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The December 1978 Appalachia published this story of an avalanche that swept New Hampshire’s Willey Slide in 1970. Excerpts from the story appear below. He had just put the bag of gorp back into his pack. A last charge of energy before moving out onto the ice face where Jack was stamping around to get…

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If your boots have been languishing in the closet all winter, or you’ve been using them to stomp through the snowy season, it’s time to get them cleaned, conditioned, and ready to go. Here’s the three-step process I recommend. (And while this post is geared toward all-leather hiking boots rather than boots constructed from fabric…

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We may be full-on into springtime running weather here in Greater Boston, but further north, where a foot of snow still blankets most peaks and valleys, it’s still ski season. Lacing up our trail shoes and heading out for a run in the White Mountains, in other words, probably seems a long way off for…

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Spring in the Northeast: Depending where you go exploring, you can encounter a range of trail conditions. Let’s pretend we are in Maine. It has been a fantastic winter, with lots of snow. This is great news! You can sneak in an additional day of cross-country skiing. The morning temperatures hover just below freezing, making…

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Late in the evening of December 26, 2016, on the summit of Mount Isolation in the Dry River Wilderness, Sue Johnston became the first person to complete “the grid” in one calendar year. She had summited all 48 peaks on the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 4,000-footer list in every month of 2016. The numbers are daunting:…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club has joined an increasing number of organizations using iNaturalist to explore life outdoors. iNaturalist is a free app you can use on your smartphone and an online community where people explore and share observations of the natural world. Participants upload photos of plants or animals which includes information about where and…

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“Green New Deal”: It’s already one of most-used political phrases of 2019—and arguably one of the most divisive. For some Americans, the proposed Congressional resolution embodies government overreach in its most egregious form. For others, the Green New Deal represents the decisive action needed to save humanity from climate extinction. Still others, including Speaker of the House…

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You know the feeling: Yesterday was rainy, but today the sun is out, the sky is clear, the temperature is creeping toward warm. It’s spring, and you’re ready to hit the bike trails. But hold up there, friend. Before you unleash your wheels on vulnerable backcountry mountain bike routes, think about whether there are other…

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Ultralight backpacking quilts have been around for years. Now they are one of the leading items of gear used by Appalachian trail thru-hikers. One company in particular, Minnesota-based Enlightened Equipment, has become a go-to for ultralight hikers. What is a backpacking quilt? Backpacking quilts are essentially down blankets that have been modified to perform in…

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The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) was selected in a Massachusetts process intended to bring in renewable energy to the state and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed powerline project would bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts using a 145-mile above-ground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line. The power line would run…

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