Trail Skills

The following excerpt has been abridged and condensed from Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, by Jeffrey H. Ryan (AMC Books, 2017), available now from AMC, as well as from other online and retail locations. The decade since Benton MacKaye had first proposed the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

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By Alex Sabido and Ryan May, AMC/NH JAG Crew Leaders Over four weeks this summer, the Berlin, NH Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students worked together with the Appalachian Mountain Club, reconstructing trails and accomplishing a variety of goals. JAG is a high school program that provides opportunities and job experiences for students to further…

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What better way to get a feel for what it’s like to be part of an AMC Teen Trail Crew than through the eyes of a participant? Recent White Mountain Two-Week Spike Crew volunteer Tim Berger shared this collection of photos with us, and not only are they excellent, we think they speak volumes about the Teen…

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New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced a bold outdoor-recreation project in his January State of the State address. The Empire State Trail, which he hopes will be completed by 2020, will create a 750-mile trail network—the largest multiuse state trail in the nation and an economic driver for the region. The $200 million state-funded project…

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Where better to start a hike than at the beginning? This summer, those hiking section one of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) in Massachusetts will experience the newly constructed boardwalk at Rising Corner Road in Southwick, where they will also have the opportunity to view the newly placed memorial to Pat Fletcher.

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SIGNS OF SPRING in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) come in many shapes and forms, from skiers trudging up Tuckerman Ravine in search of soft snow to migratory birds returning to the native-plants garden at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. But 4 miles north of Pinkham, at AMC’s Camp Dodge Volunteer Center, there’s a…

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It’s something we don’t like to talk about. It’s something we don’t like to think about. But we all do it. We all poop in the privies. But what is even less discussed: what happens after we close the lid? Last season we had 3,573 visitors spend the night at Guyot Campsite. In our experience…

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A successful day hike begins long before you set foot on the trail. Careful advance preparation helps ensure comfort, fun, and safety outdoors. In this outdoor skills video, AMC experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci explain how to plan a memorable day hike, step by step. THE EXPERTS Eboni Cooper is the New York/New Jersey…

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Regardless of the length of your trip, from a three-hour hike to a three-day or three-week expedition, all hikers should carry the 10 essentials—a list developed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the public agency responsible for the majority of search and rescue operations in New Hampshire. In this outdoor skills video, AMC…

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The title says it all, but does not come close to expressing the gratitude I feel for all of your efforts leading AMC’s Teen Trail Crews.  Your hard work and dedication is what gives me the opportunity to do the work that I love.  It’s because of you that all of us get to explore…

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