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The natural world has long inspired artists of all kinds, from 19th century plein air painting to marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts into beautiful, multi-shaded images. Swing by AMC Highland Center throughout August to see the special exhibit, “Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art,” or explore the role of artists in…

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  It’s finally here! After spending four whole weeks training our Crew Leaders for the upcoming season, volunteers are arriving! Sunday night volunteers arrived at our two facilities, Noble View AMC Outdoor Center in Russell and the Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont. The Noble View Basecamp is working on completing a re alignment of…

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NY/NJ Trails Volunteer Projects Coordinator Cara Davenport sends us this report from AMC’s mid-Atlantic volunteer trails program: On Saturday, June 17th at the AMC Mohican Outdoor Center, a group of volunteers arrived to participate in a trails stewardship event sponsored by REI and supported by NPS, New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, and AMC…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is grateful for a recent $2,500 contribution from the Grappone Automotive Group,  which was accompanied by a matching grant from Toyota.  The donation will be used to support AMC’s “A Mountain Classroom“(AMCR) programming in New Hampshire’s North Country.   On an annual basis, AMCR provides more than 3,750 outdoor and environmental education…

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Some is just better than others. Hillman’s Highway 29 January 2017 Today definitely fell into the latter category. In a stark contrast to the less than stellar “winter,” we received last year; it seems we’re off to an excellent start to ski season. Plagued with a historically low snow year, I don’t think I ever…

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You’re at the put-in.  You have your leadership team, and the rest of the group is assembling.  All of the participants have been screened, but some you have not paddled with.  How do you assess their abilities?  How do you know how they will react if the environment presents a challenge?  How do you assess…

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It was after dark when we arrived at the winter parking lot for Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback Lodges and Cabins. Shortly after our arrival a staff member from Little Lyford showed up at the trailhead on a snowmobile with luggage carrier and shuttle in tow. It was going to be my first experience in…

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Leadership Case Study: Group Management in the Alpine This case study was featured at Mountain Leadership School’s annual Instructor Post School Debrief in September 2016.  A vigorous discussion produced the conclusion points illuminated below. Join these experienced volunteer instructors at the oldest leadership training program in the nation for the 59th annual Mountain Leadership School in…

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 11AM Thursday through to 11AM Friday, 12/29-30. In fact, forecasts for the White Mountain Region are calling for upwards of 18″ of snow for Thursday through Friday. With weather like this, it is especially important to be prepared for the worst. Most folks hoping to hit the…

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Ah, ‘Shoulder’ Seasons… Those periods where there isn’t enough snow to ski on but it clearly isn’t Winter or Fall or Spring or Summer. So, what to do? Well how about a mountain bike ride? That’s the choice I made last Sunday. Here in the Northern Whites we had about 2 inches of untracked snow…

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