Trail Maintenance

AMC Trails Department is now hiring for summer 2016! We are looking for Trail Crew Members, Trail Crew Leaders, Trail Project Coordinators, Caretakers for our Backcountry Campsites and Shelters, Appalachian Trail Ridgerunners, Logistical Support Staff, and more. Take a look at the exciting variety of summer seasonal opportunities that are available from Maine south to…

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Or maybe you prefer a bridge over troubled water, either way you likely have one or two songs stuck in your head after reading this! The White Mountain Professional Trail Crew finished construction this fall on a 40 foot bridge on the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. With the installation of the bridge ends a 4…

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On a shaded stretch of pavement straddling the Erving–Northfield border in central Massachusetts, my colleague Ryan Smith and I pause our hike to take a drink and study our map. We haven’t been standing on the shoulder long when a rapid series of beeps and chirps erupts from a field across the street. “The R2-D2…

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Since 2007, AMC Trail Crew members have built new backpacking shelters in the White Mountain National Forest at Kinsman Pond, Eliza Brook, and Garfield Ridge. This spring, with assistance from members of the Cohos Trail Association, they added another shelter to that list—not in the forest but in central New Hampshire. Indoors. You can venture…

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It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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As the 114th Congress gets under way, time will tell what members’ actions will mean for the future of our nation, our region, and the outdoor places and experiences we treasure. One thing for sure is that any sort of progress is not likely to take place unless our elected officials agree to work together….

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Early on, staff working on the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) recognized that to be successful, AMC’s presence would need to benefit local communities. MWI was and is a conservation and recreation effort, yes. But there’s a third leg to the project stool, and that stands for community partnerships. Now 11 years into AMC’s most ambitious…

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It didn’t take long after meeting Andrew Norkin, AMC’s director of trails and recreation management, to recognize that he’s an upstanding, above-board kind of guy. So when he talked recently about all the “dirty work” ahead for his team this summer, it was plain to see he was referring to the challenges in store for…

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Fresh off of two years of record-setting growth in AMC’s volunteer trail programs, managers have added new projects for 2014, expanding the scope and geographic reach of trail maintenance work. For instance, performing brushing, drainage, and erosion-control work on the Pacific Crest Trail in southern California is a new option for trail volunteers as part…

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I leaned into the wind and pushed toward the dark shape materializing in the fog, squinting to keep my eyes free from blowing snow. Tears streamed across my cheeks, and my beard froze. Ice-coated stones stacked to eye level slowly came into focus. Then another blurry silhouette appeared in the distance. Reassured by their presence,…

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