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WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING

Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from SOLO and their instructors. This two day course covers standard emergency situations and the care of the sick and injured in a wilderness setting. The emphasis is on patient assessment, care and evacuation. The fee covers course instruction and material: $130 for AMC Members and $165 for non AMC members. CPR is available Saturday evening for an additional $40 fee. Camping is also available Saturday night at a fee of $20. Space is limited and preference is given to active Berkshire Chapter leaders.

Date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER 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/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, diversity/equity/inclusion and decision-making.

LEARN MORE HERE: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/117916

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- February 2020

In this issue we discuss:

  • Our Annual AT Gathering
  • New Cooridor Monitoring Position Opening
  • New Check in/ Check out policy
  • Sheffield Lime Kiln Historic Site
  • Kay Wood Documentary
  • Upcoming Events

Follow the link to see this month's Newsletter

Lessons Learned from a Hiking Incident

We recently received a hiking incident report from a leader in the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the AMC. The report describes an injury that occurred on a recent hike, what happened after that injury, and the essential equipment that the hike leaders and hikers did and did not have to help them through the subsequent hours spent on the trail awaiting a rescue. Below we include the original report (names have been elided). Following the report, we offer comments including a list of 10 essentials that each hiker should carry on every hike.

Trip Leader Resource: Using MeetUp to Advertise Your Trips

This page explains why and how approved AMC trip leaders may use MeetUp to advertise their trips.

Requirements & Guidelines

This page enumerates variouis requirements and guidelines for AMC trips and volunteer trip leaders.

Forms

This page lists several forms that are most frequently used by our volunteer leaders.

For Trip Leaders

Our great volunteer leaders are the lifeblood of the chapter. (We're including leaders of hiking/paddling/climbing/etc. trips, trail maintenance work parties, social events, and all the other things we do when we say this.) If you're an active leader, well, *thanks!* If you're not, please consider becoming one and sharing your skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm with others.

Berkshire Chapter Seeking New NET Trails Committee Chair

pat fletcher

Our New England Trail (NET) Committee works to ensure the protection and promotion of the NET for the enjoyment of current and future generations. This is done through a combination of maintenance work and public advocacy. The committee is led by a chairperson elected to a one-year term by members of the Berkshire Chapter at our Annual Meeting each November.

Trailhead Talk

Assess footwear, other clothing

Check for water bottles; ask people if they have 2 liters water

Circle up, do introductions around the circle

Specific Description of the Hike - huddle to review the route on the map
• Review the route
• Review the pace: slow, moderate, fast?
• How long will we be hiking?
• Describe when/where we’ll break for lunch, etc.
• Any special features (stone walls, cellar holes, caves, etc.) for which we should be on the lookout

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