Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Have You Been Audited Yet?

In a home energy audit, an expert assesses your home and recommends ways to become more energy efficient and save money too. It’s an easy way to get started with energy efficiency at home.

Energy dependence is a huge issue. With some of your favorite places to recreate at risk from big energy projects like Northern Pass, it’s time to look at the big picture and consider this: the cleanest energy is the energy not used!

An audit can save you money and lighten the taxes on our earth. If you plan to schedule your energy audit, take the pledge below. Stand with AMC and your fellow members by adding your name to the list of outdoor lovers ready to kick-start energy efficiency at home.

Not a home owner? You can still join in and make energy efficient upgrades in your home.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hit the Trail with AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont Author

Host Willem Lange joins AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont author, Jen Lamphere Roberts, on a hike to Devil’s Gulch in this “Windows to the Wild” episode from New Hampshire Public Television.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spend Earth Day the Best Way – Outdoors!

From hiking to biking, there is an activity for everyone this Earth Day. Click here to find an activity close to you!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Analysis of Last Summer’s Accidents in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Next Appalachia

The steep pitch of Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine Trail, approximately at the center of this photo, as seen from Lion’s Head. Last September, a hiker fell to his death trying to fill a water bottle. Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Coming in the Summer/Fall issue of Appalachia journal, available June 15:

Accidents Editor Sandy Stott on Imagining Ourselves in Danger: “Part of what brings many of us to the Accidents report is our absence from it,” Stott writes. “Most often, this is true literally, but it is also true figuratively. We don’t see ourselves in such straits, even as we walk the same trails and cross the same slopes. ... Increasingly, as I offer comments on others’ missteps and endings, I see myself.

“Perhaps that is this column’s intended effect: Having imagined ourselves in various difficulties, we will be prudent in our risk-taking,” Stott, a longtime hiker and former Appalachia editor, writes. “But, even as I see myself in incidents of possible peril, that’s not the way it’s working. Rational response might have seen me tighten the safety belt on my armchair. But a love of the hills and trails has swept away such a pinning of self in a safe place. As answer, I have set myself in motion, choosing first a long, local trail run and taking steps toward a next, longer, imagined one in the Whites. So it is, I think, with most of us when we contemplate mountain difficulty. The face or faces that rise from each incident in this column remind me finally how fortunate we all are to lace on our boots or running shoes and aim out and up on a trail. Whether we come back or not.”

Hiker reaches to fill his water bottle, slips, and dies. Last September 19, Luc P., age 25, climbed Mount Washington for the first time, driving to the Pinkham Notch side from Montreal, Quebec with four friends. They left late, shared some wine at the summit, and started down in the chilly, clear weather. On the way down, Luc left the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to check out a waterfall. Trying to refill his water bottle in the stream, he slipped and fell to a small, wet ledge 150 feet below. Rescuers who included a nurse out hiking, an Appalachian Mountain Club caretaker, and staffers of the Mount Washington State Park and the Mount Washington Observatory, all managed to reach Luc, who was still conscious and attended by one of his friends. After sunset, the New Hampshire National Guard made a difficult rescue using a Blackhawk helicopter. Luc was pronounced dead at the hospital. What went wrong? Stott’s analysis considers many factors: The group started late on a trail they’d never attempted before. Waterfalls and new views lure hikers off official trails. Wet rock often leads to slips and death. Read the full story of this all-too-common tragedy in the full Accidents report, available in the next Appalachia.

Subscribe now and get this and other issues of America’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation, twice a year.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Share Your Outdoor Recreation Priorities with DCNR

From AMC's Hike The Highland's blog:

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is writing a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan ("SCORP") for the years 2014-2018. The new SCORP, like the previous one from 2009-2013, will help guide policy and prioritize funding for recreation projects in Pennsylvania, and is a requirement for receiving federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Mohican Outdoor Center Spring Fling Getaway

Spring Fling is back! But with limited spaces available. Join us for a weekend of hiking on a variety of trails in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Enjoy the beauty of Catfish Pond by kayak or canoe or bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the cool lake water. Take a trip to the Lakota Wolf Preserve. Or bring a book to read while relaxing on the deck of the boathouse.