Camping/Tent Sites

Sure, you know about AMC’s famed high-mountain hut system. Perhaps you’ve stayed in a few (or all!) of them. Or, maybe you’ve rolled up to an AMC roadside lodge and used it as a convenient base camp for exploring nearby trails and peaks. Most guests consider AMC’s huts and lodges a great value, given their…

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) cuts an iconic, white-blazed path along the eastern United States, but did you know those 2,190 miles are the spine of a far more complex trail system? Thousands of miles of blue-blazed side trails add to a network offering some of the region’s best hiking in any season. Strap on your…

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Working at Hermit Lake Shelters, at the base of New Hampshire’s well-known Tuckerman Ravine, can be pretty cool. The upside? Caretakers spend a lot of time outdoors, and if they’re lucky, some of that time involves making first tracks on a bluebird powder day. The downside? The ravine can be downright cold, and if a…

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The phrase, “it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it” perfectly sums up one key responsibility for AMC’s Backcountry Caretakers. Where there are humans, there is waste, and each year our fleet of campsites composts roughly 2,500 gallons of it. To help us manage human waste at this incredible scale we utilize a…

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I’m a nostalgic person. I love antique shops, old, outdated objects like type writers, and rotary telephones. Anything that looks like it holds a story captures my attention. But, there comes a time in every backcountry shelter’s life when we must face the music, and make way for something new. I am proud to announce…

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The original Inferno Race was solely a ski race from the summit of Mount Washington over the Tuckerman Headwall and all the way down to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (then Pinkham Notch Camps). It began in 1932 and attracted all sorts of crazy extreme skiers! In 1939 Toni Matt set his amazing record for the…

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Last Saturday the woods were calling so I glanced at my map looking for some not so far away shelters that I hadn’t been to. Being that I was the Lonesome Lake Caretaker all winter and before that was a summer caretaker at the tent/shelter sites the AMC runs I am used to being in…

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I had originally started this post as an ‘boy it is a small trails world’ post, about how closely connected most people are around the country to AMC. As staff have left the caretaker program, they have found themselves in the West, Midwest, South, Alaska, Antarctica, and even Germany (Guten Tag Tobias Carter!). As they…

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We had just finished reading the last of the bedtime books, the glow of the headlamp-turned-nightlight casting shadows on the tent walls, when we hear it. The clear call of an owl. “Hoo hoo hoo-hoo; hoo hoo hoo-aw.” Mabel, my 5-year-old, looks at me, and I can see her eyes are wide. “Mommy, an owl!”…

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Ethan Pond Shelter is special among the shelters AMC manages in the White Mountain fleet. It is the oldest standing shelter, built in 1957 by an AMC Trail Crew. It is the only shelter built with vertical logs. It is the only shelter in a very long stretch of Appalachian Trail. It is our lowest…

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