Backpacking

A light is one of the 10 essentials—those crucial pieces of gear you should carry on any hike. This is particularly true in the fall, when daylight fades earlier, and the odds of finding yourself outside after twilight increase.  When it comes to choosing a light, it’s hard to beat a headlamp for convenient, hands-free illumination that…

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Crowds can be intensely heavy on the trails of the White Mountains. Or not, depending on where you go. If you’re looking for solitude and tranquility on your next hike, here are some of my go-to locations, based on my experience researching AMC’s Best Backpacking Trips in New England. Where NOT to go First, though,…

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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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Carrying a chair with you into the backcountry isn’t exactly an ultralight essential, but it is a delightful luxury after a long hard day on the trail. If you’re willing to pack in a bit more weight for a comfortable seat around camp, here are some of the current best backpacking chairs. Helinox Chair Zero…

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If you’re planning on backpacking with young kids, you really want them to enjoy the experience so they’ll keep coming back for more. After multiple trips taking my two young backpackers into the woods over the past two years (when they were between the ages of 4 and 8), here are a few key tips…

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National forests are like the multitool of the public land system, open to a wide, if carefully monitored, array of uses: hiking, fishing, timber harvesting, and conservation among them. And then there’s forest bathing—the new trend of immersing yourself in nature as a remedy for the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Whether you dip…

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We arrived at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut after a long, steep climb. Warm tea and rest waited inside, but we pushed onward, to watch the sun set over the White Mountains’ 360-degree views. I marveled at the light turning the alpine leaves aglow. The day’s hike had been grueling, with rock scrambles difficult…

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The following story, “Girls on the Job,” by Barbara Hull Richardson, comes from the June 1943 issue of AMC’s journal, Appalachia (Vol. XXIV, No. 3), and is reproduced here in its entirety. Richardson, now 95, was one of AMC’s first female croo members. Read a profile of her today from the summer 2018 issue of…

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Meet the members of the 2018 AMC hut croo! These enthusiastic hosts and environmental stewards will spend the summer greeting guests at AMC’s eight White Mountain Huts. Whether you’re spending a night or just refilling your water bottle, stop in and say hello. LEARN MORE Request your own reservation for AMC’s White Mountain Huts. Meet past…

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“Your body is not a temple. It’s a furnace, and you need to fuel that furnace. Eat up.” I am certainly not going to argue with Mitra Karimian. I’m starving after the long bus ride from Boston to New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, and our overnight women’s snowshoe to Lonesome Lake Hut tomorrow is going to…

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