Field Notes

A brand-new shelter along the Appalachian Trail (AT) has an unusual trait in common with its predecessor. For both, AMC helicoptered in prefabricated components that were then assembled on site, at AMC’s Speck Pond Campsite in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range. Last fall, AMC staff dismantled the old Speck Pond AT shelter, which had stood for 49…

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For many people, the loon’s eerie call is the quintessential sound of the wilderness. In an effort to protect this primitive and iconic bird (which faces threats such as human disturbance, habitat loss, and climate change), AMC Maine staff and guests, plus hundreds of volunteers statewide, are set to take part in the Maine Audubon…

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Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers passing through the White Mountains this season will be able to save a few bucks on backcountry shelter and campsite fees, thanks to a new camping deal rolled out this spring by AMC. After a thru-hiker has paid the standard $10 to spend a night at one of the designated campsites…

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In the 1920s, when Benton MacKaye envisioned the long-distance footpath that would become the Appalachian Trail (AT), he foresaw a series of communities linked physically and figuratively to the 2,100-plus-mile route. The AT was recognized as a National Scenic Trail in 1937, and MacKaye’s dream of a conservation, recreation, and economic corridor has been evolving…

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Sure, you know about AMC’s famed high-mountain hut system. Perhaps you’ve stayed in a few (or all!) of them. Or, maybe you’ve rolled up to an AMC roadside lodge and used it as a convenient base camp for exploring nearby trails and peaks. Most guests consider AMC’s huts and lodges a great value, given their…

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Given their trailside access in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), AMC’s high-mountain huts staff are often the first responders to backcountry emergencies. Along with cooking, cleaning, and providing trail information, hut croo also serve as volunteers in search-and-rescue incidents. Virtually all AMC backcountry staff—hut croo, caretakers, and trail crew members—are certified in Wilderness First…

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AMC’s latest land acquisition adds 4,358 acres to its landholdings in the Maine Woods, including habitat for a wide range of plants and animals and a multitude of opportunities for paddlers, hikers, anglers, campers, and other outdoors enthusiasts. The forested parcel surrounds Silver Lake and 12 miles of the West Branch of the Pleasant River…

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If you’ve spent any time in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, you’ve no doubt seen the bumper sticker that reads “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington.” Most of the vehicles bearing this point of pride belong to vacationers who drove up for the amazing views often found on the Northeast’s highest peak. But at…

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AMC’s Boston and New Hampshire chapters are helping to conserve and permanently protect access to critical crags near New Hampshire’s storied Rumney Rocks climbing area. Members of the chapters’ mountaineering committees are working with the Rumney Climbers Association and the Access Fund, which have secured the right to purchase technical climbing areas known as the…

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Did you know AMC forestland in Maine is helping to combat climate change? It’s doing so by naturally storing—or sequestering—atmospheric carbon, says David Publicover, AMC’s forest ecologist and assistant director of research. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Storing carbon in forests, which take up more carbon than they…

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