March/April 2015

One of the earliest signs of spring is the Eastern skunk cabbage pushing up through thin ice and snow-covered ground. This remarkable plant actually produces heat as it grows. Look for it in early March while walking near swampy areas in woodlands or near creeks and ponds. Sniff Around Skunk cabbage gets its name from…

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Hikers in the Northeast rarely plan to ford a stream deeper than their boot-tops, but bridges wash out, and spring runoff or a recent storm can swell a normally mellow brook into a treacherous torrent. Moving water is a risky challenge, but with the right technique, you’ll keep yourself upright and dry on your next…

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When work is called a party, it appears, people are happy to show up to work. That was the story on the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway in 2014, when volunteers participated in seven AMC-led Saturday work parties, helping to maintain this 230-mile multi-use recreation path that’s known as Greater Boston’s “Outer Emerald Necklace.” The…

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We recently asked our Facebook followers what mountain they were most eager to hike when spring arrives. Their answers covered a wide range, from close-to-home day hikes to ambitious backcountry excursions. Here are eight of their favorite spring hikes. Avery Peak¬† |¬† Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land, Maine The Bigelow Range, which bisects the 36,000-acre…

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If you’re hiking for hours in a steady downpour, it’s inevitable that you’re going to get soaked eventually, no matter what you’re wearing. There are, however, some simple things you can do to stay drier, longer. Seal your wristsJacket cuffs are a common leak point. As your hands get wet, water dribbles down toward your…

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