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In 1922, AMC published the fifth edition of the White Mountain Guide, then titled Guide to Paths in the White Mountains and Adjacent Regions. A section called “Emergencies in the Woods” provided basic instruction and ink drawings on recognizing and treating hiking-related ailments. The authors noted, however, that “The following brief description does not pretend…

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A couple pauses on their hike to pose in the alpine zone on June 29, 1919. Mount Adams serves as their backdrop. AMC began documenting alpine plant species as early as 1900, when a list of plants collected in the Alpine Zone was published at a Field Meeting on the summit of Mount Washington. A…

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AMC member Dot McLaughlin ascends Katahdin’s Pamola Peak in this 1939 photo series. Climbing in the Northeast remained an all-male affair until the early 1800s, when women began making their way up the region’s high points. Recognizing the changing times would be a key factor in AMC’s early success. Indeed, women were among the club’s…

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George Bliss, patron and chronicler of life at Little Lyford Pond Camps, sits on the steps of the camps’ Wolf Star cabin for this 1933 cover of a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad promotional booklet. The Lynn, Mass., native visited the camp 25 times between 1921 and 1946 and maintained a typewritten journal of his experiences,…

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Frigid fingers are unpleasant. Numb wooden hands are far worse, and potentially dangerous in the chilly backcountry. Prevent the fingertip blues this season and keep your dexterity, enjoyment, and digits intact with these handy tips. IF THE GLOVE FITS In a properly fitting glove, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch the tips. The…

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Easy Winter Peaks

December 1, 2006

Taste the thrill of winter by ascending some of the Northeast’s most accessible summits. Come experience a frosted world where the air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the views are crystalline, and forgiving snow buries the ankle-breaking rocks of summer. Each of these seven mountains offers a sheltered snowshoe route to the top, where…

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AMC’s Carter Notch Hut bears no resemblance today to the primitive, first-generation shelter erected in the 1880s between Wildcat Mountain and Carter Dome. A predecessor to the stone structure built in 1914, Carter Notch Camp provided early trampers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with a scenic, if somewhat close to the bone, place to hang…

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You are stranded, injured and alone. Night is falling, conditions are deteriorating, and there is no way out until the next day. Or longer. Are you equipped to survive? Your chances will be vastly improved if you carry these essential items and know how to use them. STAY DRY AND WARM Hypothermia will kill you…

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Hike Along Cliffs

November 1, 2006

Dance with vertigo atop the Northeast’s most impressive cliffs. Or crane your neck stiff staring skyward from below. Cragged by jags, dusted by snowfall, these seven vertical landmarks heighten any Northeast outdoor experience. Most are easily accessible, but all of them require caution, especially for a late fall visit. Always prepare for full winter conditions…

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Sure, headlamps make you look like some sort of cyclopean beambrain. But it’s a small price to pay for the convenience of hands-free lighting, whether in camp, on the trail, or in the depths of your gear closet. Headlamp design has made a quantum leap in recent years, incorporating bulbs and battery-sipping LEDs into an…

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