Huts

The return of AMC’s photo contest to the pages of our magazine is such a welcome sight during this in-between season of ice and mud. Not that joy isn’t present in either element, but it’s nice to be warmed by the views, the stories, the adventures, and the humanity that this event—and these nature photos—calls…

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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2008 issue of Appalachia. My wife, Stephanie, peeked her head into the garage as I balanced on a ladder trying to locate my backpack in the above storage area. It was the highest elevation I had reached in six years. My old Kelty external frame lay crushed…

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The stories and images selected for this issue of our quarterly magazine, to my eye, reflect so much of the anticipation that exists in the roots of winter joy. See it on the face of the young girl on the cover (captured during an AMC-sponsored family outing in the White Mountain National Forest) or in…

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On July 25th, 2019, Katie Schide broke the women’s Hut Traverse speed record, completing the 50-mile hike in 12 hours, 23 minutes and 6 seconds. The Hut Traverse is a 50-mile route in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that links the Appalachian Mountain Club’s eight huts. Beginning at Carter Notch, hikers trek west along…

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One of the most frequently visited shelters in the White Mountain National Forest will be out of commission this September. Guyot Shelter, which housed 3,513 guest overnights in 2018 alone, will be razed and rebuilt following years of accumulated damage from rain and snowstorms. With construction planned for the busy fall hiking season, the closure…

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  “Welcome, to the annual Tri-Wizard Tournament!”  I look up from the steaming cup of coffee I’ve been staring into to see a young woman wearing the head of a mop as though it were a wig, shouting into a whisk. She’s leaning out of the second-floor library loft that overlooks the dining room where…

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When staffers (a.k.a. croo) in AMC’s eight White Mountain huts take their well-deserved days off every summer, alumni (a.k.a. members of the Old Hutcroo Association) volunteer to fill in, flipping hundreds of pancakes, washing piles upon piles of dishes, and performing themed skits—better known as Blanket Folding Demonstrations, or BFDs—for overnight guests.  We talked with…

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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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