March/April 2015

The Path of Life Sculpture Garden in Windsor, Vt., is one of those places that exceed expectations. Described to me as a sculpture garden, I thought it would be a cool place to check out while spending a weekend in nearby Hanover, N.H Located in a complex that includes Great River Outfitters, Vermont Farmstead Cheese,…

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Problem: You can’t try on shoes when you shop online. Solution? Shoefitr of Pittsburgh, Pa., makes a three-dimensional scan of the shoe and produces a color-coded image showing where the shoe runs shorter, longer, wider, narrower, tighter, and/or looser than the shoes you typically wear. I’ve fitted hundreds of hiking boots and running shoes over…

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AMC’s backcountry caretakers spend weeks at a time deep in the White Mountains, so it follows that they would have strong opinions about the best spots in their majestic-but-temporary homes. Here are the places that 10 past and current AMC caretakers identify as their favorites—some of them so spectacular that they received multiple nominations. Read…

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AMC’s book authors spend months—even years—exploring our region by foot and boat to compile the trips that make up their books. Few people know these areas so well. Here, the authors and editors of seven new AMC Books titles share their favorite locales. 1. West Quoddy Head State Park (Lubec, Maine) “The park is as…

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I have long held great respect for Leatherman. The company created the entire genre of multi-tools more than 30 years ago; continues to produce durable, high-quality tools today; and does it all right here in the USA at its factory in Portland, Oregon. On top of all that, Leatherman continues to innovate in new ways….

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I like my brain. I would rather not damage it. So I wear a bicycle helmet to protect my skull and its useful contents while riding. Always. You never know when bad luck might send you hurtling head-first into the road, a car, or some other unyielding object. You probably like your brain too. So…

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Pour a pitcher of water on the ground at the height of land in Crawford Notch, and the portion that dribbles to the west will eventually find its way to Long Island Sound, while the liquid that falls to the east will have the Gulf of Maine as its ultimate destination. This spot, where AMC’s…

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With spring comes the melting of snow, blooming of flowers, and the chirping of birds. But some places are better than others for birdwatchers. Here are six great places to combine a hike with some of the best bird watching in the region. Acadia National Park  |  Mount Desert Island, Maine Cadillac Mountain is the…

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Anyone who has ever spent a night out under the stars with kids will know the “Mac and Cheese Principle”: a pot of mac and cheese cooked outdoors after a day outside hiking, kayaking, biking, or rock climbing will taste exponentially better than the same pot of mac and cheese cooked inside on your kitchen…

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There’s only one meaningful difference between a trekking pole and a snowshoe pole—and it costs as little as $7 to upgrade your summer poles for snow-tromping fun. The key item you need? A snow basket that prevents your poles from piercing deeply (and uselessly) into the snowpack. Most trekking poles come with a small basket…

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