White Mountain National Forest

The New Normal Pre-departure: June 1, 2020 Are the AMC huts distant? The first thing that comes to mind is their location. Situated miles into the wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the huts are cut off from the outside world with the exception of a radio and, if the clouds clear, occasional glimmers of…

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  New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Lt. Jim Kneeland doesn’t go anywhere without his phone these days. Or his maps. Kneeland oversees Fish and Game operations in the western White Mountains and since the beginning of summer, he’s been on the receiving end of a seemingly endless torrent of calls for help. Not just search…

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All three nights he stayed as my guest at Lonesome Lake hut, Adam set his dinner in motion by spreading a small, red-checkered tablecloth on the wooden table. More akin to a plastic place setting, the tablecloth popped against the blonde wood, adding a touch of class to the hut’s rustic character. In the kitchen,…

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For centuries, hikers traveling in the Nancy Brook Scenic Area of the White Mountain National Forest have reported hearing cries and shrieks of laughter. These strange noises are thought to belong to a young woman named Nancy Barton, who had been hiking through Crawford Notch in the winter of 1778, when she succumbed to frostbite…

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  For nearly 142 years, Luray Caverns, among the largest cave in the eastern United States, had remained open to the public for visits. That is, until March 17 of this year, when the Commonwealth of Virginia ordered non-essential businesses, including Luray Caverns, to close to slow the spread of COVID-19, ending a streak of…

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A photo posted on the Mount Washington Observatory’s Facebook page this month shows a particularly hazy sunrise resulting from smoke that drifted east from West Coast wildfires.  In 2018, California’s wildfire season brought higher death counts, greater financial destruction, and longer burning seasons—a record that has now been surpassed by this year’s devastating West Coast…

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center! Show us how you’ve experienced and enjoyed our facility and its surrounding landscape – share your photos/videos for a chance to win our grand prize. To Enter on Twitter or Instagram Post your photo/video with the hashtags #AMCOutdoors and #Pinkham100. Give a brief…

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The following is an excerpt from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains, 3rd edition, by Robert Buchsbaum.   MIZPAH SPRING HUT AND MOUNT PIERCE LOCATION Carroll, NH, to Hart’s Location, NH RATING Strenuous DISTANCE 6.6 miles ELEVATION GAIN 2,450 feet ESTIMATED TIME 5.0–6.0 hours MAPS AMC White Mountain National Forest Map & Guide,…

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  The first night is restless. I can’t stop thinking about how each person passing by the windows of my Navy blue minivan is thinking to themselves, something is off about this car, and will press their face against the tinted glass. Peering in, they will find me lying there, quilt pulled up to my…

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  Fifty years ago, Congress passed arguably the most important environmental and public health legislation to date: the Clean Air Act (CAA). By setting emissions standards for vehicles and industrial factories, the act has removed harmful, airborne pollutants in and around cities, as well as improved the air high above sea level. Georgia Murray, AMC’s…

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