2007

Three skiers glide across an open slope in the White Mountains during the winter of 1927. AMC played a central role in the 1920s and 1930s in introducing New Englanders to the sport of skiing and became a significant catalyst to the formation and growth of the region’s alpine ski industry. In the 1920s, club…

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In 1922, AMC published the fifth edition of the White Mountain Guide, then titled Guide to Paths in the White Mountains and Adjacent Regions. A section called “Emergencies in the Woods” provided basic instruction and ink drawings on recognizing and treating hiking-related ailments. The authors noted, however, that “The following brief description does not pretend…

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A couple pauses on their hike to pose in the alpine zone on June 29, 1919. Mount Adams serves as their backdrop. AMC began documenting alpine plant species as early as 1900, when a list of plants collected in the Alpine Zone was published at a Field Meeting on the summit of Mount Washington. A…

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AMC member Dot McLaughlin ascends Katahdin’s Pamola Peak in this 1939 photo series. Climbing in the Northeast remained an all-male affair until the early 1800s, when women began making their way up the region’s high points. Recognizing the changing times would be a key factor in AMC’s early success. Indeed, women were among the club’s…

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George Bliss, patron and chronicler of life at Little Lyford Pond Camps, sits on the steps of the camps’ Wolf Star cabin for this 1933 cover of a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad promotional booklet. The Lynn, Mass., native visited the camp 25 times between 1921 and 1946 and maintained a typewritten journal of his experiences,…

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