MOAC Frequently Asked Questions

What does MOAC stand for ?
What is its purpose?
Is this a hard-core organization?
Is MOAC just a hiking club?
Does the club meet regularly?
How can I get access to the schedule of monthly activities?
What should I wear & bring?
What are BCH and MWPL?
Do I have to be a member of MOAC to try it out and see if I like it?
Will I have to purchase a lot of expensive gear for the activities?
Are there any mid-week MOAC activities?
Are there any regularly scheduled MOAC activities?
What does it cost?
What do I get for my membership fee?
How Do I join?
What is MOAC's history?

What does MOAC stand for ?
The Maine Outdoor Adventure Club.

MOAC's 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.

MOAC is an all volunteer organization, helping people participate in outdoor activities and adventures with others who share a love for the outdoors.  MOAC Members organize and lead all their own trips and activities. Where do you want to go today!?

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.

Is this a hard-core organization?
Definitely not! MOAC members have a wide variety of outdoor interests. Many join to learn and develop new outdoor skills. There is a wide range of ability levels from beginner to expert and everything in-between.

Is MOAC just a hiking club?
No way! Just check out the list of typical activities listed on this sheet with the membership application. If it's "outdoors," MOAC probably does it!

Does the club meet regularly?
Yes.  Click here next meetings

  • Portland meetings are held at 7pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland (near Northgate Shopping Plaza).

How can I get access to the schedule of monthly activities?
There are several ways:

  • Come to the monthly meeting and take notes as the trips are planned.
  • If you are a non-member trying to find out more, and can't make a meeting, you can request an email version of our newsletter by sending an email to  
  • Visit the Calendar of Events, an interactive database of MOAC trips (a password is needed to view all trip details). Once you are a member you can access all the trip postings and add your own for immediate viewing by all other online MOACers.
  • Members receive the MOAC Newsletter in the mail approximately 10 days following the monthly meeting (sooner by e-mail). All the scheduled activities are listed in it.
  • Contact if you have problems accessing the website, event calendar and/or message boards.

What should I wear & bring?
Always call the trip leader prior to going on an activity to get all your questions answered. Things you might ask about:

  • Meeting time & place
  • estimated duration of the activity and return time
  • the degree of difficulty of the activity (you should tell the trip leader a little about your general physical fitness)
  • what to bring/pack including clothing, footgear, food, water, personal first aid items, money ( if needed for gas donation or a restaurant stop)
  • if the activity is open to children and/or dogs.

What is MWPL?
An acronym for Marginal Way Parking Lot (Commuter Lot at the corner of Marginal Way and Franklin Arterial. Play-it-again Sports is across from the lot down at the far end.)  We often car pool from here for many MOAC activities.

Can I arrange to meet a MOAC group somewhere along the way?
Yes, especially for those members who live outside the Greater Portland and Bangor areas. Arrangements for meeting the group are coordinated through the trip organizer and/or the message board.

Do I have to be a member of MOAC to try it out and see if I like it?
Anyone can attend a MOAC monthly meeting and try out some activities to see if it is for them. Bring along a friend or relative too! Then, if you like what you see & hear, join-up!

Will I have to purchase a lot of expensive gear for the activities?
Don't go out and buy a lot of expensive equipment until you know that you like the activity. Many members are willing to lend/share all sorts of things including tents, backpacks, camping gear, canoes, snowshoes, etc. (just contact a MOAC board member to find out). There are several second-hand equipment stores as well as numerous rental shops that can also serve as sources of equipment. MOAC also puts on workshops on topics such as backpacking and staying warm outdoors in winter that have tips on inexpensive alternatives.

Are there any mid-week MOAC activities?
There are a few formally scheduled mid-week activities such as Tuesday night Baxter Boulevard walks, snowshoeing, mid-week kayak outings, rock climbing and mountain biking. You will want to sign up for the specific activity's message board forum to get last minute information and changes on these mid-week activities!

Are there any regularly scheduled MOAC activities?
MOAC has traditionally held annual club events such as Summerfest, Winterfest and the Holiday party. Other regular events such as Spring and Fall trips to Acadia, rafting in Errol and skiing at Sugarloaf are continually evolving. All such events need and welcome volunteers to make them successful and enjoyable for all!

What does it cost?

  • Individual Memberships are $20 Annually,
  • Family Memberships are $30 and includes a "Significant Other" and children living at home


What do I get for my membership fee?

  • Monthly emailed newsletter
  • FULL access to, with a packed event calendar, message board forums on all your favorite outdoor topics, and the MOAC library, which is has mountain reviews, backpack reviews and how-to guides
  • priority over non-members on trip sign-up lists
  • discounts from several outdoor equipment stores
  • lots of new friends!
  • voting privileges
  • nifty car decal

MOAC proudly offers the following discounts to its members.

  • Coastal Maine Kayak- 10% discount on "anything in the shop". 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village, Maine 04043 • 207.967.6065
  • Eastern Mountain Sports-  20% off on Club Days
  • Kayak Shed-  15% off any non-sale item (except for kayaks) at (Please go to"library" and look under "promotional codes for MOAC discounts". Then type in the coupon code at checkout )
  • Mountainsmith- 25% discount at
    (Please go to"library" and look under "promotional codes for MOAC discounts". Then type in the coupon code at checkout ) 
  • - 10% discount on 2011 Adult Sailing Classes.
    (Please go to"library" and look under "promotional codes for MOAC discounts".
  • Maine Kayak Trips & Rentals -
    Toll Free: 1-866-Maine Kayak
    Toll Free: 1-866-624-6352
    10% discount for all of MOAC members. Maine Kayak Trips and Rentals is  a sea
    kayaking company who offers rentals & tours in Mid-coast Maine. 
  • Maine Rock Gym-  $5 off Admission & Rental (punch cardholders must be present)
  • Mt. Abram-  $10 off All Day and $8 off 1/2 DayLift Tickets
  • SeaSpray Kayak, Brunswick- 20% discount on paddling gear website
  • Shawnee Peak-  $5 off Lift Ticket
  • Sunday River Cross-Country Center- $12 Full day ticket / $8 Junior ticket / $6 Child ticket
  • Discounted rates for Loon.  Voucher required, see Message Board for details.
  • Carter Cross Country Ski Center in Bethel is offering MOAC members a discount for the use of their facility and a trail pass at the price of $12.00. has rated their trails in the top 10 in the country and the views are said to be the best of any xc center in maine...for additional info call me at 824-3880... Right now, they have packed powder to powder conditions on 40k of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing plus unlimited backcountry for experienced skiers and snowshoers.....They also rent equipment,including top of the line backcountry ski equipment...with a 10% discount on rentals....and MOAC members can rent their rustic on-trail cabins...$99.0 for 1st couple and $30.00 for each additional person per night.

If you know of any other benefits that are offered to MOAC members that are not listed here, please contact with the details.

How Do I join?
Click on the "Join Today!" button on the navigation menu on the left.

What is MOAC's history?
In 1989 an individual posted an ad in a local Portland paper for folks to share mountain experiences. About 25 people showed up to that first meeting. After a few informal meetings, a decision was made to form an organization, and find a meeting place. Within a year of that meeting, MOAC had grown to 200 members!

We knew there was a strong need then, and there continues to be now. Our membership hovers around 700-750 adventurous souls, based in Portland.

Since its founding, MOAC has offered monthly newsletters, slide shows and monthly trip planning meetings. MOAC members have led local weekly activities, day and weekend trips and vacation adventures.

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 Maine Outdoor Adventure Club . P.O. Box 11251, Portland, ME 04104  . (207) 775-MOAC  (775-6622)
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