White Mountain & Mahoosuc Campsites And Shelters

The following story, “Mahoosuc Notch,” by Arthur Stanley Pease, comes from the June 1918 issue of AMC’s journal, Appalachia (Vol. XIV, No. 3), and is reproduced here in its entirety. Read about a present-day backpacker exploring the Mahoosuc Trail on its 100th anniversary in “The Longest Mile,” from the summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors…

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There are no mindless miles in the Mahoosuc Range. You will crane your neck upward to take in the incline and crawl on your hands and knees to chip away at the distance. Hikers say each section of the Appalachian Trail has its own personality. Well, this section is contradictory: stubborn but forgiving, ambitious yet…

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A 100th birthday only comes around once, and when it does, a major blowout is in order. This year, 2018, marks the White Mountain National Forest centennial, and knowing a little of the forest’s history will make your celebrations all the sweeter. (Don’t worry: We’ll get to the party part in a minute!) When the…

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A brand-new shelter along the Appalachian Trail (AT) has an unusual trait in common with its predecessor. For both, AMC helicoptered in prefabricated components that were then assembled on site, at AMC’s Speck Pond Campsite in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range. Last fall, AMC staff dismantled the old Speck Pond AT shelter, which had stood for 49…

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Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers passing through the White Mountains this season will be able to save a few bucks on backcountry shelter and campsite fees, thanks to a new camping deal rolled out this spring by AMC. After a thru-hiker has paid the standard $10 to spend a night at one of the designated campsites…

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Sure, you know about AMC’s famed high-mountain hut system. Perhaps you’ve stayed in a few (or all!) of them. Or, maybe you’ve rolled up to an AMC roadside lodge and used it as a convenient base camp for exploring nearby trails and peaks. Most guests consider AMC’s huts and lodges a great value, given their…

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The phrase, “it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it” perfectly sums up one key responsibility for AMC’s Backcountry Caretakers. Where there are humans, there is waste, and each year our fleet of campsites composts roughly 2,500 gallons of it. To help us manage human waste at this incredible scale we utilize a…

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I’m a nostalgic person. I love antique shops, old, outdated objects like type writers, and rotary telephones. Anything that looks like it holds a story captures my attention. But, there comes a time in every backcountry shelter’s life when we must face the music, and make way for something new. I am proud to announce…

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I had originally started this post as an ‘boy it is a small trails world’ post, about how closely connected most people are around the country to AMC. As staff have left the caretaker program, they have found themselves in the West, Midwest, South, Alaska, Antarctica, and even Germany (Guten Tag Tobias Carter!). As they…

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Ethan Pond Shelter is special among the shelters AMC manages in the White Mountain fleet. It is the oldest standing shelter, built in 1957 by an AMC Trail Crew. It is the only shelter built with vertical logs. It is the only shelter in a very long stretch of Appalachian Trail. It is our lowest…

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