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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

AMC’S 144TH ANNUAL SUMMIT

AMC’s Annual Summit celebrates the people who make AMC’s mission real everyday–our dedicated volunteers! Whether you’re a lifelong member or a newcomer interested in discovering all AMC has to offer, Annual Summit is for you!

Location: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Cost:  Early Bird Special - By 12/31 $40, $50 after 

Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8:30am

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.

Berkshire Bash 2019 - Annual Meeting

UPDATE 10/23 -- WE ARE SOLD OUT!!! WALK-INS CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

The Berkshire Bash, the Berkshire Chapter's annual dinner meeting, will be held at Hadley Farms Meeting House - 1 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035 - on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Berkshire Chapter Mourns Karen Daniels

Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels

The AMC Berkshire Chapter mourns the passing of Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels. Karen was one of our finest hike leaders and a much loved member of our Tuesday hiking group, Karen passed away on Friday, August 23. We will miss Karen's kindness, her quiet leadership, her generous sharing of knowledge of the natural world and especially her friendship.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on September 4 at the Colonel Forestiere Funeral home in Agawam.

Follow this link for further details.

Appie of the Year Award

The Berkshire Chapter presents the "Appie of the Year" Award every November at its Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes outstanding sustained commitment in service and leadership in the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Leave No Trace Workshop at Stanley Park, Westfield MA

Do you enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about how to protect the outdoor places you love? Join us for a Leave No Trace Workshop, led by the Appalachian Mountain Club, focusing on fostering stewardship through our own practices in the outdoors. We will spend an hour hiking on the beautiful trails in Stanley Park, periodically stopping along the way to discuss the 7 principals of Leave No Trace. This is an interactive course, with users encouraged to bring fresh perspectives and questions for conversation surrounding sustainable habits in the outdoors.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Gathers for a Cool Celebration on a Hot Day

Through-hikers chow down
Adam Morris, MA DCR Beartown Park Supervisor, Deb Phillips and Christina Ward, AT Trail Day Co-Chairs
(Left to Right) Jim Pelletier, Past Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee and Adam Brown, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Trails Resource Manager, New England; with Cosmo Catalano, Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee in background heroically grilling on a very hot day
A trio of our through-hiker guests
Through hikers
Through hiker

It was a very hot day, but that did not deter locals and through-hikers from gathering to celebrate Great Barrington’s connection with the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, July 20, at Beartown State Forest. The 7th Annual Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day included trail maintenance at Glen Brook and Hemlocks overnight sites in Mount Everett State Reservation and a guided wildflower walk around Benedict Pond led by Judy Schumer. A longer hike was cancelled due to weather conditions.

TRAILWORK DAY ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, ERVING LEDGES

Join the New England Trail Committee and AMC-Berkshire Chapter Trail volunteers for an interchapter event: basic maintenance day on NET Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required.

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:00am

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