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    • February 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Riverside Golf Course, Portland
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    Let’s let the moonlight show us the way as we take a mellow night ski around Riverside Golf Course in Portland. We’ll ski for an hour or so at a relaxed pace and then have time for a hot beverage (BYO) afterward. This adventure is for those comfortable on classic xc skis on groomed trails who can bring their own equipment! Howling is optional.

    We’ll set out from the Fox Run trailhead parking area and take the Fox Run loop, then decide to add on the Eagle’s Nest loop for a slightly longer ski or head back to the cars for a beverage.

    Don't forget your headlamp!

    LAC Guide: Kelly Corbin

    Mileage: approx. 4ish kilometers

    Difficulty rating: 2

    Please leave the pups at home.

    • March 03, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Oxford
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    Join the LAC for a late afternoon of cross country skiing or snowshoeing based on snow conditions with a remote beer hut stop followed by a fire pit with friends, pizza and snacks. Continuing our appreciation for Danish living concepts, we’re embracing friluftsliv (open air living) and hygge (coziness), and we're adding a layer with the concept of lille lordag (Little Saturday, embracing Wednesday as a day for friends, drinking together and rest). Get some fresh air, and then cozy up for a lille lordag spent with friends.

    LAC Guide: Katie Parét

    Difficulty rating: 2

    Dogs are allowed!

    Food and beverage available for purchase at Oxbow.

    Bad weather date, March 10th.

    • March 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Jackson, NH
    • 2

    If you have considered trying alpine touring, this is your season. As a group, we will skin up Black Mountain one time. However, if conditions are amazing, we will make a group decision whether or not to go to Black Mountain ski trail nearby.

    This is a vigorous cardiovascular activity and requires strong intermediate ski skills.

    You can rent gear at Ski The Whites. It's $60 to rent AT gear, and this includes an uphill lift ticket. If you have gear, purchase your own uphill ticket at Black Mountain for $10. Contact Ski The Whites ahead of time to rent and secure your AT gear. There is an online form.

    During the day we will go over uphill ski touring skills and practice as needed, then enjoy a nice ski down, and may do this one or two more times. We will go at a slow enough pace for all to learn and practice skinning techniques. 

    Elevation gain: 1100'

    Difficulty level: 4 (you should be comfortable on your skis and able to ski intermediate & expert trails)

    LAC Guide: Laurie Bernier and guest guide: Quincy Van Winkle

    Your guides, Laurie & Quincy

    • March 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
    • 3

    Join PSIA-certified instructor, Maggie Bassow for a Nordic morning at Pineland Farms. Maggie loves working with beginner skiers (she's been the assistant coach for the Waynflete Nordic for the past two years and taught with Telluride Nordic Association for about 6 years), and believes getting your heart pumping in the winter wilderness is one of the best things you can do for yourself emotionally and physically. She says that, Cross Country skiing is one of the best ways to exercise in existence. It’s low impact, low stress, economical, and it only takes an hour to get a killer workout. It’s a great way to recalibrate the body in the winter - you get so warm!

    This is for a classic ski lesson, not skate ski.

    One price includes rentals, lesson, and Pineland ski pass. The other price includes the ski pass and the lesson (no rentals).

    Please arrive at Pineland Farms 15-20 minutes early if you're renting gear. 

    You're welcome to stay on skiing after the lesson is over; your pass is good for all day.

    LAC Guide: Maggie Bassow

    Difficulty level: 2/3

    • March 07, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Puzzle Mountain Trail, Grafton Notch State Park
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    Puzzle Mountain in Newry is a great winter hike for those looking for some longer miles and bigger views. This 7.3 mile out and back trail travels through gradual forested sections of trail, with steeper sections along the way (plus there’s always at least one blow down that requires some creativity to get around). A few ledgy spots offer nice places to take snack breaks before the push to the summit, which offers spectacular views in all directions. Full winter gear and prior experience is needed for this trip.

    Starting from the trailhead, this route climbs gradually for the initial 2 miles then begins to climb more steeply. The trail crosses several ledgy sections with views of Sunday River and Old Speck. A steep section leads to the south summit of Puzzle then the trail continues on to the main summit, marked by a large cairn.

    LAC Guides: Kelly Corbin & Olivia Audia

    Mileage: 7.3

    Elevation Gain: 2380'

    Difficulty rating: 4

    Please leave the pups at home.

    photo by Kelly Corbin

    • March 09, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Brownfield
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    Burnt Meadow Mountain was closed for much of the pandemic and very happily, it's open again. Depending on the snow cover, we'll hike, microspike or snowshoe our way to the top for some beautiful views from the summit of this Western Maine gem.

    LAC Guide: Gillian Schair

    Mileage: 3.6 miles

    Elevation gain: 1391'

    Difficulty level: 2/3

    • March 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Pineland Farms
    • 3

    Join PSIA-certified instructor, Maggie Bassow for a skate ski lesson. Maggie loves working with beginner skiers (she's been the assistant coach for the Waynflete Nordic for the past two years and taught with Telluride Nordic Association for about 6 years), and believes getting your heart pumping in the winter wilderness is one of the best things you can do for yourself emotionally and physically. She says that, Cross Country skiing is one of the best ways to exercise in existence. It’s low impact, low stress, economical, and it only takes an hour to get a killer workout. It’s a great way to recalibrate the body in the winter - you get so warm!

    This is for a skate ski lesson, not classic ski.

    There are two prices -- one is if you if bring your own skate ski gear and the other is if you need to rent skate gear through Pineland Farms.

    Please come a little early if you do need to rent gear so you'll be all set when the lesson begins at 10:00 a.m.

    LAC Guide: Maggie Bassow

    Difficulty level: 3

    • March 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Auburn
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    Join the LAC on Saturday, March 13th at 10am for a 3.5 mile snowshoe primarily along the Blue Trail at Mount Apatite Park. The trail is wooded and undulating, with various widths (the trail network is a narrow footpath in places, but at times is a dirt road). Along our journey we will pass a former mining site that, in the warmer months might interest rockhounds. Depending on the weather and the snowpack, we may need snowshoes or microspikes, so please come prepared with both.

    LAC Guide: Stevie Dembowski

    Mileage: 3.7 miles

    Elevation gain: 300 feet

    Difficulty rating: 2

    Please leave the pups at home.

    • March 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • 476 Perkins Ridge Rd, Auburn
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    Come join us to practice your outdoor survival skills and step out of your comfort zone. This adventure will be led by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff and volunteer instructors.

    Learn from the experts: fire building techniques; shelter building skills and a chance to familiarize yourself with items you can use to survive a night in the wilds of Maine. 

    IF&W is hosting us at Androscoggin County Fish and Game club in Auburn where there are restrooms and a chance to break from the cold if needed.

    • March 18, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Session 3 in RELATIONSHIPS WITH LAND Zoom series will highlight TRAILS and we will be inspired by two dynamic women, Sami and Hannah who work with coastal land trusts (Falmouth & Scarborough) and Maine Farmland Trust.

    They will cover conceptualization to construction, care and feeding, lifespan, traditions of trail building, signage mysteries resolved, how to get over wet spots, who made those awesome stone stairs (and how)... and answer any other curious questions you may have.

    Presenter Sami Wolfe says, "My educational talks are usually 3/4 technical and 1/4 esoteric. I don't personally feel a disconnect between the labor and design of trail work and the soul-feeding that it provides."

    photo by Hannah Chamberlain, Sami's co-presenter for the evening

    Hannah on a trail construction crew

    • March 20, 2021
    • 10:45 AM (EDT)
    • Salem
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    Rain date, Sunday, 3/21

    Join us for a special and unusual adventure.  Cross-country ski (snow permitting; if not, snowshoe) in a unique and gorgeous woods, picnic around a camp fire by a beautiful spring stream, and meet Cathy, the amazing owner and woodswoman extraordinaire.  In addition to skiing her large network of beautiful trails, we will see all she has built and accomplished there.  If the timing is right, we will get to see her maple-sugaring operation in action and maybe even enjoy ice cream with hot maple syrup right at the sugar shack. (Cathy was the 50th person to thru-hike the AT.)

    LAC Guides: Carla Marcus & Gillian Schair

    Distance: judged by time, 1-1.5 hours of skiing

    Elevation: negligible

    Difficulty level: 2

    Please leave the pups at home.

    Here's a map link of the area we're headed to.

    • March 27, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Chase Reserve, Brunswick
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    Welcome in the spring and come join LACers for 2-2.5 mile snowshoe at Chase Reserve, a property maintained by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. The trail is relatively flat and will take us through woods and over frozen streams. We will continue across Flying Point Road to a historic graveyard and picnic area along the shores of Macquoit Bay. We will end the snowshoe with an outdoor fire with ample room to socially distance.  In the event there is not enough snow, bring microspikes and a cup for a beverage (provided).

    LAC Guides: Anne Henshaw & Kate Burnham

    Mileage: 2.5

    Elevation: Insignificant 

    Difficulty level: 2

    • March 28, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • West Bath
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    Conclude your weekend with a peaceful walk at Hamilton Audubon Sanctuary in West Bath on the New Meadows River. Three miles of trails skirt the freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and mud flats and thread through coniferous woods. No dogs are permitted at the sanctuary, but we may see some sparrows, or other early spring migrants. Microspikes may be helpful if conditions are icy. The full moon will rise later this evening. 

    LAC Guides: Alicia Heyburn & Laura Shen

    Mileage: 3

    Difficulty level: 2

    Please leave the pups at home

    image from Carey Kish

    • March 28, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Willard Beach, So. Portland
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    The full moon in March, the Worm Moon, is sometimes the last full moon of winter before the spring equinox. This year it’s the first full moon after the spring equinox, on March 21st. It’s also known as the sugar moon as the time for maple syrup harvesting is around this time of year, or crow moon, marking the return of these birds after the winter. It’s a time for new beginnings, rebirth, and in many cultures, chaste living. Also called crust moon, for the layer of crusted ice that freezes overnight after the sun warms and thaws during the day, this moon calls us to come out slowly from our winter shells, with intention. Renew your relationship to the LAC with community and moon gazing as we walk along Willard Beach. We’ll talk about our intentions for this cycle of newness, what we want to plant in the ground, in ourselves, and in our communities- and whatever else strikes our fancy.

    The moon is full in the afternoon on this day, but we’ll meet at 5:30 PM in time to catch the sunset at 6:03 PM and witness the night sky afterwards. We’ll walk along Willard Beach, first northwest towards SMCC and then up to the southeastern overlook to settle into some stargazing. Bring a blanket if you’d like- there are rocks to sit on as well. Plan to spend until 7:00/ 7:15 PM. Depending on tide and weather, those who’d like to stay for an optional ocean plunge can choose to bring a bathing suit and a towel.

    LAC Guide: Katie Parét

    Mileage: 1

    Difficulty level: 1

    Well-behaved pups, welcome.

    • April 01, 2021
    • 5:15 AM (EDT)
    • Pownal
    • 8

    On Thursday,  4/1 (April Fools!) join Rachel and Meg for a sunrise hike at Bradbury Mountain, followed by breakfast at the New Gloucester Country Store. It's an early start for a wonderful reward. Meet 5:15 a.m., hike to the top, do a few sun salutations (Rachel is a yoga teacher), watch the sun rise at 6:00 am and then depart for the Country Store in New Gloucester. You can dine-in if you feel comfortable, or order to-go. The Country Store is a charming spot with many different options and delicious food. The hike will be under an hour. 

    LAC Guides: Rachel Farrington & Meg Clews

    Difficulty level: 2

    Hiking time: under 1 hour

    Elevation gain: 305'

    Please leave the pups at home.

    • April 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Join the Ladies Adventure Club for an evening with Majka Burhardt, professional climber, author, social entrepreneur, and mother of 4.5 year old twins. Majka lives in New Hampshire and her reach is global.

    She'll share stories with us about accomplishing big goals and what it feels like to commit yourself deeply to a challenge, and she'll also share information on The Sky Islands -- the world's most hyper biodiverse mountains that are one of the keys to combating climate change. We'll also learn about Legado -- the international conservation organization she founded to protect Sky Islands. Legado is protecting these epicenters of biodiversity by working hand in hand with the people who call them home. 

    Majka is backed by organizations like Rainforest Trust, Conservation International, Patagonia and more. 

    Throughout the talk, Majka will share stories of rock and ice climbing, shoring up the world’s water towers in the face of climate change, discovering new species, leveraging a team of world-class rock climbers for cliff-side access scientific research, working as a conservation entrepreneur, and trying to pull of motherhood while doing it all.

    Big thanks to Polartec for supporting the LAC speaker series. 

    This talk is free but if you'd like to make a donation to Legado, Majka's non-profit, use that button when you register. All money raised will be donated.

    photo by Bernd Zeugswetter

    • April 09, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Bonyun Preserve, Westport Island
    • 9

    This Friday morning ramble will bring us to  “Jeremysquam”- now known as Westport Island. 

    We will be guided by a man who was raised on the land, now permanently protected, and threaded with beautiful coastal trails.

    Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the shore, and assume the trails will have puddles.

    6000 years ago to 1700 Abenaki tribes inhabited seasonal camps in the rich fishing and clamming grounds of the Kennebec estuary. In the 1600s European settlements, established for fishing, lumber and fur trade, expanded along the rivers. In the 1800s there were 5 mills on the island, and we will see the remains of two. Eventually a bridge was built to the island (the road passes near former Maine Yankee nuclear Power Plant) and truck farmers replaced fishermen. In the 1940s an out of state couple purchased some land and started farming. They were folklorists who pioneered the concept of folk songs as living history, and sang folk and maritime songs in the classrooms and concert halls of America. Their son, a wonderful storyteller, will be our guide.

    LAC Guide: Alicia Heyburn

    Difficulty level Level 2-3 (we will walk up to 3 miles on rolling terrain)

    Please leave the pups at home.

    • April 09, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Eaton Farm Preserve, Wiscasset
    • 10

    Walk at the Eaton Farm Preserve, a peninsula with beautiful river shore front  in Wiscasset and owned and conserved by Chewonki.

    The 2 mile coastal loop trail is easy going. We will be there for the golden hour so you may want a camera. 

    We will be joined by Julie Isbill of the National Parks Service. She was involved with making this trail as part of a Back River trail network. 

    LAC Guide: Alicia Heyburn

    Difficulty level: 1

    No dogs, please.

    • April 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 10

    Mount Kearsarge North is a great introduction to hiking in the White Mountains. Rocky outcroppings, ledgy sections, and steeper terrain are all great preparation for hiking the larger 4000’ mountains in the area. There is a fire tower at the summit which offers shelter from wind, rain, and mosquitos while having a well-deserved rest. As a reference, this is the same distance as the South West Ridge of Pleasant Mtn. with twice the elevation; the elevation gain is steady but never super steep on a well-maintained trail. 

    Hike mileage: 6.5 miles

    Hike elevation gain: 2588’ 

    Dogs are welcome on this adventure but must be on leash or under voice control.

    LAC Guides: Anne Henshaw & Laura Shen

    Difficulty rating: 4 

    • April 11, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Portland's West End
    • 8

    Join Gillian for a Sunday West End walk through one of Portland's prettiest neighborhoods. We'll start below the neighborhood on Valley Street and make our way up and around the quiet neighborhood streets. She's included some of her favorite streets on the route.

    LAC Guide: Gillian Schair

    Mileage: approximately 3.5

    Difficulty level: 1/2

    Friendly pups on a leash are welcome.

    • April 26, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Peaks Island
    • 10

    Join LAC Guides Meg and Rachel for an evening jaunt around Peaks Island. You'll take the 5:35 ferry to Peaks with a walk to the back shore to watch the full moon rise. Then walk to Meg's house for woodfired pizza, which you'll eat sitting outside in the fresh air. Everyone will head back to the ferry and return on the 8:45 ferry to Portland. 

    LAC Guides: Meg Clews & Rachel Farrington

    Difficulty level: 2

    Please leave the pups at home.

    Please leave plenty of time for parking in town. Also leave time to buy your ferry ticket.

    Bring your own drinks to enjoy with the wood-fired pizza.

    • May 01, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Portland
    • 8

    Seth Goldstein is an adjunct instructor of history at The Maine College of Art and is the Educational Coordinator for the Atlantic Black Box project, a non profit organization that seeks to examine Maine and New England’s history with Indigenous and African slavery.  The tour will discuss the First Peoples of the region, virgin soil epidemics, enslaved Africans in colonial Portland, Portland’s role as a trade partner within the Atlantic World Slave economy, Portland’s abolition movement, the Underground Railroad in the city, and the multi-ethnic neighborhood on Munjoy Hill.

    Masks required for this adventure.

    Difficulty level: 1

    Guest Guide: Professor Seth Goldstein