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Dalton Event Celebrates Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community

By Andrea Minoff

Government officials, community leaders, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and members of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter joined with members of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Committee for Dalton on Saturday, August 19 at Pinegrove Park on High Street to celebrate the official designation of Dalton as one of the newest Appalachian Trail communities.

Summer is a Great Time to Get Outdoors

Check out AMC activities in Western Mass. This summer we are offering several series of hikes including the AT in Mass, Hiking Along Rivers, Easy Hikes in Northampton, and the weekly Tuesday hike. You can find both flat water and white water paddling events, bicycling, rock climbing, backpacking, and family programs. Don't miss out on these. This link will show you activities currently posted by the Berkshire Chapter:

http://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=1&mode=list

DALTON JOINS GREAT BARRINGTON AND NORTH ADAMS AS DESIGNATED APPALACHIAN TRAIL COMMUNITY

Margaret Cahill and Andrea Lassor, Dalton AT Committee Co Chairs

Margaret Cahill and Andrea Lassor, Dalton AT Committee Co Chairs

Dalton, MA (May 3, 2017) – Dalton has been formally approved as an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)

AT Committee Sets 2017 Schedule

The Chapter's AT Committee has put together this season's work party schedule: Link: https://goo.gl/SErKyi. The AT is managed and maintained by volunteers of all skill levels and interests--no prior experience is needed to participate. The Mass section of the Trail is highly regarded for the excellent condition of its treadway and facilities, as well as its iconic setting--your participation is key to continuing that high standard. Please contact the listed leader for any last minute changes or if you have questions about a specific project.

2017 Upper Goose Pond Cabin Dates

The cabin at Upper Goose Pond will be opened for hikers to stay overnight on 5/13/2017. Volunteer Caretakers will be on duty at the cabin throughout the season until cabin closing on 10/22/2017. Prior to opening hikers may use the campsites on the approach trail to the cabin and behind the cabin.

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

Group Hiking on the AT

Become familiar with the guidelines for all AT hikers found on the “Hiking on the AT” page.

• Keep group size to 10 or under including leaders for overnight trips.

• Sites best for group use are: Sages Ravine (Connecticut AT Committee), Laurel Ridge, Glen Brook, Race Brook Falls, Crystal Mtn, Kay Wood and October Mtn

• Shelters are not for group use. Plan to use tent platforms and existing cleared areas for tenting. Do not clear new tenting areas.

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