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Summer 2018 Contents

AMC Outdoors salutes the White Mountain National Forest centennial.

The Longest Mile

On the Mahoosuc Trail’s 100th birthday, a hiker learns how the route earned its rep

Ex-AMC Croo Tells All

Meet an AMC croo member who has shattered stereotypes for nearly a century.

Narrowing the Gender Gap

Find out how pro female guides are redefining what it means to lead outdoors.

Nature, Nurturing

Can the outdoors improve body image? The science and smiles point to yes.

Treaty for the Birds

The reinterpretation of a 100-year-old act could affect thousands of species.

Northern Pass Nixed?

AMC successfully fought the transmission line proposal—we think.

Go Forest Bathing!

Immerse yourself in the outdoors on 8 day hikes in national forests.

Get the Skinny

Consult our fat bike buyers guide for advice on all the bells and whistles.

Leave No Tread

Follow Leave No Trace guidelines when riding a fat bike. Here’s how.

Zero Waste

Make like AMC’s high mountain huts and minimize your waste at home.

Flashes of Brilliance

Decode firefly bursts in your own backyard, with a scientist’s help.

Natural Talents

Hear what—and where—inspired these White Mountain artists-in-residence.

Out on the Trail

Read how a hiker overcame fear to hike again with an LGBTQ group.

How Far We’ve Come

Browse a slideshow of AMC’s long journey toward better trailblazing.


AMC Outdoors, the magazine of the Appalachian Mountain Club, inspires readers to get outside and get engaged by providing high-quality, compelling coverage of outdoor recreation, education, and conservation throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Archives by department


Long-form narratives and inspiring adventures

Web Exclusives

Interactive videos, photos, and more

View from AMC

Thoughts from AMC’s president, John Judge


News and trends in conservation and recreation

Field Notes

The latest news from across AMC

Get Out

Trip ideas by activity in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic


Tips and advice from our trusted gear guru

Learn How

Skills for the great outdoors

Great Kids, Great Outdoors

On raising the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts

Wild Wisdom

Your field guide to the natural world


Profiles of AMC members, volunteers, and staff


Personal essays on the outdoors


A behind-the-scenes peek into the AMC archives