September 2006

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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