Field Notes

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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To paraphrase the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the canoe trip of 410 miles begins with a single paddle stroke. Why 410? That’s the length of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, which now hosts two new campsites built by volunteers from AMC’s Berkshire Chapter and members of AMC’s Roving Conservation Crew. With so many miles of…

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Visitors to the new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins, rebuilt from the ground up and set to open in winter 2017, will find a new lodge, an expanded trail network, and views of lofty Katahdin—Maine’s highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—from the camp’s perch on Second Roach Pond, near Kokadjo, Maine. In addition…

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Years ago, in response to a visitor’s question, “How far can you see from here?” a Lakes of the Clouds Hut croo member was heard to reply, “If you look at the sun, you can see 93 million miles.” All kidding aside, today’s AMC croo members are shining sources of information on celestial bodies, as…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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When AMC launched the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) in 2003, it was with the key goals of working with community partners to conserve thousands of acres of Maine woodlands and to provide new opportunities for nature-based recreation. To date, 70,000 acres of what was industrial forestland is now owned by AMC and managed for a…

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