Trails

         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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The New England Trail was lucky enough to have not one, but three of AMC’s teen trail crews working on the trail this summer. The last crew finished up their time on the trail earlier this month, but before they left the teens and the Southern New England staff took the time to tell us…

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Seth King, BCT Projects Coordinator Imagining a traditional AMC Trail Crew, visions of a dirty backcountry bunch, living deep in the woods with only a radio, a few tents, an arsenal of hand tools and hefty food rations probably come to mind. Daily life for an AMC volunteer crew on the Bay Circuit Trail doesn’t…

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While some crew members are beginning to think about packing their bags to head back to college or their winter seasonal jobs, others are looking forward to the fall trail season.  It’s time to find those warmer sleeping bags, and unpack the long underwear stored away at the end of last winter.  The New England…

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By Alex Sabido and Ryan May, AMC/NH JAG Crew Leaders Over four weeks this summer, the Berlin, NH Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students worked together with the Appalachian Mountain Club, reconstructing trails and accomplishing a variety of goals. JAG is a high school program that provides opportunities and job experiences for students to further…

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Whether it’s a hike or a poem, there’s no end to the ways one can experience the natural world, and this summer, many of these experiences can be found through the New England Trail’s (NET) artist-in-residence program. The summer started off with a sensory walk program at Mount Tom State Reservation, led by artist Bibi…

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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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What better way to get a feel for what it’s like to be part of an AMC Teen Trail Crew than through the eyes of a participant? Recent White Mountain Two-Week Spike Crew volunteer Tim Berger shared this collection of photos with us, and not only are they excellent, we think they speak volumes about the Teen…

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“It was the best week I’ve ever spent. I had fun and learned so much from these new experiences.” – Matthew F. “This experience made me a better person through hard work.” – Kahlil L. A week working out in the woods certainly left a mark on the Bay Circuit Trail Volunteer Program’s first teen…

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  It’s finally here! After spending four whole weeks training our Crew Leaders for the upcoming season, volunteers are arriving! Sunday night volunteers arrived at our two facilities, Noble View AMC Outdoor Center in Russell and the Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont. The Noble View Basecamp is working on completing a re alignment of…

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