America's Longest-Running Journal of Mountaineering & Conservation

 Appalachia Journal

A tradition of inspired writing since 1876

Published continuously since 1876, Appalachia is America's longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. The journal comes out twice a year, on June 15 (Summer/Fall) and December 15 (Winter/Spring).

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About Appalachia

Published continuously since 1876, Appalachia is America's longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. Each issue delivers inspired writing on mountain exploration, ecology, and conservation; news about international mountaineering expeditions; analysis of northeastern mountaineering accidents; poems by leading poets such as Robin Chapman, Wally Swist, and Mary Oliver; and much more.

The journal appears twice a year, on June 15 (Summer/Fall) and December 15 (Winter/Spring).

About Appalachia's Editor

Christine Woodside, a writer and editor based in the lower Connecticut River Valley, has served as editor-in-chief of Appalachia since 2006. She writes about backcountry adventure, environmental change and how people cope with it, and American history. Learn more at

Committee on Appalachia


Christine Woodside

Alpina Editor

Jeffery Parrette

Poetry Editor

Parkman Howe

Book Review Editor

Steve Fagin

News and Notes Editor

Sally Manikian

Accidents Editor

Sandy Stott

Photography Editor

Skip Weisenburger

Contributing Editors

Catherine Buni, Jeff Fair, Robert Manning, Michael Wejchert


Gene Daniell, Robert Goeke, Rebecca Oreskes, Heather Stephenson, Lucille Stott

AMC Books

Production Manager

Abigail Coyle


Eric Edstam


Robin Gold


Brandy Polay


Kenneth Krause


Ezra Freeman

Submission Guidelines

Appalachia welcomes narrative, historical, and science essays on the following topics: mountain, wilderness, and backcountry adventure; technical climbing; canoeing and kayaking; nature and climate change; and land ethics. We work far ahead and publish twice a year. We consider it our mission to encourage and work with new writers, as well as seasoned ones. The editor-in-chief solicits most lead feature stories several months ahead. 


Story proposals should reach the editor-in-chief eight months ahead of publication: April 1 for December publication, October 1 for June publication.

Manuscripts sent on speculation may arrive as late as seven months ahead of publication: May 1 for December publication, November 1 for June publication.

Letters to the editor, suggestions for obituaries in our “In Memoriam” section, and short items for our “News and Notes” section may arrive five months ahead: July 1 for December publication, January 1 for June publication.


Our philosophy is that articles should be as long as they should be. Most articles run between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Some measure as short at 500 words, and our longest are 5,000. Please double-space your document, use Times New Roman 12-point font, and send submissions electronically, if possible.


Photographs or drawings accompany most of our articles and are usually provided by the authors. We also publish a limited number of standalone photos that evoke the mountains, and we welcome high-quality freelance submissions.


Original poems about the above topics are also welcome. Shorter poems are preferred. Only eight poems are published per issue, which makes this the most competitive section of the journal; on average, one in 50 submissions is accepted. Send poems to the attention of Parkman Howe via the editor-in-chief.


All work is subject to editing. We make every effort to work cooperatively with authors in the early stages of production and to explain editing decisions. Deadlines usually make last-minute communication with authors impossible.


E-mail story ideas, speculative material, and poems to Christine Woodside, editor-in-chief, at You can also send her postal mail c/o the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108. Mailed material can be returned upon request if you include a postage-paid envelope.


We have a very limited budget and cannot pay for most unsolicited material. Authors receive two contributor copies.


Authors retain the rights to their work, although Appalachia reserves the right to publish stories or excerpts online indefinitely.

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Appalachia Journal Summer/Fall 2016

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In This Issue of Appalachia

Living with the Consequences
'Only a Matter of Luck': Greeley and the 1881-1884 expedition
Laura Waterman

Wild Katahdin
Can the people be tamed?
Lucille Scott

The Geography of Philanthropy
Meditations on Acadia National Park. W.
Kent Olson

A Scoutmaster's Mistake
Three witnesses haunted for life
Crawford Coates

Recovery of a Fallen hiker
Grim sense of community
Sandy Stott

Steepness Ends
Considering the will to live
Elissa Ely

Catching a Fish
Girls find food and water
Leah Titcomb

Shrinking Glaciers
An inventory from space
Taf Pfeffer

Shrinking Glaciers
Two Journalists in an iconic park
Lisa Desnmore Ballard and Christopher Johnson

In The High Country
With John Burroughs and Henry Thoreau
Richard F. Fleck

A Peak Ahead

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In Every Issue


By leading poets such as Robin Chapman, Wally Swist, and Mary Oliver


Analysis of incidents from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and occasionally elsewhere


A review of international mountaineering expeditions in the greater ranges

News and Notes

Updates and newsworthy stories on mountaineering and conservation in the Northeast and beyond

Books of Note

Reviews of books, maps, and other media