Field Notes

Back when a dollar went a lot further than it does today, an overnight stay at AMC’s Carter Notch Hut would run you 75 cents. That was a century ago, and while the Consumer Price Index has since seen more hikes than a chapter trip leader, one could argue that the value of a visit…

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Picture a place where you can go with your kids, leave the daily clamor behind, and imagine what it’s like to be a salamander. Better yet, you and your kids can figuratively walk in a salamander’s shoes as part of a naturalist-led outdoor program. We have such a place at the far end of a…

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About 1,800 miles into their thru-hike of the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), northbounders encounter a place where weather, terrain, and hiker services differ markedly from what they’ve come to know from miles and miles and months in the woods. The skies throw in a wild card, what with the trail’s proximity to fabled…

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Fresh off of two years of record-setting growth in AMC’s volunteer trail programs, managers have added new projects for 2014, expanding the scope and geographic reach of trail maintenance work. For instance, performing brushing, drainage, and erosion-control work on the Pacific Crest Trail in southern California is a new option for trail volunteers as part…

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Call them eco-MacGyvers. They’re more commonly known as AMC’s Construction Crew (CC), but these innovative troubleshooters easily can be compared to the television character famous for saving the day with quick thinking and unconventional solutions. CC members have a long and storied reputation for inventive problem-solving whenever they’re handed a renovation or new-construction project at…

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