Most AMC activities are open to both members and non-members, and most are free. Some activities may have fees to cover expenses such as transportation, equipment rentals, meals and lodging.
Some activities require registration. You will be given the meeting time and location when you register. If the activity does not require registration, the meeting time and place will be given in the listing.
Some activity leaders will e-mail a list of things to bring, while others will list "bring lunch and water," and others will list nothing at all. It depends on the leader and the trip.
1. Be truthful and honest with themselves and the trip leader, especially when representing their physical condition, skills and equipment.
2. Be in good physical condition. Be ready for the demands of the trip.
3. Have the proper equipment, (boots, pack, bicycle, canoe, etc.) and have it in good working order.
4. Tell the trip leader of any special conditions that might impact the trip. For example: a medical condition.
5. Dress properly for the conditions. Bring sufficient food, water and spare clothing.
6. Take responsibility for your own safety. Stay with the group. If any problems, let the leader know as soon as possible.
7. Take responsibility for the safety of the group. Keep those behind you in sight. Keep the trip leader informed of problems. Follow the directives of the trip leader.
8. Keep alert and mentally fit. The use of alcohol or any other intoxicating substances prior to, or while on the trip, is strictly forbidden.
9. Be considerate of others. Pack out all trash and litter. Do not disturb other people enjoying nature.
If you have questions, ask the trip leader! By e-mail or phone before the trip, or in person during the trip.
Get to the meeting place before the start time!
Remember that all our leaders are trained volunteers. Extend to them the respect and thanks they deserve.
All of the above certainly apply to hiking. If you are new to hiking, or to our group, you should probably start out with an easier hike. When you are ready for a long, difficult hike, don't be surprised or offended if the leader asks you a few questions about your experience.
Delaware Valley Chapter Hike Rating System
Hike ratings consist of a number-letter-number system indicating PACE-TERRAIN-MILEAGE. All Chapter hikes and backpacks include a rating.
Click picture for the hiking schedule.
1 - Leisurely (nature walk)
2 - Moderate (steady, comfortable pace)
3 - Brisk (firm pace)
4 - Fast
5 - Extremely fast
MILEAGE is estimated, plus or minus a mile.
A - Solid pavement, sidewalk
B - Soft ground, sand, carriage trails
C - Hiking trails, gentle rolling hills
D - Steep hills, scrambling possible
E - Rough terrain, exposure, thick brush
F - Extremely difficult terrain, possible
EXAMPLE: A very fast six-mile hike on a paved path would have a hike rating of 5A6.
Ratings should be considered approximations and not exacts. A brisk pace for one person may be a moderate pace for another person. Also there can be variations within each terrain category, especially for the C rating. Please contact the activity leader if you are not sure about a particular activity.
Click picture for the backpacking schedule.
Below: video from a Black Forest Trail backpack trip.
We currently run beginner, intermediate, and experienced backpacking trips. Our trips are primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern Regions and may run from one night out to a full week and are run all four seasons of the year.
A backpacking workshop is generally offered each year for anyone interested in becoming a backpacker or who would like updated information. Please contact our backpacking chair for detailed information. There will be subsequent trips to sign up for in which to use this newly acquired knowledge.
Our chapter does have several backpacks for beginners to rent for a nominal fee to get their feet wet. Most of us are willing to share equipment such as filters, stoves, etc. to help newcomers learn about equipment prior to making the investment. Intermediate and experienced backpackers must provide their own equipment. The equipment varies greatly by choice of the backpacker and the season.
We welcome people at all levels that are able to carry the weight and wish to enjoy the outdoors in more remote settings for extended periods.
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All the trip basics listed above apply. Particularly, make sure that you have kind of bike suitable for the trip, i.e., road bike, mountain bike, trail bike or hybrid. This is listed in the trip description. If you are not sure, ask the leader. Make sure your bike and tires are in good condition. Carry a spare inner tube that fits your tires, a pump and tire levers. Carry sufficient water and food.
Helmets are required, and must be worn on all club rides!
Click picture for the bicycling schedule.
Click picture for the paddling schedule. Click below to go to the Paddler's Website.
AMC runs both flatwater and whitewater trips. Each trip listing will state the classification of the trips. Generally, trips listed as class 1 or as flatwater are suitable for most paddlers, while class 2 and above trips are whitewater for those with the appropriate equipment and skills. Click here for a detailed description of river classifications.
On some flatwater trips, rental canoes and kayaks are available. This will be noted in the listing. However, it may be possible to borrow or share a boat if you don't have one. Ask the leader, preferably a week or more before the trip date.
For Class 2 and higher trips, paddlers must provide their own equipment: Canoe or kayak suitable for whitewater with flotation and grab loops or handles, a helmet, lifejacket, sprayskirt for closed boats, paddle and clothing suitable for water & air temperatures. Paddlers must have the necessary skills, be able to wet exit their boat, swim and self-rescue in a rapid: swim boat and self to shore, get back in boat, or eskimo roll.
Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Devices) must be worn and secured at all times while on the water.
This applies to all club trips. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Helmets are required on all whitewater trips.
We try to provide a broad range of family activities throughout the Delaware Valley that get new and existing members outdoors. Many members began their lifelong appreciation of the natural world through experiences they had when they were children. These experiences encouraged them to grow up to be good environmental stewards. We need future generations to care for and preserve our natural treasures.
Many activities offered have an underlying educational theme. We have offered hikes that taught about the plight of the American Chestnut tree and what is being done to save it from extinction. Another event involved tagging and releasing of Monarch butterflies to learn more about their migratory path.
Of course, many activities are purely for fun and just provide an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors together. We are always looking to expand the variety of activities offered and want to promote the conservation efforts of AMC to future generations.
Parents, please note! Any minor attending one of these outings (regardless of the presence of their parent or guardian) must have their parent or legal guardian sign AMC’s Release Agreement prior to their participation.
So before you send your children off with their grandparents, a friend or another adult, please download this form, print it, fill it out and sign it and send it along with the kids.
Trails If you can garden, you can do trail work!
AMC's core mission is conservation and stewardship, and trail building and maintenance is a big part of that mission.
We help maintain the trails on Mt. Misery in Valley Forge National Park, and we maintain a 15-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. We also assist with volunteer projects at Valley Forge and other parks, as needed.
We welcome people of all levels of physical ability. You just need to be able to hike to the site. We will train you and provide tools, even gloves and eye protection. Work ranges from easy jobs such as raking and pruning, to as strenuous as moving rocks and logs. We will match the task to your ability. So join us, and give back to our community!
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