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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Membership Subcommittee Awards Coordinator Wanted

Membership Subcommittee Awards Coordinator Wanted – This volunteer will maintain a database of volunteer hours to identify members who are eligible for service awards available under the ATC Volunteer Recognition Program. They will present the awards at the Annual Meeting, post the list of awardees in next issue of The MAINEtainer following the Annual Meeting, and coordinate distribution of award items as required. Interested?  Please contact Ron Dobra at  ghsron@gmail.com

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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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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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Summer 2021 MATC Employment Opportunities

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work! Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Maine AT Ridgerunner and Maine Trail Crew positions are looking for applications. Ridgerunners will meet, greet, register and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail. They will impart Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics focusing on youth groups and distance backpackers, for example: where to camp, how to protect water sources, ford a stream and minimize fire impacts. Ridgerunners will provide education about rare alpine plants and stewardship on summits and ridge lines. They will manage campsites and […]

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Corridor Monitors Wanted

There are still some great opportunities for becoming involved in this exciting aspect of caring for the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  For information about corridor monitoring and field training sessions, visit the MATC website at www.matc.org or contact me (Dave Field) at 862-3674, meeser3@roadrunner.com.  You must participate in a field training session before an assignment will be made permanent.  If you are unable to join a group session, I will make arrangements to train you on your own section. Note: The mileages given for each section are the distances along the boundary lines on each side of the corridor that […]

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White Brook Trail

One of the most remote areas of the A.T. in Maine – now newly accessible via the White Brook Trail.

“The highest mountain in the Hundred Mile Wilderness is easier to access thanks to recent improvements and trail relocations.” Maine Appalachian Trail Land TrustNovember 20, 2020 White Cap Mountain was protected by the Gulf Hagas Whitecap project in 2017, which was completed by the Forest Society of Maine, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust.White Cap is the highest mountain in the fabled Hundred Mile Wilderness and the trail this organization maintains – the White Brook Trail – is more accessible than ever. Take a tour of the project and learn about the ecology, history, recreation and […]

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MATC Affiliate Store

Get MATC Gear!

Show your support for MATC by proudly wearing and displaying official clothing and accessories emblazoned with the MATC logo. Check out the variety of MATC branded items at our “Trading Post” – on-line store. MATC has partnered with Spreadshirt to provide MATC branded clothing and accessories to members and supporters of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Items are available in a variety of styles and colors. MATC is a non-profit, 501c3 charitable organization and does not make any profit on these items. Spreadshirt is a third-party, affiliated vendor who handles all sales and questions regarding their products.

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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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Saddleback Mountain

MATC’s Position on Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project

Regarding the Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project We encourage the owners of the Saddleback Ski Area (Arctaris Impact Fund) to move the location of its proposed grid-scale solar power generating facility to a location that would not impact the views from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on Saddleback Mountain.  At just over three miles away, the proposed 35-acre solar array would become the dominant feature on the landscape view looking north from the A.T. Other than Katahdin, Saddleback offers the longest open ridge walk along the A.T. in Maine and about 1.5 miles of this section would have frequent views of […]

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