July/August 2016

  Hurricane Gaston is churning in the central Atlantic; Tropical Depression Eight is sitting just offshore the Eastern Seaboard; and the waves are about to start rolling in. If you’re headed to the beach for one last summer hurrah, now is a great time to enjoy the scenic thrill of crashing surf, as decent-sized waves…

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Tent footprints are cut to precisely match a tent’s floor dimensions. When placed underneath the tent, they provide protection from abrasion, moisture, and general wear-and-tear and are generally recommended when a few extra ounces aren’t a big deal. (It’s a different story when you are counting ounces, however. More on this below.) Nearly every gear…

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At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts. It is also a delightful destination if you’re looking for a short overnight backpacking adventure. There are several options for camping on Mount Greylock. Five backcountry shelters dot the flanks of the mountain, two of which are on the mountain’s western slopes. There’s also…

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There’s a lot to be said for the act of fishing, from learning patience to unplugging from technology to simply enjoying being outside. I live in the city, where fishing is certainly not something every kid learns how to do, but it’s one of those summer activities that can be so much fun and so…

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Looking to get out with your favorite four-legged friend? These six treks let you romp, roam, walk, and wade through the outdoors together. If you and your dog haven’t hiked before, check out AMC’s guide to hiking with dogs and watch our video about the 10 essentials of hiking with dogs. And before you go,…

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Years ago, in response to a visitor’s question, “How far can you see from here?” a Lakes of the Clouds Hut croo member was heard to reply, “If you look at the sun, you can see 93 million miles.” All kidding aside, today’s AMC croo members are shining sources of information on celestial bodies, as…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Editor’s note: Hamlet Fort reported this story during the summer of 2015. While some croo members have changed since then, others remain the same. Get to know both the 2015 and the 2016 croo.   I had forgotten about our nicknames. But there they were, scratched into the…

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A dead tick can’t bite you—and the single-best way to terminate them in the field is to treat your shoes and clothing with permethrin, which will kill ticks rapidly on contact. (Once you’re back home, you can also crisp ticks to death with a quick spin in the dryer.) A variety of permethrin-based products are available…

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Kids love forts. Something about the potential for exploration, the dark passageways, the great hiding spots, the element of surprise, the excitement of what might be around the next corner…it all adds up to a great experience. Most forts in New England are located on the coast or on islands, which makes for a great…

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Summer is here and we are all longing for long sunny days at the beach or for a relaxing dip in a refreshing New England brook. Instead of planning a hike to a scorching mountaintop, why not get a hold of some old inner tubes and just float down a lazy river on a weekend…

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