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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Campsite Maintainer Wanted- White Cap District

Long Pond Stream Campsite and Lean-to: This campsite is at southern start of the Barren-Chairback Range. Drive access is about 12 miles from Monson, and no special vehicle is required (though some roads are gravel). Walk access is about 0.7 miles on an old tote road, and then and additional 0.2 miles on the A.T. to the campsite with a total of 400 feet of elevation gain. The lean-to received a new rear sill log in 2021 and is now in great shape and simply needs to be kept this way! A new accessible moldering privy will be installed in 2022; […]

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Help Wanted

Campsite Maintainer Wanted- White Cap District

Leeman Brook Campsite and Lean-to: This is the first campsite north of Monson! Drive access is about 0.4 miles from the paved road, and no special vehicle is required. Walk access is about a 0.3 miles on an old road to the A.T. then and additional 1.1 miles on the A.T. to the campsite with a total of 370 feet of elevation gain. The lean-to received a new deacon’s bench in 2011, and a new privy was built in 2019 so overall this campsite is in great shape and simply needs to be kept this way! Privy maintenance involves “raking the […]

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Side Trail Closure on Barren Mountain

Details from the Monson Appalachian Trail Visitor Center: TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT: A pair of peregrine falcons with a young chick are nesting on the rock slide on the flank of Barren Mountain. If you hike near nesting peregrines, they may abandon the nest and their chicks may die. To protect this falcon family, the A.T. side trail leading to the Barren Slide has been closed. Breeding peregrines are endangered in Maine. Please respect the wildlife with whom you share the A.T. by obeying the closure.

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April 17 Annual Meeting

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 17 on… you guessed it- Zoom! We will all miss seeing familiar faces and regaling stories of 28-inch blow-downs, shoveling out privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, this is the best we can do given the circumstances. There will be a bit of extra business to conduct this year because there was no annual meeting in 2020, but we are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. For More Information.

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2021 Annual Meeting

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 17 from 9-11am on… you guessed it- Zoom! We will all miss seeing familiar faces and regaling stories of 28-inch blow-downs, shoveling out privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, this is the best we can do given the circumstances. There will be a bit of extra business to conduct this year because there was no annual meeting in 2020, but we are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. We’ll […]

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Leaves and Drainages: A Muddy Mix

It’s fall. That time of year with crisp air, shorter daylight hours, crunchy apples… and what else? Falling leaves! This vibrant foliage settles in voluminous quantities onto the ground in our yards. And the A.T. isn’t immune to this annual jettison of foliage either. But on the A.T. it can create problems with water drainages if not addressed. When it rains the leaves wash into these drainages where they often accumulate in the narrow or flatter locales, essentially damming the flow of water. Where’s the water to go now? In the trail! Water is ruthless and will find its way […]

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Chainsaw Training

Chainsaw Training

MATC sawyers received official training today in bucking, limbing, and felling. These are important skills to keep us safe on the trail, as well as skilled in making efficient cuts since often just getting to blowdowns requires carrying a saw (and gas, and tools, and PPE) miles before we even start sawing. We were led by a very knowledgeable and great instructor- thank you, Peter!

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Long-Time MATC Volunteer Featured in ATC Blog

ATC’s blog post from July 28 tells the story of a day in the life of an A.T. volunteer; getting up early on a day off to move rocks, cut brush, and swat bugs. All for a whopping paycheck with lots of zeros, including a leading zero… But the rewards are tremendous and have lasting impacts. Featured in the ATC blog post is MATC legend Dave Field; he’s been maintaining and protecting the A.T. for over 50 years! Be sure to scroll down the page to read about Dave, and watch the “myATstory” short film on his lifetime of efforts!

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