Appalachian Mountain Club: at the Highland Center

Last weekend, I had a meeting at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. The Highland Center is a great example of green building and is the centerpiece of the club’s facilities. It is also a hub for much of the great educational activity that takes place in Northern New Hampshire. I had a bunk at the Shapleigh Studio, an outbuilding that offers lower cost accommodations to hikers. There is a lot ot be learned about AMC through a stay at the Highland Center. Also, there is a lot to be learned about the environment and how you can improve your own living/cost situation at home and work, through smart building design, construction, and conservation.

Shapleigh Bunkhouse at the Highland Center.

I’ve been a member of AMC for more than 10 years now and am excited about the growth of the organization. We have undertaken several bold initiatives including a major one in Maine. I’ll be even more excited when someday, my own children can take part in all that AMC has to offer. Of note: I got my hands on a new AMC book, a re-issue of The Wildest Country: Exploring Thoreau’s Maine. I flipped through it quickly and noticed some great photos. It is going to be an enjoyable read. 

The Highland Center main lodge.

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