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Members and Non-members of the Appalachian Mountain Club, "AMC" are welcomed to join the AMC Worcester Chapter in your next outdoor pursuit.

The AMC is the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. The Worcester Chapter invites members and non-members from Worcester County and beyond to join us for outdoor fun, opportunities for learning, and protecting our trails and other wild spaces.

We offer outdoor activities for every ability level and outdoor interest – from hiking and climbing to paddling to snowshoeing and skiing. We teach people the skills to be safe outdoors and care for the natural world around us, through programs for children, teens and adults, as well as outdoor leadership training.

We maintain trails throughout the Northeast. We advocate for land and riverway conservation, monitor air quality, and work to protect alpine and forest ecosystems through the Northern Forest and Highlands regions.

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This backpack has been designed for beginners to test their endurance with a full pack -- without the challenge of elevation. Join us for a two-day, one-night beginners' backpack in the Douglas State Forest, hiking along rolling woodland trails including the Midstate, Reservoir Trail and Coffeehouse Loop. We will be hiking 9.5 miles to the Wallum Lake shelter on day 1, and returning 8 miles on day 2, with a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain over 2 days.

Frequent stops will be made to enjoy the scenic water views, as well as historic stone foundations, and the enchanted Cedar Swamp. This is a loop hike over easy-average terrain with some hills, at a moderate pace of 1.5-2 mph. Each hiker must have all required gear, clothing, food, and water to be self-sufficient for a 2-day, 1-night backpack.

Trailsfest: Hike Mt Wachusett

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Please join us on National Trails Day for a loop hike at Mt Wachusett. We will hike to the 2006 ft. summit on various trails, some of them a bit rocky and steep. This is a moderate hike of about 5 miles, pace (1.5-2mph).

Registration is limited and is required thru this link:

Screening questions and additional details will be emailed to those who register.

You are welcome to stay for the TrailsFest potluck social from 1-3 pm following the hike in the Wachusett Lodge parking area. Please bring something to share and your own beverage.

The event will be held in light rain, severe weather cancels. No dogs, please.

Discounted Zoar Outdoor Whitewater Instruction, June 12

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The AMC Western Mass Chapter and AMC HQ have arranged for Zoar Outdoor's fantastic program to offer a discounted ($110/120) whitewater kayaking class on the Deerfield River in Charlemont MA. There is still room but you'll need to move fast. (DO NOT RSVP BUT REGISTER VIA THE LINK BELOW).

Everything is included: Boats, wetsuits, even lunch. Click for more details and required registration & payment. 18+

ZOAR: We want you to experience the love we feel for being on moving water. Our river time will focus on fundamental river skills such as leans, setting angles, and performing eddy turns and peel outs to set you on a path toward confidently paddling. Our games-based learning approach makes kayaking fun right from the start and has helped bring thousands of new paddlers into the sport. We emphasize fun on the river while teaching proper stroke techniques and responsible whitewater kayaking practices.

A whitewater kayak is just like an extension of your body. It fits snugly to give you maximum control and maneuverability. Zoar Outdoor will supply the kayak and equipment and your instructors will check them for fit and comfort. After introducing you to the sport of kayaking and to your equipment, you get your first taste of paddling in the security of flatwater. We start by teaching you to safely exit the kayak when upside down. Then we move on to learning basic strokes, including sweep strokes (turning), forward strokes and stability while paddling on edge (your kayak held at an angle). Once everyone is comfortable in their boats, we head to moving water where we introduce river maneuvers such as the eddy turn (ducking behind a rock), peel out (back into current) and ferry (crossing river current). You’ll learn how to effectively and efficiently maneuver your boat around rocks, and over and around standing waves, and how to use the different features of the river as you paddle your kayak.

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