Trails Department Staff Retreat: 2008

The AMC Trails Department has an annual tradition of gathering together for several days of fun and meetings in outstanding locations throughout AMC’s region. With nine staff spread from Pennsylvania to northern Maine, it can be challenging to get us all in the same place at the same time. In the past the Trails Department has held their retreat at Carter Notch Hut, Nordic skiing at Little Lyford Pond Camps in Maine, a winter summit attempt of Mt. Washington, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. This year we gathered for three days and two nights at Gorman Camps at Chairback Mountain in northern Maine.

The accommodations were very comfortable. The private cabins were seated on the waters edge and the main lodge was rustic but comfortably modern for cooking, dining and meeting space. Over the few days we were able to explore much of the Maine Woods Trail Crew efforts from the 2007 and 2008 summer seasons of trail construction. The developing network of trails will surely be able to accommodate the wide range of visitors that are expected to visit Gorman Camps in future years.

The highlight of the retreat was a short hike along a section of the AT over Third Mountain in the famed 100 mile wilderness. At the height of this hike we were provided with views of nearly all of the northern reached of the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative and beyond.

During our meeting time, as a department, we were able to provide each other with our current updates as well as discuss the future goals of the AMC’s Trails Department and its programs. In all, we are very optimistic about the future of the Trails Programs and all look forward to many more years of excellent programming.

There was plenty of personal time and independent adventure as well. I got a chance to do a bit of upland bird hunting, Hawk enjoyed paddling on Long Pond, Mariah took several

trail runs on the newly constructed trails, and others quietly enjoyed the views and surrounding area. This was an excellent opportunity for the whole Trails Department to gather together. Thanks to all for a few days of fun, good food, and beneficial meetings.

AMC North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor