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Western MA Chapter Winter Hiking Gear List: Track II – Intermediate to Advanced Gear List

AMC Western MA Chapter
[10‑Dec‑2023] AMC Western MA Hiking Committee's intermediate to advanced gear list. PDF »

Western MA Chapter Winter Hiking Gear List: Track I – Beginner to Intermediate Gear List

AMC Western MA Chapter
[10‑Dec‑2023] AMC Western MA Hiking Committee's beginner to intermediate gear list. PDF »

2024 Executive Committee Officers and Committee Chairs

AMC Western MA Chapter
[19‑Oct‑2023] Slate of 2024 officers and committee chairs to vote upon at the 2023 Western MA Annual Meeting. PDF »

Join AMC!

Appalachian Mountain Club
[06‑Jun‑2023] Since 1876, we've made it our mission to protect the mountains, forests, waters, and trails you love throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. PDF »

AMC Help Center

Appalachian Mountain Club
[10‑Apr‑2023] Find information and ask questions about all things Appalachian Mountain Club. AMC KNOWLEDGE »

Cancellation Policies

Appalachian Mountain Club
[17‑Feb‑2023] Cancellation policies for AMC lodging, services, and programs. AMC DESTINATIONS »

Annual Reports

AMC Western MA Chapter
[07‑Feb‑2023] Annual reports from 2011 to present. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Climbing and Mountaineering

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for climbing and mountaineering. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Backcountry Skiing

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for backcountry skiing. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Youth and Family Hiking

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for youth (14 & under) and family hiking. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Paddling

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for paddling. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Hiking, Backpacking, and Trekking

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for hiking, backpacking, and trekking. READ MORE »

Activity Rating System: Biking

Appalachian Mountain Club
[31‑Dec‑2022] AMC's activity rating system for biking. READ MORE »

COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

Brant Cheikes
[20‑Jun‑2022] Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter (now Western MA Chapter) are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. READ MORE »

Chapter By-Laws

AMC Western MA Chapter
[23‑Aug‑2020] Chapter By-Laws, approved by Chapter Membership on November 5, 2021. Contains eight articles covering name, purpose, membership, administration, meetings, committees, by-laws, and discrimination. READ MORE »

River Gauges

AMC Western MA Chapter
[14‑Jul‑2020] Useful links to river level and release schedule information for waterways in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. READ MORE »

Get Involved on the A.T.

AMC Western MA Chapter
[14‑Jul‑2020] The A.T. is your trail. It is primarily cared for by volunteers like yourself, not by paid professionals. Volunteers contribute over 6,000 hours of work every year in the Berkshires alone. READ MORE »

COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

AMC Western MA Chapter
[12‑Jul‑2020] Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter (now Western MA Chapter) are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. READ MORE »

Campsites and Shelters on the Massachusetts A.T.

AMC Western MA Chapter
[11‑Feb‑2020] This is a list of campsites and shelters on the Massachusetts portion of the Appalachian Trail, listed from north to south. Please stay on trail and use designated campsites, there are a lot of rare plants we hope to preserve that are located off trail. READ MORE »

Group Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

AMC Western MA Chapter
[11‑Feb‑2020] This document provides information for groups hiking the A.T. READ MORE »

Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Recreational Outdoor Cycling

AMC Western MA Chapter
[07‑Jul‑2019] Recreational cycling is a great way to have fun in the outdoors, while maintaining good health and fitness. Still, to enjoy the full benefits of outdoor riding, there are a few things you need to do before, during and after you ride. READ MORE »

Using MeetUp to Advertise Your Trips

AMC Western MA Chapter
[20‑Jun‑2019] This document explains why and how approved AMC trip leaders may use MeetUp to advertise their trips. READ MORE »

A.T. Maintenance and Shelter Adoption

AMC Western MA Chapter
[05‑Jun‑2019] Trail maintainers keep the footpath free of obstructions such as brush, and fallen trees. They also keep the white paint blazes that mark the A.T. fresh and easy to see. Shelter adopters take care of a particular shelter along the trail. READ MORE »

A.T. Monitoring

AMC Western MA Chapter
[05‑Jun‑2019] Trail monitors visit their section of the A.T. and report on boundary encroachments, misuse, the status of historical and cultural sites, and the existence of threatened and endangered plant species. READ MORE »

Appalachian Trail Links

AMC Western MA Chapter
[05‑Jun‑2019] There are thousands of A.T.-related sites on the Web. Here are a few of our favorites (with a distinct New England bias). READ MORE »

Tuesday Hikers Group

AMC Western MA Chapter
[06‑Apr‑2019] The Western Mass Chapter Tuesday Hikers schedule an outing somewhere in western Massachusetts every Tuesday, all year 'round. We explore a wide variety of hiking trails in the spring, summer and fall. READ MORE »

Code of Conduct

Appalachian Mountain Club
[14‑Jun‑2018] We invite and help people of all identities to explore, develop, and deepen their appreciation of the natural world. AMC's Code of Conduct is meant to help guide and inspire behavior that creates a welcoming community. AMC »

Bicycle Sales and Service Partners

AMC Western MA Chapter
[08‑May‑2017] The Western MA Bicycling Committee partners with selected area bike shops. Our partners support the Bicycling Committee in various ways, and also offer discounts on products and services. READ MORE »

A Tongue-in-Cheek Take on the International Scale of River Difficulty

AMC Western MA Chapter
[22‑Nov‑2016] Someone asked an anonymous boater about his class IV comfort level and he answered something along the lines of "I'm comfortable that I can usually find an eddy to swim to." Thus, the interviewer was inspired to offer this International Scale of River Difficulty. READ MORE »

International Scale of River Difficulty

AMC Western MA Chapter
[22‑Nov‑2016] Whitewater paddling rivers are rated as Class 1 through Class 6 according to their difficulty and the severity of the "consequences" ensuing from a mistake. READ MORE »

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

AMC Western MA Chapter
[20‑Jan‑2013] The Appalachian Trail is managed as a "primitive footpath". Hikers are expected to be self-reliant, and to carry appropriate equipment for the season and terrain. READ MORE »

Trailhead Talk

AMC Western MA Chapter
[13‑Jan‑2013] Assess, circle up, review! READ MORE »
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