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Appalachian Trail

Pertaining in some way to the Appalachian Trail.

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

Appalachian Trail Links

There are literally thousands of AT-related sites on the Web. Here are a few of our favorites (with a distinct New England bias).

AT Trail Maintaining and Shelter Adopting

Trail maintainers keep the footpath free of obstructions such as brush, and fallen trees. They also keep the white paint blazes that mark the AT fresh and easy to see. Shelter adopters take care of a particular shelter along the trail.

Trail and Site Monitoring on the AT

Boundary and Corridor Monitoring

Boundary and corridor monitors are volunteers who keep AT Corridor lands free from boundary encroachment and misuse. They also serve as an information source for trail neighbors (abutters) with questions or concerns about AT lands.

Hiking on the AT

The AT is managed as a "primitive footpath". Hikers are expected to be self-reliant, and to carry appropriate equipment for the season and terrain.

Because the AT can be very busy, we ask all hikers to respect the trail, overnight sites, and their fellow travelers. The Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee in partnership with Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation established the following guidelines and regulations to aid in that effort:

• Camping is permitted only at designated sites (see the list).

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace™ (LNT) is a philosophy of backcountry recreation that stresses leaving the wilderness as untouched as possible by your visit. It’s also a program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts understand and minimize their recreational impacts on the land.

AMC partners with Leave No Trace, Inc. to promote responsible outdoor recreation. Leave No Trace, Inc. has established the seven Leave No Trace Principles that serve as guidelines for those who enjoy outdoor recreation.

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