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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

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.

M-M Trail Guidebook Orders

The guidebook order page has been moved to http://amcberkshire.org/guideorder Please update your bookmarks.

Group Hiking on the AT

Become familiar with the guidelines for all AT hikers found on the “Hiking on the AT” page.

• Keep group size to 10 or under including leaders for overnight trips.

• Sites best for group use are: Sages Ravine (Connecticut AT Committee), Laurel Ridge, Glen Brook, Race Brook Falls, Crystal Mtn, Kay Wood and October Mtn

• Shelters are not for group use. Plan to use tent platforms and existing cleared areas for tenting. Do not clear new tenting areas.

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