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Editor’s note: What if the outdoors AMC exists to promote and protect were to alter dramatically—or even to disappear? We asked a graphic artist and former AMC caretaker with a master’s degree in cartooning to paint the striking picture.   LEARN MORE Learn more about AMC’s research on climate and energy.  

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Getting to Katahdin is as much of an adventure as being there. Just ask the countless Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who have ended their 2,185-mile journey on the 5,268-foot summit that doubles as the AT’s northern terminus and Maine’s highest peak. For our little crew of four skiers, reaching Katahdin meant delaying our trip twice due…

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Editor’s note: What follows is an exclusive excerpt from Chasing Summits: In Pursuit of High Places and an Unconventional Life, available now from AMC Books. By sheer coincidence, January 1, 2000—the first day of the new millennium—was the day my life changed forever. My second wife, Debbie, sat on the couch looking at photo albums…

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On a rugged Allegheny mountainside in south-central Pennsylvania winds a ribbon of pavement that’s stuck in time. Shielded as much by a canopy of trees as an eerie mystique, the road is slowly yielding to nature’s reclamation. Grassy medians long ago spilled their banks, and oaks and maples have gained a firm foothold, interrupting the…

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Take a step outdoors. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What do you seek by taking that next step? These simple questions can have complex answers. Nature means many things to many people—and many things for the same person. It can satisfy our curiosity and spirituality, challenge us intellectually and physically. As a writer, photographer,…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW   Every time I climb a hill on my bike, I think about yoga. It’s not that I’m an avid yogi by any means: I don’t bend like a pretzel; my practice schedule is irregular at best; and I’m not sure where (or what) my chakras are. Still,…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Editor’s note: Hamlet Fort reported this story during the summer of 2015. While some croo members have changed since then, others remain the same. Get to know both the 2015 and the 2016 croo.   I had forgotten about our nicknames. But there they were, scratched into the…

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I find myself swaying slowly as I scan various guidebooks and memoirs on the Appalachian Trail, taking mental notes. I came here, to my local bookstore in Baltimore, to look for suggested day hikes on the storied trail known as the AT. Although I’ve hiked some stretches of the trail in Maryland, as well as…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW In honor of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial, we look back at its long and fruitful alliance with AMC Although the National Park Service officially came into being in 1916, AMC’s involvement in laying the federal bureau’s groundwork stretches back decades, to the twilight of the 19th…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW THE ARTIST If one pine were placed in a town square, what admiration it would excite! Yet who is conscious of the pine-tree multitudes in the free woods, though open to everybody? —John Muir Just off of College Avenue in Somerville, Mass., a cheerful yellow barn houses a…

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