Peakbagging is the concept in which hikers and climbers attempt to reach a specific set of summits as defined by a list or a set of criteria. Some peakbaggers, known as “highpointers,” try to reach the highest point in every state, country, continent, or national park, while other peakbaggers attempt to climb all summits over…

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The arrival of spring has brought many new changes to our surrounding environments: flowers are in bloom, trees are growing leaves, and animals are arriving in our backyards. Here are a few of the common plants and animals you’ll see in the Northeast this spring and some fun facts about them. Honeybee Honeybees communicate with…

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During World War II, women were entering the workforce at unprecedented rates. As men left their jobs to fight overseas, women were called upon to fill this labor gap. Between 1940 and 1945, five million women found employment in the United States. Many of these women took jobs in defense plants, factories, and offices –…

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Looking for a fun indoor activity? Solve the AMC Crossword puzzle! Show off your knowledge or learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Club and the work that we do. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answer key.) Good luck!   Puzzle solution  

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In the 1880s, Edward Charles Pickering, co-founder and the first president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, made enormous contributions to the field of astrophotography. As director of the Harvard College Observatory, he sought to understand the night sky by calculating the positions of the stars. However, his work would not have been made possible without…

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A properly pitched tent can protect you from adverse weather conditions and give you a comfortable night of sleep before or after an outdoor adventure. Before heading to your next campsite, it is important to familiarize yourself with your tent and practice setting it up at home. Here are the steps to get you started:…

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In The White Mountains: A Handbook for Travelers, a guidebook from the 1890’s, Tuckerman Ravine is described as “the most remarkable piece of scenery of this character in all of New England.” Today, Tuckerman Ravine remains one of the most famous destinations in the White Mountains, attracting tens of thousands of hikers and skiers each…

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In the first half of the 19th century, mountaineering in the Western world was largely dominated by male naturalists and explorers. Women were excluded from the sport primarily because they were believed to be too fragile for outdoor activities. Over time, a number of women broke these gender norms and began mountain climbing. Through hiking,…

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John Vials, also known as English Jack or the “Hermit of Crawford Notch”, was one of the most notable 19th century figures in the White Mountains. After a tumultuous life at sea and a vagabond lifestyle, Jack found his home at Crawford Notch in the 1870s and stayed until his death in 1912. Though it’s…

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Outdoor recreationalists first began to sample the sport (a combination of hiking and backcountry camping) in the late 19th century. Backpacking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the world today, with more than 4,000 people attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trails each year….

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