Trails

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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Chris Moody, a first year caretaker, has spent the summer in the field with his 35 mm camera. The results, that he shared with us as a caretaking photo-essay, are extraordinary. These are not photo-shopped, and many rely on photography techniques like double and long-exposures. This selection of photos will resonate with all of us…

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Caretakers are often asked what the hardest part of their job is. So, what IS the hardest part? It’s not the weather, it’s not the trailwork, it’s something…a little more intangible.  Caretakers live in the remote backcountry for four to six months, living in the field for 10-11 days at a time. In short, this…

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How many of you have been to Mizpah Hut? How many of you knew that there was a tentsite that can fit 40 people in the immediate vicinity? For those of you who already knew, yes that tentsite is Nauman tentsite. Nauman is the fourth-busiest site in the AMC White Mountain campsite fleet, located at the…

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The origins of the AMC caretaker program lie in the ‘backpacking boom’ of the 1960s, when people en masse flocked to backcountry areas. Our AMC shelters, most of which had existed since the early 1900s without incident, were at the epicenter of this use. Shelters (the concept of a ‘campsite’ was relatively new following the…

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Dan Rudolph was the fortunate individual who spent the summer of 2013 living at the edge of Speck Pond, serving as the caretaker for the campsite. He is also a thoughtful writer, and was willing to share some of his reflections on his time spent at of Speck! Pond (why the exclamation point? It’s a…

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