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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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Tent footprints are cut to precisely match a tent’s floor dimensions. When placed underneath the tent, they provide protection from abrasion, moisture, and general wear-and-tear and are generally recommended when a few extra ounces aren’t a big deal. (It’s a different story when you are counting ounces, however. More on this below.) Nearly every gear…

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Catherine Frondordf, BCT Projects Coordinator, checking in! Over the past month, our Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) volunteer crews and their tireless leaders have been working full steam. They’ve dealt with pitfalls, successes, torrential downpours, and ups and downs in between. Let’s see what’s been going on… …Our BCT teen trail crews installed wood check steps…

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At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts. It is also a delightful destination if you’re looking for a short overnight backpacking adventure. There are several options for camping on Mount Greylock. Five backcountry shelters dot the flanks of the mountain, two of which are on the mountain’s western slopes. There’s also…

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This crew is designed to increase our knowledge of trail work and prepare us to be future leaders. We were lucky to spend 4 weeks learning from the amazing staff at Camp Dodge and spending time out in the White Mountains. Taking a Wilderness First Aid course and becoming LNT Trainers gave us proper certifications…

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Summer is in full swing here in Pinkham Notch, which means long, warm days and plenty of people out and about to enjoy the trails. But if you are concerned your trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire will be full of busy crowds, no need to worry. There are many trails in the…

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On Tuesday, July 26th, the Front Desk crew of Pinkham Notch Visitor Center hit the Kearsarge North Trail to blow off some steam on our annual “morale day.” We had a few different options on the table for our day, but decided to go up Mount Kearsarge as only one person in our party had…

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I had my first bout with Lyme disease about a decade ago. This summer I went another round with the unpleasant tick-borne illness. The two experiences highlight several important things everybody should understand about Lyme. How you get Lyme disease First a quick backgrounder. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is…

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There’s a lot to be said for the act of fishing, from learning patience to unplugging from technology to simply enjoying being outside. I live in the city, where fishing is certainly not something every kid learns how to do, but it’s one of those summer activities that can be so much fun and so…

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This is my second year working for AMC, but I have been professionally involved with trail construction, and more importantly, volunteer team building, for six years now. Each year I get older, each year my body aches a little bit more, and every single year I become more and more amazed at how impactful a…

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