Backpacking

Carter Notch Hut—the oldest of AMC’s eight high-mountain huts—is a destination fit for all walks of life. For the past 100 years Carter Notch Hut has seen it all: family traditions spanning generations; first-time overnight visitors eager for a taste of the wild; ambitious peak-baggers seeking claim to the nearby Wildcat and Carter Ranges. This…

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A round-up of everything you wear, from head to toe, with some commentary on my personal preferences. Head, Face, and Neck You likely won’t need every square inch of your head and face covered while winter camping, but if you plan on heading above treeline in cold, very windy conditions, definitely have the four essentials—liner…

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What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at an AMC hut? How many pounds of food and supplies do croo members pack in? What’s your favorite hut meal? Can you name all eight AMC Huts? In celebration of 125 years of high mountain hospitality in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, we hit the trails…

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Getting your kids to carry a pack while hiking teaches them important skills, like thinking about what’s essential gear. And toddlers who carry their own snack or water bottle take great pride in their growing self-sufficiency. But how much weight should children carry in their packs? Medical experts say a child’s backpack should weigh no more…

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It’s one thing to take your dog for an afternoon stroll in the local park; it’s another for you and your canine companion to venture into the backcountry for an overnight trip. In this video, AMC’s backcountry resource conservation manager, Sally Manikian, outlines the 10 essentials every dog owner should pack before heading out on…

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Ever hear that an extra pound on your feet is equivalent to 5 pounds on your back? Whether or not that oft-quoted piece of backcountry wisdom is exactly right, one thing is definitely true: Hiking requires less effort in lightweight footwear. And therein lies the allure of wearing trail running shoes instead of heavier hiking…

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AMC White Mountain Huts are full of life once again this summer with a multi-talented hut croo ever-ready to provide guests with the best meals, visitor education, and laugh-out-loud skits. In this video, 2013 hut croo members share their stories about hut life and the unique guest experience one receives upon a visit to AMC’s…

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Since the construction of Madison Spring Hut in 1888, AMC’s huts have welcomed thousands of guests to the White Mountains. Take a quick stroll through a century and a quarter of hospitality in high places with this video, then join the celebration by visiting our Huts 125th Anniversary page.

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Figuring out how to climb Katahdin, the focal point of Baxter State Park and Maine’s highest peak, can be almost as herculean a task as summiting the mountain. Carey Kish, editor of the Maine Mountain Guide, explains how to plan ahead and prepare. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.

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Volunteers from AMC’s Adventure Travel program talk about leading groups to their favorite corners of the globe. And you can read about an Adventure Travel trip to Glacier National Park in the AMC Outdoors story “Among Friends.” Learn more about AMC’s Adventure Travel program >>

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