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2008

Clyde Smith Sr., his wife Hilda, their son Clyde “Mickey” Smith Jr., and their dog Rex pose on top of Mount Cardigan, circa 1930s. Smith was warden of Cardigan’s fire tower for several years, spending summers on the mountain with his family. He later worked for the White Mountain National Forest and N.H. Trails Bureau…

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Old-Growth Forests

April 1, 2008

They’re out there. Weathered trunks of scaled bark that feed into spires of canopies that eclipse light. At their base, roots that have spent decades burrowing into soil. There is precious little forest in the Northeast that has not been logged or grazed, but stands of undisturbed trees 150 years or older do exist. Old…

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You may already own a boat, a hard-shell canoe or kayak that spends most of its time languishing in the backyard due (at least in part) to the hassle of getting it to the water in the first place. Or perhaps you’ve avoided buying that great albatross of outdoor gear, recognizing that a boat is…

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In spring, a river’s tenor deepens as warm rains and melted snow fuel its urgent push toward the sea. Paddling through this quickwater can be an exhilarating way to pit your mettle against nature’s fluid forces. The routes listed below are good entry points for flatwater enthusiasts yearning to dip their paddles in faster stuff….

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On land now protected from large-scale, industrial logging, AMC’s Little Lyford Pond Camps, in Greenville, Maine, were constructed circa 1874 as seasonal housing for loggers. Dozens of men would spend months at a time harvesting and floating saw logs down the West Branch of the Pleasant River. Like many nearby logging camps, Little Lyford eventually…

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Winter camping is fun. In a frosted bug-free landscape devoid of crowds, you experience sparkling tranquility. Snow-draped woods, crystalline views, and glittering night skies await. But winter’s less friendly aspects lurk as well: heavy snowfall, blustery winds, and nose-nipping cold. To experience it comfortably, you’ll need a quality four-season tent to keep you safe and…

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Ski the Backcountry

January 1, 2008

Kick…glide…kick…glide. Your legs scissor in long strides, arms pump, and you think about taking another layer off. Snow flies over boots on ungroomed trails that lead to quiet spruce glades or up snow-muffled peaks and onward to gradual descents or adrenaline-soaked runs. Backcountry ski touring offers a new perspective on old hiking haunts—and one serious,…

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