2014

So, you and your kids can tell the difference between dog tracks and coyote tracks, and you know bear scat is nothing like deer scat, and that owl pellets aren’t actually the same thing as owl droppings (a common misconception). Next time you’re outdoors with your family, whether it’s in the back woods or just…

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From AMC’s founding in 1876, members placed a high value on art for both aesthetic and educational reasons. Charles E. Fay, who would go on to serve AMC in many capacities, was the club’s first Councilor of Art. (For more about Fay, see his story, “The Casualty on Mount Lefroy“). In the inaugural edition of…

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Dear Mr. Mann— I have in my head a scheme for an attempt at preserving some of the finest bits of Nature near Boston. I want, if possible, to interest you… Charles Eliot, a young Boston landscape architect, wrote those words to Appalachian Mountain Club President George C. Mann on March 5, 1890. Eliot, AMC’s…

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Editor’s note: This article, adapted from No Limits But the Sky: The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal (AMC Books, 2014), originally appeared in the November 1896 issue of Appalachia. The four climbers involved—author Fay, Charles S. Thompson, George Little, and the group’s leader, Philip Stanley Abbot—were attempting the first ascent of 11,230-foot Mount Lefroy in…

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As daylight fades into the long nights of fall and winter, any overnight adventure necessitates prolonged use of a headlamp. These days, however, it’s easier than ever to keep your headlamp running on rechargeable power, sparing you the need to purchase, use, and (properly) dispose of regular batteries. Here’s a quick look at the primary…

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With new Apple watches and whiz-bang wearable devices that monitor your daily activity, you could spend hundreds on devices and programs to stay fit. Or you could just reach for your smartphone—all at once it can be your personal trainer, calorie counter, and route log, as long as you download the right apps. These five…

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I got my first pair of cross-country skis in elementary school. Winters were cold and snow was deep in Berlin, N.H., just north of Mount Washington, making skiing a popular pastime. By following my aunt around on local trails, I learned the rhythmic motion of the sport and grew to love it. Proficiency came from…

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If there’s one item of winter gear that merits a splurge, it’s a good sleeping bag. Few things are as luxurious—or as essential for an enjoyable cold-weather camping experience—as a cozy and warm night’s sleep. A winter sleeping bag is a significant financial investment, however, making it all the more important to find the perfect…

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The New Hampshire 4,000-footers list—and other checklists of high peaks—motivate hikers to climb lesser-known mountains. But what about the many great 3,000-foot summits? Here are eight highly recommended hikes that even peakbaggers might want to seek out. Mount Coe and South Brother  |  Baxter State Park, Maine Though just shy of the 4,000-foot mark, Mount Coe…

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Early on, staff working on the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) recognized that to be successful, AMC’s presence would need to benefit local communities. MWI was and is a conservation and recreation effort, yes. But there’s a third leg to the project stool, and that stands for community partnerships. Now 11 years into AMC’s most ambitious…

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