June 2nd - Our Annual June BBQ
Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth
MOAC will always make the health and well-being of our members and the community our top priority. Please stay tuned for updates and guidance regarding our meetings and activities. Thanks!
June General Meeting
Our Annual June BBQ is BACK!
Hey MOACers!  We have reserved the Picnic Shelter at Fort Williams Park for our June meeting. This annual event is generally held outdoors and is more social in nature than our other general meetings.

As of this notice, the park is limiting the number of participants to 112 for this location. Therefore, we’d like to have an idea of those planning to attend.  Please click the “going” button on the calendar entry if you will be joining us.  If we start getting close to the 112 number, we may look at a more formal way to RSVP.

So please only click going if you really plan on attending.  Also, if you are a couple, it will really help if both of you click "going" for a more accurate number. And, later if your plans change, hit “not going.” We’d appreciate you not using the “maybe” button for this event.

The June BBQ is traditionally a celebration of this wonderful group of people, as well as a way to recognize those that go above and beyond to make it all work.

We are still working out the details, but please save the date! This will be our first in person meeting since March of 2019. Right now it looks like members will bring their own food and beverages – no pot luck. The club will supply dessert. Check back for more details closer to the event!

Not familiar with Fort Williams and Portland Head Light? Check it out HERE.
Last Month's Presentation
Be Ready for Action with
Dr. Philip Finemore, PT, DPT
Between winter in general, and a pandemic that might have kept you close to home for over a year, do those hiking boots bring unease? Do those kayak paddles make your shoulders hurt just looking at them? Are you convinced your bike is sneering at you?

Dr. Philip Finemore, PT, DPT presented injury prevention techniques for the outdoor enthusiast. He discussed common injuries that could occur as we start new spring and summer activities that we were unable to do through the winter.

Look for more information from Dr. Phil in this newsletter.
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Philip founded WorkFitME, LLC Mobile Physical Therapy to help busy Maine professionals maximize their physical performance so they can live a happy, healthy, and wealthy life
with their loved ones. He is passionate about helping people ensure their number one asset in life (their body and health) gives them the biggest return on investment: an abundant life doing what they love with who they love.
President's Corner
A Question More Important Than the "Meaning of Life?"
Well I can’t seem to get it out of my head – like a song that keeps going around and around. Over the last few days I was doing a small canoe trip starting in a small lake named by an Indian who apparently liked syllables and requiring a portage to even find the lake, progressing through a couple of small streams eventually emptying into the Aroostook River up north here in Maine. 

My friend and paddling partner knew someone in the area who could give us a shuttle. He said this person was “Old School” through and through, he was pretty sure he had homemade canvas underwear. Canvas underwear. A lot of things transpired since the trip and the shuttle – which was just fine. What can I say? My take home is, “Canvas underwear.” 

This person had a wealth of knowledge, hard gained over decades of time spent in the northern woods. Taking us 2 hours over back dirt roads to a little trail where we were dropped off with a point of a finger, “this way, ¼ mile.” And it still rattles in my head – “Canvas underwear.” 

It wasn’t meant as a slam, but more a compliment as in “Salt of the Earth.” I can’t help but wonder might I have canvas underwear someday. What does it take to achieve canvas underwear?

Is it scratchy?

Dan Kidd, President
Welcome New Members
714 Members

Wendy Anderson
Bob Asbell
Christina Asbell
Savannah Bailey
Jaime Beal
Randall Bowden
Shannon Campbell
David Chow
Peter Cohen
Nathaniel Cooper
Darynd Aniluk
Allison Dzubak
Landis Hudson
Patrick Jeffery
Andrew Koucky
Mischelle McCormick
Carol McGorrill
Matthew Murray
Dianne Navarro
Ann Oppenheim
Jessica Packard
Lorraine Ravis
Daniel Roach
Julie Sells
Lindsay Waller
Karen Wilcox
Bob Williams
Elizabeth Wyatt
Beverly Yercheck
Shamani Zabot-hall
Are You Ready To Get Footloose?
By: KATHIE McCATHERIN
Join us for the first outdoor dance in a long time! Friends, conversation, dancing, food, drink and general merrymaking...sound good? We want YOU to join in the fun! This is a private dance for MOAC members and members of a couple other social groups/meet up groups. You are welcome to invite friends to join us.  
 
DATE: Friday, June 25
TIME: 7-10pm
LOCATION: Conant Homestead, Westbrook
COST: $15/ticket
MUSIC: Amazing playlist
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION:
Thank You Trip Leaders
The Club extends its thanks and gratitude to the following MOACers for leading trips since the last newsletter. MOAC has always been driven by its members. Will you please consider leading a trip?

We had 24 trips posted in April, 22 walking/hiking, 1 biking, and one trail work

Bill Briggs - 4
Marty Williams - 3
Paul Louis - 3
Anne Geisler - 2
Kathie McCatherin - 1
Nancy Dorrans - 1
Dana Thurston - 1
Bethany Mulkern - 1
Carol Despres - 1
Peter Mullen - 1
Nancy Dorrans - 1

The 24 includes the 6 club trips posted.
Your Thoughts About a Fall Return to
Maine Huts & Trails?
By: PETER MULLEN

For four years, MOAC took over Grand Falls Hut for a fall weekend. 32 beds. 32 people. Food, fun, adventure, music, friends. Obviously 2020 put a halt to that. Aside from these specific years, MOAC's involvement with Maine Huts & Trails goes much further back than that.

Just this week I have been in contact with Wolfe Tone, Executive Director of MH&T, about getting back to business. He is ecstatic at the thought of us returning to one of his huts as they work to bring their systems back online for next winter. I wanted to touch base with him because raising the question with you would mean nothing if there wasn't a chance we could go.

The conversation with MH&T is at the starting point, as is our conversation about who would be interested in going. There is also the possibility of offering volunteer hours to help the organization.

So, would you be interested in an October, vaccinated, fun weekend in the Maine woods? In a "hut" that is really a top-quality, off the grid, eco-lodge. If you wonder what the weekend is like, ask around. Chances are someone can fill you in.

To learn more about Maine Huts & Trails, click HERE.

Comments/thoughts/questions, click HERE to email me.
Dr Phil has offered information on two topics this month. Please click the links below or you can find them in the Library in the "For Members Only" section.

AMC's Maine Woods Becomes a Dark Sky Park
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has announced that AMC’s Maine Woods property has become the first International Dark Sky Park in New England. This certification is given to land possessing an exceptional quality of starry nights and a nighttime environment that is specifically protected for scientific study, educational use, and public enjoyment.

The AMC Maine Woods Dark Sky Park is located in Maine’s famed 100-Mile Wilderness, the land surrounding the northernmost 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
MOAC Library and Archive Pages
Keep checking these two pages in the "For Members Only" section of our website.

LIBRARY - For stuff we can use now. Newest edition is a slide show on leading trips put together by Anne Geisler and Dan Kidd. Plus the tips from Dr. Phil.
ARCHIVES - A place for our rich history. Check out the videos and several years of old newsletters that are available there.
April Meeting Notes
By: BILL BRIGGS

MOAC General Meeting
via ZOOM

The May 5th monthly meeting, still on Zoom, had up to 30 in attendance. After informal chat at the beginning, president Dan Kidd started the “formal” meeting. Dan asked if anyone had ideas that we could incorporate into improving MOAC’s website. If you have any ideas or suggestions, contact anyone on the board (or all of the board at board@moac.org).  

Dan announced that the June meeting will be the first in-person meeting in over a year. In lieu of the traditional BBQ/grill-out at the church, we plan to have an ice cream social at Fort Williams park in Cape Elizabeth, from 3 - 7 pm on June 2. By the time you receive this, the event will be on the calendar, and you should have received the email about it. This will be an RSVP event due to the capacity of the picnic site. After that, maybe we can have in-person, outdoor meetings for the rest of the summer. We’ll see. It was also announced that Bill Johnson is doing well after his surgery.

Ann Hitzrot showed pictures from several recent hikes, including Pleasant Mountain, Kearsarge North, Bald Face, and Robinson Woods.

The featured speaker was physical therapist Dr. Philip Finemore (PT, DPT). His practice is based in Hollis, but he offers mobile services. Yes, he makes house calls! His focus is to help Mainers maximize their physical capabilities. He explained how imbalances in our bodies can lead to joint or muscle pain and reduced function. Some problems may be triggered by a specific event, but the effects linger and cause prolonged discomfort. Other problems may slowly build up over time. Shoulder pain is a common problem; the most common source is in the rotator cuff. Repetitive motion (such as paddling) is a big cause of rotator cuff problems, as well as many other problems. This can lead to different imbalances that exacerbate the pain. 

Dr. Finemore discussed several other common ailments, including back pain and knee pain. Both of these often are related to imbalances in the hips. He discussed quite a few stretching and conditioning exercises we can do at home to prevent and alleviate problems in the shoulder, back, and knees. He showed illustrated handouts explaining how to do these exercises. These handouts are available in the Library section of the MOAC website, under the Members Only tab. Dr. Finemore’s website is workfitme.com. He also does a weekly podcast.
Help Wanted
MOAC has a need. Do you have an urge to help?

The club has a need for someone to work on marketing the club to businesses and interests that are beneficial to both us and them.

  • Look for, confirm, and keep updated the list of discounts and perks we get as members
  • Look for new opportunities for that list
  • Combine it possibly with advertising in the newsletter
  • Or bringing MOAC into their space

Please email the Board if you are interested or have questions. The club only works when its members make it work.
A Thank You From Dr. Phil Finemore
Hello MOAC!

I wanted to thank Dan Kidd, Peter Mullen, and Nancy Marshall for giving me the opportunity to speak to you all about injury prevention for the outdoor adventure enthusiast. I also want to thank each of the members who joined the meeting and were an incredibly engaging audience! I am very passionate about helping people avoid suffering from preventable injury and showing them pain DOES NOT HAVE TO BE an inevitable part of our daily life. Every one of you does a great job keeping yourselves moving. But, keeping your physical activity regimen as well rounded as possible will ensure your body will allow you to do what you love to do with confidence and resilience to handle whatever your outdoor adventure (or even daily life) throws at you. 

The exercises we went over will be in the MOAC library. Again, these are a great starting point and are not individualized so if they don't fully clear up your aches or pains, it doesn't mean they won't work, it might just mean things need to be tweaked to work for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions! My email is drphilptdpt@gmail.com or you can call me at 207-465-6078. You can also visit workfitme.com for more or find me on social media (@workfitme on all platforms). 

Thanks again for an incredible discussion! See you on the trails!

Best,

Dr. Phil Finemore, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert. VRS
Owner, WorkFitME Mobile Physical Therapy
Teens To Trails Gear Drive
By: JEANNE CHRISTIE

GEAR DRIVE ENDS MAY 31

Teens to Trails is dedicated to connecting high school students with life-changing outdoor experiences. We do this primarily by supporting high school outing clubs. And when clubs head outdoors, they need gear to keep the students warm and comfortable. Most clubs have a volunteer leader and a very limited budget, so gear donations make a big difference.
Outing club activities include hiking, camping, geocaching, shelter building, cooking outdoors, and other fun adventures. 
 
Your extra outdoor gear can become a tax-deductible donation and Teens to Trails redistributes items directly to high school outing clubs. Items that are not appropriate for a club may be consigned with Brunswick-based Woods & Waters Gear Exchange, where the revenue supports Teens to Trails student programs. Items must be in good condition and ready to use. Please wash clothing and sleeping bags prior to donation.
 
Items that Outing Clubs need most:

CAMPING & BACKPACKING GEAR - camp stoves, tents, backpacks, trekking poles, clean sleeping bags, headlamps, lanterns, cookware, guidebooks, binoculars, and duffle bags for storage.

OUTDOOR CLOTHING – base-layers, mid-layers, outerwear, rainwear, hats and gloves, socks and boots.

Four drop-off locations.
Look for the tub with our poster at the main entrance of:

Cheverus High School at 267 Ocean Ave Portland
South Portland Recreation Center  21 Nelson Rd, South Portland
Essential Massage Services, 2 Basin Road,North Windham 
Teens to Trails 179 Neptune Drive, Brunswick 

You can also mail your gear to Teens to Trails. We’ll include the cost of postage as part of your tax-deductible gift.

Ready to make a donation? You can simply drop off your gear at one of the four locations between April 26 and May 31. If you would like to receive documentation of a charitable donation fill out the donation form here https://www.teenstotrails.org/donate-gear and identify yourself as a MOAC member on the form where it asks you to “Tell us a little about yourself….” After we receive the gear; we will send you documentation of your donation.

Questions? Email jeanne@teenstotrails.org 
Earth Day MOAC Trail Maintenance, April 2021 
By: DANA THURSTON
Trail Maintenance Coordinator
What do you get with six MOAC members, four leaf rakes, two fire rakes, a bucksaw, a pair of clippers, a little duct tape, and 28 hours of volunteer work?
  
You get one well maintained section of the Bald Peak Trail, that’s what ya get! MOAC adopted the Bald Peak and Sue’s Way Trails on Pleasant Mountain a few years ago and we work in conjunction with the Loon Echo Land Trust to keep these trails up to snuff for everyone to enjoy.
  
Earth Day is April 22 each year and this year it fell on a Thursday. Even though it was mid-week, I thought I’d offer MOAC members a chance to give back to good old Mother Earth. So, I posted the spring’s first MOAC trail maintenance day on the calendar. The emails came flooding in, and two days before Earth Day I had a crew of … two. Well, lucky for us when Earth Day came around, the weather sucked! So, I re-scheduled the workday, for Saturday the 24th.  Being the weekend, with perfect spring weather, we now had a crew of six eager MOAC volunteers.
  
Raking the leaves, twigs, sticks, and winter debris from the trail is the first priority in the spring. A close second is the important task of cleaning the water bars of the leaves, twigs, sticks, along with rocks, and dirt that accumulated since last year.  Water bars are a key component to preventing erosion of the trail. Especially on a steep trail such as the Bald Peak Trail of Pleasant Mountain. By the end of our day, we had cleared 29 waterbars, and raked leaves and debris from almost 3/4 of a mile of trail. The third chore is to eliminate the social trails. Social trails - those pesky "not-really-the-trail" trails, that lead you off into the woods for 20 or 30 feet before you realize, "…damn, this ain’t the trail." And then later another hiker does the same thing.  And the next day another hiker does the same thing. And before you know it the trail that ain’t a trail starts looking like a trail. We "brushed-in" at least 4 of these pseudo- trails with logs, branches, leaves, and whatever we could drag out of the surrounding area to clutter these dead-ends and help define the actual trail.
  
Round about 3 o’clock that afternoon, it became clear that we weren’t going to work all the way to the top. One of the folks in the group had never been to the summit of Bald Peak, so we stashed our trail tools behind a fallen log and hiked to the top. We took in some nice views of Moose Pond and the White Mountains and enjoyed a second lunch.
  
Big thanks to the volunteers du jour: Greg Dean, Anne Geisler, Janet Thurston, Gail Aloisio (her first MOAC event by the way!) and Dan Kidd with his duct taped rake!
  
MOAC’s next trail maintenance day is on the calendar for June 12th. Same time, same place, same planet! See ya then!  
Happy Hours are BACK!
Calendar hawks might have noticed something resembling normalcy recently. Something that might have made you think the end of this long ordeal might be near.

The Happy Hour Committee resumed in-person get-togethers last Friday choosing The Yard in the Bayside section of Portland.

For the time being, MOAC Happy Hours will be located at establishments with outdoor seating. MOAC cannot guarantee that sufficient outdoor seating will be available for everyone, nor are people required to remain outside if they choose to dine/drink/socialize indoors. Participants assume all risk for COVID-19 or other contagious diseases.

Vaccination against COVID is not required to participate, but is strongly encouraged. Happy Hour participants are expected to practice safe behaviors including social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask when not eating/drinking or when not seated. Please be respectful of other people’s choices and comfort level. Do not participate if you are not feeling well, exhibiting COVID symptoms, have recently tested positive for COVID or have come into close contact with someone who may be COVID positive.
A Request From The Board
While maybe it was understood, the board realized it had never been spelled out:

If you learn you are positive with COVID-19 and had been on a recent MOAC trip, possibly exposing fellow MOACers, PLEASE e-mail the board with this information. Thank you.

Per the CDC, a close contact is:

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Food For Thought
Japanese Farm-Style Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Description

A simple, authentic grilled Japanese farm style teriyaki Bowl that can be made with chicken or Portobellos. The chicken will need to marinate 4-12 hours. Serve with rice, cucumber salad, and avocado for a delicious Teriyaki bowl. Feel free to sub portobellos mushrooms for the chicken and make this totally vegan. ( See notes)

Ingredients:

  • Farm Style Teriyaki
  • 1 pound chicken thighs ( boneless skinless) Or sub 4 extra large Portobellos ( see notes)
  • 8 ounces shitake mushrooms ( optional)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce ( or use GF Braggs Liquid amino acid)
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • 1–2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • ——-
  • 1 cup rice, rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • ——
  • Cucumber Ribbon Salad
  • 1 large english cucumber
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Garnishes:
  • 1–2 avocados (one half, per bowl) , peeled, sliced, salted
  • Garnish:
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions (or chives)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Instructions:


  1. Place whole chicken thighs in a ziplock bag with soy sauce, mirin and ginger and marinate 4 hours or overnight. The longer, the more flavor. You could add shiitake mushrooms to the same bag if you want.
  2. After this has marinated, and you are ready to grill, cook the rice.
  3. Place water and rinsed rice in a medium pot with a pinch of \. Bring to a boil, cover, then simmer on low for 20 -40 minutes, depending on rice type. Leave covered until ready to serve.
  4. In the meantime, make the cucumber salad and preheat the grill to medium high.
  5. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Using a vegetable peeler, or sharp cheese slicer or mandolin, peel long thin strips or “ribbons” onto a couple of paper towels. Blot with a couple more paper towels and place them in a bowl. In a small bowl, whisk rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar and sesame seeds together and pour over cucumber ribbons, toss.
  6. Slice the avocado and scallions.
  7. Grill the chicken and shiitakes, over medium high heat, turning heat down after marking, letting the chicken cook through. Move the shiitakes to a cooler spot on the grill, or set aside to prevent burning.
  8. Once cooked through, slice the chicken and assemble the bowls:
  9. Place rice in the middle, add grilled chicken to one side, then avocado, cucumber salad and shiitakes. Sprinkle avocado with salt. Scatter bowl with sesame seeds and scallions, serve with chop sticks.
  10. NOTES: If going vegan, sub 4-5 large portobello mushrooms for the chicken and add 1 tablespoon oil to the marinade and marinate for 1 hour only. To make gluten free, sub GF soy sauce like Braggs.
  11. If you can’t find toasted sesame seeds, lightly toast raw sesame seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and golden. They are key.

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  • Trip Stories
  • Poetry
  • Celebrate friends' milestones (birthdays, achievements, celebrations, condolences)

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Flashback!
This entry is from July, 1993

Easter Trip

By: BRIAN WOOD

Nothing could be better than to spend a cold, clammy Easter Sunday afternoon on Peaks Island walking in the mud. Apparently quite a few others thought the same, as so many people showed up for this adventure we were forced to ride outside on the ferry’s top deck. Upon arriving on the island, we met a local type person and her dog. This local type person agreed to give our large group a tour of the island because her dog took a liking to us. Kindred spirits or something like that.

We walked for several miles and the islanders must have wondered what such a large group of people were doing walking around. It seemed that almost everyone knew the local type person and waved; however her dog knew more people. Tramping in the mud was a lot of fun as it had a wet gooey consistency unlike anything our large group had ever experienced before.

Once we were done hiking, we went to a restaurant and had dinner. As there were so many of us to serve, we had to rush the restaurant so that we could make the 7:30 ferry. Fortunately, our large group got fed and just barely made the ferry. Everyone on the island hated to see us go, especially the dog.

Once we were back in Portland we said our goodbyes which took a long time as there we so many of us to say “goodbye” to, we thought our adventure was over. Little did we know what terror awaited us.

Legend has it that once there was a man and his dog who left their car lights on before taking a trip to Peaks Island. Not able to start their car upon returning, they are forever doomed to wander the streets of Portland at night in search of a jump start. Sometimes, when it is foggy, a ghostly figure and his ghostly dog can be seen on Commercial Street holding a jumper cable up to the passing motorists.

Well, believe it or not, when we left the ferry terminal, a dark figure of a man and his dog loomed out in front of us and asked for a jump start. Shaken, we helped him start his vehicle, and as he drive off a chill ran down our spines. We had met the ghost of Dan Kidd and his dog, Action. Wandering the streets of Portland.
Posting Trips with COVID-19
  • Do not post trips, or attend them if you feel it takes you out of your comfort zone. The board understands it will take time for things to ramp up to whatever "normal" will now be.
  • Please try to avoid "Show and Go" trips as it can lead to unexpected numbers and tend to be less organized. It is more of a pain, but the board feels it is important. We do realize that it can depend on the kind of trip it is. Boats on the water social distance by design.
  • Please post Member Only trips for the time being. Again, better control and few, if any surprises.
  • Please limit trip size to reasonable numbers. Of course, that can vary from trip to trip.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid carpooling
  • Aprés trip gatherings. If it isn't outdoors with plenty of space, you might want to reconsider it.
  • Be prepared to wear a mask and follow whatever rules are presented wherever the group ends up

If you don't feel well, STAY HOME.

Be safe, be well, and BE SMART!
Tapestry
By: LESLEY ELAINE GREENWOOD

If I could take a brush and paint the mountains and the moors,
I would splash the hillsides yellow and cover them in gorse.
I'd take the finest needle and the darkest thread of green
And sew a line of bracken along the landscape. In-between

I'd lay a purple carpet of wild heather in the dells
And fringe the edge of all the woods with their pretty lilac bells.
I'd merge the bracken with the heather, mix their colours like the sea,
A green and purple ocean on my own rich tapestry.

Then I'd take a ball of soft, white wool and stitch a mass of daisy chains
Around the lush green meadows and up the sides of winding lanes.
I would stencil on the marshes, just like pure white china cups,
Some fragile water lilies and by the ponds, sweet buttercups.

I'd mix orange, reds and yellows planting poppies wild and free
Onto nature's coloured canvas, my own rich tapestry.

For Time At The Campfire
Silent Spring. By Rachel Carson. Houghton Mifflin Company; Anniversary edition, 2002, 400 pages. ISBN-13:  978-0618249060. Price $9.29 (paperback)
The Control of Nature. By John McPhee.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition, 1990, 288 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0374522599. Price $11.89 (paperback)
Desert Solitaire. By Edward Abbey. Touchstone, 1990, 288 pages. ISBN: 978-0671695880. Price $10.59 (paperback)
Remember the Leave No Trace Principles
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
Coastal Ride
Kennebunk, Maine
Speckled Mountain
Stoneham, Maine
Member Benefits and Discounts
Your annual dues do much more than just plug you into the greatest group of people Maine has to offer. Please check out the links below to see what else your membership does. The Board is always looking for new discounts and opportunities for members as well as to make sure the list is accurate. Please let the Board know if you find an error or want to suggest a possible addition.

Please login to MOAC first.


Other links of importance:

Bangor/DownEast?
While MOAC no longer has an official chapter in Bangor, that doesn't change the fact MOAC is there. It would be great to have an official active group to serve Down East, and if you are interested in starting one back up, please email the Board.

The chapter in Bangor had monthly meetings just like Portland, held at Epic Sports.

Short of that, there is an email address and Message Board category to serve that purpose. The email address is: bangor_area@moac.org. Please use both options to organize events in that area of the state.
Every day is an Adventure
Join us to find yours!
We are fortunate to be part of this organization MOAC. A diverse outdoors club that's been around since 1989 and welcomes newcomers of all ages and experience. If you're new or thinking about joining, please do. As an ALL-VOLUNTEER Club, our members organize and voluntarily lead all trips and activities from beginner to expert. From strenuous mountain hikes, or as part of the MOAC Trek Across Maine Team, to casual conversational-pace bike rides along the Eastern Trail, after-work city or beach walks or a gentle sail in Casco Bay, to overnight ocean kayaking paddle trips, weekend camping outings to Acadia, Baxter and one of the Maine Huts, MOAC members post their outdoor adventure ideas on their online calendar. “Join MOAC to challenge yourself, share your outdoor skills and meet other outdoor adventurers!” www.moac.org
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Contacting MOAC
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MOAC is a non-profit 501c7 organization serving the outdoor community in the state of Maine. As such the organization is governed by the following set of Bylaws.

Mission Statement

  • To facilitate the pursuit of amateur outdoor activities of all types for persons of all skill levels.
  • To provide a structure for public awareness (i.e. safety, conservation, and environmental awareness).
  • To provide an outlet for public service activities.
  • To provide a structure for social networking and community building. MOAC is and shall remain a non-affiliated organization