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Annual Summit

AMC's 146th Annual Summit will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 as a virtual event!

AMC’s Annual Summit is a gathering of people who love the outdoors. This virtual event offers a full day of educational workshops and presentations, talks by experts in the field, and updates on AMC’s work. We’ll also hold our annual business meeting, which is open to all members, and honor our volunteers, who make AMC’s mission real every day.

This year’s Annual Summit includes three tracks: Outdoor Journey, Active Conservation, and Recreational Network. Presentations include:

  • Thru-Hiking Amidst the ‘Culture Wars’ as a Transgender Woman
  • Maps Never Need a Charge. Beyond GPS: Basic Orienteering
  • How Not to End Up in the Accidents Section of Appalachia Journal – Read a preview
  • Mercury and Dragonflies: How Community Science Connects People to Place in the Merrimack Valley Watershed
  • Climbing Development with Equity and Inclusion: The Community Ascension Project
  • Wayfinding Historical Journals, Maps, and Hikers of the Pemigewasset Wilderness – Read a preview

Please direct all questions to amcannualsummit@outdoors.org.

View the full agenda and session descriptions below.

Annual Summit Registration is Closed

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Annual Summit, unfortunately registration for the event is now closed. Stay tuned for upcoming events or see what activities are happening here. If you have any questions about Annual Summit please contact amcannualsummit@outdoors.org.

Annual Summit Schedule of Events

The 146th Annual Summit will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 as a virtual event! Whether you’re a lifelong AMC member or a newcomer interested in learning more about the outdoors, there is something for everyone.

Event Includes:

  • Interactive workshops and presentations with AMC experts and outdoor professionals
  • Committee business meetings
  • AMC’s 146th Annual Business Meeting
  • Presentation of AMC’s annual volunteer awards
  • Updates on AMC’s work in conservation, recreation, and education
8:00am-9:00am
AMC’s Annual Business Meeting
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AMC's Annual Business Meeting includes reports from the Board of Directors and AMC Leadership, volunteer recognition, announcement of awards including the Distinguished Service and the Volunteer Leadership Awards, and election of the 2022 Board of Directors for the organization.

9:00am-10:00am
Adventure Travel - with AMC
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Come learn about AMC’s Adventure Travel program in the morning of Annual Summit. Whether you are thinking about joining a trip or becoming an Adventure Travel leader, this is your opportunity to learn about the program and ask seasoned leaders your burning questions.

10:00am-11:00am
Thru-Hiking Amidst the “Culture Wars” as a Transgender Woman
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In 2021, Lyla Harrod, a 34-year-old sober transgender woman, left her career to pursue her dream of thru-hiking. Amidst the "Culture Wars," the outdoors may for some feel like a respite from the seemingly constant conflict we encounter. Lyla will discuss how these conflicts did and did not affect her experiences. Lyla, trail name "Sugar," will also share her thoughts on thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Bay Circuit Trail, and the Arizona Trail in one calendar year. As more transgender thru-hikers such as Lyla find their voices in the outdoor community, let's listen and work together to find new ways, big and small, to make the outdoors welcoming and accessible for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

11:00am-12:00pm
Maps Never Need a Charge. Beyond GPS - Basic Orienteering
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Don’t leave home without a map and compass, even if you have a GPS. Reasons to not rely solely on GPS will be explained. To improve your odds of not getting lost, we will cover: orienteering techniques to get from points A to B, what is declination and how to adjust for it, orienting a map, and some GPS usage tips. Because of time, we will only briefly address compass usage, so please practice with it ahead of time.

2:00pm-3:00pm
How Not to End Up in the Accidents Report of Appalachia Journal
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In this illustrated talk, Chris Woodside, current editor of AMC’s 145-year-old mountaineering publication Appalachia journal, describes several accidents in two popular hiking ridges in the White Mountains. She will tell how editors of Appalachia’s “Accidents” section choose and evaluate accidents with an eye for how to avoid similar situations, why we don't name people by full name, the journal's dealings with New Hampshire Fish & Game (which supplies public documents), and changing public perceptions of mountain safety. The talk ends with safety principles and a Q and A.

2:00pm-3:00pm
Search and Rescue in the White Mountains
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More and more people are accessing the outdoors in Northern New England. Unfortunately, some of these folks will become lost, or suffer an injury or illness that requires them to be rescued. In this session, Tom Frawley, Training Officer of the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, and Tom Trimarco, MD, Medical Director for the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team and the AMC’s Physician Advisor will discuss search and rescue in Vermont and New Hampshire. The basics of how a search is conducted, factors that contribute to the need for a search, lost person behavior, and challenges to providing medical care and evacuation in the wilderness will be discussed

3:00pm-4:30pm
Diversity in the Outdoors Panel Discussion with Derick Lugo
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In the inaugural season of ‘Unlikely Stories Podcast,’ host Derick Lugo connected with many of the most inspiring and adventurous people in the outdoor community. In this panel of past podcast guests, Derick dives deeper into what makes their stories ‘Unlikely’ and why it’s so important to share these stories to create a more inviting and welcoming outdoors for all. Panel guests include Pattie Gonia, Jennifer Pharr Davis, and Sibusiso Villane. You can listen to their podcast episodes and more at https://www.outdoors.org/resources/amc-outdoors/news/amc-presents-unlikely-stories-podcast/

3:00pm-4:30pm
Get the Most from your AMC Membership
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Are you getting the most out of your AMC membership? Wondering what's in it for you if you join? Then this session is for you! AMC staff and volunteers will share the benefits that membership offers. From discounts to trainings to outdoor activities, AMC membership has a lot to offer. No matter your member status, there's always something to learn about your membership.

3:00pm-4:00pm
What it Means to Decolonize Outdoor Education?
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Outdoor Education has been shaped and held back by exclusionary Western approaches to practicing outdoor activities with young people. To overcome these historical constraints and to make the outdoors inclusive of the diverse peoples inhabiting Earth’s varied ecosystems, we must expand our knowledge of the variety in which we engage with outdoor spaces and support a transformative approach to outdoor education. Join the Outdoor Empowered Network Executive Director Seraph White to learn more about the national conversations and practices of its diverse members, which includes the AMC.

4:00pm-5:00pm
HistoryThon: Walking a Path to Understand African American History
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This session will offer an exploration of how to create intentional outdoor experiences to discover and appreciate African American history. The session will use maps and other resources to provide examples of walks, trails, sites that have been featured in HistoryThon and are significant to understanding African American history in those places.

8:00am-9:00am
AMC’s Annual Business Meeting
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AMC's Annual Business Meeting includes reports from the Board of Directors and AMC Leadership, volunteer recognition, announcement of awards including the Distinguished Service and the Volunteer Leadership Awards, and election of the 2022 Board of Directors for the organization.

9:00am-10:00am
Getting AMC to Net Zero Emissions by 2050
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AMC has adopted a goal of achieving “net zero” carbon emissions from its facilities and operations by 2050. Participants will learn about the science behind this goal, what AMC has already done, and how it is developing a strategic plan to achieve this ambitious goal and the challenges involved. Participants will also learn how they can track and reduce their own personal “carbon footprint.”

10:00am-11:00am
Restoring a More Natural Forest Through Timber Management in the Maine Woods
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AMC's timber management practices in Maine are designed to restore formerly heavily-harvested industrial lands to a more mature and natural condition. Learn about AMC's forest management goals and silvicultural approach, how we determine what areas are suitable for harvesting, and how harvesting decisions are made on the ground. We will also present results of our 10-year forest inventory that shows the progress that is being made towards our goals.

11:00am-12:00pm
Mercury and Dragonflies: How Community Science Connects People to Place in the Merrimack River Watershed
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AMC is leading the Merrimack Dragonfly Mercury Project, where our partners lead youth in sampling dragonfly larvae to determine relative mercury contamination around the Merrimack River in Lowell and Lawrence, MA. The Merrimack has legacy sources of mercury pollution that can contaminate fish and wildlife. Hear from some of the participants and learn about AMC’s multiple engagement avenues, including conservation science, outdoor adventure, and trail construction, to serve these communities and create future interest in the outdoors.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Become an Advocate for the Outdoors with AMC
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Almost everything we experience outdoors is impacted by public decisions. Decisions made by federal, state, and local elected officials and agencies drive how public lands and rivers are managed, opportunities for recreation, acceptable levels of pollution, approaches to climate change, clean energy, and transportation options. Join AMC to learn how to be an effective voice for the outdoors and hear about some of our priority issues in the coming year. Remember, decisions get made by the people who show up!

8:00am-9:00am
AMC’s Annual Business Meeting
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AMC's Annual Business Meeting includes reports from the Board of Directors and AMC Leadership, volunteer recognition, announcement of awards including the Distinguished Service and the Volunteer Leadership Awards, and election of the 2022 Board of Directors for the organization.

9:00am-10:00am
Climbing Route Development with Equity and Inclusion: The Community Ascension Project
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Historically, the process of developing climbing crags has been exclusive in terms of gaining access and knowledge, equipment, training, and skills. The Community Ascension Project was a series of workshops that sought to make the crag development and stewardship process less exclusive. This project explored how to create a collaborative and welcoming process in developing climbing routes, building a safe affinity space in the outdoors, and exploring practical steps like engaging with partners and landowners. Learn how the project embraced intentional practices to increase knowledge and know-how and ultimately expand the use of inclusive crag development practices across the climbing community.

10:00am-11:00am
Wayfinding Historical Journals, Maps, and Hikers of the Pemigewasset Wilderness
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This session will lay out a timeline of exploration in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains, highlighting several expeditions from the 19th through the early 20th centuries. The presenter will use hiker journal excerpts, historical and contemporary photos, and maps to guide viewers through the changes in this landscape from logging to trail building and conservation.

11:00am-12:00pm
Addressing the Nature Gap: Conservation Funding for a More Equitable Outdoors
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With the historic passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, more money than ever will be available for land, water, and trail protection. Without intentional efforts and broadened participation, however, money alone cannot overcome systemic biases that have caused a massive “nature gap” in access to green space and recreation opportunities in economically disadvantaged and minority communities. Learn about AMC's work to help advance equitable distribution of these funds to increase access to the outdoors in historically underserved communities.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Be Amazed by the Largest Intact Ecoregion East of the Mississippi: Maine’s North Woods
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Within a day's drive of the eastern metropolis sits a remarkable resource: 10.5 million acres of unbroken forest. Come hear about the history, unique character, and global importance of the treasure that hosts 139 rare plants and animals, including 21 globally rare species. This area makes up more than half of the largest globally important bird area in the US and is the last remaining stronghold for wild native Brook Trout in the United States. AMC's visionary conservation and recreation undertaking Maine is delivering remarkable results, including the 2021 designation as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.

2:00pm-3:00pm
Pennsylvania Highlands Protection and the Interactive Mapping Tool
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Online interactive mapping has changed how organizations work on land protection and trail development. Come see how this tool stores and displays essential data including land protection trends and projects. For example, with an interactive landscape view of open spaces, land and water trails, and detailed information of each township in Pennsylvania, organizations can plan new trails and pay better attention to connectivity and gap areas. From 2012 to 2020, more than 42,000 acres of open space have been protected.

3:00pm-4:00pm
Music of the Landscape
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Composer-performer Ben Cosgrove, a former artist-in-residence with the White Mountain National Forest, Acadia National Park, and the New England Trail (NET), presents some of the music he composed during these and other residencies and a conversation about the role art can play in the framing of place and in the work of conservation.