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Outings

Our Outings Committee organizes general, non-technical events such as hiking, road and rail trail biking, cross-country skiing, and backpacking trips.

We have a very active list of hiking trips. Most of the year, at least two or three hikes are scheduled each week. Most hikes are on weekends, but we do have a tradition of Tuesday Hiking trips as well. Check out the schedule! Also, read our page on joining a hiking trip.

Sometimes, in the winter, our "hiking" trips suddenly become "snowshoeing" or "cross-country skiing" trips. Such is life in New England…

We're always looking for new trip leaders, especially those with new ideas for trails to hike. If you're interested, please contact our Outings Chair.

Outings Chair: Kathy Martin, reachable via Katmartin@comcast.net

Outings

Explore Your Inner Backpacker

The next in the Backpacking Workshop Series is a 3 day trip coming up Friday June 12th through Sunday the 14th (more info 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.

Celebrate National Trails Day June 7 on the New England Trail!

Join us for our next scheduled workday this Saturday on National Trails Day (Saturday, June 7). Section 08 Adopter Mike Zlogar will be leading us to finish a ¼ mile relocation just behind the Notch Visitors Center.

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!

First Photo Contest for the New England Scenic Trail

Enter your best photos on/of the New England National Scenic Trail to our first ever photo contest on Facebook. The winner will have their image featured as our cover photo during the month of January, and will receive a signed copy of Barbara Bosworth's catalog and a NET coffee mug! Contest begins Sunday, December 1st and closes on Tuesday, December 31st. Photos should include a brief caption and may include people, vistas, wildlife and more – be creative! The photo at the end of the month with the most “likes” will be the winner.

"In Your Backyard"- New Family Hike and Activity series started up in the Berkshire AMC Chapter

Pitcher Brook Falls

"In Your Backyard" is a novel way to introduce families to local adventures. Meeting on the last Sunday of the month, our hikes have included Noble View's Pitcher Brook Falls in Russell, MA, Sanderson Brook Falls in Chester, MA, and Mt. Greylock! Ages have ranged from toddlers to grandparents.

Atop Mount Greylock

Each hike has a theme from conservation to climate change, and the length adjusts to the ability of the hikers, typically from 2-6 miles. Please Contact Heather Wyman @ SquareRoot123@Gmail.com for more information on participating or with suggestions.

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