January/February 2016

I’ve long admired the sinuous grace of telemark skiing. If you’ve ever watched skiers make their way downhill as you rode up a chairlift, you know exactly what I mean. Even the best alpine skiers can look like they’re bullying the mountain, slashing and carving the snow to their will. Good telemarkers, on the other…

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In the years since its initial 1888 investment of just over $700 to build Madison Spring Hut in the Northern Presidential Range, AMC has become an important contributor to the New Hampshire economy. A recent Plymouth State University study finds that, from June 2014 to May 2015, spending by out-of-state guests at AMC huts and…

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Snowshoeing is a great way to introduce kids to winter sports. Not only is it low-cost, but unlike skiing, it requires no real training period. You simply strap on your snowshoes and walk. Plus, it’s pretty. Without leaves on the trees, sunlight reaches deep into the untrammeled woods, providing magical views. That said, even a…

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Whenever Richard Barringer has been confronted with a major decision, he has taken a trip to Maine’s North Woods to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. “It makes me feel so good to be there,” he says. “It has a remoteness to it, an austere beauty. It’s peaceful. It’s really quite remarkable.” And as of October,…

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Many history books have a limited shelf life, but Chronicles of the White Mountains, written by Frederick W. Kilbourne and published in 1916, remains in print a century later. The massive typed and handwritten manuscript of what was the most comprehensive history of the region to date now resides in AMC’s Library & Archives, along…

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Cancer came roaring into our lives in the coldest part of the year—a fitting entrance for a brutish disease. My boyfriend, Garrett, was diagnosed with lymphoma in March. Where we live, in Maine, March isn’t even mud season. It’s winter, plain and simple, filled with icicles and hoarfrost and cabin fever. There’s never a good…

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Just as the trees begin to flood the ground each fall with brilliantly colored leaves, submissions from across the region flood AMC’s annual photo contest. (Winners of the 2015 contest, which ran from June to September, appear here.) If a photo is worth a thousand words, the 10,000-plus photos we’ve received over the past 21…

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