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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Help Wanted

Trail Maintainer Needed – Whitecap District

Trail Maintainer Needed – Whitecap District Fourth Mountain Section – This section starts at the junction of the AT and the AMC Third Mountain Trail and goes to Fourth Mtn. Bog. Total length of the section is 2.1 miles. This section includes over 1 mile of a new relocation that was just done last fall and only needs to be blazed and opened. The relocation goes around the summit of Fourth Mtn. and eliminates a steep and rocky section of trail. Access to the section is from either the Third Mtn. Trail or the access trail to Fourth Mtn. Bog. […]

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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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MATC Seeks Walter D. Greene Award Nominees

by Tom Gorrill Do you know someone who has done an extraordinary job for the MATC last year? Went way above and beyond what was expected? Please keep that person in mind….and nominate them for the Walter Greene award that is presented at the Spring Meeting. The Walter D. Greene Award is presented at the Annual meeting to recognize extraordinary effort or achievement by a member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. This award is not to take the place of periodic informal recognition that all MATC volunteers should receive; i.e. a ‘thank you’ for a job well done. Nor […]

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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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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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Katahdin Coffee Sponsors MATC

The MATC would like to acknowledge the generous support of Katahdin Coffee as our most recent sponsor. Katahdin Coffee comes from a family of coffee mongers. From 1975 to 2014, Lyons Coffee Service, founded by Stan & Hazel Lyons, provided hardworking Mainers (and New Hampshirites) with workplace coffee and supplies. Family owned and operated, we carried Katahdin Coffee as our own private brand. Eventually, we sold the office coffee operation, and Katahdin Coffee Co. began a new chapter as a stand-alone company: Katahdin Coffee. Katahdin Coffee’s donation will contribute to sustaining the more than 25,000 hours of work done annually […]

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Corridor Monitors Wanted

There are only six opportunities left 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 (207) 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 […]

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MATC Maine AT Maps Are Now Available for Your Mobile Device

MATC has partnered with Avenza Maps to make our 7 Maine Appalachian Trail maps available to download to your mobile device. The maps can be used on the trail without Internet access or cell reception and will pinpoint your current position on the map using your device’s GPS system. To get started download Avenza’s free app and set up a free account. Search for the “Maine Appalachian Trail Club” and you will see a listing of our 7 Maine AT maps that are available for purchase at $5.99 each. We also have a bundle of all 7 Maine AT maps […]

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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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