May/June 2016

It debuted in the 1980s and became one of the most loved and recognizable hiking boots of the past 30 years. Indeed, several of my earliest hiking buddies tromped through many an adventure with a pair on their feet. Now it’s back. The benefits of this classic fabric-leather design are many. A waterproof Gore-tex liner…

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A bicycle is widely considered to be the most efficient form of human-powered transportation in existence. Indeed, studies have shown that a bicycle drive train is able to transmit up to 98.6% of the rider’s energy output directly to the back wheel. Compare that to an average car, which only converts 14 to 30 percent…

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Ultralight sleeping bags weigh almost nothing, pack down smaller than a water bottle, and one can easily last for the rest of your backpacking life. Yes, it’s an expensive investment but its longevity, comfort, and incredible stuffability make it much easier to rationalize—especially if you’re the type who expects to be out in the wilds as…

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For any parent or teacher hoping to get their kids interested in gardening, here’s one piece of advice: Go straight to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s gardens and horticultural center, located on the 36-acre Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, Mass. There, alongside the historic Italianate Garden, the Garden to Table Chef’s Garden, and the Food Pantry…

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During the 19th century, railroads crisscrossed America, connecting goods, provisions, and passengers to previously inaccessible parts of the country. Although railroads no longer dominate domestic travel, thousands of miles of old routes have found new life, repurposed as multiuse recreational paths for cyclists, pedestrians, and others. From Maine to New Jersey, the eight rail-trails below…

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When AMC launched the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) in 2003, it was with the key goals of working with community partners to conserve thousands of acres of Maine woodlands and to provide new opportunities for nature-based recreation. To date, 70,000 acres of what was industrial forestland is now owned by AMC and managed for a…

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Meet AMC’s 2016 hut croo! Get to know the staff in this video then go introduce yourself when you visit AMC’s White Mountain huts. Watch all AMC videos on YouTube.   LEARN MORE Request your own reservation for AMC’s White Mountain Huts Read about AMC camps and reserve a bunk or cabin Meet past hut…

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Consumer Reports recently released its 2016 sunscreen ratings (subscription required), which tested and ranked 70 lotion, spray, and face varieties. Surprisingly, many of its best sunscreen brands are quite inexpensive. This is especially true if you order through Walmart online, which has markedly better prices on most of these products than Amazon. Here’s the quick…

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Darn Tough makes some serious socks for lovers of the outdoors at its mill in Northfield, Vermont. And they guarantee them for life, no questions asked. As a serial sock abuser, I’m intrigued. Over the years, I’ve trashed many a sock on the trails. Most have fallen victim to my big toes, gargantuan phalanges of…

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When the sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the winds are favorable, flying a kite can be an exhilarating family activity. A number of kite festivals pop up in the warmer months, and a great resource for tracking them is Kites Over New England, a club for flyers of all ages. The club has…

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