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Eye-popping colors have already arrived in far northern New England, a blaze of spectacular foliage that will steadily progress southward over the coming weeks. To help you get your quality leaf-peeping fix, here’s a round-up of some of the best resources and recommendations for getting out and enjoying the autumn show. Where and when does peak foliage occur? As…

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         With the door completely off, the lap belt holding me to my seat seems like a far cry from something that would actually save me in an emergency. The helicopter’s rotator blades accelerate, shifting from a rhythmic to a constant spin, as we effortlessly start to ascend. Ten feet, 35, 50,…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. There was a period in my life when I sold sunglasses. I helped hundreds of people try on thousands of different pairs of shades to find the best-fitting options and styles for their face. Which in turn required carefully phrased feedback to help them find the…

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Often we get asked by folks, “What’s one thing people can do to make the outdoors more inclusive?” Despite the fact that we are diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals, this question always seems to stump us. It stumps us not because we don’t have an answer; in fact, we’re stumped because we have too…

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I have, and continue to use, an original Jetboil PCS stove from the early 2000’s. It has proven to be durable, reliable, and useful in two very specialized ways: it boils water exceptionally fast and it’s great for making coffee. (Other than that, it’s pretty much useless—as far as I’m concerned, the pot is just too…

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Be visible. Always.I bike commute thousands of miles every year and do everything I can to avoid getting hit by a vehicle. This includes always wearing a high-visibility shirt or bike jacket, using front and rear bike lights, and always keeping an eye out for other good visibility options, especially for nighttime riding. As fall…

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The New England Trail was lucky enough to have not one, but three of AMC’s teen trail crews working on the trail this summer. The last crew finished up their time on the trail earlier this month, but before they left the teens and the Southern New England staff took the time to tell us…

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I just replaced my Suunto Vector altimeter watch after two decades of use. I used it over thousands of miles of trail in outdoor destinations across the United States in all sorts of conditions, temperatures, and weather. It was one of the best, most reliable pieces of electronics I have every owned and provided most…

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These five rocky waterfalls and tranquil bodies of water in the White Mountains are sure to please, from shorter family hikes to more challenging ascents above treeline. No matter which one you pick, AMC Lodges and Huts are well-located basecamps or backcountry destinations for these adventures. Zealand Falls Location: Twin Mountain Distance: 5.6 miles round-trip from Zealand Road…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed changing the definition of waters of the United States that are subject to pollution protections.  Specifically, smaller streams and wetlands, which are so common to the Northeast and feed into larger bodies of water, would no longer be protected under the Clean Water…

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