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When visitors come to the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest, there are a handful of questions that are often asked, again and again. There are the usual questions about trails and conditions, the location of bathrooms and potable water. A favorite question for a Naturalist Guide is any dealing…

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As I wrote earlier the Appalachians have a very complex geologic history that built major mountain chains which formed and then eroded over vast periods of time. I will begin the history around 500 million years ago during the Late Cambrian/ Early Ordovician periods. Since the rock record covers such vast quantities of time geologists…

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Chickadees are cheerful little birds that keep us company through the long White Mountain winters. They are known by site with their familiar black cap and bib and their white cheeks. When you are out in the woods, listen for the familiar “chickadee-dee-dee” call and the two note “fee-bee” call. Closely related are the Boreal…

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Our History

January 11, 2009

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are renowned for outdoor adventure and their fascinating ecosystems. Each season brings exciting changes in weather, plant life, recreational opportunities, and wildlife activity. But there is something that is often overlooked when visiting such beautiful, natural areas: the complex and interesting cultural history of the northern forests. Pinkham Notch,…

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A number of the people coming through have been asking about the geology of the area and after talking to a couple of school groups and guests on some of my hikes I thought I would put my passion into words. Now the White Mountains have a very complex geologic history and it will take…

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It’s like a force field around your new rain jacket, an invisible defense system that repels water so vigorously it almost sizzles on contact. Unable to penetrate your armor, the droplets bead up, roll off, and leave you deliciously dry underneath. But time, use, and abuse wear down your jacket’s protection, until one day you…

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You may already own a boat, a hard-shell canoe or kayak that spends most of its time languishing in the backyard due (at least in part) to the hassle of getting it to the water in the first place. Or perhaps you’ve avoided buying that great albatross of outdoor gear, recognizing that a boat is…

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Winter camping is fun. In a frosted bug-free landscape devoid of crowds, you experience sparkling tranquility. Snow-draped woods, crystalline views, and glittering night skies await. But winter’s less friendly aspects lurk as well: heavy snowfall, blustery winds, and nose-nipping cold. To experience it comfortably, you’ll need a quality four-season tent to keep you safe and…

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Frigid fingers are unpleasant. Numb wooden hands are far worse, and potentially dangerous in the chilly backcountry. Prevent the fingertip blues this season and keep your dexterity, enjoyment, and digits intact with these handy tips. IF THE GLOVE FITS In a properly fitting glove, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch the tips. The…

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You are stranded, injured and alone. Night is falling, conditions are deteriorating, and there is no way out until the next day. Or longer. Are you equipped to survive? Your chances will be vastly improved if you carry these essential items and know how to use them. STAY DRY AND WARM Hypothermia will kill you…

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