Alpine Ecosystems

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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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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When rescue teams found James Clark on Mount Washington’s Lion Head Trail at 1:15 a.m. on June 14, 2019, the 80-year-old Dublin, Ohio, resident was barely clinging to life. The day before, Clark had set out with his two teenage grandsons on what was supposed to be a day hike to the summit of New…

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We’re thrilled to welcome back the AMC Photo Contest after a hiatus of two years. Replatformed and rejiggered for its 23rd installment, the contest this year was open to non-AMC members for the first time, capturing vibrant, new perspectives and yielding a record high number of submissions over the course of its six-week run. Here…

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Before dawn on January 12, the temperature at the summit of Mount Washington—famously home to some of the world’s worst weather—had already hit an eerily balmy 43 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly 50 degrees higher than the average mid-winter low. It was part of a two-day winter warmup that sent temperatures into the 60s and 70s across…

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Of all the places Dr. Baker Perry, a professor of geography at Appalachian State University, visited while training for an expedition to Nepal’s Mount Everest, dangling from a weather station in a winter storm at 4,000 feet was not something he had planned. “It was wicked up there,” Perry says of his experience on [the…

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One million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction, according to a United Nations report released in May, and we humans bear much of the blame. Climate change, overfishing, pollution, and urban expansion are all threatening Earth’s biodiversity, and with it our own food security, health, and quality of life, according to…

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June is an active season for plants in the Northeast. Now that the snow has melted in most mountain regions, the photosynthesizers of the forest break open their buds, stretch out their leaves, and start to plan ahead for next year’s seedlings by producing their showy, often fragrant flowers. You can track the flowers and add observations, learn how. In…

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1. NEW FOR NEW YORK AMC has entered into a new lease agreement with Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) to renovate and manage Baker Camp, a 92-year-old destination on Lake Sebago, within New York’s Harriman State Park and just 10 miles southwest of the Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. Once completed, the renovated…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club has joined an increasing number of organizations using iNaturalist to explore life outdoors. iNaturalist is a free app you can use on your smartphone and an online community where people explore and share observations of the natural world. Participants upload photos of plants or animals which includes information about where and…

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