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”