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Of especial interest to families or participants with children.

Ed Webster to speak at this year's Berkshire Bash

We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.

Support the New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET runs from Long Island Sound in CT to the MA/NH border, comprised primarily of the Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems. In Massachusetts, the white-blazed trail follows the historic route of the Metacomet-Monadnock trail. Here are some upcoming opportunities to support this historic trail.

Volunteer on the NET

Family Program Central Rock Gym Jan 2016

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.

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.

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!

Outdoor organizations unite to help visitors enjoy the outdoors

On Saturday, April 26th, outdoor organizations in the Pioneer Valley will gather together to showcase all the ways you can explore the outdoors. This coalition of 30 local outdoor and environmental organizations is offering the Second Annual Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair in and around Kittredge Hall at Holyoke Community College. The event is free.

Family Outings goes to Central Rock in Hadley

On December 29th Family Outings went on a trip to Central Rock in Hadley. There were 42 people present from ages 4 and up. Three volunteers, Adam, Chris and Ingrid from the AMC assisted with bouldering and belaying, and pizza was provided afterwards. The family in the photos are the Stathatos' Family, Pete, Jen, Nick, Jack and PJ. The first picture is of Family Outings Chair Heather Wyman.

"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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