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
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Upcoming events (5+)

Cycling the Berkshires: Great Barrington to Mill River

Great Barrington

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Contact the leader by email ([masked]) to register. Inquiries received less than 24 hours before planned departure may be unanswered. If you've never experienced the Berkshires on a bicycle, it's about time you did! Join us for a delightful ramble in the southwest corner of the Berkshires, starting in the bustling town of Great Barrington. This ride is 26 miles in length, over rolling terrain with a total elevation gain of 1500 feet. We'll cycle primarily on quiet rural roads with beautiful scenery and so many cows you'll by mooing and craving ice cream by the end of the ride. Speaking of which, there will be an optional post-ride social where we'll likely hit SoCo Creamery. You will need a road, touring or hybrid bicycle in good working order and a properly fitting bicycle helmet. Please bring water, a snack, and a spare inner tube suitable for your tires.

CONNECTICUT RIVER PADDLE, SOUTHERN VERMONT

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PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Advance registration required. Contact the leader: Dee Dice,[masked] (best time to call: 7-9 pm), [masked]. Family-friendly recreational paddle on the scenic Connecticut River in southern Vermont on Sunday June 30th, with a rain date of Saturday June 29. Join in on a 10 mile adventure from just south of Putney to the confluence of the West River in Brattleboro. This is a good first time event as well as a spectacular paddle for all experience levels. For those without access to a kayak or canoe, rentals may be available - contact co-leader Bonna Wieler ([masked] or[masked] from 7-9 pm). Anticipated on-water time about 3-5 hours- bring lunch and plenty of water. There are refreshments near the take-out at the West River Marina in Brattleboro.

Volunteer, Hike, and Swim - 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/111792. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. We will remove non-native invasive common reed (phragmites), a tall perennial grass that is often seen along the edges of fresh and salt water. Bring a picnic lunch and clothes for swimming later on! We will take a look at a large American chestnut tree in the area too. Afterward, we will return on a different trail and keep an eye out for wildlife tracks along the way. 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.

A.T. Community Day - Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart)

Beartown State Forest

Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions listed here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111911. Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart) will join a larger group of volunteers and hikers at the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day. Volunteer to make improvements to the Glen Brook Shelter and campsite or, as an alternative option, choose to attend a hike. Everyone (volunteers and hikers) will get together for a potluck dinner at Beartown State Forest. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will join the rest of us. Afterward, listen to the Berkshire Ukulele Band, swim, and sit by the campfire. 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.

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