Appalachian Mountain Club News: Outdoor Experiences for Vets, A New Paddling Trail, Summit, and More

February 27, 2020
Appalachian Mountain Club News
Courtesy of The Mission ContinuesAppalachian Mountain Club played host to more than 150 U.S. veterans and their families in 2019.

1. WINDY SCENES

In November, AMC released “The Impact of Wind Power Development on High Value Scenic Resources in Maine,” a report—conducted in cooperation with Maine Audubon Society—that reviews how existing and potential wind turbines in Maine affect the scenic view of mountain summits and great ponds.

 

2. PADDLE AND CAMP

Paddlers can now travel from New Hampshire to Connecticut along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, thanks to the recent addition of two new campsites in Massachusetts, built by AMC staff and volunteers. These campsites, located on Ellwell Island in Northampton, and Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow, complete the Massachusetts stretch of the trail, providing access for multi-day and -week excursions.

 

3. RETURNING SERVICE

Continuing its efforts to provide U.S. veterans with transformative outdoor experiences, AMC hosted 158 veterans and their families at events in 2019, in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, The Mission Continues, Project Healing Waters, Warrior Expeditions, and the Azimuth Check Foundation. Funded by Wells Fargo, these experiences enable families to hike, explore nature, and relax in a peaceful and restorative outdoor setting.

 

4. SUMMIT STORIES

AMC welcomed 540 participants to the 144th Annual Summit on Janaury 25. The 38 workshops covered topics like navigation, caring for your ax, cycling, and trail running. Derick Lugo, author of the book The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, led a creative writing workshop, and joined author J.R. Harris for book signings. AMC also honored its exceptional members, volunteers, and this year’s award recipients, with Bill Barrett receiving the Joe Dodge Award.


 

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Kelleigh Welch

Kelleigh is managing editor of AMC Outdoors.