Leadership

As America’s oldest conservation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has a rich history of offering high quality volunteer led outdoor leadership trainings and outings. Volunteer leaders providing positive experiences in the outdoors, for members and non-members alike, have been a fundamental means to grow AMC’s  membership and to support the club’s mission: to promote…

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Twenty-seven men and women stand in a rigid line, backs straight and eyes ahead, attuned to the instructor up front. As she calls out directions, the line begins to dissolve. “If it’s most important for you to reach your goal in the outdoors, step to the left,” she tells them. “If it’s most important that…

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WHAT IS IT about a challenge that piques our determination and gets our blood pumping? On the occasion of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club’s 60th anniversary—observed April 22, 2016, at Exeter High School, in New Hampshire—we asked a dedicated group one question: Why did you hike New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers (i.e. the state’s mountains…

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You’re at the put-in.  You have your leadership team, and the rest of the group is assembling.  All of the participants have been screened, but some you have not paddled with.  How do you assess their abilities?  How do you know how they will react if the environment presents a challenge?  How do you assess…

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Leadership Case Study: Group Management in the Alpine This case study was featured at Mountain Leadership School’s annual Instructor Post School Debrief in September 2016.  A vigorous discussion produced the conclusion points illuminated below. Join these experienced volunteer instructors at the oldest leadership training program in the nation for the 59th annual Mountain Leadership School in…

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I tested HIV positive when I was 27 years old. It was 1992 and at the time, I thought the diagnosis was a death sentence. As a gay man trapped in the closet and struggling to come out, life was difficult. I had no job, no support network, and—I thought at the time—no future. In order to…

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Part 1: The Art of Listening Working in an outdoor environment our role as leaders often incorporates technical or, “hard” skills, and people, or “soft” skills. The technical skills are tangible elements: How to tie a bowline, how to execute a forward stroke, how to set up a tent, and there are a lot of…

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Who is the mentor?                                                               Halfway through the two-week outdoor leader training, Keer, the course manager responsible for leading the training, called us together to…

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A Case Study: Risk Management on the Colorado River How does this trip compare to adventures that you have taken? Paddling Trip on the Colorado River below the Hoover Dam Trip Description The put in for the Black Canyon of the Colorado River is directly below the Hoover Dam. Paddling ½ river mile puts the…

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Maybe its been some time since your wilderness medicine training? Test your memory and apply your knowledge to these wilderness medicine scenarios. Day Hike Damage You and your friend are on a 11.6 mile hike of Avery Peak and West Peak in the Bigelow Range in Franklin, County Maine. The route includes nearly 3000 feet…

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