Appalachian Trail

  Morning is still asserting itself—early light eking through dusty windows, aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting in from the kitchen—as eight strangers settle into mismatched couches and chairs on an unseasonably warm Thursday in October. The group gives off a mix of excitement, anxiety, and grogginess, some having driven from as far as New…

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Update: The U.S. Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in a 92-to-8 vote, followed by a 363-to-62 vote in the House of Representatives on February 26. The bill will now go to President Trump to sign into law. What do a swing set behind…

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Talk about a winning combo: AMC was delighted to recognize two outstanding representatives of its hardworking volunteers and staff at the 2018 Annual Summit in January. Ann Phair, AMC’s sales and guest services manager, says receiving the 2017 Joe Dodge Award came as a surprise. But Paul Cunha, vice president of operations, says Phair was…

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An inside look at the construction of AMC’s newest shelter at Speck Pond in Maine.

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As outcome nears, public deliberations scheduled and AMC brief filed On December 22nd, 2017, the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) closed the adjudicatory hearing, or “trial,” record on the Northern Pass permit application. The final phase of the commission process now begins, with a final decision expected to be reached by the end of February….

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You can take a trail to get somewhere, but it’s often the trail that takes you to places you never dreamed of. AMC members revel in trail-based recreation while also recognizing the need to care for the trails we use to disappear into the forest or climb to a stunning vista. Throughout our region, AMC…

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It’s gotten easier to find Lost Pond in New Hampshire’s Pinkham Notch, thanks to a new footbridge and boardwalk installed at the trailhead by AMC staff in October. Hikers will appreciate the new design, which provides surer footing than the old system: a deteriorating set of 15-year-old bog bridges and a small timber footbridge built…

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Dale Sanders, better known on the Appalachian Trail as Greybeard, carries on a conversation while regarding you with two of the brightest eyes you’ve ever seen, with genuine curiosity about who you are. He makes friends quickly and keeps them easily: hundreds in person and hundreds more who, never having met him, know him by…

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We started looking for a moose as soon as we arrived in the Maine Woods. Around each bend in the road, across every marsh or pond, we expected to see the gangly outline of the state’s most iconic mammal. So on our last evening, while walking a waterfront path below AMC’s newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge…

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The following excerpt has been abridged and condensed from Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, by Jeffrey H. Ryan (AMC Books, 2017), available now from AMC, as well as from other online and retail locations. The decade since Benton MacKaye had first proposed the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

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