Leadership

Editor’s note: This year marks the 100th birthday of three AMC Chapters: Connecticut, Narragansett, and New Hampshire. In this post, Robert McLaughlin—New Hampshire Chapter member and editor of its Mountain Passages newsletter—offers the fascinating history of the AMC’s Chapter in the Granite State.   The Appalachian Mountain Club was founded in 1876. About 30 years…

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  This was adapted from an article that originally appeared in the spring issue of Footnotes, the quarterly newsletter of AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Whether you’re a newly trained or veteran outdoor leader ready to cautiously start leading events again, consider planning a family-friendly event—even if you haven’t led one before. In doing so, you will…

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  When one of us hurts, the AMC community hurts. The past few months, Asian-American members of the AMC community have been in pain. Their pain stems from an uptick in senseless and racist acts against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans across the country, culminating in the shocking murders of six women of Asian descent…

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  Eileen Yin spent most of her spring online with AMC. A long-time volunteer with the organization’s New York–North Jersey Chapter, Yin has dedicated much of her free time to planning and leading trips for her chapter, providing a space for members to socialize, try new activities, or just be outdoors. “AMC made a big…

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The American Alpine Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Colorado Mountain Club, Mazamas, and The Mountaineers join with those speaking out and taking action against racist, sexist, and otherwise derogatory route names, and we welcome the conversation about how best to move forward as a community. Historically in the U.S. climbing community, the opportunity and privilege of…

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I believe every American in a position of leadership has a duty to speak out about the crisis of racism and White violence gripping our country. I made a statement last week that reflects my point of view as a fundamentally optimistic person. Today my optimism remains unchanged, but I’m angrier. It’s the right time…

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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AMC is piloting a new badging series for outdoor leadership, outdoor skills, and conservation actions. Entirely, self-led, and self-paced, participants complete conservation online learning and a variety of conservation actions to receive badges. Each badge takes about 2 hours to work through and will introduce you to Earth Day (Everyday Conservation, Make it a Habit)…

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The asphalt service road that leads to Ecology Village, one of a handful of overnight camping spots in New York City, makes for smooth bicycling. When six young cyclists, all between the ages of 9 and 13, and their leader, Courtney Williams, pedal into the site on a sunny autumn Saturday morning, the vibe is…

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AMC’s members will hear a lot about the AMC150 vision in the coming years. But what is it exactly? Simply put, as Appalachian Mountain Club gets closer to its 150th birthday, in 2026, it’s working to create a world where being outdoors is an integral part of people’s lives and where natural resources are healthy,…

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