• 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

  • CYCLING THE PIONEER VALLEY: WEST RIVER VALLEY

    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. Come explore the scenic river valley west of the Connecticut River, in the Pioneer Valley north of Amherst MA. This ride will be 32 miles in length, over flat to rolling terrain with a handful of short but steep hills. Total elevation gain over the ride is about 1200 feet. We will be cycling on quiet, well-paved country roads through lush farmlands, traveling through Hatfield, Whately, Greefield, Deerfield, and South Deerfield. We'll take a snack and restroom break in scenic Old Deerfield Village. The pace will be relaxed at 12-14 mph average, and we will keep the group together. We will regroup at various points along the way. Optional post-ride social. You will need a road bike in good working order, a helmet, a fix-flat kit, water and snacks.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CYCLING THE PIONEER VALLEY: TURNERS FALLS TO NORTHFIELD

    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. Come explore the Pioneer Valley between Turners Falls and Northfield. This ride will be 26 miles in length, over rolling terrain with total elevation gain of about 1300 feet. When we reach Northfield we'll stop at Mim's Market and the Northfield Creamie for lunch. We'll return on beautitful rural roads before we descend back to the starting point. The pace will be relaxed at 12-14 mph average, and we will keep the group together, regrouping at various points along the way. You will need a road, touring or hybrid bike in good working order, a helmet, a fix-flat kit, water, and snacks or money to purchase lunch.

  • 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.

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  • Chapter Potluck: Wildlife of the Berkshires, Invasive Water Chestnuts

    Second Congregational Church

    Please join us for a potluck dinner. Meet new people, reconnect with old friends, share food and learn more about Chapter activities. A presentation on "Wildlife of the Berkshires" will be given by Jim Pelletier. You won't want to miss this dynamic speaker who tracks and photographs wildlife in the Berkshires! In addition, hear long-time environmentalist biologist Cynthia Boettner from the Silvio Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge speak about this passion of hers: Invasive European Water Chestnuts. What can we do about them? PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/GJCG1204 For more information visit this link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112034

  • Monthly Berkshire AMC hikes, paddles and climbs!

    Needs a location

    http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/main/ No membership required! Please visit our main AMC page above for current activities. Besides being an active group of adventurers, the AMC "Berkshire" Chapter of Western Mass hosts a lot of training opportunities for non-members and members alike. Whether you want to learn to lead a trip or learn Wilderness First Aid, our group is unique because we offer a wide variety of opportunities to become better at what you already do well. From a summit photo to a conservation event, sharing what we do outdoors makes a difference.

  • Monthly Berkshire AMC hikes, paddles and climbs!

    Needs a location

    http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/main/ No membership required! Please visit our main AMC page above for current activities. Besides being an active group of adventurers, the AMC "Berkshire" Chapter of Western Mass hosts a lot of training opportunities for non-members and members alike. Whether you want to learn to lead a trip or learn Wilderness First Aid, our group is unique because we offer a wide variety of opportunities to become better at what you already do well. From a summit photo to a conservation event, sharing what we do outdoors makes a difference.

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  • Monthly Berkshire AMC hikes, paddles and climbs!

    Needs a location

    http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/main/ No membership required! Please visit our main AMC page above for current activities. Besides being an active group of adventurers, the AMC "Berkshire" Chapter of Western Mass hosts a lot of training opportunities for non-members and members alike. Whether you want to learn to lead a trip or learn Wilderness First Aid, our group is unique because we offer a wide variety of opportunities to become better at what you already do well. From a summit photo to a conservation event, sharing what we do outdoors makes a difference.

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