Outdoor Education

Part 1: The Art of Listening Working in an outdoor environment our role as leaders often incorporates technical or, “hard” skills, and people, or “soft” skills. The technical skills are tangible elements: How to tie a bowline, how to execute a forward stroke, how to set up a tent, and there are a lot of…

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Who is the mentor?                                                               Halfway through the two-week outdoor leader training, Keer, the course manager responsible for leading the training, called us together to…

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A Case Study: Risk Management on the Colorado River How does this trip compare to adventures that you have taken? Paddling Trip on the Colorado River below the Hoover Dam Trip Description The put in for the Black Canyon of the Colorado River is directly below the Hoover Dam. Paddling ½ river mile puts the…

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» CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW   When AMC’s Mountain Leadership Committee (MLC) was established in 1958, it came with a clear agenda: a multifaceted campaign “in response to the growing need for action in the field of mountain safety,” as announced in Appalachia. Although the backpacking boom wouldn’t fully hit for another decade,…

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Apprehension building, I adjust my grip on the fraying ash-wood shafts of the two canoe paddles I’m balancing. The broad blades dig deeper into my 14-year-old shoulders as the weight shifts overhead. The paddles are tied to the wooden thwarts of a 17-foot canoe that is resting upside-down on my crown and spine like a…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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For several years now, guests at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut in New Hampshire have had the opportunity to get a close-up look at a tiny alpine flower that exists nowhere on Earth except above treeline in the White Mountains. It’s the diminutive, yellow-petaled Potentilla robbinsiana, or dwarf cinquefoil, and AMC was instrumental in…

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The eastern hemlock can grow to more than 150 feet tall and live more than 500 years, but the tree’s future is threatened by a tiny bug. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive species that was accidentally imported on nursery stock from Japan. First reported in the eastern United States near Richmond, Va.,…

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Many hikers who complete the 2,000-plus-mile Appalachian Trail say they aren’t the same person as when they began. Talk to any AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) participant after they wrap up a trip, and you’re bound to hear the same sentiment. Typically entering the program with little to no outdoor experience, group members, ages 12…

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From time to time, many of us find ourselves taking a step back and admiring the handiwork of our fellow lovers of the outdoors—those volunteers who devote time and elbow grease to trail work. We can think about it a bit differently, too, considering not just what we do for the trails, but what trail…

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