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In 1907, AMC began publishing the Appalachia Bulletin, a supplement to the organization’s journal, Appalachia. The new publication focused on current events and included committee reports, member rolls, and event listings. Narrative stories, reporting, and photography eventually entered the editorial mix, and by the mid-1970s the Bulletin featured a full-color cover. The “AMC Outdoors” name…

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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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One of AMC’s founding goals was to produce a White Mountains map—and AMC member Louis Fayerweather Cutter (1864-1945) was one of the first to do so. The MIT-educated civil engineer spent a lot of time in Randolph, N.H. From there, he launched his extensive explorations of the White Mountains. He painstakingly measured trails with a bicycle…

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AMC’s logo first appeared in 1881, on the first page of a bound volume of Appalachia. There was little fanfare. An annual report for the year noted a “long-felt want of a Club seal,” and added, “it is hoped that the device…will meet the approval of the members.” That seal, or versions very closely approximating it,…

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The glaciers that carved Carter Notch between Wildcat Mountain and the Carter Range left several landmarks behind. A jagged boulder field—”The Ramparts”—covers much of the notch, and two tarns hold cool, clear pools. AMC chose these shores for its second hut a century ago. Using native stone, a crew built an approximate replica of the…

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Snow, whipped off Mount Washington by violent winds, collects in the glacial cirque of Tuckerman Ravine all winter. The eastward-facing bowl captures drifts that can reach 100 feet deep. The snow buries trees and jagged rocks, creating a winter playground that can last into the late spring or even early summer. The first known skiers…

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In December 1942, Appalachia published an article extolling the virtues of sled dogs—their strength, intelligence, and loyalty. The writer described a dog repeatedly nudging him awake as he lay exhausted in the snow near his sputtering fire while the sun slipped below the horizon. “I have learned to trust some dogs absolutely,” the author wrote….

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AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) began small. In 1968, leaders from AMC and the Boys’ Club of Roxbury agreed on a simple partnership. A small group of boys would spend a weekend in the mountains, with the aid of AMC staff and gear, and two members of the Boys’ Club staff received scholarships to AMC’s…

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The artifacts and documents housed in AMC’s Library & Archives follow a variety of paths to their current home on Boston’s Joy Street. Nineteenth- and early 20th-century members of the organization built much of the collection. More recently, about a dozen donations arrive annually. These usually follow telephone or e-mail inquiries from long-time members or…

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August Camp is the oldest of four volunteer-managed AMC camps, but unlike Cold River, Echo Lake, and Three Mile Island, it has no permanent home. Campers travel to a new locale each year. They sleep in a tent village, eat meals prepared by a cook, and explore new terrain every day. In recent years, AMC…

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