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Ticks are arguably the nastiest, most pernicious, most maddening outdoor threat we face here in the Northeast. I hate them, these vectors of disease, who crave adherence to my flesh, to inflate with my blood. So nasty. In early spring, adult ticks resurface after laying low through the winter. They are larger and easier to…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line as currently proposed. Introduction Avangrid/Central Maine Power proposes to build a 145-mile above-ground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line from Beattie Township along the Canadian border to an interconnection point in Lewiston, Maine to transport HydroQuebec electric…

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Say you take a bad tumble on the trail and end up with a nasty scrape or cut. Even worse, dirt and debris are ground into the wound. To minimize the risk of infection, you need to thoroughly clean the injury site and get all of that debris out of there, especially if you are…

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Welcome to Running Wild, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s trail running blog. As we explore the trails of the Greater Boston area and beyond, we’ll update this index to reflect each park, trail, and town covered. Just search below to find a trail run in your area. Don’t see your favorite trail run here? Let us…

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Something special happened in the first few strides of a recent run at Stonehurst, on the Western Greenway in Waltham, Mass. Although music filtering through the trees provided a reminder I was running alongside Bentley University, I still felt like I was deep in an ancient forest. Giant hemlocks loomed above. A large, or at…

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Chapters enjoy increased collaboration due to T3 training (CT Chapter: November 2017) The Center for Outdoor Learning & Leadership (COLL) Train the Trainer (T3) events on hiking and leadership, held in September at the Corman Harriman Outdoor Center in West Haverstraw, New York and in October at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Massachusetts,…

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The summer hiking season is fast approaching, which means that many folks will soon be pulling their boots out of the closet or shopping for a new pair. Here are three common (and easily avoided) mistakes people make that can lead to misery on the trail. Failing to break in a new pair of boots before…

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Do you take photos with your phone when out on the trails? You can turn your mobile device into a reporting tool with iNaturalist and join other citizen scientists by documenting the flowering plants you observe on your next hike.  Using iNaturalist, your mobile device will automatically geotag the image, assigning its location, and if…

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Trick question. They’re the same thing. Last year, Dyneema acquired the Cubic Tech Corporation, the primary manufacturer of cuben fiber, and rebranded the material as Dyneema Composite Fabrics. So if you’re interested in shelling out for the very lightest weight fabric currently being used for outdoor gear—and have been confused by this name change on gear specs…

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You may remember late last year AMC and other conservation groups raised the alarm about a proposed increase to National Park fees across the country. Back in November, the Department of Interior proposed a $45 increase to entry fees for 17 of the most iconic National Parks. Good news – thanks to the more than…

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