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Trail Work

An inside look at the construction of AMC’s newest shelter at Speck Pond in Maine.

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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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Like paddling a canoe or pedaling a bike, splitting wood is a rhythmic outdoor activity that can feel downright meditative when done correctly.  Swinging an ax, however, is a little more difficult (and dangerous) than biking or boating, so it takes time and practice to become a master of this useful art form. To get…

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It’s gotten easier to find Lost Pond in New Hampshire’s Pinkham Notch, thanks to a new footbridge and boardwalk installed at the trailhead by AMC staff in October. Hikers will appreciate the new design, which provides surer footing than the old system: a deteriorating set of 15-year-old bog bridges and a small timber footbridge built…

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Monday Oct. 30th, 2017. The rain gauge filled for the second time in 24 hours. With relentless howling, the 60 mph gusts of wind find their way through the cracks of windows and doors. The lamp flickers one last gasp of light before fading to dark. My phone, which is perpetually on silent, grabs my attention with…

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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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Whether afoot, on skis, or astride a bike, there are lots of ways to get around AMC’s nearly 75,000 acres of Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) property in the 100-Mile Wilderness region—and lots of trails to get around on. At last count, AMC’s growing network of recreational trails covered 130 miles, including 90 miles of groomed…

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The following excerpt has been abridged and condensed from Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, by Jeffrey H. Ryan (AMC Books, 2017), available now from AMC, as well as from other online and retail locations. The decade since Benton MacKaye had first proposed the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

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The New England Trail was lucky enough to have not one, but three of AMC’s teen trail crews working on the trail this summer. The last crew finished up their time on the trail earlier this month, but before they left the teens and the Southern New England staff took the time to tell us…

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While some crew members are beginning to think about packing their bags to head back to college or their winter seasonal jobs, others are looking forward to the fall trail season.  It’s time to find those warmer sleeping bags, and unpack the long underwear stored away at the end of last winter.  The New England…

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