What we're about

Hello! Welcome to the MeetUp page for the Berkshire (Western Mass) Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club! Our motto is "Your Connection to the Outdoors" and with stewardship and fun, we hope to continue to connect with you as well. Unique from other groups, we offer more than just hiking or other outdoor activities. We offer training and volunteer opportunities for you to do more of what you love and get other people involved too.

Only a subset of the chapter's activities are posted on Meetup. To see the entire list of current activities and opportunities in our chapter, follow this link:
https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm?type=1&grp=1

Participation in AMC activities is open to members and non-members alike. We hope, of course, that you will consider becoming a member to help us continue offering these types of programs, and if you are a member, we hope you will become actively involved and fill our Meetup page with new activities!

To learn more about the Chapter and the Club, visit our webpage here: http://amcberkshire.org/

See you outdoors!

Berkshire Chapter Executive Committee
communications@amcberkshire.org
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Upcoming events (5+)

The New England Trail at Mt. Tom - 20s/30s & Young-at-Heart

Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions to register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112794. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. This hike is along a portion of the New England Trail, to the peak of Mt. Tom. A section of this hike is strenuous and steep, with a few rock scrambles later along the ridge line. Also, there are a couple of brief, very steep drop-offs where you will need sure footing. We will include a few stops during our ascent to rest and drink water. Afterword, everyone is invited to eat dinner at the Daily Operation which is less than a ten minute drive down the road in Easthampton. Here is a look at their website: https://www.eatdailyop.com/ To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.

National Trails Day Hike on the A.T. - Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart)

Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions to register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111652. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. This hike is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and co-lead by the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. Begin the hike at Beartown State Forest on the Benedict Pond Loop Trail. Connect to the Appalachian Trail traveling south, crossing Lake Buel Brook and Lake Buel Road. Here begins the ascent of East Mountain through deciduous and hemlock forests, and pass through Ice Glen, a wondrous deep chasm where ice persists even into warmer months. At Tom Leonard Shelter enjoy great views and lunch. Then continue through upland forest to more East Mountain scenic views. Finally, our hike takes us down a rocky slope to Holmes Road and carpool back to Beartown State Forest. Dogs are allowed if they always get along well with all other dogs and all people. Difficulty: Be prepared for a strenuous hike. There are two good climbs on this hike, with significant elevation change. The total distance is approximately 7 miles. We will hike at approximately 1.5 mph (faster on the flat sections and slower uphill). Afterward: Everyone is invited to stop in for a snack or early dinner at The Marketplace Kitchen Table, 240 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. Here is a look at their menu: http://marketplacekitchen.com/kitchen-table-gb-menu/ To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.

TRAIL WORK! NEW ENGLAND TRAIL SECTION 16 (ERVING LEDGES)

PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Contact the leader for more information. Join the New England Trail and Berkshire AMC Chapter Trail volunteers on a basic trail maintenance day on Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required. ;) We plan on being out there for 4-5 hours or so, depending on lunch time and work required. Bad weather will cancel. There is some moderate up and down on the trail, so the hike itself should not be regarded as "easy". Please contact Heather Wyman, NET Co-Chair at [masked] or call[masked] for meeting time/location and items you will need to bring.

QUIETWATER PADDLING TRIP ON GOOSE POND IN LEE, MA

PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Advance registration is required for this activity. Join the Berkshire Chapter on a quiet water paddling trip to Goose Pond. It is estimated that the trip will last 2 to 3 hours and will cover a distance of 6 to 7 miles. Learn more here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112025

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