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Taste the thrill of winter by ascending some of the Northeast’s most accessible summits. Come experience a frosted world where the air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the views are crystalline, and forgiving snow buries the ankle-breaking rocks of summer. Each of these seven mountains offers a sheltered snowshoe route to the top, where…

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AMC’s Carter Notch Hut bears no resemblance today to the primitive, first-generation shelter erected in the 1880s between Wildcat Mountain and Carter Dome. A predecessor to the stone structure built in 1914, Carter Notch Camp provided early trampers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with a scenic, if somewhat close to the bone, place to hang…

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You are stranded, injured and alone. Night is falling, conditions are deteriorating, and there is no way out until the next day. Or longer. Are you equipped to survive? Your chances will be vastly improved if you carry these essential items and know how to use them. STAY DRY AND WARM Hypothermia will kill you…

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Dance with vertigo atop the Northeast’s most impressive cliffs. Or crane your neck stiff staring skyward from below. Cragged by jags, dusted by snowfall, these seven vertical landmarks heighten any Northeast outdoor experience. Most are easily accessible, but all of them require caution, especially for a late fall visit. Always prepare for full winter conditions…

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Sure, headlamps make you look like some sort of cyclopean beambrain. But it’s a small price to pay for the convenience of hands-free lighting, whether in camp, on the trail, or in the depths of your gear closet. Headlamp design has made a quantum leap in recent years, incorporating bulbs and battery-sipping LEDs into an…

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The most emblematic and colorful tree in the Northeast, the sugar maple torches the autumn woods. They appear throughout the region, but grow only at lower elevations and prefer enriched soils uncommon in an often acidic landscape. And only in the most special places do they dominate the forest to create prismatic cathedrals. Here are…

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Since 1968, AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program has introduced more than 58,000 young people to the outdoors through its unique brand of experiential education. The program provides inner-city youth workers with valuable outdoor leadership training in areas ranging from backpacking and camping to gear and navigation. In this photo, YOP participants learn team building during a…

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For many of us, heading into the backcountry for a multi-day trip means that we’re carrying more than just a loaded backpack. The monkey of caffeine addiction rides along as well, and you’ve got to feed it or face the logy, headpounding consequences. And, hey, coffee tastes good anyway. So what’s the best way to…

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The final miles of the Appalachian Trail weave through a wild landscape flush with the diversity of northern Maine. Here, along the longest stretch of trail that doesn’t cross a paved road, intrepid hikers can visit sluicing rivers, sheening lakes, monster trees, and airy viewpoints. Two nearby mountains await as well, surveying the entire region. But be aware:…

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A sign of the times. AMC began work on the Mahoosuc Trail in 1918, completing the southern-most section in 1925. AMC celebrated its 100th anniversary by building the Centennial Trail from Gorham to Mount Hayes in 1976. This image is a scan of a lantern slide, a positive transparency imprinted onto a card-sized glass plate….

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