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I’ve always understood AMC first as a pragmatic place—built for fun and adventure, but also deeply invested in plans, safety protocols, good maps, and the right gear. Look around you during one of our outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, or avalanche safety training courses, and you’ll see very plainly the kinds of situations in which…

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The return of AMC’s photo contest to the pages of our magazine is such a welcome sight during this in-between season of ice and mud. Not that joy isn’t present in either element, but it’s nice to be warmed by the views, the stories, the adventures, and the humanity that this event—and these nature photos—calls…

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The stories and images selected for this issue of our quarterly magazine, to my eye, reflect so much of the anticipation that exists in the roots of winter joy. See it on the face of the young girl on the cover (captured during an AMC-sponsored family outing in the White Mountain National Forest) or in…

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We received some heated letters in response to our spring issue’s combination of apolitical commentary and evidence-based environmental reporting. I’m grateful to the magazine’s editor in chief, Jennifer Wehunt, for printing a few of them over the summer. While I never enjoy seeing words like “insidious” and “absurdity” used as descriptors for our environmental advocacy work,…

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As the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, we’ve always acknowledged a responsibility to lead in the outdoors. Often that means blazing trails or teaching Wilderness First Aid, organizing legislative advocacy down south or protecting important land up north. It also means having a clear vision for how all of those things—and many others—fit together…

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When Kamala Harris announced in January that she’s seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, the news coverage I saw homed right in on the campaign message that will soon appear on roadsides all across America. kamala harris for the people, it read, recalling the way the former San Francisco district attorney would announce herself…

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In as few as 25 years, a handful of islands in Chesapeake Bay may be underwater. According to one recent report, islanders there are already familiar with the ocean slowly overtaking their lands—expected to be the first United States territories rendered uninhabitable by climate change.  This image should haunt conservationists and flat-earthers alike. No wall…

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Anniversaries have been on a lot of minds at AMC all year. They come in thoughts that are hard to shake, bearing meanings that aren’t always easy to parse. On this page in the previous issue, I was excited to call out the White Mountain National Forest’s centennial celebration while looking ahead, to next spring…

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Among the 20 million acres of forestland protected in the United States since Congress passed the Weeks Act, in 1911, those known collectively as the White Mountain National Forest stand alone. There’s no other alpine zone on the continent as accessible as this one. What you find on the West Coast at 12,000 feet can…

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This issue of AMC Outdoors marks another green branch in the magazine’s evolutionary tree—and there have been many such branches in its 86-year run: more than one name change, the big leap from black and white to color printing, and an increased emphasis on editorial quality, to name a few. Now we’re embracing a shift…

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