Calculate Mountain Elevation Like a Pro

Note: This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of AMC Outdoors. Obtaining an accurate measurement of a mountain’s elevation has become something of an obsession among hikers. Whether you’re tagging New Hampshire’s 48 peaks above 4,000 feet, the 46 4,000-footers in New York’s Adirondacks, or each state’s high point, your list is ultimately determined by elevation. But how,Continue reading “Calculate Mountain Elevation Like a Pro”

Monitoring the Bicknell’s Thrush in the Maine Woods

Note: This article originally appeared on outdoors.org. Most birds start singing just before sunrise, and in June, that means 4 a.m. Dave Cowan had already cleaned up his campsite and was close to the summit of Maine’s Baker Mountain when he heard a flute-like “shreee.” “It was a Bicknell’s thrush,” Cowan, a longtime volunteer for theContinue reading “Monitoring the Bicknell’s Thrush in the Maine Woods”

Trail Days Turns a Tiny Appalachian Trail Town into One Big, Sweaty Party

Note: This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of AMC Outdoors. A man stands at the edge of the campfire, illuminated by the orange glow of an ever-growing flame as it licks the rock ring surrounding it. I’m nervous for his safety. He has been drinking for some time now, and one wrongContinue reading “Trail Days Turns a Tiny Appalachian Trail Town into One Big, Sweaty Party”

Music Festival Business: The First Issue

In 2013,  I was approached by a sales rep within my company to help start a B2B publication that focused on the production of music festivals. At the time, festivals were just starting to grow into the phenomenon they are now, so we wanted to get our hands into that side of the industry beforeContinue reading “Music Festival Business: The First Issue”

Projecting Change

By Kelleigh Welch *Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of Systems Contractor News. New York City’s skyline received an environmental makeover on August 1 with an animated display of the world’s most endangered animals projected onto 33 floors of the Empire State Building. This show, titled “Projecting Change: The Empire StateContinue reading “Projecting Change”

Surrounding Stockhausen’s Oktophonie

By Kelleigh Welch *Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2013 edition of Pro Sound News. New York’s Park Avenue Armory, known for its 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, hosted a week of performances in March of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Oktophonie, which immersed the audience into a space-age experience of light and sound.Continue reading “Surrounding Stockhausen’s Oktophonie”

Safety at Music Festivals

By Kelleigh Welch *NOTE: This article originally appeared in the August/September 2015 edition of Music Festival Business No matter the size of a festival, producers look at their multi-day events as a community—and with anywhere between 5,000 and into the 100,000s of people flocking to a festival site daily, organizers need to plan for theContinue reading “Safety at Music Festivals”

All That Jazz

By Kelleigh Welch Note: This article originally appeared in the September 2015 edition of Pro Sound News. At 4 p.m., the hall is empty. Everything is ready for the big night—the orchestra’s stands  are perfectly arranged under the stage, the microphones are cleaned to add a little sparkle, her elaborate costumes are neatly arranged backstage—allContinue reading “All That Jazz”