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2008

At AMC’s second meeting, in 1876, founders decided to extend membership to women and allow them equal participation in club outings and events. Despite being encumbered by modest dress, which included long, thick Victorian skirts, a large number of women quickly became active members in the club. In 1882, women made up the majority of…

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The roar of the Sawyer River nearly drowns out Karl Roenke’s voice. While he walks along the water’s bank, the morning sun peeks through the birch and spruce trees and casts light on a world that has lain dormant for decades. The waterway seems to be the only constant in the area; once occupied by…

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In 1908, Warren W. Hart, an indefatigable tramper, hiked down into the Great Gulf from Mount Jefferson. Hemmed in by the Northeast’s highest peaks, including Mounts Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington, the Great Gulf had seldom been traversed and never logged prior to Hart’s journey. The remote wilderness and its rugged backdrop ignited Hart’s imagination…

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As the days become shorter and the nights cool, trees blush as summer green drains from their leaves. Autumn triggers apple picking, county fairs, and weekends spent tramping through dappled woods in search of foliage-studded vistas. Fire lookouts, once used for spotting smoke and flames, are now vantage points for spying the vibrant oranges, reds,…

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Two Peaks in One Day

September 1, 2008

The surge often happens when the trail levels off and trees no longer seem to march uphill. Or when the dirt path scuffs onto open slabs of granite. You know you’re close so your pace quickens until you are standing on a summit, admiring vistas of nearby peaks, erratic cliffs, or rivers tumbling out of…

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On June 17, 1896, three MIT students had bicycled from Boston to North Sandwich, N.H., to climb 4,043-foot Mount Passaconaway. Leaving from Birch Intervale, the former name for a section of the town of Tamworth, these men climbed the peak in less than three hours. They described the weather that day as “hazy, with occasional…

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Backcountry Ponds

July 1, 2008

Pooled in a mountain cavity or glacial depression, remote ponds are backcountry oases framed by trees like white pine and hemlock or clusters of fern and sphagnum moss, where shorelines roughened by scattered rocks yield to small beaches of mud. Wildlife—from moose and beaver to golden eagles and blue-headed vireos—converge on these water bodies, making…

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In July 1919, AMC purchased Ledges Camp in North Chatham, N.H., and renamed it Cold River Camp. The property is located in Evans Notch, a rugged area of baldface mountains and ledges on the eastern fringe of the White Mountain National Forest, straddling the Maine and New Hampshire border. Offering no less in the way…

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Summer in the Northeast often includes trips to sandy beaches, bracing plunges in chill Atlantic waters, and strolls along the shore. Discovery awaits in the sand and surf, in the seashells and shorebirds. Leave the surf’s edge, and you will find entirely new coastal ecosystems, where cliffs are scoured raw by wind and briny water,…

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Go deep into the wilds of New England. Better yet, submerse yourself on a multi-day hiking adventure. excerpted from the new book, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England, these hikes represent the author’s favorite destinations and showcase the essential features of the book’s 33 trips. The vast majority of hikes are loops, designed to maximize…

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