Skills & Leadership

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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Each year, the Appalachian Mountain Club professional trail crew creates dozens of new and replacement trail signs to mark trailheads, junctions, and other special features throughout the White Mountains and beyond. This video shows how they do it—and why signs are an important part of AMC’s stewardship of 1,700 miles of trails in the Northeast….

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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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Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers and staff assist with dozens of search and rescue operations in the White Mountains every year. See what’s involved in providing this valuable service. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.  

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Deer ticks are pernicious, nasty little critters. Common throughout the Northeast, these parasitic bloodsuckers are the primary vector for Lyme disease, an unpleasant and potentially serious illness that is well worth avoiding. Your goal is to prevent deer ticks from enjoying their sanguineous feast and possibly transmitting the disease-causing bacterium. Here are the best, most…

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For more than 50 years, DEET has reigned as the undisputed champion of insect repellents. No longer. There’s now a potentially better alternative on the market: picaridin. Both DEET and picaridin are proven to be effective at fending off mosquitoes—and are superior to other repellents when it comes to protection time. But which one is…

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The hut season has begun, and AMC’s hut staff (known as the “croo”) is ready to welcome you to the White Mountains for another summer of delicious meals, silly skits, and informative natural history talks. Meet a few of the 2012 hut croo in the following video (edited by Anders Nordblom, former croo member at…

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Identifying bird songs can be both beguiling and bewildering. Hundreds of species breed in the Northeast, so how can a listener possibly differentiate between their many songs? It takes practice and a good ear, but almost anyone can learn to distinguish the vocalizations of our common songsters. And with this ability comes an enhanced enjoyment…

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Go behind the scenes in this video with cartographer Larry Garland and learn about AMC’s mapping legacy, and what goes into creating the maps for AMC’s White Mountain Guide.

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  Join AMC staff ecologist Doug Weihrauch on a tour of the flowers, fungi, and trees on Three Mile Island, site of AMC’s volunteer-managed camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Learn more about Three Mile Island Camp View other videos in this series: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

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