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Explore Your Inner Backpacker: Midstate Trail

This is a moderately paced backpack (1-2 mph) with some moderate elevation. Experience woods, fields, streams, and a beautiful campsite at Muddy Pond.
More information, click here.

Date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:00pm

Explore Your Inner Backpacker: Stratton Pond Loop

2-day/1-night backpack trip to Stratton Pond and over Stratton Mountain.
More information, click here.

Date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:00pm

2015 AT Projects

Our 2015 AT Project list has been published and is available at: http://amcberkshire.org/getting-involved.

Typically we have projects scheduled on Tuesday and Saturdays and there is a wide variety of projects to participate in. If you are interested, please check out the list and give us a call to get involved in a project.

No experience is necessary and all hands make light the work!

Mass AT Update: Spring is here

Spring is here and the hiking season has started in Massachusetts.

Our volunteers have cleared the trail from the CT border to Pittsfield Rd in Washington. Sat May 23rd, we will clear any remaining blowdowns from there north to the VT border.

Also, we have opened the Upper Goose Pond Cabin and hikers are now welcome to stay in the cabin with a caretaker present. The cabin will be open until October 18th.

It has been a dry spring thus far and the fire danger remains high, so please avoid using camp fires and be especially careful. A fire originating at the Sherman Brook campsite spread and burned ~300 acres, so please be very careful and respect any fire bans posted.

Our AMC and DCR Ridge Runners are coming on board and will soon be out on the trail.

Lastly, for groups planning to hike on the AT in Mass, please consult our Group Hiking web pages at: http://amcberkshire.org/atgrouphike.

Explore Your Inner Backpacker

The next in the Backpacking Workshop Series is coming up Saturday May 30th & 31st with two backpacking choices (see below). This is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters.

Schedule:
May 16-17 Backpack #1 (easy-moderate) Tully Trail, Royalston, MA
May 30-31 Backpack #2 (moderate-challenging) Stratton Loop, Vermont
May 30-31 Backpack #3 (moderate-challenging) Mid State Trail, Westminster, MA
June 12-14 Backpack #4 (moderate-challenging) Mass AT
TBA Lots more!

A note about the listings: Because this series is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters, some of the Backpacks will be listed only on the Berkshire Activities website, and others only on the Worcester site, the links above will take you to the appropriate listing for more information. You are welcome to sign up for any of the trips. Workshop attendees will be given preference on Explore Your Inner Backpacker trips.

2015 Ferry Tales

The 2015 edition of the Ferry Tales is now available on the website at http://amcberkshire.org/ferry_tales. Click on the address to open it.

Mountaineering Committee offers Spring Classes

AMC Berkshire Chapter- Mountaineering Committee

Spring Classes

May 16-17, Sat-Sun, Introduction to Top Rope Rock Climbing: Basic Instruction in climbing, belaying and general safety. Come and have fun on the rocks! Discounted fee to AMC members.
(Fee- $60 for AMC members, $50 AMC Young people members, $75 Non-AMC members) Prior experience not required. Gear is available. 50% deposit required 1 week in advance. Leader - Bill Kopell 588-8315 or bill.kopell@gmail.com.

The Best Cure is Getting Outdoors

Winter snowshoe scene

Berkshire Chapter leaders are busy planning and leading trips! Whether you’re interested in Hiking, Backpacking, Paddling, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, Skiing, Trail Work, or Conservation, the AMC Berkshire Chapter is your connection to the outdoors.

All upcoming events can be found on AMC’s Online Activities Database.

    Here's a sample of activities and events we have planned for you--come join us!
  • Backpacking Series
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail Series
  • Waterfalls of Western Mass & Photography Series
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing
  • Trail Maintenance Training and Trail Work

Berkshire Chapter Leader Offering AMC Adventure Travel Biking Trip to Switzerland

BICYCLE SWITZERLAND: LAKES & MOUNTAINS
August 8-16, 2015

Join us on a bicycle trip to the beautiful Swiss Alpine Region. We will explore the best the region has to offer: scenic trails, castles, mountain passes, glacial lakes, and clean mountain air. Optional activities include hikes, chocolate making, cheese making, museums, and a visit to Jungfraujoch for views of the mesmerizing Aletsch glacier. Two options for daily rides: moderate (about 30 miles) & advanced (60+ miles). Our rides will weave between high Alpine mountains, along lake shores, & over mountain passes for the advanced rides. We will stay in a hostel in Lucerne, with one night in Interlaken, and ride from our doorstep or take a train to the start or from the end. Lodging in bunk beds in private rooms. Cost $1,999 includes lodging, bicycle, breakfast, dinner, and local transport through Swiss rail pass. Fees for side trips, picnic lunches and airfare (est $1,350) not included. Leader Rebecca Budaj, rbudaj@comcast.net, 413-289-0114; co-leader Rami Haddad, mdxix@me.com, 425-922-0454. Prospectus at http://bit.ly/AMCATCH.

Warrior Hikers visit Noble View, talk at Russell VFW

Cecil Thayer at Blackburn Trail Center

Seven military veterans will pause from their Appalachian Trail hike to rest and meet the public in a special event at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Noble View Outdoor Center and Russell VFW on July 22.
Noble View and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6645 are offering the veterans participating in the Warrior Hike "Walk Off the War" program, including one from Orange, a meal, showers and a rest in a real bed, 19 weeks into their six-month hike from Georgia to Maine.
The public will have an opportunity to meet the hikers during the event on July 22.

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