Risk Management

On a recent trail run in the Middlesex Fells with my two training partners, two of us ran into a bit of unexpected trouble. We were attempting to complete the technical and hilly Skyline Trail, which clocks in at around 8 miles, and we had time constraints. One in our group became a bit sluggish…

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Backyard games, climbing, hiking, paddling, picnics, sidewalk strolls, trail running . . . If we make a list of the ways we enjoy the outdoors during the long days of summer, it’d be nearly endless! This is a very busy time of year for AMC’s volunteer leaders. Leaders plan & conduct a variety of activities…

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In analyzing the scenario from May’s post, you may have considered the following points: The individual wishing to depart is a proficient and experienced hiker; Though they are unfamiliar with the trails in this area, they do know how to read a map and navigate; The route they hiked yesterday is the same one they’d…

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Below is a fictional case study created from the experiences of AMC’s volunteer leaders on their trips. Read on & consider what you would do if you found yourself in this situation. . . Case Study: Trip Participant Wants to Depart Early Trip Location: Lonesome Lake Hut & Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire Trails:…

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Spring in the Northeast: Depending where you go exploring, you can encounter a range of trail conditions. Let’s pretend we are in Maine. It has been a fantastic winter, with lots of snow. This is great news! You can sneak in an additional day of cross-country skiing. The morning temperatures hover just below freezing, making…

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Our revised Leadership Requirements & Guidelines, which go into effect on March 15, recommend including a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) component in leadership training for the amazing folks who volunteer their time & energy on behalf of the AMC. The following post, authored by the Ava Holliday and Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin of the Avarna Group, offers…

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If you work in the outdoor industry, as a volunteer, seasonal employee, or full-time professional, you may be familiar with the term “incident report.” (If you are not familiar with an incident report form, you can find an example of one here.) Incident reports are meant to capture a detailed, succinct and objective narrative of an…

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Part 1: You are the leader on a 4-day winter backpacking trip in the White Mountains. Your group consists of seven participants of varied skill level. All have some experience winter camping. Your co-leader has Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and winter backpacking experience. This is day 3 of the trip. Today’s plan is to summit a…

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Getting home safely while winter hiking means knowing when to call it quits. The mountain, the trail, the journey: They’ll all still be there another day. A responsible hiker sets a turnaround time before hitting the trail, especially in winter, when daylight fades much earlier than other times of the year. But there are also…

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1: Wet leaves, slippery surfaces It is late October and you are descending Bear Mountain (2316’), the tallest peak in Connecticut, on the Undermountain Trail. You are with a small group of friends, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead parking lot. The trail is littered with wet leaves and very slippery. While navigating a tricky…

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