Trail Volunteers

  AMC’s trail-blazing legacy extends back to its founding, in 1876. One of the organization’s first White Mountain projects, constructing Lowe’s Path, involved installing signs on 400 trees. The crew hung a small board every 100 meters (yes, they originally used the metric system) and painted the same information on flat stones, from treeline to…

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Join a Trail Work Party and Earn Double Points for the Hike50 Challenge! April for the Appalachian Mountain Club means dusting off our boots, rolling up our sleeves, and hitting the trails for some much-needed spring cleaning. AMC volunteers have been eagerly awaiting the warmer temperatures of April to begin yearly projects on the New England…

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The trailhead for Mount Prospect, in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, is innocuous, with parking for only two cars—three if you pull in nose-to-tail, tight against the maples and pines. For all of the trailhead’s subtlety, the route itself is well marked, winding over a small stream that’s crossable in one large leap if the weather…

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Talk about a winning combo: AMC was delighted to recognize two outstanding representatives of its hardworking volunteers and staff at the 2018 Annual Summit in January. Ann Phair, AMC’s sales and guest services manager, says receiving the 2017 Joe Dodge Award came as a surprise. But Paul Cunha, vice president of operations, says Phair was…

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The 2018 Volunteer Vacation is off to a great start!  We have had a fantastic time working on the Sendero Pacifico Trail in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica for the past three days.  AMC volunteers have been sweating it out and battling the bugs, all while installing wooden check steps, water bars, and even…

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Forget Appalachian Mountain Club. For the Barker family of Lancaster, N.H., it’s more like Appalachian Island Club. Since 1903, five generations of Barkers have held practically every volunteer and paid position at AMC’s Three Mile Island Camp (TMI) on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesauke. Larry Barker, age 58, first stayed at TMI in 1968, worked on…

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You can take a trail to get somewhere, but it’s often the trail that takes you to places you never dreamed of. AMC members revel in trail-based recreation while also recognizing the need to care for the trails we use to disappear into the forest or climb to a stunning vista. Throughout our region, AMC…

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January 2018 join us in Costa Rica as we help with storm recovery efforts on community trails after Tropical Storm Nate’s severe flooding and erosion. These AMC Volunteer Vacations combine adventure, community service, recreation and a cultural experience you will never forget! The program runs for eight days, with two travel days, one free day,…

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Seth King, BCT Projects Coordinator Imagining a traditional AMC Trail Crew, visions of a dirty backcountry bunch, living deep in the woods with only a radio, a few tents, an arsenal of hand tools and hefty food rations probably come to mind. Daily life for an AMC volunteer crew on the Bay Circuit Trail doesn’t…

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What better way to get a feel for what it’s like to be part of an AMC Teen Trail Crew than through the eyes of a participant? Recent White Mountain Two-Week Spike Crew volunteer Tim Berger shared this collection of photos with us, and not only are they excellent, we think they speak volumes about the Teen…

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