Outings Committee Event Calendar (Key: L=Leader and CL=Co-Leader):

NOTE: You must register for these trips in advance with the corresponding group leader(s) by sending email to amcme@gwi.net or by calling the phone numbers listed in your copy of AMC Outdoors or Wilderness Matters.  As a member of the Maine Chapter, you will receive both subscriptions on a regular basis - go to the chapter membership page if you are not a member and would like to join.

Click here for the current schedule:September 2006,October 2006 andAdvanced Notices

...or view archived schedules for past years: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 & 1998

September 2006:

Sat., September 9. Birding on Monhegan Island.  Join expert birder Janet Williams for an excursion to Monhegan Island to observe the fall bird migration.  We will leave take Hardy Boats from New Harbor.  Space is limited.  Cost is $28/person.  For more information or to sign up, contact co-leaders Peg Nation, mjnation11@earthlink.net, or Alix Pratt, alixandbob@earthlink.net
Sat., Sept. 9.  Mts. Pierce (4310') and Jackson (4052') via Crawford Path, Webster Cliff, and Webster-Jackson Trails.  8.1 mi. loop at moderate pace with time for feeding the gray jays, admiring foliage, and stopping at Mizpah Hut along the way.  Also enjoy sighting the "Flags on the 48", flying from the summits in the area on this date.  CL's Debby Kantor dlkantor@aol.com and Tom Pettingill
Sat., Sept. 9. Trail Maintenance trip. Burnt Meadow Mountain, Brownfield, Maine. For more information, contact Keith Chapman or Peter Roderick roderick1027@ctel.net
Sun.,Sept. 10.  Sea Kayak Trip.  Island hopping from Round Pond on Muscongus Bay.  For more information and gear requirements, contact L. Rob Hutchinson at kayak@ime.net
Sun., Sept. 10. Deadline to submit trips for the November issue of AMC Outdoors.
Sat., Sept. 16. Bike Success Pond Road from Grafton Notch, Maine to Berlin, New Hampshire and back. 50+ miles on dirt road; suitable bike required.  We'll have a picnic lunch in a park in Berlin. Leader: Lewis Dow, please call before 9:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 23. Trail Maintenance trip. Mount Abraham – Firewardens Trail. Trail work on one Maine’s great 4000 footers. For more information, contact Keith Chapman 207-767-8240 or Peter Roderick roderick1027@ctel.net
Sun., Sept. 24. Bald (1,692 ft) and Speckled (2,183 ft) mountains in Woodstock. 1,300 foot elevation gain. 5.6 miles at easy to moderate pace. Leader: Lewis Dow, please call before 9:00 pm
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Maine Chapter Annual Meeting. The Maine Chapter 2006 Annual meeting will be held at Camp Kieve http://www.kieve.org/ on the shores of Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine. ALL members are invited. Numerous activities in the area and nearby Camden Hills State Park. See additional details and events on the chapter web site: http://home.gwi.net/amcmaine/main.htm.

Sat, Sept. 30. Navigation workshop. This Annual Meeting workshop will be a combination of indoor and outdoor exercises and will focus on maps and guide books and practical field use of a compass. We will also focus on GPS and how it can be used as an aid in navigation. Without a thorough understanding of maps and compass a GPS alone will only get you lost. Bring your AMC maps and guide books and your compass. The best compass for this workshop is one with a clear rectangular base. Leader Bryan Courtois 282-3977 or Courtois@gwi.net

Sat., Sept. 30. Bike Ride to Pemaquid Point. This Annual Meeting event/ride will take us from Damariscotta to Pemaquid Point. We will leave Camp Kieve at 9:30 and drive to Damariscotta and begin our ride from the municipal parking lot on Route 1 behind the local stores on the water front. Contact L. Denise Courtemanche decacct@rcn.com.

Sat., Sept. 30. Camden Hills Hike. Climb Mt Battie follow the ridge to Ocean lookout and Megunticook Mt to Maiden Cliff. We will take a loop trail back. Great views of Camden harbor and lakes. Approx. 12 miles with fast pace between views. L Wayne Newton, CL Jennie Warner.

Sat., Sept. 30. Camden Hills Hike to Maiden Cliff, Mt. Megunticook and Mt.Battie. 5.7 mile ridge walk over moderate grades and open ledges with magnifigant views to surrounding hills and ocean. Short car spot required. L. George Brown gwbrown@tds.net.

October 2006:

Sun., Oct. 1. Fall Digital Photography Walkabout. This Annual Meeting event is an opportunity to take a leisurely morning fall hike and then spend the early afternoon comparing photographs and improving digital camera skills. We will return to the camp to review pictures using a computer and an LCD projector--sharing tips and tricks. The hike will be 2-4 miles at a slow pace. The walkabout is geared for people who are getting acquainted with their digital camera. However more experienced photographers are welcome to participate and share their expertise. Limited to 10 participants. Contact Jeanne Christie jeanne.christie@aswm.org.

Sun., October 1. Nature hike, Dodge Point. Easy to moderate 4 mile hike. We will meet at Camp Kieve and car pool to the trailhead. For more information or to sign up, contact Peg Nation, mjnation11@earthlink.net.

Sun., Oct. 1. Deadline to submit trips for the November/December issue of Wilderness Matters.

Sat., Oct. 7. Mts. Osceola (4340') and East Peak Osceola (4156') via Greeley Ponds Trail, and Osceola Trail. Hike 7.6 miles at a moderate pace, summiting these two mountains from the less-traveled Mt. Kancamaugus side. Enjoy fall foliage along the way. CL's Debby Kantor dlkantor@aol.com and Tom Pettingill.

Oct 6 – 9. Little Lyford Pond Camps – Trail Work Weekend. Beautiful foliage and insect-free conditions make this one of the best times to visit AMC's northern Maine premier destination. Join us for a weekend of trail work and a schedule that allows time for exploring nearby waters and woods including Gulf Hagas. Reservations required. Contact Peter Roderick roderick1027@ctel.net or Keith Chapman pproctor@maine.rr.com.

Sun., Oct. 8. Mt Layfayette. Joint ME-NH chapter trip. Scenic 9.1 mile loop(~3500' elev. gain) at moderate pace via Skookumchuck ,Greenleaf and Old Bridle Path Trails with a stop at Greenleaf hut. Short car spot. Ls George Brown(585-2259 before 8 pm or gwbrown@tds.net, Sam Jamke

Tues., Oct. 10. Deadline to submit trips for the December issue of AMC Outdoors.

Oct. 20 - 22. Acadia weekend in B & B. Participants will have the choice of sea kayaking, biking the carriage roads (should be able to bike 25 miles of hilly terrain per day) or possibly hiking. $50 per person for two nights and two breakfasts. Register with L Don Parker, PO Box 239, Steep Falls ME 04085; donp@fairpoint.net; CLs Jim Burnell & Dave Lanman.

Sat., Oct. 21. Trail Maintenance trip. Rumford Whitecap, Andover. Trail work including building and repairing cairns. For more information, contact Keith Chapman pproctor@maine.rr.com or Peter Roderick roderick1027@ctel.net.

November 2006:

Canceled Fri., Nov. 3. Social event. Let's meet at 5:30 pm in Portland for a light dinner and a movie or trip to the Portland Museum of Art. The group will decide where to go. Please call Denise or e-mail decacct@suscom-maine.net to let her know you are joining her.

Fri. - Sun., Nov. 3-5. Intermediate AT backpack from ME Rt. 26 to South Arm Rd. Hike over the Baldpate and Wyman Mtns. Meet late Friday for this 2-night, 20-mile trip in the fresh Nov. air. L. Spencer Meyer spencer@beyondkatahdin.org

Sun., Nov. 5. Trail Maintenance trip. Leaders Choice. For more information, contact Keith Chapman pproctor@maine.rr.com or Peter Roderick roderick1027@fairpoint.net

Fri., Nov. 10. Deadline to submit trips for the January/February issue of AMC Outdoors.

Fri.-Sun., Nov.10-12, Roll Your Own at Wonalancet Cabin We provide the dough you provide the toppings for a fantastic pizza cook-off Sat. night. Day hikes will be in the nearby Sandwich range (possible winter conditions). $40 incl. 2 nights lodging, 2 brkfst. and 1 happy hour. Reg. w/CL Darcy Hobgood darcy@GWI.net or L. Doug Hunt dhunt@metrocast.net

Sat., Nov 11. Mts Jefferson & Adams. Via Lowe's Path, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Randolph Path & Grey Knob Spur trails. Approx. 11 miles at a moderate pace. This is a joint trip with the New Hampshire chapter. Some winter gear will be required. L's: ME-Dave Langley, NH-Ed Hawkins

Sat., Nov 18. Bonds & Zealand traverse. 19.5 miles at a moderate pace. Via the Wilderness, Bondcliffs, Twinway, & Zealand trails. Some winter gear will be required. This is a joint trip with the New Hampshire chapter. L's: ME-Dave Langley, NH-Ed Hawkins

Sat.-Sun. Nov.18-19. Backpack Tuckerman Ravine. We will go 2.4 miles to Hermit Lake Shelters. Spend the day exploring the lower end of Tuckerman's Ravine. Fee charged for the shelter. L Wayne Newton CL Jennie Warner

Advanced Notices:

Fri. - Sun., Jan. 19 - 21. Wildcat Weekend. Tent space at the base of the mountain, fish chowder Saturday night dinner and 2 full day lift tickets is what you get for under $90. Arguably the best skiing in the east. Certainly the nicest setting. L: James Tierney for reservations and wait list run437@hotmail.com (Put Wildcat Week End on the subject line). CL: Katherine Fiori, 207 795-7855.

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