Trails

“Camp Dodge is a learning facility,” Stefan Shapiro, facilities coordinator of the AMC Trails headquarters told trails staff on a tour of the Dodge grounds. The Berkshires Teen Trail Crew Leaders and Support Staff would indeed broaden their horizons at the two week training conference in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, where they worked with other…

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The busy hiking season has already kicked off on the Bay Circuit Trail with people flocking to the outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. AMC_BCT staff have been busy preparing for and leading volunteer days to perform basic maintenance tasks and deal with some erosion issues.The real kick off to the field season, though, takes…

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  As one can surmise, this line of work is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. When we pull out the collection bin for the first time, watching the expressions pass across the faces of the new caretakers is that mix of confusion, realization, and intrigue. By the end of the training day,…

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Spring has finally come after what seemed like the world’s longest, coldest, snowiest winter in Massachusetts. It was hard to believe that the busy field season was (relatively) right around the corner when there was still piles of snow up to our hips, but warm temperatures finally got rid of the last of it! Come…

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Description: Rock Work Advanced Skills Training will be offered the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. This workshop will be open to all AMC volunteers, regardless of program. You will join experienced leaders to learn the fundamentals of safely moving rock, trail stabilization and treadway protection.  We plan to do some trail work off the Mount…

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You may have heard this familiar mantra before, but nowhere does it ring truer than on a volunteer trail crew. AMC Trail Crew has been getting outside, getting dirty, and giving back since 1919 when the White Mountain Professional Crew first started. It is one of the oldest and most respected trail crews in the…

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I was lost.  It was the end of a chilly, rainy day. I had spent a long morning doing field visits on North Shore of Massachusetts. Okay, I was only mildly lost and this was no life-or-death situation, but I still got that all-to-familiar wave of anxiety that comes with realizing you have no idea where…

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I was working on the Webster-Jackson trail with the 4-Week Leadership and Conservation Teen Crew in the late summer of 2013 when one of the participants, David, asked me if the AMC had ever considered running a semester-long program. David was entering his senior year of high school in Michigan and he expected to graduate…

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We have so many amazing volunteers who help us during the peak trail work season in the White Mountains, but somehow, that is still not a long enough season for volunteering on trails.  No, we have seen a spike in interest in off-season volunteer vacations among our adult volunteers with the US Virgin Island and…

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The White Mountains are full of things that have come and gone: trails, railroads, and even entire towns (Hastings for example, which is now known as the Wild River Wilderness). Of particular interest to the campsite program are backcountry shelters, cabins, and camps. For our own project proposals, and also in constantly seeking to educate…

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