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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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Mt Jasper is an unassuming summit that defines the northwestern viewscape of Berlin, NH. This gentle and quiet summit, just over 1,000 ft in elevation and sitting in a 200 acre piece of open forestland, is within walking distance of downtown Berlin, and in the longstanding North Country tradition of public access on private land,…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, may I have your attention please. I bring before you now the flagship of the AMC Backcountry Shelters. Assembled of white pine, capped with cedar, and accomplished through partnership with the US Forest Service with funding from the Appalachian Trail Park Office, the new Garfield Ridge Shelter sits unveiled,…

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Log repair and replacement for backcountry full scribe log shelters is a tricky and slow business. The building must be lifted in the air, the floor must be removed, and the new logs must be scribed to fit the courses above. Effectively, you are being asked to build a building upside down. When done by…

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