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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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To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, many individuals and organizations, including AMC, have advocated for alternative methods of transportation—including bicycling. Many cities across the country have implemented bike sharing programs, which allow residents to borrow bikes from public stations near them for short periods of time. But as cities implement these…

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Terry Berntsen is legendary in AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter for her ability to plan group trips to interesting destinations that also include fantastic hiking. In 2017, after completing both the Loyalsock and Laurel Highlands Trails end-to-end with day hiking groups, Berentsen was looking for a new trail challenge. She engaged fellow chapter members Rich Pace…

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  The AMC Photo Contest spotlights the different ways we experience the outdoors and the views we take in along the way. For all of us, that view changed over the past year. We announced the winners of last year’s contest just weeks before we found ourselves locked down and deeply uncertain about what the…

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  AMC is carefully monitoring state and federal guidelines and recommendations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and determining our best courses of action to assure our guests are safe while staying at our locations. Because of the evolving situation, decisions on whether or not we can open a facility, or open under any capacity…

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  Permanent ponds are scattered across the highest elevation ridges and ravines in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. All of these ponds are accessible by hiking trails, and many feature AMC overnight facilities nearby. The best known of these high-mountain ponds are Lakes of the Clouds and Hermit Lake on Mount Washington, Star Lake on the…

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Late in the summer of 1996, by the banks of the Colorado River where it crosses through Austin, Texas, a group of researchers demonstrated something remarkable. While examining how water moves underground through a karst region—an area built on porous, soluble rocks, such as limestone—they poured a fluorescein dye into a sinkhole. Their plan was…

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Solar panels are a win-win: they produce electricity without emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change with the added benefit of likely lowering your electric bill. According to the U.S. Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, solar installations have increased 35-fold since 2008, building enough capacity to power the equivalent of 12 million…

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  What is the value of a striking vista, and what would we do to preserve it from development? That is the question being asked by Protect the View, an online, AMC-led campaign seeking to build awareness and support for the protection of trail views and experiences within greater Philadelphia’s Circuit Trails network. “From the…

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  Excerpted and adapted from the newly updated Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, 5th ed., out now from AMC Books. The trails in southern New Hampshire offer great variety, from easy strolls along the seacoast to strenuous trips ascending the bare, rocky crests of Mount Monadnock and Mount Cardigan. Notable benefits of hiking the southern New…

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