in winter.

Skis and snowshoes are perfect for exploring the undeveloped shorelines of two 1800s' reservoirs on the Little River Community Trail, wooded wilds just minutes from downtown Belfast. Formerly the city’s public water supply, the human-made lakes and their surroundings are rich with bird and animal life.

Acadia National Park
The Park Loop Road is closed to vehicles in winter, making it a wonderful time to hike the Ocean Path along Frenchman Bay, taking in Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff en route. The path and parallel road are yours for ski and snowshoe travel from December to early April.

Meander along the crescent beach on Englishman Bay at Roque Bluffs State Park in the tiny coastal enclave of Roque Bluffs. Then don skis or snowshoes and revel in the quiet beauty of the park’s trail system, which leads over a wooded hilltop to a shorefront vista at Rose Ledge.

Carey Michael Kish has been exploring the hiking trails along the coast and in the mountains of Maine for more than four decades. Carey is a freelance outdoors and travel writer and photographer, editor of AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide and the AMC Maine Chapter’s Wilderness Matters, and writes a regular hiking and camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hike the very best of the Maine coast with new guidebook from AMC Books

From the editor of AMC’s popular Maine Mountain Guide comes a brand new guidebook with a coastal focus, AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails from the Maine Beaches to Downeast.

Avid Maine hikers and new visitors alike will fall in love with the state’s rugged coastline, from the century-old stands of white pine in Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park near Portland to the oceanfront cliffs and maritime forests of Quoddy Head State Park, the eastern-most point in the US.

To learn more, read the press release >> 
To order your own copy, visit the AMC Store >>

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fantastic Ski, Snowshoe Conditions in New Hampshire and Maine

Fresh snow, excellent conditions. The snowshoe, downhill, and cross-country ski trails surrounding AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge and Highland Center in the White Mountains are in the best shape they’ve been all winter. And in the Maine Woods, skiers are enjoying packed powder conditions across our lodge-to-lodge trail network. The only thing missing is you – so drop the shovel and come play!

Powdery snow blankets AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge, 2/10/15.
Joe Dodge Lodge is your launch pad for skiing the fabled John Sherburne Ski Trail. Photo 2/7/15.

Crews at AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges have been hard at work laying down soft corduroy. Photo 2/7/15.
Snow-capped trail sign along AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodge's trail network. Photo 2/7/15.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 AMC Clubwide Awards

Give it up for the 100+ AMC volunteers who were recognized for their outstanding service at AMC's 139th Annual Summit this weekend – thank you, volunteers! View the recipients >>

And just a few of this year's recipients...


Special thanks to the sponsors of AMC's 2015 Annual Summit! Coca-Cola, Colonial Knife Corp., Halvorson Design Partnership, L.L.Bean, Performance Food Service – NorthCenter, and Proulx Oil & Propane.

Photos by Ryan Smith

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Voices: Boston Young Members

From left: Young Members Courtney Coyne, John Schmidt, Debbie Flusberg, Matthew Miller, and Zoe Rath take to the air during last January’s “Go Mad for Vermont Weekend.”
AMC’s award-winning magazine, AMC Outdoors, has a new look in 2015 with fresher fonts, compelling photos, and new departments to inspire your next outing and develop a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Every issue is packed with trip planning advice, how-to guides, photo-filled features, and local and international trip listings led by experienced AMC staff and hundreds of volunteer leaders. Voices is a new section that appears in print only, but we'd like to give you a sneak peek!

Voices: Boston Young Members

By Ryan Smith

If you’re concerned that not enough young people are spending time outdoors and connecting with the natural world, look no further than AMC’s Boston Young Members, one of several such groups across AMC’s 12 chapters. Consisting of more than 1,300 members in their 20s and 30s, Boston Young Members (YM) strives to connect younger folk with the outdoors and the myriad opportunities that exist with AMC.

Activities range from social outings in the Boston area—including get-togethers on AMC’s Boston headquarters’ deck—to day trips in the White Mountains, to the ever-popular trip to Mount Orford, Canada, where participants cross-country ski and ice skate by day and hit the spa and unwind by night. Board chair and trip leader Philip Baraona of Somerville, Mass., encourages anyone who is looking to connect with like-minded, friendly people who love the outdoors to give Young Members a shot. Baraona, who’s been involved with YM for six years, says as a trip leader he enjoys giving back to AMC and showing new members what makes YM so special to him. “In the years I have been attending YM events I have met some amazing people and explored some fantastic places with [AMC]. Becoming a leader was the best way I could think of to ensure other people would be able to have similar YM experiences.”

Get to know a couple more YM leaders and discover what inspired them to become part of this vibrant group of outdoor enthusiasts.
“AMC and YM’s mission matters! The outdoors is special—and we need open spaces and the Earth to be clean. We owe it to future generations to make sure [the outdoors] is there for them and to leave it more pristine than we found it. YM is a great group of people who works to make sure this happens.” –Chester A. Osborne
“It warms my heart to know I have helped connect AMC-ers to our local natural world, one salamander at a time. And from here, I hope these 20- and 30-somethings share this insight with their nieces, their kids, and even consider serving on a municipal board. Everyone can influence change.” –Michele Grzenda
“It’s funny how a little altitude brings on a high in a literal and figurative sense. One feels giddy and a sense of awe while hiking. A feeling I wish to keep as my own little secret. But as this feeling continues to fill me, I realize I can no longer contain it. This feeling and [outdoor] places are special. And I have no choice but to shout from the mountaintops and share it with the world.” –John Schmidt
Come out and join a YM event in your area. Check out more details and YM listings at outdoors.org/youngmembers.

Photo by Michele Grzenda.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

No Winter Shelter on Mt. Washington Summit

New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation reminds individuals hiking Mount Washington this winter that there is no open shelter or windbreak at the summit. The summit building, operated by Mount Washington State Park, is closed from November to April.

State officials encourage winter hikers to plan climbs accordingly and be prepared to hike down as well as up. The weather is always worse in higher elevations and weather can change unexpectedly. For more information about safe hiking practices please visit http://www.hikesafe.com.

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