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Outdoor Skills and Safety

We’ve finally moved past the swelter of summer and into the glorious days of autumn. That means crisp days, cool nights, and brain-popping foliage all around. It also means darkness comes earlier with each passing day. As you head outdoors on your next autumnal adventure, keep these two tips for safe fall hikes top of…

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If you’ve ever noticed a swath of trees in an otherwise healthy forest flattened like matchsticks scattered by a giant, you were probably seeing the effects of a microburst or a macroburst. These downward explosions of cold air, which form during severe thunderstorms, leave noticeable changes in woodlands for years to come. “The trees will…

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The Swiss Miss Fire started on a hot August day in 2017. Deep in the 100-Mile Wilderness, 300 feet from the Appalachian Trail, someone had stopped to make cocoa on Columbus Mountain. “It was in one of those high, dry areas where you get deep layers of decayed leaf matter and moss,” explains Steve Tatko,…

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As a teenager, I struggled with alcohol addiction. I was able to find my healing by going back to what my Nipmuc ancestors called the Original Instructions. These are the teachings that instill our sacred place in the world: the renewal and remembering of our intimate relationship to all the life forces in the universe….

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As we head into the summer season, it is important to refresh those Wilderness First Aid (WFA) skills, which are essential to every outdoor excursion, big or small. As we all know, anything can happen out there so let’s take a moment to think about how you may handle common situations you might encounter in…

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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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The following story, “Girls on the Job,” by Barbara Hull Richardson, comes from the June 1943 issue of AMC’s journal, Appalachia (Vol. XXIV, No. 3), and is reproduced here in its entirety. Richardson, now 95, was one of AMC’s first female croo members. Read a profile of her today from the summer 2018 issue of…

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Meet the members of the 2018 AMC hut croo! These enthusiastic hosts and environmental stewards will spend the summer greeting guests at AMC’s eight White Mountain Huts. Whether you’re spending a night or just refilling your water bottle, stop in and say hello. LEARN MORE Request your own reservation for AMC’s White Mountain Huts. Meet past…

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It was a rookie mistake. I had fed the kids a snack on the drive to the trailhead. By the time we parked the car and sorted the gear, those precious calories had been spent. With the parking lot still visible, an arms-crossed, “I’m not going anywhere,” tantrum occurred. The woods beckoned, but the choice was…

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Siestas aren’t just for kids. We all need a rest, especially after a heroic push up a high mountain. And judging by the number of naptime photos out there, we know you know what we mean! In honor of our recent story on snacks and naps, we present a slideshow of our favorite snooze shots…

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