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  The threats posed by climate change—including stronger and more frequent storms, habitat loss, sea level rise, and an uptick in climate refugees—will permanently alter the future of our planet. Climatologists agree: decisive and bold action is necessary to minimize global warming and mitigate its most dire consequences. The climate change public policies and actions for which AMC advocates coincide are consistent with the…

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Editor’s note: This year marks the 100th birthday of three AMC Chapters: Connecticut, Narragansett, and New Hampshire. In this post, Robert McLaughlin—New Hampshire Chapter member and editor of its Mountain Passages newsletter—offers the fascinating history of the AMC’s Chapter in the Granite State.   The Appalachian Mountain Club was founded in 1876. About 30 years…

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  This was adapted from an article that originally appeared in the spring issue of Footnotes, the quarterly newsletter of AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Whether you’re a newly trained or veteran outdoor leader ready to cautiously start leading events again, consider planning a family-friendly event—even if you haven’t led one before. In doing so, you will…

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To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, many individuals and organizations, including AMC, have advocated for alternative methods of transportation—including bicycling. Many cities across the country have implemented bike sharing programs, which allow residents to borrow bikes from public stations near them for short periods of time. But as cities implement these…

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Before Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club became the face of environmentalism in the twentieth century, Vittorio Sella and the Appalachian Mountain Club were the center of outdoor art and conservation in America.  Like Adams, Sella dedicated his artistic career to landscape photography becoming renowned for his mountain landscapes. From 1893 to 1910, AMC collected…

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Terry Berntsen is legendary in AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter for her ability to plan group trips to interesting destinations that also include fantastic hiking. In 2017, after completing both the Loyalsock and Laurel Highlands Trails end-to-end with day hiking groups, Berentsen was looking for a new trail challenge. She engaged fellow chapter members Rich Pace…

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AMC is committed to increasing access to and engagement with the outdoors for all people. That requires grappling with the hard truth that the outdoors has often not been a safe space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)—a history that has deeply affected the relationship between these communities and the land today. Many predominately white outdoors and conservation organizations, including…

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The following was published in the 2016 Winter/Spring edition of Appalachia. Twelve years ago, in December 2003, the Appalachian Mountain Club bought Little Lyford Pond Camps (as it was called then) and the surrounding 37,000 acres of forestland. The property, known as the Katahdin Iron Works or KIW property, marked the club’s first steps on…

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  The AMC Photo Contest spotlights the different ways we experience the outdoors and the views we take in along the way. For all of us, that view changed over the past year. We announced the winners of last year’s contest just weeks before we found ourselves locked down and deeply uncertain about what the…

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  AMC is carefully monitoring state and federal guidelines and recommendations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and determining our best courses of action to assure our guests are safe while staying at our locations. Because of the evolving situation, decisions on whether or not we can open a facility, or open under any capacity…

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