Switchback

Explorers founded AMC. From the organization’s start, curiosity about the landscape infused the club, and shaped it. AMC members were among the early winter recreationists to visit the White Mountains, and were the first to map Maine’s great Katahdin. Their curiosity wasn’t limited to the Northeast—members explored internationally as well. The details of one early…

Read More....

Every four years, residents of Dixville Notch, N.H., gather at The Balsams resort in the middle of the night to cast their presidential votes. In 2008, just past midnight on Election Day, town officials reported a tally of 21 ballots. It’s a tradition that began with the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy election, and for a few hours…

Read More....

Madison Number 2, built in 1911, contained a few upgrades over its predecessor, the first Madison Spring Hut—namely seats, tables, and a cooking area. “The coming season it is our intention to furnish in [the hut] simple meals, supper and breakfast chiefly,” read AMC’s Trustees of Real Estate report at the end of the year….

Read More....

Animals have a long history at AMC’s huts. Longtime Huts Manager Joe Dodge famously employed burros to haul building supplies into the mountains. And for two years in the early 1950s, a croo member’s two ducks summered at Greenleaf. They spent most of their time in Eagle Lake, and waddled up to the hut at…

Read More....

A century ago, certain corners of our planet remained out of our reach. Soaring summits and distant poles continued to inspire daredevil excursions. Explorers endured horrific conditions for the sake of discovery, and to achieve historic firsts. Appalachian Mountain Club officials, in turn, kept close tabs on these explorers, even fostering relationships with several. Polar…

Read More....

When AMC launched its current photo contest in 1995, it wasn’t the organization’s first. AMC’s Department of Art launched the first photo contest in 1923, and continued the tradition into the 1940s. That first competition culminated with an exhibit at the club’s new Boston headquarters on Joy Street. That event turned AMC into “a factor…

Read More....

Appalachian Mountain Club officials first discussed the creation of a New York branch of the organization in 1904, but not until 1912 did they take formal steps in that direction. New York-based members began organizing early that year. They took their first official outing, a walk on Staten Island, in April, and then met to…

Read More....

Where Interstate 93 climbs into Franconia Notch, the speed limit dips to 45 and the roadway narrows to a single lane. These may seem like obvious concessions to the road’s dramatic setting—looming cliffs and sprawling forests, the Old Man of the Mountain and Flume Gorge—yet the debate over the highway’s design spanned three decades. In…

Read More....

“As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted upon a certain place…and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream.” So opens John Bunyan’s 17th century Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, a book that’s been in print for three and a half centuries. And…

Read More....

When Stuart K. Harris began fielding questions about the plants around Lakes of the Clouds Hut, there were no dedicated naturalists at the huts. There was no Mountain Watch program by which hikers could help AMC researchers. Indeed, there weren’t yet any AMC researchers. “Because of the interest shown by mountain climbers in the plants…

Read More....

Search AMC Outdoors and Blogs


Search for: