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“Not a lot of the same old themes,” Jim Salge said as he sat down for the final evening of judging in this year’s AMC Photo Contest. Salge and our other judges—Allison Bell, Jerry Monkman, and Paul Mozell—have more than 40 years’ experience with the AMC Photo Contest between them. They spend hours each fall sorting through hundreds of entries, so…

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All of the photos here come from the athletes’ own Instagram accounts and are used with their permission. Credits below. Blood, sweat, tears, and fresh air: The outdoors has played a pivotal role in the careers of these 17 Olympic hopefuls from AMC’s region. Learn how then watch them compete when the 2018 Winter Games…

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Have you ever skied a “lost” ski area: a hill that once had maintained trails, some sort of lift, and a base lodge or warming hut—but doesn’t anymore? The hill is still there, and we’ll focus on that shortly, but for now, picture the ski area itself. It’ll put you in the right frame of…

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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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We started looking for a moose as soon as we arrived in the Maine Woods. Around each bend in the road, across every marsh or pond, we expected to see the gangly outline of the state’s most iconic mammal. So on our last evening, while walking a waterfront path below AMC’s newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge…

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The following excerpt has been abridged and condensed from Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, by Jeffrey H. Ryan (AMC Books, 2017), available now from AMC, as well as from other online and retail locations. The decade since Benton MacKaye had first proposed the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

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Preserving nearly three-quarters of New England’s forests is an ambitious goal. But it has to be. Forestland declining for the first time in 200 years is a big deal. Thanks to Wildlands and Woodlands and related efforts by AMC and other groups, efforts are underway to permanently preserve much of the region’s iconic landscape and…

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Grab your tent and your pals for an adventure that combines the best of backpacking and mountain biking: backpacking. I glide to a stop and step off my bike, leaning its considerable weight against a tree. As I amble down to the edge of Bailey Pond, I take in the glassy, bluegray surface, backed right…

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Untouched by humans for centuries but ravaged by deer and nearby development, an old-growth forest in suburban New Jersey was foundering until ecologists stepped in, revisiting the question of wilderness versus management. You wouldn’t guess from the patchwork of yards, golf courses, and I-95 feeder roads surrounding it, but an ancient forest stands in suburban…

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Every New Englander knows Cadillac Mountain and the carriage roads of Acadia National Park, but a whole world of underrated adventure awaits on Mount Desert Island’s quieter western half. Why wade through tourists when you can explore like a local? And why limit yourself to one activity when you can bag three? That’s why we’ve…

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