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At AMC’s second meeting, in 1876, founders decided to extend membership to women and allow them equal participation in club outings and events. Despite being encumbered by modest dress, which included long, thick Victorian skirts, a large number of women quickly became active members in the club. In 1882, women made up the majority of…

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The roar of the Sawyer River nearly drowns out Karl Roenke’s voice. While he walks along the water’s bank, the morning sun peeks through the birch and spruce trees and casts light on a world that has lain dormant for decades. The waterway seems to be the only constant in the area; once occupied by…

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In 1908, Warren W. Hart, an indefatigable tramper, hiked down into the Great Gulf from Mount Jefferson. Hemmed in by the Northeast’s highest peaks, including Mounts Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington, the Great Gulf had seldom been traversed and never logged prior to Hart’s journey. The remote wilderness and its rugged backdrop ignited Hart’s imagination…

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As the days become shorter and the nights cool, trees blush as summer green drains from their leaves. Autumn triggers apple picking, county fairs, and weekends spent tramping through dappled woods in search of foliage-studded vistas. Fire lookouts, once used for spotting smoke and flames, are now vantage points for spying the vibrant oranges, reds,…

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Two Peaks in One Day

September 1, 2008

The surge often happens when the trail levels off and trees no longer seem to march uphill. Or when the dirt path scuffs onto open slabs of granite. You know you’re close so your pace quickens until you are standing on a summit, admiring vistas of nearby peaks, erratic cliffs, or rivers tumbling out of…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2008 Staff, conservation partners, and friends of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) gathered at Long Pond July 14 for the dedication of Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins, named in honor of longtime AMC supporters and outdoor enthusiasts Leon and Lisa Gorman. This special naming recognizes the Gormans for their support…

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On June 17, 1896, three MIT students had bicycled from Boston to North Sandwich, N.H., to climb 4,043-foot Mount Passaconaway. Leaving from Birch Intervale, the former name for a section of the town of Tamworth, these men climbed the peak in less than three hours. They described the weather that day as “hazy, with occasional…

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Pooled in a mountain cavity or glacial depression, remote ponds are backcountry oases framed by trees like white pine and hemlock or clusters of fern and sphagnum moss, where shorelines roughened by scattered rocks yield to small beaches of mud. Wildlife—from moose and beaver to golden eagles and blue-headed vireos—converge on these water bodies, making…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2008 Goal Is To Provide At Least Three Outdoor Experiences During School Career The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has intensified its commitment to outdoor education in the 100-Mile Wilderness region with a new program aimed at helping schoolchildren in Piscataquis County make a closer connection with the outdoors. The effort…

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Excerpt from Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2008 Three Allied officers traverse the Lowari Pass to Chitral in 1943: The Southern Route to Tirish Mir and the Hindu Kush Mountains Gordon Enders may have proposed the trip. Or perhaps it was “Benjy” Bromhead’s idea. Or maybe “Wild Bill” Donovan of the O.S.S. suggested it. Forty years earlier, Rudyard…

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