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Gorman Chairback Base Camp Crew

Date and Time

Monday, October 4, 2021 4:00PM - Friday, October 8, 2021 9:00AM


AMC Gorman Chairback Lodge,
Maine, Western,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


*Program start time is 4pm, but you are welcome to arrive at 11am so that you have the day to enjoy the trails and ponds. Join a crew of 6 and an AMC Trails staff instructor to spend a week at Gorman Chairback Lodge. Enjoy time with fellow stewards deep in the Maine Woods as you complete needed projects on the trails. SCHEDULE: We'll begin with crew and camp orientation at 4pm Monday. We'll work Tuesday through Thursday, rain or shine. Workdays typically run 6-8 hours, and there may be time after work to relax or take one of the lodge's canoes out on Long Pond. Departure time is 9am Friday. THE WORK: Your trail crew leader will provide guidance on the implementation of your project. The project may involve installing side ditches, drainage structures, steps, or other trail maintenance projects. The hike and work can be strenuous, but this crew is designed to engage volunteers with no prior trail work experience. Transportation is provided by van to and from the project trailhead, if needed. ACCOMODATIONS: Gorman-Chairback Lodge is located "off the grid" on the shore of Long Pond. It is within the Katahdin Ironworks Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest, near Greenville. The lodge has rustic 4-bunk co-ed adult bunkrooms (bring a headlamp or flashlight for a light at night!). Our lodging is set up for shared accommodations, and occupancy will be modified in accordance with COVID-19 guidance at the time of the program. There is no Wi-Fi and limited cell service. There are showers in the main building. RECREATION: The lodge is located in a large forest preserve, with trails and water access. Take a walk or a paddle, or relax and read by the pond.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $420 member / $468 non-member
*All lodging and food (dinner Monday - breakfast Friday), use of tools, helmets, gloves and eye protection, instruction, van transport (if needed)

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Cardigan Work Weekend 2018

Volunteering Type

Trail Work


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Gorman Chairback


Adults (18+)


All AMC Trails staff receive training in group management, worksite and vehicle safety, Wilderness First Aid, and trail work techniques.