Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washington Post Features AMC Women’s Weekends

Why have woman-only outdoor adventures taken off? It's got a lot to do with the camaraderie, as AMC's women's weekend participants will tell you in this Washington Post story.

Find out what’s coming up this year for AMC’s women’s adventure trips!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Maine Woods Initiative Receives Governor’s Conference on Tourism Award

The 2015 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism Award for “Leadership & Growth” was presented today to AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative, at the annual conference held in Augusta. The award recognizes a company, organization, or person that not only strives to grow its own business, but also works with others within the industry to grow tourism in Maine.

In its 139-year history, AMC has made its most significant conservation and recreation investment in the 100-Mile Wilderness region near Greenville. Through its Maine Woods Initiative, AMC is protecting and improving public access for outdoor recreation, helping to preserve the Maine sporting camp tradition, attracting new nature-based tourism to the region, and partnering with local organizations to help address the region’s ecological and economic needs.

Read full press release >>

Friday, March 13, 2015

Coming in the Summer/Fall issue of Appalachia Journal

Subscribe now at outdoors.org/Appalachia and get this and other issues of America’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation, twice a year.
The Rusty Pitons: New Jersey climbers find clues of major exploration 75 years ago.

Five years ago, when authorities allowed climbers back onto many of the cliffs of northern New Jersey, the adventurers pulled themselves up onto escarpments and found rusty rings and iron pitons dating to the 1930s or 1940s. Buried under leaves on one of the ledges was a World War II-era carabineer stamped “USA,” and a bit of old three-stranded rope. Climber John Anderson dug into scattered papers, articles, and this hodgepodge of rusty gear, and he writes the story of the previously unknown days of early New Jersey cliff exploration.

Master of Path Grading: An appreciation of J. Rayner Edmands.

The modern era of path building in New Hampshire’s White Mountains began about 150 years ago as an exercise in marking the scrambles, straight up. Around 1888, along came Edmands, who dressed like a dandy in his knickers and red woven sash and told campers on the side of Mount Adams how to fold blankets and wash dishes with sand. Christine Woodside wanted to write this article when she looked at her feet on a hike up the Edmands Path on Mount Eisenhower. She writes that Edmands’s public image—eccentric trip leader—fights with the man he really had to be. After age 40, until his death of a stroke in 1910, when he was 60, Edmands devoted his summers to making good trails like the Randolph Path, Gulfside Trail, Westside Trail, and others, on sometimes impossible terrain. His trails followed the slopes’ contours. The rocks were neatly intertwined like a jigsaw puzzle. His dedication to connecting more people with the mountains put him in the middle of the movement against damaging logging in the Whites.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ski Maine in Mid-March, Save up to 58%!

The skiing has never been better near AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges. The conditions are so amazing, in fact, that we're extending the winter season for another long weekend!

And what's even better, we're offering a great deal for the extended season! Stay at any combination of Gorman Chairback or Little Lyford between Thursday, March 19th and Sunday, March 22nd, for just $75 per person per night for AMC members, or $90/person/night for non-members. That's up to a 58% savings off our regular lodging rates!

Pack your skis and squeeze in one last winter getaway before the snow fades! Book now >>


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMC Protects 4,311 Acres in Maine with Baker Mountain Purchase

Scenic and ecologically significant lands on and around Baker Mountain in the 100-Mile Wilderness region near Greenville are now permanently protected following purchases by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in late January, with assistance from The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

The purchases by the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization conserve the second highest peak in Maine between Bigelow Mountain and Katahdin, as well as the headwaters of the West Branch of the Pleasant River, a vibrant wild brook trout fishery.  The property lies within an unfragmented roadless area of mature hardwood and softwood forest, which also includes the preferred habitat of the rare Bicknell’s thrush.

Read full press release >>

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) Program Is Back

The Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together) program is back, giving subscribers a super easy, no-cost way to support the Appalachian Mountain Club. With your continued support, we have a shot at being one of the “top 5” New England non-profits recognized this year!
Here’s how it works:
  • This month, be on the lookout for your GRANT recipient voucher in the mail or by email.
  • Specify “Appalachian Mountain Club” as your 501(c)(3) charity of choice, and mail or submit it no later than April 30 – all at no cost to you.
  • Or don’t wait – simply fill out the Globe’s online grant voucher now using your subscriber number, email, or phone number.
Globe GRANT recognition comes with free advertising space for organizations with the highest voucher donations, helping to promote AMC’s mission. 

Thank you for choosing AMC as your favorite non-profit! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Best Day Hikes: 5 winter trips along the Maine Coast

Bauneg Beg Mountain in winter | photo by Carey Kish
A bounty of snow blankets every nook and cranny of the Maine coastline thanks to recent storms.

So snap into your skis or snowshoes and hit the trail with a few favorite spots from Carey Kish, author of the brand-new AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (now available in AMC's online store with 20% member discount).

AMC's newest guidebook has you covered with 50 of the best trails from the Maine beaches to Downeast. 

York County
Protected by the Great Works Regional Land Trust, Bauneg Beg Mountain in North Berwick is the only major mountaintop in York County without a communications tower. Snowshoe the half-mile trail to the top for far-reaching views north and west to the snow-capped Presidential Range.

Casco Bay
The wilder sections of the 10-mile long Forest City Trail across Portland offer some fine solitude and terrific snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities. The winding Stroudwater River, the salt marshes of the Fore River Preserve and the hemlock groves along the Presumpscot River beckon urban adventurers in winter.

Midcoast
Skis and snowshoes are perfect for exploring the undeveloped shorelines of two 1800s' reservoirs on the Little River Community Trail, wooded wilds just minutes from downtown Belfast. Formerly the city’s public water supply, the human-made lakes and their surroundings are rich with bird and animal life.

Acadia National Park
The Park Loop Road is closed to vehicles in winter, making it a wonderful time to hike the Ocean Path along Frenchman Bay, taking in Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff en route. The path and parallel road are yours for ski and snowshoe travel from December to early April.

Downeast
Meander along the crescent beach on Englishman Bay at Roque Bluffs State Park in the tiny coastal enclave of Roque Bluffs. Then don skis or snowshoes and revel in the quiet beauty of the park’s trail system, which leads over a wooded hilltop to a shorefront vista at Rose Ledge.

Carey Michael Kish has been exploring the hiking trails along the coast and in the mountains of Maine for more than four decades. Carey is a freelance outdoors and travel writer and photographer, editor of AMC’s Maine Mountain Guide and the AMC Maine Chapter’s Wilderness Matters, and writes a regular hiking and camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

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