2006 AMC Paddling Schedule - 1/30/2006

Note: Events will be added and other changes will be made to this schedule and will be posted in later issues of Wilderness Matters and on the AMC Maine Chapter Website. Please read all information following the schedule.

MARCH

Saturday March 18 – Leader’s choice  Class II - Probably Sheepscot, Whitefield to Headtide.  Joint trip with PPCS (Carolyn Welch). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403. 

Saturday March 25 -  Leader’s choice  Class II  - Possibly No. Branch of Marsh Stream.  Joint trip with PPCS (Carolyn Welch). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

Sunday March 26  Leader’s  choice  Class II - Probably Sheepscot, Whitefield to Headtide.  Joint trip with PPCS  (Dave Duggan, Carolyn Welch, BB Adams).  AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

APRIL

Saturday April 1 - Passagassawakeag River Race  Class II - Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403. For shuttle coordination; not a led event.

Sunday April 2 (Daylight Savings Time begins)  - St. George Class II - Joint trip with PPCS (Dave Wallace). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

Saturday April 8 - Leaders choice Class II - Probably Sheepscot from Whitefield to Headtide. Joint trip with PPCS  (David Butler, Carolyn Welch). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

Sunday April 9 - Middle Saco  Class II - Bartlett to Humphrey’s Ledge. Joint trip with  PPCS. AMC Leaders Ken Hutchins & Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403 (contact Dave for sign up).

Saturday April 15 - Kenduskeag Stream Race Class II - Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403. For shuttle coordination; not a led event.

Sunday April 16 (Easter) – Ossipee Class II+ - Kezar Falls to Cornish Station. Joint with MOAC (Bob Radowicz). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403

Monday April 17 (Patriot’s Day) -  Leader’s Choice  Class II - Possibly Nazinscot, Joint with PPCS (Carolyn Welch). AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

Saturday April 22 - Carrabassett Class II or III - Middle III and/or Lower II. Joint trip with PPCS (Carolyn Welch, Dana Dibiase, Lori White, Ken Severy) AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403

Saturday April 29 - Sandy Class II-III - Phillips to Strong. Joint trip with PPCS (Ken Severy) AMC Leader Rich Sousa rich.sousa@att.net or 885-0650

Sunday April 30 -  Sandy  Class I-II - Strong to Fairbanks. Joint trip with PPCS and MOAC (Al Racine) AMC Leader Dave Lanman davidL2@msn.com or 622-2403.

MAY

Friday May 5 - Sunday May 7 - Aroostook  Class I - Camping at Jim's cabin.  Paddling the Millinocket Stream, Mooseleuk Stream, and Aroostook River. Joint trip with PPCS (Carolyn Welch). AMC Leader Jim Tierney run437@hotmail.com or 795-7855.

Sunday May 21 – Ellis - Flat Water - Andover.  Joint trip with PPCS and MOAC (Al Racine)  AMC Leaders David Wood outwood@verizon.net or 622-3973 and Rich Sousa  rich.sousa@att.net or 885-0650.

Important Information 

The AMC sponsors a range of whitewater, flat water and sea kayak paddling events for the enjoyment of members and guests.  Some events are jointly sponsored with other organizations.  Please fell free to contact the trip leader if you have any questions about trip details, skill level necessary, equipment needed or want other information.  We may be able to assist less experienced paddlers by pairing them with more experienced paddlers and may help find necessary equipment if we aware of the need in advance.  

AMC trip leaders are experienced volunteers who coordinate events. They are not paid professional guides. There is inherent danger in paddling, especially in the spring, including possible hypothermia or other life-threatening injury from hazards. Each participant is expected to inform the trip leader about his/her paddling experience before registering for the trip, and to keep the trip leader informed about any aspect of his/her condition which could affect safety on the trip. By registering for a trip, the participant agrees to take full responsibility for his/her decision to go on the trip, including choosing whether to paddle in difficult conditions. The participant agrees to cooperate with the trip leader in all aspects of the trip including adhering to safety procedures.  The trip leader may limit or exclude an individual's participation depending on that individual’s experience or preparedness, including equipment.

Please contact the trip leader by the Thursday before the trip, or by another date if specified in the announcement. The leader may limit the number of participants on a trip for safety. The leader may cancel or modify a scheduled trip due to water or weather conditions.

Required equipment for participation: 

At the beginning of the trip, participants will be expected to sign the standard AMC waiver, agreeing to take full responsibility for having appropriate skills, physical conditioning, and equipment to participate in the activity.  

If you are an experienced trip leader and want to lead a whitewater trip, please contact Dave Lanman at 622-2403 or email to davidl@msn.com.

If you are interested in leading a flat water trip or recommending an interesting flat water trip, please contact David Wood at 622-3973 or email outwood@verizon.net.

If you are interested in leading a sea kayak trip please contact Rob & Lisa Hutchinson at kayak@ime.net.

If you would like to co-lead, please contact the leader to offer your help.

NOTE REGARDING CLASS 3 AND HIGHER PADDLING

The Maine AMC paddling schedule this season has not included trips in rapids consistently Class III and higher, although some trips may include Class III rapids.

If you are interested in whitewater trips with more challenging rapids, including the Dead River, please contact any of our companion clubs at their websites below.  They run trips in “big water” on a regular basis.

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