Fall 2019 Appalachian Mountain Club News

August 26, 2019
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Dan KlempaAmong the Appalachian Mountain Club news items for fall 2019 is the Maine Woods Rambler, a mountain bike race around AMC’s Medawisla Lodge.

1. Northern Pass No More

The New Hampshire Supreme Court voted July 19 to uphold the state’s decision not to move forward with the Northern Pass transmission project, which would have carried hydroelectric power from Quebec across New Hampshire for distribution in southern New England. AMC dedicated nearly nine years of staff and volunteer time to fighting the proposed transmission line as designed. Learn more here.

2. Ramble On

AMC is cohosting the Maine Woods Rambler with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine on October 20, offering mountain bike rides of varied lengths and difficulties around AMC’s Medawisla Lodge. Bikers can choose between 30 km, 50 km, and 100 km routes over Maine Woods trails. There’s also a 1.6 km kids ride, and all are welcome to the post-ride barbecue at the lodge. Register here.

3. Monumental Project

In its 10th anniversary year, the New England National Scenic Trail welcomes Newark, N.J.-based Marissa Williamson as its 2019 artist in residence. Her public art project, “Monuments to Escape,” will feature 10 of what she calls “speculative and collaborative” trailside installations and performances over the course of the year. By posing the question, “On the scenic trail, what stories are memorialized and what has been forgotten?” Williamson aims to shed light on marginalized populations who have lived amid the landscape.

4. What I Did On My Summer Vacation

The Bay Circuit Trail, a 231-mile AMC-led initiative connecting Greater Boston’s premier green spaces, employed its first paid youth crew for six weeks this summer. Helmed by two AMC leaders, the crew—seven youth, ages 15 to 18, from Boston’s SuccessLink program—rerouted trails, installed bog bridges, and improved trailside signage.

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Kelleigh Welch

Kelleigh is managing editor of AMC Outdoors.