Outdoor Activities

Monday Oct. 30th, 2017. The rain gauge filled for the second time in 24 hours. With relentless howling, the 60 mph gusts of wind find their way through the cracks of windows and doors. The lamp flickers one last gasp of light before fading to dark. My phone, which is perpetually on silent, grabs my attention with…

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When you gotta go in the woods, it’s crucial that you follow proper Leave No Trace (LNT) practices to minimize your impact. I’ve included a refresher video at the end to review this essential skill, but here wanted to highlight one of its most critical aspects: digging a proper hole. Per LNT guidelines, it should be 6 to…

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Despite Department of Energy Permit Approval, Application Deficiencies Continue to Slow Project Review and Cast Final Project Approval in Doubt Boston, MA – On November 16, 2017, the Department of Energy issued a Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass transmission project, an action required by the project’s proposed crossing of the Canadian border. The Presidential…

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AMC Calls on the EPA Not to Rollback Clean Water Protections In August, we let you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was proposing to change the 2015 Waters of the United States regulations to protect smaller streams and wetlands, known as the WOTUS rule.  Despite an overwhelming response supporting the rule, the EPA…

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January 2018 join us in Costa Rica as we help with storm recovery efforts on community trails after Tropical Storm Nate’s severe flooding and erosion. These AMC Volunteer Vacations combine adventure, community service, recreation and a cultural experience you will never forget! The program runs for eight days, with two travel days, one free day,…

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Rate Hikes Proposed for 17 National Parks are Opposed by the Appalachian Mountain CLub

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If you’re out adventuring in cold weather, you need extra calories to feed the internal furnace of body heat production. To help  you meet this need—and find the most calories contained in a single energy bar wrapper—here are three high-calorie energy bars to add to the list I first put together back in 2010. First,…

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Like many long-anticipated sporting events for which athletes train rigorously, the annual Sunrise Ascent kicks off with a spaghetti supper the night before, running on equal parts carbs and excitement. And if participants are giddy at dinner, come 4 a.m. their enthusiasm is downright palpable. Among the 15 athletes at this year’s predawn starting line…

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Dale Sanders, better known on the Appalachian Trail as Grey Beard, carries on a conversation while regarding you with two of the brightest eyes you’ve ever seen, with genuine curiosity about who you are. He makes friends quickly and keeps them easily: hundreds in person and hundreds more who, never having met him, know him…

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Cross-country skiers don’t need much to enjoy a winter day beyond some fresh snow and a few miles of trail. Throw in a shelter, a wood stove, a hot drink, and a warm bed and you have the makings of a perfect weekend. With a growing number of public and private landowners building yurts, such…

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