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Introducing the AMC Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker Pass Program

March 13, 2017

AMC thru-hiker campsite program

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 is 50% off at $5.00 a night.

These fees help to offset the cost of maintaining the site, maintaining the trail, and composting human waste to protect backcountry resources, including drinking water sources.

Whether you’re crushing it through the Whites and only end up staying at three sites or taking your time over the rough terrain and stay at all nine sites, this pass offers a significant discount.

Not to mention with the purchase of the pass you will receive a punch card for two free baked goods and a free bowl of soup redeemable at any AMC Hut. Need a headlamp? Extra batteries? By presenting the card at any Hut or AMC Trading Post you will receive 10% off any merchandise.

In the AMC campsite program we never turn anyone away, so you will always have a place to stay at the site, guaranteed. At each site, we have bear boxes to store food, durable flat camping areas, and a water source.

Over the years we have heard a lot of feedback from the thru-hiking community about their experience in the Whites, and we hope this will serve as one step to help better support A.T. thru-hikers as they’re passing through the White Mountains.

This pass can be purchased at any of our sites along the A.T. When it is time for the caretaker to register you for the night, just mention you are a thru-hiker and you will be given the pass. First night is standard pricing at $10.00, and every night after that is 50% off at just $5.00.

The AMC sites that the pass is available at are: Kinsman Pond, Liberty Springs, Garfield Ridge, Thirteen Falls, Guyot, Ethan Pond, Nauman, Imp, and Speck Pond.

The pass expires two weeks after purchase and is not transferable.

AMC thru-hiker pass program

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Joe Roman, AMC Campsite Program and Conservation Manager, at jroman@outdoors.org.

You’ll find more resources for hiking the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains at www.outdoors.org/appalachiantrail. The AMC maintains more than 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail, including 105.4 miles in the White Mountains and the Mahoosucs.

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