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Shawnee Peak Opens this Saturday!

Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine’s longest-running ski mountain, is excited to announce several capital improvements in anticipation of Opening Day of the 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 16, which will be the mountain’s 80th year.

This year’s list of projects includes several on and off-mountain enhancements, some major and some invisible, all of which are intended at providing an excellent Guest Experience. “We know that all of our improvements will enhance our skiing & riding experience for our upcoming 80th season! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new families to our resort,” said owner Chet Homer.

On the mountain, a second carpet lift has been installed, which will enhance our beginner experience as well as alleviate the crowds on busy days. On the snowmaking side, Shawnee Peak has installed additional snow guns on the mountain, including permanent guns on both Yee Haw and Upper Hagget’s. We have also rebuilt our pumps at our primary pump house, completing the two-year project. Lastly, as loyal customers may know, Shawnee Peak also took delivery of a new Pisten Bully Winch Cat late last spring.

Our new rental shop was well-received last year and we have continued to enhance it, while placing a significant order of new rental skis, snowboards and helmets from Elan, Burton and Smith. Shawnee Peak is also excited to announce that we will be a Parlor Demo Center, the ONLY one in Maine or New Hampshire! Come try out these custom skis, built in the USA!

Both base lodges have received additional interior and exterior enhancements with the majority of the work done at the East Lodge, which has a new parking lot, additional seating, and a rehauled food and beverage offering. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!

Last, but not least, a new CRM system has been rolled out, which will enable us to communicate better with our guests and simplify our messaging across the board. Please check our social media pages and website for more info on Opening Day and for our exciting calendar of events, including our 80th Birthday Celebration on January 20th, 2018.

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About Shawnee Peak Ski Area

Maine’s oldest ski mountain, Shawnee Peak offers 45+ trails and glades, serviced by 6 lifts. We’ve got 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest night skiing operation in New England. Shawnee Peak is located on Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine just 30 minutes from North Conway

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Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

Check out what is happening this FALL at White Mountain Aquatic Center

Aqua MASH Ever wanted to try out one of our adult classes but not sure if it is the right one for you? Join us Saturday October 21st from 11-1pm for our Aqua MASH. We will “mash” together all of our adult classes in 10 minute segments. Try any or all for FREE! There is no cost to get in, no cost to participate, and no pressure to join. Come enjoy a fall treat and see what we have to offer!

Adult Classes Come have fun with us!

~Masters Swim – Tues & Thurs 5:30 – 6:30am

~Aqua Dance – Tues & Thurs 9:00 – 10:00am

~ Adult Movement – Fri 9:00 – 10:00am

Coming in November                                             

~Aqua Aerobics – Mon 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Chi – Wed 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Yoga – watch for days & times

Learn to Swim Classes – The Early Winter Session registrations are now open. This session will go from October 30th – December 15th.

Sign up online at White Mountain Aquatic Center

North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Of all the skill sets hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts may possess, backcountry medical training is perhaps the epitome of value. If you hike and spend time in remote locations outside of the “golden hour” (meaning an hour or more from typical urban medical services), dealing with injury or illness at some point — even if it’s not your own — is likely. Getting the proper training will prepare you for this unwelcome eventuality. And do know this: Redline Guiding and SOLO, both, strongly encourage preparedness.

To better add to the intrinsic value of this important education, we’re offering a few specially discounted course opportunities so that you may earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA)certification. In cooperation with the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine, we are offering a handful of WFA classes this summer and fall. What follows is the information you’ll need to take advantage of this while you can. We really want you to do this. You learn, everyone wins. Earn your WFA credential this year and be a better hiker and outdoorsman.


Get started today earning your Wild Med Cred… only $149


Course Description

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

The WFA course is an intensive 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of:

  • » Response and Assessment
  • » Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • » Environmental Emergencies
  • » Survival Skills
  • » Soft Tissue Injuries
  • » Medical Emergencies

You can also contact Redline Guiding with any questions you may have. Ask us for our thoughts about SOLO and the value of the material they teach.

The Details

» Who can participate?
Open enrollment, co-ed, ages 12 and up (please see *note below about children).
» When are the classes?
We still have openings Sept 2nd-3rd, Oct 21st-22nd, and Nov 11th-12th.
» Where is it held?
These classes will be held on the SOLO campus in Conway (Madison), NH (directions).
» How long is it?
Two full days (16 hours), plus two evening hours if taking the optional CPR/AED course.
» How much does it cost?
Only $149 per person for the WFA course (reg. $175), plus $35 for the optional CPR/AED course.

*Note about children: Minimum age is 12, but please note that this is an adult class so all minor children must be: 1) accompanied by a responsible paying adult; 2) able to behave in an adult-like manner that will not be disruptive to other students; 3) able to test the same as an adult in order to receive course certification.

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information >

 

 

YOGA, REIKI AND HEALING ARTS

Downward Facing Dog Days of Summer may be coming to an end, but the flow of energy is still going strong.  Join Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts this August to keep your energy levels high!

Much is happening in the world, come and be lifted in Sacred Space in this heartfelt space where so many seek rest and relaxation from the outside world.

Each August Anjali Rose vacations with her tribe of yogis, dancers and meditation gurus at the wonderful Dance New England Summer Camp. She’ll be sharing her teachings, sound healing and Reiki with this community August 18 – August 27.

For information on August events >

Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts Center
Conveniently located at 45 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Conway
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Events are also listed on Facebook for more information

Seek The Peak Hike-a-thon for Mount Washington Observatory

On Friday, July 21st-Saturday, July 22nd, participate in the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory at the Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-Thon.

Hike the beautiful and challenging Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, raise money for a good cause, win prizes, meet and join other outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy the outdoor expo tents, explore the Weather Discovery Center, meet the staff of the observatory, dine and party with participants, and most importantly – SEEK YOUR PEAK! 

There is a $10 registration fee per person, and this fee counts towards the minimum $200 fundraising goal. Ask your network of family and friends to pledge you during the event and tell them about the cause! Participants may register in teams of up to 8 people.

There are many ways to win prizes! The first 500 participants to raise $200 earn an exclusive Seek the Peak backpack and T-shirt. Join the event as a team to earn special prizes as the top fundraising team or the most spirited team, among other categories. For each fundraising milestone, starting at $200 and exceeding $20,000, participants may win select prizes for each milestone and are entered to win other fabulous prizes for their accomplishments. To see the full list of incentives, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/prizes.aspx.

In addition to pledges, interested businesses may purchase sponsorships for the event. The sponsorship categories are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $12,500
  • Gold Sponsor: $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
  • In-Kind Sponsors ($1,000+)
  • In-Kind Sponsors (Under $1,000)
  • Team Sponsor: $2,000

For more information on sponsorships, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/sponsorship.aspx.

Since Seek the Peak was established in 2001, this great event has raised over $1.6 million for the nonprofit Observatory, helping it maintain its famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington and continue its important work collecting weather data, performing research, and educating the public about the science of climate and weather.

For more information, or to register, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/. Pack your gear – the mountains are calling!

Howie Wemyss to be Honored as Grand Marshal of 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Lincoln, NH – Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, organizers of the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 6-9, 2017 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH, are proud to announce that Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has accepted an invitation to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Climb to the Clouds.

Wemyss has served as General Manager of the oldest man-made attraction in the United States since 1987 and was instrumental in bringing the Mt. Washington Hillclimb back in 1990 after a 29 year hiatus. Having first been run in 1904, the Climb to the Clouds as it’s often referred, is the oldest automotive hillclimb in North America.

Joining the Mt. Washington Auto Road in 1977, Howie Wemyss started his career as a Stage Driver giving guided tours to the summit of Mt. Washington for a number of years before being asked to assume the General Manager’s position in 1987.  Always fascinated with the history of the Auto Road, Wemyss stated recently “I was particularly impressed with Bill Rutan’s 13 minute, 9 second record run from 1961, a record I would talk about on every tour I gave as a Stage Driver. He was a legendary figure in our minds. Shortly after becoming General Manager I was approached by Frank Jost, who at the time was working at the new car museum in Intervale, NH, about putting together an antique car race.  I started getting excited about the possibility of racing here again after all those years – even if it was a vintage race.  We hadn’t gotten all that far in planning when Robert Brotherus appeared in my office one day, wanting to talk with me about a full blown race. He had somehow gotten legendary rally driver John Buffum’s ear and expertise and was able to present a pretty compelling story to a very willing audience. After much internal discussion, in 1990 we brought back this amazing race.”

mt washington hillclimb.pngSince the 1990 Climb to the Clouds, which attracted twenty or so drivers to Pinkham Notch to test their skills against the mountain after a 29 year hiatus, the event has grown exponentially thanks to Wemyss’ guidance and vision, along with the constant support of the owners of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Throughout the 1990s, the hillclimb continued to grow, attracting as many as 60 top notch road race, rally and hillclimb drivers from across the United States and Canada for each event as well as a growing crowd of spectators.  New records were set along the 7.6 mile course – first by local rally driver Tim O’Neil from Whitefield, NH in 1990 when he set a fastest time of 7 minutes 45 seconds piloting a rare all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf. Record times continued in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995 – with multi-time Canadian rally champion Frank Sprongl recording a time of 6 minutes, 41.99 seconds in 1998 driving a 400 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 – a record that would stand for thirteen years.

In 2004, in recognition of the centennial of the first hillclimb on Mt. Washington in 1904, the race was resurrected as a vintage only event that gathered over 25 vehicles with past Mt. Washington hillclimbing and auto racing history.

In 2011, the Climb to the Clouds was seen as one of the key events needed in a summer long celebration in support of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th anniversary.  With organizational assistance from the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and Vermont SportsCar, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb roared back to life after ten years attracting nearly 75 cars and drivers from across the United States, Canada and Europe.  This time, multi-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man set a new record time of 6 minutes 11.04 seconds driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI for Subaru Rally Team USA.

With the excitement for the race now rekindled, Wemyss met with members of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to discuss the possibility of bringing the Nation’s oldest hillclimb back to Mt. Washington every three years or so.  In 2014, with 80 teams making their way to Pinkham Notch from across North America and the United Kingdom, yet another record was set on the Northeast’s tallest peak – a blistering fast time of 6 minutes, 9.09 seconds set again by Subaru Rally Team USA’s driver, David Higgins, along with his talented co-driver, Craig Drew, driving their 2014 Subaru WRX STI.

mt-washington-hillclimb2.jpgIn 2017, Wemyss and his talented team at the Mt. Washington Auto Road will once again work with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to welcome back 80 teams to Green’s Grant in Pinkham Notch, just 8 miles south of Gorham, NH, when the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb returns to the Auto Road July 7-9, 2017.  With 18 or more states represented as well as the countries of Romania, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Australia, as well as the United States of America, the event will be the most international automotive hillclimb the Mt. Washington Auto Road has ever held.

“The history of this event is wonderful”, stated Wemyss. “It’s a unique race that appeals to a niche of people who want to challenge themselves on this road, and we’re happy to have people be able to take on that challenge. But aside from that we can’t do this without it making sense from a business prospective – so we hope to do well financially and/or get great publicity that will help make sense of the fact that we close the Road to the public for two half days and one full day in July.” When asked what his hopes were for the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Wemyss replied, “A safe event, great weather, happy sponsors, organizers and fans – and a sub six minute run!”

Set for July 7-9, 2017, the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival filled with a variety of motorsports-oriented activities for all ages including a vendor area, historic car displays and a possible autograph session topped off by the return of the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb along the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

For more information regarding the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, including the events history and list of record times or how to purchase spectator tickets to view the race from the base area or along the course visit http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/climb-to-the-clouds.

Mt. Washington Guided Alpine Garden Tour

Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4 PM is your opportunity to take a tour of Mt. Washington’s beautiful and world famous Alpine Garden! See the rare plants of the Northeast’s highest peak, learn about the alpine zone’s ecology, and the history of the mountain during this full day tour with Redline Naturalist Guide Liz Wyman.

The tour begins with a drive up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road in a comfortable 12-passenger van. Following the drive, participants will embark on a 2-mile hike loop above the treeline through the alpine garden to the Mt. Washington summit.

There will be stops along the way to learn about the natural and cultural history of Mt. Washington, to identify alpine plants, and to explore summit buildings. Hikers will explore the Tip Top House, the Mt. Washington Observatory, the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, and the Extreme Mt. Washington Museum on this excursion.

Hikers may purchase lunch in the summit cafeteria or pack their own picnic lunch for the day. After relaxing at the summit and learning about Mt. Washington’s history, participants will descent the auto road by the comfortable 12-passenger van.

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While interested individuals are welcome to register, please keep in mind that this tour involves a moderately strenuous hike on steep, rocky terrain above treeline with unpredictable weather. Even though it is spring (and almost summer!) here in the Mt. Washington Valley, winter-like conditions and high winds are possible on Mt. Washington during every month of the year. The tour will happen rain or shine.

For these reasons, Redline Guiding asks that hikers come prepared. Please dress appropriately: warm, approved layers (no cotton), rain gear, well-treaded shoes or boots, hat, and gloves. Rental gear is available. It is also highly recommended that participants bring snacks and plenty of water for the hike.

Preregistration for this tour is required. The cost per person for this tour is $149, which includes round-trip transportation (a $62 value). To book this tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/book-now/ and select “Nature Tour (Full Day)” from the menu on the booking page and choose June 10th for the tour date. 

For more information about the tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/2017/05/guided-tour-of-the-alpine-garden/.

“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

AMC Highland Happenings May 2017

amc highlandThroughout the month of May, AMC Lodges and Huts Highland Center in Crawford Notch is offering free public weekend and evening events, audio tours, art exhibits, as well as yoga on Sundays for an affordable fee. Guests of all nature interests and experience levels are welcome to experience the outdoors in a variety of educational and exciting ways!

Weekend Programs
Every Saturday and Sunday in May

  • 9:00 am – Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike, waterfall view
  • 11:00 am – Notch Talk: Topics include outdoor skills, history, natural world
  • 1:00 pm – Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 5:00 pm – Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm – Featured Evening Program

Featured Evening Programs

  • Saturday, May 6 7:30 PM
    Adventures with a Wildlife Camera

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Author Allison Bell
    Join Allison Bell, author of Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits shares her photography expertise in this engaging evening program. Learn basics of wildlife camera operation, explore strategies for set-up and location, and discover possibilities for natural history observations.
  • Saturday, May 13 7:30 PM
    The People’s Forest

    The Story of the White Mountain National Forest Featured Film Screening
    This is the dramatic story of how those unlikely allies saved the White Mountains and created over 50 new National Forests and Grasslands in 40 states, totaling more than 20 million acres of public lands.
  • Saturday, May 20 7:30 PM
    History of Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Historian Bill Moss
    Historian Bill Moss shares stories of the unique characters, landscapes, and events of the amazing history of this unique area.
  • Saturday, May 27 7:30 PM
    Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Doug Arion
    Doug Arion will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. You’ll have a chance to view stars through telescopes; or check out our new indoor planetarium!

Partner Presentation

AMC is pleased to co-host the following presentation in partnership with the Jewish Federation of NH: Hiking the Land, featuring Guest Speaker Udi Goren. This program takes place at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library. Udi Goren is an Israeli hiker who shares his experiences long distance hiking in Israel.

Audio Tours
Available anytime. Check out any of our 3 audio tours on-site:

  • Washburn Photography Exhibit
  • Cultural and Natural History Tour
  • Stewardship Trail

Yoga On Sundays
Sundays, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Yoga is free for overnight guests at AMC’s Highland Center. For drop-in guests, there is a $10 fee. Classes are available every Sunday except for Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Ongoing Art Exhibits
Photography of Bradford Washburn

The AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for this ongoing exhibition showcasing the amazing mountain photography of Brad Washburn, including scenery from the White Mountains and around the world. Check out an audio tour of the exhibit at the Front Desk to hear Brad Washburn’s first hand accounts of each photo.

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For more information about these events and AMC Lodges and Huts, visit www.outdoors.org.