Outdoor Skills and Safety Archives - Appalachian Mountain Club

Outdoor Skills and Safety

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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If you think fireflies’ flashes are simply random, pretty bursts of light, think again. “They’re not just putting on a fantastic light show for our enjoyment,” says Sara Lewis, a professor of biology at Tufts University and the author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies. “Those are the silent love songs of the…

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Since AMC opened its first hut in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in 1888, staff members (a.k.a. “croo”) have had the reputation of being tough and resourceful—perhaps none more so than those who reported to Joe Dodge. Working in Greenleaf Hut or Pinkham Notch under the watchful eye of AMC’s legendary hutmaster in the first half…

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Ticks are arguably the nastiest, most pernicious, most maddening outdoor threat we face here in the Northeast. I hate them, these vectors of disease, who crave adherence to my flesh, to inflate with my blood. So nasty. In early spring, adult ticks resurface after laying low through the winter. They are larger and easier to…

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Say you take a bad tumble on the trail and end up with a nasty scrape or cut. Even worse, dirt and debris are ground into the wound. To minimize the risk of infection, you need to thoroughly clean the injury site and get all of that debris out of there, especially if you are…

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