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Volunteer on the Appalachian Trail

Volunteering on the AT

The A.T. Committee 2016 Work Schedule is now live at https://tinyurl.com/AT-Projects-2016. Check it out and consider giving us a day or two this summer. We've got projects ranging from rare plants to rebuilding the front porch of Upper Goose Pond Cabin, and you can choose to spend a whole or a half-day caring for the this world famous trail. Best to contact the listed leader for last minute info. Questions to at@amcberkshire.org

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

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at Noble View

On Saturday, May 17, 9 AM - 12:30 PM, free workshop for educators. Join other educators and AMC's professional education staff for fun, informal activities and discussion. We will network and learn more about the AMC's educational programs for students and educators. The group will share ideas about how educators can work together with the AMC staff to provide students fun, engaging outdoor learning experiences and how we can work together to overcome any real or perceived barriers to environmental education and outdoor learning experiences.

Wildlife Tracking Workshop at Noble View postponed to 3/16

There are always amazing things happening in the outdoors, and all of them leave stories. Tracking is fun way to learn: it puts the QUEST back into question and the SEARCH back into research. Engage all the senses: touching the tracks, listening to birds and other woodland residents, and examining markings left behind on trees. Come hike with us as we gain a deeper understanding of the forest in winter and discover who is out and about at Noble View. Snowshoes required.

Never go hungry - food in your backyard!

Wild Edibles Foraging Workshop

We are fortunate in the Appalachian Mountain Club chapters to be able to apply for funds for Special Projects like trail work and conservation-oriented events. We recently received funds for a conservation workshop like this, foraging for wild edibles in the heart of the Hilltowns.

Berkshire/Worcester Chapters Leadership Training

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning and management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene control, leader awareness, and decision-making. Fee of $40 includes 2-day training and materials. Overnight lodging available for $20/night. Advance payment requested. Existing leaders attend at no charge.

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