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WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

Expand your hiking skills and learn to love winter. Workshop will provide information on hike preparation, proper gear, hydration, nutrition, and how to stay warm for winter hiking in Western Mass. Workshop will be followed by a series of progressive winter hikes.

November 02, 2015 6:30PM - 9:00PM (Mon)
November 2, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM
Northampton Unitarian Society, Social Room
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Berkshire Bash—Our Annual Meeting

Berkshire Bash—Our Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2015; 5:30-9:00pm

Please join all Berkshire Chapter members and friends at our annual dinner meeting! The evening includes a social time, short business meeting with election of officers, buffet dinner, and a presentation by Tom Wessels. The full buffet dinner includes chicken and vegetarian options and there is a cash bar.

Tom Wessels to Speak at Annual Meeting

Photo of Tom Wessels

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.

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.

CRWC Annual River Celebration

AMC is partnering with the Connecticut River Watershed Council for their Annual River Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at Gillette Castle State Park in CT. This year they are celebrating the expansion of the CT River Paddlers’ Trail, a major initiative that the AMC has been hard working on.

Galehead Hut Backpack

Submitted by Heather Wyman, AMC Berkshire Family Programs Chair

On May 17-18 2014 I led an exciting family backpacking trip to the White Mountain National Forest with 12 Scouts and fathers (AMC members as well) meeting Karen and Al from the PVHC at Galehead Hut. Planning the trip was tricky because originally, 21 people were paid or scheduled to hike, and some of the group needed to cancel last minute, including one parking lot casualty due to a stomach bug. Thanks goes to Lori Tisdell of the PVHC, who just finished her Culinary degree at HCC, who helped design a working menu of dinner and breakfast foods for the self-serve hut. Muah!

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