Field Notes

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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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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