The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was founded in Boston in 1876. In 1922, AMC moved into its headquarters at 5 Joy Street on Boston's very cool Beacon Hill. They're still there.
Sure, some purists probably think the offices should be deep in the woods -- or at least somewhere you can park your car for less than $8.00 per quarter hour -- but if you need a parking place in Boston, you can always buy a parked car.
The walk from the parking garage (trust me, use the valet) was strenuous. If you're looking to make a few extra dollars, try opening a "Rent-a-Sherpa" service for cheerful but rotund visitors who are not used to climbing urban mountains, such as Beacon Hill, as they thru-hike to Joy Street.
Thankfully, we were able to pause at the Massachusetts State House along the way. We pretended we were in awe of the architecture, instead of trying regain the ability breathe normally. Did we fool anyone? I think not.
Soon we turned the corner onto Joy Street. How many people get to work on Joy Street?
Well, AMC's Public Relations Associate Director Laura Hurley does.
Laura met us at the door.
After a moment or two, she let us in anyway.
It was nice to meet the people who provide so much information and infrastructure to hikers. Their insights and action to protect mountains and trails are unparalleled. (Click here for recent news.)
AMC might be best known for its innovative lodging. (Click here.)
What do they do best? They get people to go outdoors and enjoy life ... instead of watching it pass by on television.
We salute the staff, directors, volunteers and supporters of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Looking for a worthwhile group to join to enjoy and preserve the Appalachian Mountains and more? Please consider AMC.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, Appalachian Trail Clubs, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
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