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Tom Wessels to Speak at Annual Meeting

On Saturday, November 7, at 5:30pm, the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will hold it’s annual dinner meeting at the Summit View House in Holyoke.

We are excited to announce that the speaker will be Tom Wessels, ecologist, educator and author. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape. His focus will be on Reading the Forested Landscape. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

Warner Pond

Warner Pond, just a few yards off Route 47 and bordered by Warner Hill and North Hadley farmlands, was a relaxing two-plus hour paddle last Saturday under a sun and puffy cloud blue sky. Swans with their cygnets, painted turtles, and a maze of blossoming Pond and Swamp Dock Lilies greeted us as we slowly meandered past a shoreline teaming with the signs and sounds of plant and animal life.

WILD and FREE: Edibles in the Wild

NVOC Naturalist Series 2015

We literally walk over and under potential edibles right in our back yards. Early spring is a good time to discover some of these very healthy & tasty plants. In this free leisurely ”Walk-shop,” we’ll look for, positively identify, and learn how to add several common weeds to our culinary repertoire. At the end of the walk, Blanche will serve up a few wild treats!

Blanche Cybele Derby is a wild food enthusiast who has cooked with edible weeds for over 45 years. She has lectured and led weed walks all over New England as well written/illustrated 3 books, made 3 films, and posted over 40 short videos on YouTube about how to identify & incorporate these plants into your diet. Her website:

All invited! Bring bug & tick repellant, a small bag to collect samples, and a camera/phone to photograph plants. Bring snacks, spend the afternoon & enjoy the 50 mile view at Noble View!

FREE, but registration required. Call Laura Stinnette and at 413-454-3232 and leave your phone number. For directions and info on upcoming events visit,

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

2015 AT Projects

Our 2015 AT Project list has been published and is available at:

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:

2015 Ferry Tales

The 2015 edition of the Ferry Tales is now available on the website at 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

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

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,, 413-289-0114; co-leader Rami Haddad,, 425-922-0454. Prospectus at

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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