AMC Outdoors Archives - Page 192 of 200 - Appalachian Mountain Club
AMC Outdoors Archives - Page 192 of 200 - Appalachian Mountain Club

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A sign of the times. AMC began work on the Mahoosuc Trail in 1918, completing the southern-most section in 1925. AMC celebrated its 100th anniversary by building the Centennial Trail from Gorham to Mount Hayes in 1976. This image is a scan of a lantern slide, a positive transparency imprinted onto a card-sized glass plate….

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A long-distance journey by bicycle slows the hyperactive human experience, allowing you time to investigate the places and cultures that surround you. It demands a certain level of fitness, but keeps you active, energized, and refreshingly alive. And when planned well, a multi-day bicycle trip even provides a good deal of leisure time. So what’s…

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Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, Mass.: Massachusetts Audubon’s oldest sanctuary, 1,984-acre Moose Hill features 25 miles of trails winding through a diverse world of rocky bluffs, ferny wetlands, and meadows darting with birdlife. Scan the landscape from a tower atop 534-foot Moose Hill, mosey over boardwalks in a red maple swamp, or clamber atop the…

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Love the beach but hate crowds, traffic, and the oiled masses? In the Northeast, summer mania regularly inundates coastal destinations with sand-loving hordes, making it difficult to quietly commune with the sea. Consider opting instead for these peaceful strands, which offer long stretches of lesser-traveled oceanfront for hiking, exploring, and simply soaking it all in….

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In 1946, the U.S. Army created N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide. Commonly known as DEET, it is the most widely used insect repellent in the world today. It’s also caustic enough to melt plastic, a concern for many outdoor enthusiasts who regularly slather it on their skin. A variety of alternatives are available, including several natural compounds, but how…

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For years, hikers only had three real options when it came to treating water in the backcountry: boil it, filter it, or add iodine. Now a broad array of weaponry is available to exterminate all the aquatic baddies looking to take up residence in your gut: bacteria, viruses, cryptosporidia, and especially parasitic enemy number one,…

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May is the best month of the year for wildflowers in the Northeast. As forests awaken from their winter slumber, the ground explodes with spring ephemerals blooming in the brief sunny window before the trees leaf out and seal the woods in deep shade. Explore these choice destinations to see them in their greatest riots,…

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If you were on the trail for hundreds of days and thousands of miles, what would be your most cherished piece of gear? To help answer this question of packing priorities, we queried dozens of AT thru-hikers for their hard-won thoughts on the matter. Some answers you’d expect. Others may surprise you. Light is right…

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The Appalachian Trail travels through the Northeast for 1,166 miles, from Harpers Ferry, W. Va., to the summit of Katahdin, in Maine. Along the way, it journeys through profound natural diversity, pauses at mind-bending views, and spans the breadth of Northeast hiking experiences. You may never hike the entire AT, but you can still revel…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 In the 20th century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf… I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never…

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