With the door completely off, the lap belt holding me to my seat seems like a far cry from something that would actually save me in an emergency. The helicopter’s rotator blades accelerate, shifting from a rhythmic to a constant spin, as we effortlessly start to ascend. Ten feet, 35, 50,…

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You read the sign but think, “Oh, it’s just one little piece of garbage, no one will notice.” You crumple up your trash and toss it down the privy. Too gross to hike out. Walk away. Out of sight and out of mind. No longer my problem. But it’s someone’s problem. We find it. We sort…

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This year the AMC Campsite Program is excited to roll out an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Pass program. Geared toward any Northbounder, Southbounder, flip-flopper, or section hiker, this pass offers a handsome discount through the AMC campsites in the White Mountains. After you spend your first night at one of our sites, every site after that…

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It’s something we don’t like to talk about. It’s something we don’t like to think about. But we all do it. We all poop in the privies. But what is even less discussed: what happens after we close the lid? Last season we had 3,573 visitors spend the night at Guyot Campsite. In our experience…

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The phrase, “it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it” perfectly sums up one key responsibility for AMC’s Backcountry Caretakers. Where there are humans, there is waste, and each year our fleet of campsites composts roughly 2,500 gallons of it. To help us manage human waste at this incredible scale we utilize a…

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I’m a nostalgic person. I love antique shops, old, outdated objects like type writers, and rotary telephones. Anything that looks like it holds a story captures my attention. But, there comes a time in every backcountry shelter’s life when we must face the music, and make way for something new. I am proud to announce…

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This month we will take a dive into the psyche of one Charlotte “Char” Copp, second year AMC Backcountry Caretaker. On her last full day in the woods, we sat down by the river and reminisced about her season and took a look back at how her mentality as grown, the life lessons she has…

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Rachel Pifer, 2016 Guyot Caretaker Do not go gentle into that good night. People always ask me: “What makes a good caretaker?” I can teach someone to put rocks into the ground, but I can’t teach them about the intrinsic value of protecting the resource, the top soil, the water quality, the wildlife. That’s something…

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