Don’t miss the March 22 showing of the film “Sherpa” @ the Camden Opera House

Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) Selects: SHERPA

March 22, 7pm

Camden Opera House

“Powerfully polemic…jaw-gapingly spectacular” – Hollywood Reporter

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?

Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.

At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.

The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Box Office opens at 6PM on the evening of the event.

This screening is co-presented by Camden Opera House and Maine Sport Outfitters.

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Winter Program Dates have been set!

IMG_0320Are you looking forward to the snow?  If so, check out Maine Sport’s variety of Winter Program offerings.  Winter is not the time to be inside, get out there and explore this beautiful area on your skis, by snowshoe, or take one of our evening classes.  Follow the links below for more information regarding our 2017 Winter Programs!

Up loads 019Intro to XC Skiing

Kayak Rolling Clinics

Fly Tying Classes

Maine Guide Classes

Ski Touring

Intro to Long Distance Hiking

For more information or enrollment, contact Tim Barker

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Wilderness Medicine Course dates set for 2017!

fadwe-050Maine Sport Outfitters has set it’s dates for our 2017 Wilderness Medicine Courses.  We will be working with Jon Tierney and Acadia Mountain Guides to offer a unique and informative block of courses perfect for anyone looking to learn more about managing a medical event in a remote environment.  Enroll in our one of our two Wilderness First Responder Courses early to receive a $50 discount on the course.

fadwe-035Wilderness First Aid:  June 2nd & 3rd

Open Recertification:  June 2nd – 4th

5-Day Wilderness First Responder:  July 14th – 18th & August 25th – 29th

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Trip Report: Hiking Bald Mountain

A short hike that is a local favorite is Bald Mountain in Camden near the border with Hope.  Not to be confused with Bald Rock Mountain, which is part of the Camden Hills State Park, Bald Mountain sits northwest of Ragged Mountain and the Camden Snow Bowl, with the trailhead just off Barnstown Rd.  It is part of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the trail was built in 1997 as part of the Georges Highland Path network.

 Bald is much larger than it appears from Rockport and as you gain elevation from the trailhead the summit ridge becomes clearly visible.  The trail is marked with blue blazes and signs and is well maintained.  There are a few short portions involving some easy scrambling up rocky slopes but overall it’s a fairly moderate hike.  A section of the trail as you approach the summit has been relocated and about half of the small summit loop is closed to allow trail rehabilitation.  This cuts out some of the length of the trail as seen on local maps and the total out and back I recorded was about 2 miles.   Although it’s a short hike the views from the approximately 1276ft summit are fantastic.  You see steeples, towns and farms to the west and Lake Megunticook and Penobscot Bay stretching out to the east.  There is even a small kiosk near the summit looking east to help identify features on the horizon.  Total round trip time was about an hour and a half, allowing plenty of time to stop at the best viewpoints to snap pictures and also to lounge in the sun at the summit for a bit.

 Some additional notes:  The trailhead’s info board usually has free maps but was empty when I was there.  However, I had no problem following the trail without one.  Also, there were warning signs urging you to have on your blaze orange as hunting is allowed in the Bald Mountain Preserve.

Report filed by Jeremy L./ staff member/ Maine Sport using a Delorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS unit.

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