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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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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 1993  issue of Appalachia. Walking alone up the chain of the Appalachian Mountains for half a year is hard enough, but Elizabeth McGowan did it as respite from another round of cancer treatments. In 1991, she was a young woman with her life ahead of her. She…

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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Appalachia. The summer I turned 18, I lived on a glacier, it was a broad slanted finger of snow, a home I shared with 200 huskies and a dozen people. From above, the camp was smudges on the white, pressed against the base of…

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It is adventures like these that remind us why we love to do the work that we do. At the beginning of March, the Dragonfly Mercury Project (DMP) core team convened for the annual core team meeting, spending three days at Joshua Tree National Park preparing for the 2020 sampling season. The Joshua Tree meeting…

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On July 25th, 2019, Katie Schide broke the women’s Hut Traverse speed record, completing the 50-mile hike in 12 hours, 23 minutes and 6 seconds. The Hut Traverse is a 50-mile route in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that links the Appalachian Mountain Club’s eight huts. Beginning at Carter Notch, hikers trek west along…

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In analyzing the scenario from May’s post, you may have considered the following points: The individual wishing to depart is a proficient and experienced hiker; Though they are unfamiliar with the trails in this area, they do know how to read a map and navigate; The route they hiked yesterday is the same one they’d…

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1: Wet leaves, slippery surfaces It is late October and you are descending Bear Mountain (2316’), the tallest peak in Connecticut, on the Undermountain Trail. You are with a small group of friends, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead parking lot. The trail is littered with wet leaves and very slippery. While navigating a tricky…

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Let me start by saying, “You gotta go.” If you’re a new Education or Leadership Chair who needs some help in organizing trainings for your Chapter, you gotta go; If you’re an experienced leader who will be teaching (or are interested in teaching) leader-candidates soon, you gotta go; or If you’re an experienced leader trainer…

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6 months down, 6 to go! Meet some of the hikers who have completed the Hike50 New England Trail Challenge. Are you next? The Hike50 New England Trail challenge is well underway with over 1,000 participants coming from 16 states and 4 countries! For some, the trail winds through their backyards, but for others, the…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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