Skills & Leadership

With the summer air warm and the water cool, it’s always tempting to jump in for a swim in a river. Swimming in rivers can be great fun, but before you take the plunge, pause to consider the nature of flowing water. LEARN MORE: Read how to run a rapid, whether you’re an expert or…

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AMC’S century-plus commitment to maintaining hundreds of miles of recreational trails in the East has received a big boost with the renovation of the Camp Dodge Trails Training Center, which closed in 2017. Located four miles north of Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Route 16 in New Hampshire, Camp Dodge has been a hive of…

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With COVID-19 still at the forefront of our thoughts, there’s another health hazard to keep an eye out for this spring and summer—ticks. While it’s important to continue to follow CDC guidelines when heading outdoors, including wearing a face mask and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between you and another person, its also important to…

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Spending time at home during the covid-19 crisis can be difficult for anyone. For outdoor enthusiasts, everything from thru-hikes to weekend bouldering trips have been postponed. But don’t despair! Below you’ll find Appalachian Mountain Club staff picks of podcasts to listen to and stay connected with the outdoors. “The Wild has taken me on a…

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The following is an excerpt from AMC’s Mountain Skills Manual. Once you have found the perfect site for your camp, you have the task of putting together your tent or sleeping shelter. Before you set up, it is essential to know a few knot-tying skills that will help you when you’re getting your camp ready….

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AMC is piloting a new badging series for outdoor leadership, outdoor skills, and conservation actions. Entirely, self-led, and self-paced, participants complete conservation online learning and a variety of conservation actions to receive badges. Each badge takes about 2 hours to work through and will introduce you to Earth Day (Everyday Conservation, Make it a Habit)…

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Rock climbers are used to having to take rest days, but this quarantine is making my calluses become involuntarily soft. I’ve been climbing for 15 years, both competitively and recreationally. After high school, I hung up my competition shoes and moved to California for college—based on its proximity to climbing haven Joshua Tree National Park,…

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Are you longing to get or stay in paddling shape, even as we’re confined to our homes and backyards because of physical distancing? Here’s a paddling workout you can do in your living room or backyard, courtesy of Kathy Ellis, M.S.—a licensed personal trainer, certified yoga trainer, and volunteer Class 2 excursions leader with AMC’s…

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Try these exercises to stay in paddling shape or this at-home rock climbing workout. You’re probably not doing much hiking these days—certainly nothing too intense or far away—but staying safe and physically distanced doesn’t mean you have to fall out of hiking shape. For a dose of inspiration and some hiking exercises you can do in your…

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The following is an excerpt from AMC’s Mountain Skills Manual. To reduce shoulder and hip discomfort, as well as to better organize and care for your equipment, it is best to load your pack by following some basic packing principles. We call these principles the ABCDs of packing. In this mnemonic, “A” stands for accessibility,…

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