Blogs Archives - Page 163 of 168 - Appalachian Mountain Club
Blogs Archives - Page 163 of 168 - Appalachian Mountain Club

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Maple syrup has always been a staple in our house. It was brought out on Sundays when Mom made pancakes or waffles. Every once in a while we would buy a small container of real maple syrup while on vacation. My brother would then slowly ration the precious liquid and could make a seemingly small…

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Once your socks get soaking wet, your boots start churning up an unpleasant cocktail of squishy feet, cold toes, and mushy blisters. A good pair of gaiters helps protect you from this soggy fate by keeping snow, muck, and wet from getting into your boots in the first place. They can also save your feet…

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Winter is winding down here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There are still areas of deep snow, but with the increasingly variable temperatures, sometimes frigid, sometimes creeping towards balmy, spring is definitely on its way. Rising temperatures will eventually lead to snowmelt; while hiking on trails around the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, you…

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We live in 21st-century Gadgetopia. GPS units, digital cameras, iPods, cell phones, laptops— all light and portable enough to carry to off-the-grid locations. So why not bring the grid along as well? An array of lightweight, compact solar chargers are available that can recharge your electronics anywhere you hike or travel. Well, sort of. Eventually….

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Our glacial history began about 2 million years ago during the Late Pliocene. The earth entered into a cyclical period of warming and cooling periods. The cooling events resulted in ice ages while the warming periods experienced a Greenhouse Effect. The climate cooled, glaciers formed high in the mountains and then flowed into the valleys…

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SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus) Any one who has come across snowshoe hare tracks deep in the woods in late winter can appreciate the expression, “Mad as a March Hare.” The expression usually refers to one who is completely insane. And if you are trying to figure out what these snowshoe hares are up to, you…

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Whitewater paddlers in the Northeast have to be slightly crazy (or is it seriously committed?) to pursue their passion to the fullest. Some of the best, most exciting conditions don’t occur during the warm days of summer. They tumble down in the frigid days of late winter and  early spring, when rain and snowmelt flood…

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When visitors come to the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest, there are a handful of questions that are often asked, again and again. There are the usual questions about trails and conditions, the location of bathrooms and potable water. A favorite question for a Naturalist Guide is any dealing…

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As I wrote earlier the Appalachians have a very complex geologic history that built major mountain chains which formed and then eroded over vast periods of time. I will begin the history around 500 million years ago during the Late Cambrian/ Early Ordovician periods. Since the rock record covers such vast quantities of time geologists…

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Chickadees are cheerful little birds that keep us company through the long White Mountain winters. They are known by site with their familiar black cap and bib and their white cheeks. When you are out in the woods, listen for the familiar “chickadee-dee-dee” call and the two note “fee-bee” call. Closely related are the Boreal…

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