MATC Ridge Runner Program

Submitted by Janice Clain The MATC Ridgerunners are in the field, monitoring high traffic and sensitive eco-systems at three strategic locations along the AT. Returning this season to Gulf Hagas is Robyn Crisp, an avid long-distance hiker who calls Colorado home. She started her season at the northern end of the Hundred Mile Wilderness, ready to meet southbound thru hikers to give them advice about safety, packing and enjoying and protecting the wilderness. She moved to Gulf Hagas in late June, and spends her duty time there interacting with AT thru hikers passing north and south, section hikers knocking off […]

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Maine Trail Crew Report

Submitted by Janice Clain After the forced suspension of the program in 2020, the Maine Trail Crew is gradually returning to its pre-pandemic model based on a paid staff supplemented by volunteers. Due to COVID restrictions, the Trail Crew operated in 2021 as two four-person paid teams and completed most of the projects originally scheduled for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. With the loosening of pandemic limitations, MATC hired a four-person professional crew supplemented by a base camp coordinator. The Maine Trail Crew Committee considers itself fortunate that four of last season’s paid staff were so satisfied with their […]

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We’re Recruiting an Assistant Campsite Manager!

What does an Assistant Campsite Manager do? The exact duties are negotiable but in general the person collaborates with the Campsite Manager on a variety of tasks. One task area is communicating with maintainers on issues at campsites, and recruiting and doing orientations for new maintainers. Other task areas are focused on project coordination such as leading volunteer groups to replace or repair privies, tent platforms, or lean-tos. In addition, project planning activities such as maintaining a 5-year plan, seeking permits, and coordinating with partners and other agencies. Do you have questions? Are you interested in any of these activities? […]

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Dave Field: “Loving the Trail”

MATC’s Dave Field was a featured author in the Winter 2022 edition of ATC’s “Journeys” magazine. Dave is a life-long volunteer on the A.T. and has witnessed and instigated many change over the years. The trail you know and love today is in in large part Dave’s doing. Please thank Dave for his dedication to and love of the trail! Check out the article: https://appalachiantrail.org/official-blog/loving-the-trail/

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Privy Sign

Privies in the News!

While using a privy is typically and preferably a solitary experience, the how and why of privies deserve some face time. Check out this recent ATC article explaining the privy “Facts of the Matter.” The banner photo was taken by MATC volunteer Emily Zimmerman from the 2021 Sabbath Day Pond privy project! https://appalachiantrail.org/register-blog/privy-choices/

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Chainsaw Training

Chainsaw Workshops

ATC is offering two virtual chainsaw workshops in March. It’s a good opportunity to refresh your skills or see what is required to be an A.T. Sawyer! On March 22 from 7-8pm, topics will include: overview of the A.T. sawyer program; Job Hazard Analysis (JHA); safety considerations and accident prevention; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); as well as chainsaw use and maintenance. On March 30 from 7-8:30pm, topics covered will include: chainsaw tasks and techniques, reactive forces and binds, safe saw handling, cutting techniques, OHLEC, preparing for field trainings and certifications, and common safety violations.  Register for the March 22 session here. […]

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2022 Annual Business Meeting

Save the date! The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2022 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 9th from 9-11am on…. you guessed it- Zoom! Again, we will miss seeing familiar faces and the stories of blow-downs, privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, with the latest news of COVID-19 this is the best we can do. We are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. Based on last year’s meeting we should be able to make it within the 2 hour time-frame. We’ll send […]

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Flowfold Sponsors MATC

The MATC would like to acknowledge the generous support of our most recent Sponsor: Flowfold Launched in 2010, Flowfold makes everyday gear that is lighter, stronger, and lasts longer. Whether sewing lightweight wallets from recycled sailcloth, or making protective face shields for hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, their mission remains the same: To make quality products that improve the everyday lives of the individuals and communities who use them.  With their mission to create better, longer-lasting gear, Flowfold has always been adamant that 100% of their products are Made in the USA. Flowfold is a Maine-based brand with a global reach, […]

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