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Every spring, Doug Blodgett, a biologist for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, laces up his sturdy boots and goes out to count rattlesnakes. It’s hard work, as they’re masters of camouflage. “You don’t see them until, literally, you’re a foot or two away,” he says. “It’s never boring.” Blodgett’s yearly count is part of an effort…

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In July, AMC’s Echo Lake Camp will open for its 91st year, a stone’s throw from Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Campers can expect many familiar staples, including lobster cookouts, square dances, and talent night, but there will be one big change. After 35 years, longtime managers Ned and Mary Mitchell will…

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Visitors to AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire will have a unique opportunity to see trail work up close this summer. AMC’s professional trail crew is set to construct an elevated boardwalk, featuring an accessible design to accommodate users of various physical abilities, at the Lost Pond trailhead, just…

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The spring peeper, a frog species, is named for its most distinctive feature: a high-pitched mating call that is inextricably tied to the end of winter—and that’s very loud. “To hear hundreds and hundreds of males making that sound, if you’re camping in a tent or shelter, or if you have a pond near your…

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In the event of a backcountry emergency—such as a debilitating injury, unexpected night out, or severe weather event—a simple lightweight tarp can provide crucial protection from the elements, if you know how to use it. Covering the Basics Tarps come in a variety of dimensions. An 8-by-10 foot tarp can provide full coverage for up…

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Got a bike? What about the right tires for your ride? Understanding the basics of tire sizing, tread selection, and a few other common features will help you choose wisely when it comes time to shop for replacement tires. Measure Twice Bike tire dimensions are indicated by two numbers, such as 26 x 2.0 or…

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Although a driver traveling from Washington, D.C., to Lubec, Maine, could make the journey in about 800 miles, the full expanse of coastline measures nearly 11,000 miles. For kayakers, all of those coves, harbors, and rivers hold opportunities for adventure. We asked Michael Daugherty, author of AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England, and Michaela…

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A trusted knot in a backpacker’s repertoire, the taut-line hitch is hard to forget and a lot easier to learn than the trucker’s hitch. The taut-line is so named for its adjustability, slipping when loose but holding tight under a load, making it the perfect knot for securing a tarp or tent. (It’s important to…

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COVER PHOTO: MARGARET TOMAS AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Little Victories: Are Your Kids Ready for the Backcountry? Keeping the World at Bay: Protecting Delaware’s Inland Bays for Paddlers & Wildlife Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Life Lessons on AMC’s Teen Trail Crews Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Preview…

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I remember my first big hike like it was yesterday: 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Front Royal to Keyes Gap, Va., over a week in 2009 with friends. Let’s just say it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I wasn’t in any kind of shape for hiking, much less for the Roller Coaster, 13…

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