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Trip Leaders

Of especial interest to those who lead, or are interested in leading, chapter trips.

Berkshire Bash News

Jon Hanauer, Appie of the Year
Presentation by Sabine Prather and Jan Alicia Nettler

Appie of the Year Award, New Chairperson, Great Speaker

At this year’s Bash, our Annual Meeting, we elected new officers, gave out the Appie of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement from a Volunteer, and heard Tom Wessels give a captivating talk.

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.

AMC NEWS

Tatra Trek June 2012 , Steve Reiss

2014 AMC Adventure Travel Trips Announced

Think Spring and AMC-Adventure Travel! There are a wide variety of excursions – check out our listings and discover your wanderlust.

http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm?type=2&sortby=date

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AMC Trains Outdoor Leaders, Volunteer Naturalists, and Trail Volunteers

Berkshire Chapter Member Potluck, Saturday, March 23rd

Photo of the Florence Civic Center

Are you looking for great local things to do, and new activities to try? Please come and see what AMC Berkshire is all about, or come see old friends!

It's all happening on Saturday, March 23 at 6 PM at the Florence Civic Center at 90 Park Street in the center of Florence (directions). We’ll check out this historic building and setting, new to us. Ideally, we'll get a chance to socialize outdoors on the lovely wrap-around porch. We’ll have trip leaders and committee tables to show members and visitors alike where we’ve been, and show how you can get out on the trails, rivers, lakes, and mountains around us. There will also be folks from the Appalachian Trail Committee and Noble View Outdoor Center to talk about the fun of getting involved with trail work and outdoor education.

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.

Minors On Trips

A child under age 18 may participate in any chapter trip if the following three conditions are met:

• The trip leader's prior consent is obtained;
• The minor is accompanied on the trip by an adult who agrees take responsibility for him or her; and
• The minor's parent or legal guardian signs for the minor on the liability release form according to Trip Participation Policy that all trip participants must sign.

Leader Training, Reimbursements and Scholarships

AMC Berkshire Chapter wants to encourage leaders, so we are offering the basic training and WFA free of charge, and heavy discounts on advanced training - see details below. The next basic Leadership Training will be October 2014. Stay tuned for details.

September 22, 2013
A.M.C. BERKSHIRE CHAPTER
Training & Education Subsidy & Scholarship Guidelines

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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