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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Filled! Campsite Maintainer Wanted – Baldpate District

Contact campsite@matc.org or baldpate@matc.org for questions or interest in applying. Baldpate Lean-to and Campsite – Be the maintainer for the first campsite NOBOs encounter in MATC territory! The Baldpate campsite is located in the beautiful western mountains. Drive access is via Route 26, so no special vehicle is required. Walk access is about 2 miles with ~1,100 feet of elevation gain. This campsite has a lean-to, tent sites, as well as an old-style moldering privy. More information on campsite maintainer duties.

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Vacancy Filled! Campsite Maintainer Wanted – White Cap District

This vacancy has been filled! Contact campsite@matc.org or whitecap@matc.org for questions or interest in applying. Carl A. Newhall Campsite – Be the maintainer for a campsite named for a MATC legend! The Newhall campsite is located in the beautiful White Cap range and near Gulf Hagas. Drive access is via Katahdin Iron Works and an old logging road, but no special vehicle is required. Walk access is about 2.6 miles with ~700 feet of elevation gain. This campsite has a lean-to, tent sites, as well as a moldering privy. Privy maintenance involves “raking the pile”, but it’s really not that […]

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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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Vacancies Filled! Campsite Maintainers Wanted – Kennebec District

Both vacancies are filled! 8/8/2020. The Kennebec District starts at the Long Falls Dam Road (which is north of New Portland) and continues northward to Route 15 in Monson More information on campsite maintainer duties and privy maintenance. Contact kennebec@matc.org or campsite@matc.org for questions or interest in applying. FILLED! Bald Mtn Brook campsite & Bald Mtn Brook lean-to: This opportunity includes two adjacent facilities: the lean-to (with tent sites) and the campsite (approx. 0.2 miles from the lean-to).  Each has a pit privy, water source, and fireplace.  While these could be split into two assignments, the ease of access and […]

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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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COVID-19 Guidelines for Maintainers and Monitors

The National Park Service has issued guidelines that allow us to resume our trail and campsite maintenance as well as boundary monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is great news! However, there are a few tasks to complete before heading out, and guidance to work within while on the trail so that we remain as safe as possible.  Volunteers need to watch a video and complete an on-line acknowledgement form to demonstrate that you have read, acknowledge, and agree to follow actions to improve safety found in the COVID-19 JHA (Job Hazard Analysis) and training. This means that before you can work […]

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