Huts

In August 2010, AMC Director of Huts and Pinkham James Wrigley received a call that a young hiker was in critical condition after falling hundreds of feet down steep sloping rock. The teen had been hiking on the Huntington Ravine Trail of Mount Washington, one of the most challenging and dangerous trails in the White…

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If you’ve ever stayed at AMC’s Cardigan Lodge, nestled at the base of Mount Cardigan in Alexandria, N.H., you’ve probably met Natalie Milligan. Always enthusiastic and insightful, Milligan has served as Cardigan Lodge’s assistant manager for the last 10 years. Her day-to-day work can include anything from welcoming guests to running the retail area to…

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A lot more goes into planning a day hike than choosing your target elevation. Here’s a starter checklist. Consider the group. When choosing a route, think about the companions with whom you’ll be hiking. If you’re hiking with a novice, choose a trail that’s beginner-friendly; if you’re hiking with an experienced mountaineer, choose a hike…

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Editor’s Note: On January 25, 2019, after this story had been written, President Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to a stop-gap bill that would temporarily end the partial government shutdown, funding and reopening the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15. President Trump has stated publicly that he will veto any Congressional bill that does…

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They’re the headset-sporting heroes who unlock memorable outdoor adventures for anyone who’s eager—AMC members and otherwise. We know them by their warm and welcoming voices, answering our urgent questions and asking us how many beds we need or whether anyone in our group has dietary restrictions. A lot has changed since guests had to mail…

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The next time you visit the White Mountain National Forest, you may notice more phones than usual in the woods. No, cell service in the White Mountains didn’t magically improve. Any possible influx of photo-snapping and trail-texting is likely due to the iNaturalist app, newly integrated into AMC’s Mountain Watch program. Mountain Watch began in…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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It’s a cold, sparklingly clear day in March, and the White Mountains are filled with hikers, skiers, and snowshoers, each leaving distinctive tracks in the piles of late-spring powder. It seems like everyone is chattering about the weather; each group we pass has something to say about the glorious conditions. We’re on our way to…

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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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