Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 AMC Clubwide Awards

Give it up for the 100+ AMC volunteers who were recognized for their outstanding service at AMC's 139th Annual Summit this weekend – thank you, volunteers! View the recipients >>

And just a few of this year's recipients...


Special thanks to the sponsors of AMC's 2015 Annual Summit! Coca-Cola, Colonial Knife Corp., Halvorson Design Partnership, L.L.Bean, Performance Food Service – NorthCenter, and Proulx Oil & Propane.

Photos by Ryan Smith

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Voices: Boston Young Members

From left: Young Members Courtney Coyne, John Schmidt, Debbie Flusberg, Matthew Miller, and Zoe Rath take to the air during last January’s “Go Mad for Vermont Weekend.”
AMC’s award-winning magazine, AMC Outdoors, has a new look in 2015 with fresher fonts, compelling photos, and new departments to inspire your next outing and develop a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Every issue is packed with trip planning advice, how-to guides, photo-filled features, and local and international trip listings led by experienced AMC staff and hundreds of volunteer leaders. Voices is a new section that appears in print only, but we'd like to give you a sneak peek!

Voices: Boston Young Members

By Ryan Smith

If you’re concerned that not enough young people are spending time outdoors and connecting with the natural world, look no further than AMC’s Boston Young Members, one of several such groups across AMC’s 12 chapters. Consisting of more than 1,300 members in their 20s and 30s, Boston Young Members (YM) strives to connect younger folk with the outdoors and the myriad opportunities that exist with AMC.

Activities range from social outings in the Boston area—including get-togethers on AMC’s Boston headquarters’ deck—to day trips in the White Mountains, to the ever-popular trip to Mount Orford, Canada, where participants cross-country ski and ice skate by day and hit the spa and unwind by night. Board chair and trip leader Philip Baraona of Somerville, Mass., encourages anyone who is looking to connect with like-minded, friendly people who love the outdoors to give Young Members a shot. Baraona, who’s been involved with YM for six years, says as a trip leader he enjoys giving back to AMC and showing new members what makes YM so special to him. “In the years I have been attending YM events I have met some amazing people and explored some fantastic places with [AMC]. Becoming a leader was the best way I could think of to ensure other people would be able to have similar YM experiences.”

Get to know a couple more YM leaders and discover what inspired them to become part of this vibrant group of outdoor enthusiasts.
“AMC and YM’s mission matters! The outdoors is special—and we need open spaces and the Earth to be clean. We owe it to future generations to make sure [the outdoors] is there for them and to leave it more pristine than we found it. YM is a great group of people who works to make sure this happens.” –Chester A. Osborne
“It warms my heart to know I have helped connect AMC-ers to our local natural world, one salamander at a time. And from here, I hope these 20- and 30-somethings share this insight with their nieces, their kids, and even consider serving on a municipal board. Everyone can influence change.” –Michele Grzenda
“It’s funny how a little altitude brings on a high in a literal and figurative sense. One feels giddy and a sense of awe while hiking. A feeling I wish to keep as my own little secret. But as this feeling continues to fill me, I realize I can no longer contain it. This feeling and [outdoor] places are special. And I have no choice but to shout from the mountaintops and share it with the world.” –John Schmidt
Come out and join a YM event in your area. Check out more details and YM listings at

Photo by Michele Grzenda.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

No Winter Shelter on Mt. Washington Summit

New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation reminds individuals hiking Mount Washington this winter that there is no open shelter or windbreak at the summit. The summit building, operated by Mount Washington State Park, is closed from November to April.

State officials encourage winter hikers to plan climbs accordingly and be prepared to hike down as well as up. The weather is always worse in higher elevations and weather can change unexpectedly. For more information about safe hiking practices please visit

Monday, January 19, 2015

Attend EPA’s DC Ozone Hearing on January 29th

Tell the EPA we should not have to limit our outdoor time because of air pollution.

Learn more >>

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Next Appalachia: Recovering a Climber’s Body, and Finding Lost Hikers

 On March 29, 2014, the southeast-facing snowfield on Mount Washington slid broadly for the first time in many years. MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER

Coming in the Winter/Spring issue of Appalachia journal, available now:

Finding Courage in Mountains’ Shadows: Recovering a climber’s body. “Backs to the encircling headwall, we listen as the helicopter flies out of sight, rounding Chandler Ridge until we can no longer hear its low hum,” writes Ryan J. Harvey, whose attitudes about life and mountains changed on a cold night in March, 2005, when he was sent down into Pipeline Gully on the steep, frozen slopes below Mount Clay, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. “Working in the higher mountains of the Northeast, I knew this moment would eventually present itself, the harsh cost of mountain adventure.”

Lost Hikers: Kilkenny Night. “Accidents” Editor Sandy Stott writes: “On the morning of January 10, 2014, Thomas R., age 44, and his black Labrador retriever left the Bunnell Notch trailhead to traverse part of the Kilkenny Range and return via the Unknown Pond Trail. The weather was temperate for January. At 7 p.m., Thomas’s girlfriend, Teri H., called the New Hampshire State Police to say he was overdue and that she had not heard from him since an early morning text message. … At 9:30 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Mark Ober and fellow Officer Glen Lucas set off up the Unknown Pond Trail to find Thomas. Two hours into their search, Ober and Lucas heard a voice crying out, “Tom,” and they answered. This brought them to Jason B., a hiker from Maine, who was searching for Thomas himself, having also heard from Teri while on his way to climb elsewhere. Jason had revamped his plans. He knew the terrain well, and it became clear that he was very fit and fast. Ober “soon outpaced” the two officers as all three tried to find the lost hiker. About an hour later, just below Unknown Pond, the two officers came upon a set of snowshoe and dog tracks that veered off-trail and downhill.…”

Appalachia, America’s oldest mountaineering and conservation journal, is published twice a year by AMC. Every issue includes essays on outdoor adventure and history, a rundown of international mountaineering news, poetry, and our White Mountain Accidents report. Subscribe or renew before January 10 to get this issue at Single issues are available on AMC’s Online Store at

Monday, December 29, 2014

Most-Read AMC Outdoors Articles of 2014

To close out 2014, we're counting down the top 5 most-read articles from AMC Outdoors this year.

Trails in Bloom
6 spring wildflower hikes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

7 Easy Winter Hikes
Easy winter hikes from Maine to Maryland

Hyperlight Backpacking
How to carry less than 10 pounds of gear

Rugged Routes
6 of the Northeast’s toughest trails

On the Waterfront
7 coastal hikes

Friday, December 26, 2014

Voluntary N.H. Hike Safe Cards Now Available

Effective immediately, New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG) is selling annual voluntary “Hike Safe” cards to raise money for the department’s search and rescue fund. Cardholders will not be held responsible for search and rescue costs if rescued due to negligence; they will still be charged if their actions are deemed reckless or intentional.

The cost of the card, good from time of purchase through the end of the calendar year, is $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Cards may be purchased online at

Anyone with a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile or boat, is also exempt from repaying rescue costs due to negligence.

AMC is working to make sure its members and guests are aware of the Hike Safe card as a voluntary way to support funding of search and rescue in New Hampshire.

AMC sees the Hike Safe card as one tool in a broader effort to address New Hampshire Fish and Game’s overall funding challenges. The legislation establishing the registration card also reestablished a commission to study the department’s financial sustainability, especially in light of declining sales of fishing and hunting licenses, and that is an important step toward resolving Fish and Game’s funding issues.

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