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Tannery Falls, Savoy Mountain State Forest

Location: Savoy, MA
Date: 27‑Feb‑2024
Activity: hiking
Difficulty: N/A
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We will start on the Tannery Trail to the intersection with the trail that goes down 0.2 miles to Tannery Falls. If it's cold enough, you will be treated to two magnificent frozen waterfalls. Tannery Falls is an 80-foot series of tall plunges and curving horsetails. Parker Brook Falls lies only feet from Tannery Falls, and this multi-section plunge waterfall drops down through an angular gorge. It's an amazing site to see especially in the winter. We will backtrack uphill by the gorge and pick up the Ross Brook trail to Tannery Road and back to our cars.
Meet at intersection of Burnett Road and New State Road in the parking lot for Savoy Mt. State Forest. Snowshoes and/or traction aids may be required. Can be icy and it is rather steep so you must have your traction aids (either Microspikes or Hillsound trail crampons) with you. Come prepared to have fun!! Please wear wool/synthetic socks and proper footwear (insulated/waterproof hiking boots are the best choice), bring snacks and lunch, water and/or hot drink (a liter or two should be enough for the average hiker), rain/snow gear (if forecast calls for precipitation), and hiking poles if you use them. Some folks like to wear gaiters, others enjoy wearing waterproof or snow pants when the snow is deep. Dress in layers. Dress for cold weather (hats, gloves, etc.). Avoid cotton as it does not dry once wet. Please contact the leader if you do not have all the equipment or need information on trail conditions.

Wed Night Ice Climbing in the Lights

Location: Keene, NH
Date: 28‑Feb‑2024
Activity: climbing
Difficulty: N/A
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Come join us for some fun in the evening at the Keene Ice Box. This is ice at night!
Participants must have prior knowledge of top rope climbing skills (i.e. how to tie in with a figure 8, how to belay and lower a top rope climbing partner). Participants must also have their own climbing gear to participate. This includes Technical Ice Climbing Boots, Crampons, and Ice Tools. Western MA Mountaineering does have harnesses and helmets available to borrow. Helmets ARE required to be worn for this event.

Inter-Chapter XC Ski Day in Western MA

Location: Berkshires, MA
Date: 03‑Mar‑2024
Activity: cross country skiing
Difficulty: N/A
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Join Worcester and Western MA 20s & 30s for a day of Nordic skiing in Western MA! We'll plan to gather at a XC ski facility (either Stump Sprouts or Notchview - final choice will depend on current conditions and snow depth) and spend the day skiing. All abilities are welcome, including beginners.

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Wildlife Transect - Gulf Rd, Dalton Area

Location: Dalton, MA
Date: 05‑Mar‑2024
Activity: conservation
Difficulty: N/A
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Our transect will take us to the Appalachian Trail lands in Dalton off Gulf Rd. This will be our first "look" in the area so could hold some interesting surprises. Snow shoes may be required depending on snow accumulations. We will be out all day so dress for the weather (bad weather cancels). Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. No experience necessary, pace is slow, mostly off-trail.

Tuesday Hike: Cheshire Harbor Trail/Mt Greylock

Location: Berkshires, MA
Date: 05‑Mar‑2024
Activity: hiking
Difficulty: moderate
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Join us for a hike on the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the summit of Mt. Greylock - the highest peak in Massachusetts. This will be an out-and-back hike of approximately 6.2 miles on a moderately challenging route to the top with 1,916 feet of elevation gain. Pace will be slow to moderate. Lunch will be at the summit where we hope to catch some views.
Please meet and be ready to hike at the Cheshire Harbor Trail parking area. Track I winter gear is required. Please bring microspikes and snowshoes to trail head. A decision will be made as to what to carry the day of the hike.
Wear warm socks and proper footwear (sturdy waterproof hiking boots are the best choice). Some folks like to wear gaiters. Others enjoy wearing waterproof pants when the snow is deep. Dress in layers. Dress for cold weather (hat, gloves, neck gaiter). Please avoid cotton as it does not dry once wet. Bring snacks, lunch, and water (a liter or two). Bring hiking poles if you use them.

Bearsden CA Hike

Location: Athol, MA
Date: 19‑Mar‑2024
Activity: hiking
Difficulty: N/A
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Our hike is in the historic Bearsden Conservation Area (CA) located in Athol, MA beside the Millers River. This is a loop hike covering 6.5 miles with 600' of elevation gain. Our pace is a moderate 1.5 mph. You will be outdoors for most of the day; dress accordingly.
Depending on trail and weather conditions microspikes and snowshoes will be required. A clothing and gear list will be provided. Note, you must have insulated winter hiking boots and a rain/windproof jacket.
Because of logging activity, we will stay off the ridge-line. However, we will take a snack-lunch breaks at the beauty Millers River Buckman Shelter. If time permits we will have a fire.

Wildlife Transect - Vossburg Hills Area

Location: Sheffield, MA
Date: 23‑Mar‑2024
Activity: conservation
Difficulty: N/A
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Our transect will take us to the Appalachian Trail lands in the Vossburg Hills area of Sheffield, MA. This will be our first "look" in the area so could hold some interesting surprises. Snow shoes may be required depending on snow accumulations. We will be out all day so dress for the weather (bad weather cancels). Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. No experience necessary, pace is slow, mostly off-trail.

Chapter Leadership Skills Training

Location: Greenfield, MA
Date: 24‑Mar‑2024
Activity: leadership training
Difficulty: N/A
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Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training includes: Activity planning and management; Screening of potential participants for an Activity; Risk management & leader liability, including AMC's Leadership Requirements & Guidelines; Leadership approaches (formerly styles); People skills including group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and feedback; AMC Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and accident scene management; Leave No Trace & Conservation; Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
For those who wish to become a chapter leader, an additional day of learning will be required.

Hike Leaders’ Meeting

Location: Russell, MA
Date: 07‑Apr‑2024
Activity: hiking
Difficulty: N/A
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On Sunday, April 7th, there will be a hike/meeting of the Western MA Chapter hike leaders with a focus on planning hikes and networking with Chapter hike leaders. Leader, leaders-in-training, and those interested in becoming a hike leader are welcome!
Location: Noble View Outdoor Center, 635 S Quarter Road, Russell, MA. Agenda: 10:00 AM (short hike around the property), 11:30 AM (potluck brunch/social time), 12:30 PM (meeting begins).
Please bring something to share for the potluck. Plates/utensils, and water will be provided.
Please bring a list of the trips you are planning, or would like to plan. Please bring a list of the trips for which you need a co-leader.

20s/30s Interchapter Solar Eclipse Party

Location: Crawford Notch, NH
Date: 07‑Apr‑2024 ➢ 09‑Apr‑2024
Activity: choose your adventure
Difficulty: N/A
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Join the New Hampshire, Worcester, Maine, and Western MA Chapter 20s/30s groups for a weekend of spring activities while experiencing a solar eclipse in beautiful northern NH with opportunities to travel nearby for totality! This trip is designed for people in their 20s and 30s who are interested in getting together with different chapters and watching the solar eclipse. This weekend will be conducted as a "choose your own adventure" with options from leaders to go hiking, skiing, exploring, etc.
Accommodations are bunk beds in Shapleigh Bunkhouse at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. More details to follow upon registration and confirmation.
We understand life happens, but if you must cancel before February 1st, 2024 you will be refunded less a $20 cancellation fee. If you cancel after this date, you will only be refunded if we can fill the spot.
20s & 30s is a group within AMC that is dedicated to encouraging people in their 20s and 30s to enjoy the outdoors. We expect spots to fill fast for this unique opportunity and recommend registering early!

Canoeing: An Introduction to River Paddling

Location: Lakes Region, NH
Date: 20‑Apr‑2024 ➢ 21‑Apr‑2024
Activity: whitewater paddling
Difficulty: N/A
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The Canoe School, taught by volunteers, provides flat water, moving water, Class 1 & mild Class 2 whitewater instruction. Prior flatwater and/or quickwater experience is helpful. The school teaches you the skills and preparation to paddle rivers with Class 1 and Class 2 whitewater.
Day 1 is flat water and moving water. Day 2 is Class 1 and mild Class 2 whitewater. You can sign up for one day or both days. Students may attend for solo or tandem instruction. Some loaner canoes are available for the school. Materials will be provided for review before the school and may include an on-line meeting.
Sat is 8AM to 6PM in central NH (depending on water levels). Sun is 9AM to late afternoon on a nearby river.
The weather in April is unpredictable. It could be freezing, snowing, raining, or nice and mild. For more information contact the leader. This is for tandem and solo canoes. There is a whitewater kayak school in May and another in June.

Solo Wilderness First Aid Course, MA

Location: Russell, MA
Date: 27‑Apr‑2024 ➢ 28‑Apr‑2024
Activity: training
Difficulty: N/A
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The ability to apply basic backcountry first aid is vital for any outdoor enthusiast, whether it's for yourself or others. Moving beyond urban first aid, this course teaches the skills necessary to identify and treat medical issues common to wilderness settings and to prepare for long-term care scenarios. Includes hands-on practice and lectures. Learn more here.

Transition Gym to Rock Climbing Class

Location: Ashfield, MA
Date: 05‑May‑2024
Activity: climbing
Difficulty: N/A
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One day of instruction to be held at Chapel Ledge. Lots of climbing time!
Build on your indoor skills and learn the skills required to climb outdoors including: safety, proper equipment use, knots and tying into the rope, communication with a climbing partner, movement on the rock, and belaying a partner. Will include an introduction to top rope anchors, including cleaning. Gear is supplied, but bring what you have.

Climbing Anchors Course

Location: TBD
Date: 12‑May‑2024
Activity: climbing
Difficulty: N/A
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Join us for a day of instruction for an introduction to climbing anchors. Learn the skills necessary to build anchors safely for top rope climbing outside! The weather is here and it is time to be outdoors enjoying the incredible world of technical rock climbing.
During this small covid-friendly course we will be covering the following: outdoor etiquette & ethics; keep all of your gear together and intact; equipment and techniques; review equipment (dynamic ropes, static ropes, 2-inch webbing, sewn slings, locking carabiners); knots (bowline, BHK, figure eight on a bight, double fisherman (grapevine), flat overhand, water knot); hitches (munter, clove); pre-equalized anchors versus self equalizing anchors; closing the system; techniques (using a tag-line, master point, sliding X); and anchoring into the system top and bottom.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

Location: Lakes Region, NH
Date: 18‑May‑2024 ➢ 19‑May‑2024
Activity: whitewater paddling
Difficulty: N/A
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to paddle a kayak on a turbulent river? This is your chance to "test the waters" in a supported environment with experienced volunteer coaches.
Day 1: Location TBD. Flatwater and easy Class 1 and 2 rapids. Day 2: Location TBD. Run a Class 2 river, practicing and solidifying all the skills you learned on Day 1. Please see the activity listing for more information.

Intermediate Whitewater Paddlers

Location: Fife Dam, MA
Date: 19‑May‑2024
Activity: whitewater paddling
Difficulty: N/A
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of Class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. AMC CT may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
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Whitewater Class II Fife Section

Location: Deerfield, MA
Date: 30‑Jun‑2024
Activity: whitewater paddling
Difficulty: N/A
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. CT AMC may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
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Whitewater Class II Fife Sectio

Location: Deerfield, MA
Date: 18‑Jul‑2024
Activity: whitewater paddling
Difficulty: N/A
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Paddle a 5-6 mile section (Fife section) of class II whitewater on the Deerfield River with some instruction. You will need a whitewater boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, water shoes and appropriate clothing (wetsuit or drysuit). We will do some instructional in eddys. This trip will focus on eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and basic paddling strokes.
Prerequisites: It's expected you have some existing whitewater paddling experience, including a basic wet exit. You should be comfortable paddling in current as well as being able to eddy turn.
Boat rental: One sit-on-top whitewater boat may be available for rent from AMC Western MA - $25. CT AMC may have rentals available for a fee. Rentals will require pickup and return. Contact the leader for more information.
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Chapter Secretary

Date: ongoing
Activity: chapter officer
Difficulty: N/A
Email: info@amc-wma »
The Chapter Secretary is a key member of the Chapter Executive Committee and maintains records of the Chapter's official business including meeting minutes, the committee roster, and the Chapter annual report.
The Secretary works in close collaboration with the Chapter Chair and Vice Chair to prepare, distribute, and post important Chapter materials. The Secretary position typically has a term of two years and is elected annually. Join us and learn how it all happens, and gain the satisfaction of making a positive difference.
To find out more or to express your interest, please write to info@amc-wma.org. We'd love to hear from, and about, you!
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.

Chapter Membership Chair

Date: ongoing
Activity: committee chair
Difficulty: N/A
Email: info@amc-wma »
The Membership Chair is a key member of the Chapter Executive Committee and helps deepen member engagement with AMC's mission and Chapter activities at the local level.
The Membership Chair focuses on initiatives to support member retention and coordinates events for new and non-members. Importantly, the Membership Chair is not individually responsible for driving membership; rather, the Membership Chair continuously reinforces to the Chapter's leadership body that it's everyone's responsibility to 'spread the word' about the benefits of joining the AMC. The Membership Chair position typically has a term of two years, which can be renewed.
To find out more or to express your interest, please write to info@amc-wma.org. We'd love to hear from, and about, you!
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.

Chapter Treasurer

Date: ongoing
Activity: chapter officer
Difficulty: N/A
Email: info@amc-wma »
Our current Treasurer is excited to transition a committed member with accounting or bookkeeping skills into this important and collaborative role to support our Chapter activities.
Our current Treasurer is excited to transition a committed member with accounting or bookkeeping skills into this important and collaborative role to support our Chapter activities
To find out more or to express your interest, please write to info@amc-wma.org. We'd love to hear from, and about, you!
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.
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