Community Spotlight: Appalachian Mountain Club

There is another AMC that gets you experiencing the real world, instead of a giant movie screen. With a website name of Outdoors.org, the Appalachian Mountain Club is the place to find a community excited about hiking.

Looking out over the horizon. (Photo by Larry Lam)

Looking out over the horizon. (Photo by Larry Lam)

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Hikers start in Georgia and finish at Mt. Katahdin in Maine - my favorite mountain.

As such, the AMC is based in New England primarily in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

Volunteer to take care of trails

Have you ever spent an entire day out in the woods with a saw? As an outdoor orientation leader, I can tell you that maintaining trails is a rewarding and fun experience. You always leave the day knowing that you helped out future hikers to enjoy the wilderness.

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers volunteer opportunities throughout each state. Check out annual trail maintenance in Maine, a bridge project in Mass., or enjoy early spring trail clearing on the Siwanoy Trail in north Jersey. Click here to see all volunteer options.

Here are other ways to get involved with AMC:

  • Need some trip ideas? AMC has your back. I personally am interested in finding love in Shenandoah Valley (read the story)
  • Have children? AMC has a youth program. Thanks to spending summers at camp Chewonki, I got involved in the environment and the outdoors at a young age and transformed this into a career in environmental policy.
  • Leave no trace. Sound familiar? If not, learn about this wilderness mindset and consider a course to become certified.
  • LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, SH*T IN THE WOODS. Sorry, that is my excitement to go hiking! If you have never gone to the bathroom in the great outdoors then make that a goal for this summer. Sign up for one of the 8,000 activities offered through AMC.

If it isn't clear already, I really respect the work of AMC. They are a largely volunteer led organization helping Americans get out and enjoy the outdoors that we are blessed with. The East Coast has some of the best trails that are easily accessible from the city. 

Set a goal to go on a day trip, extending that to a weekend excursion, and then read Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods to realize you are crazy to do the full Appalachian Trail. 

Fun fact, Bill Bryson is my favorite author. He is hilarious and a dual citizen (UK + America)

I’m American, but I cheer for England now in the World Cup until they get kicked out
— Bill Bryson

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