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May/June 2014

COVER PHOTO: BRIAN HORST AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Hills, Hollows, and Beyond: Backpacking the Susquehannock Trail System Rail-Trail Effect: On the Success of the Minuteman and Other Bike Paths Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Leaders in Trail Work Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Cottontail Conundrum Dissolution…

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Training for your first triathlon can be a daunting task. Every athlete has a different approach, yet for a novice the basic questions remain the same: What equipment do I need? Should I take any classes? How much do I train? If you maintain an active lifestyle you’re already on your way. Hiking your favorite…

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The glaciers that carved Carter Notch between Wildcat Mountain and the Carter Range left several landmarks behind. A jagged boulder field—”The Ramparts”—covers much of the notch, and two tarns hold cool, clear pools. AMC chose these shores for its second hut a century ago. Using native stone, a crew built an approximate replica of the…

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Just outside of Boston, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway runs 10 miles from the quiet suburban town of Bedford to the bustling edge of Cambridge. I ride the length of this paved rail-trail nearly every weekday to work and back again—more than 6,000 miles to date, and counting. Beneath shady woods, alongside tranquil meadows, past landmarks…

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Like many hikers, I spend a great deal of time staring at maps and dreaming of the possibilities of adventure and escape they evoke. For several years now, I have come back to maps of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in north-central Pennsylvania—and not just because I hiked the trail system for my new book,…

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Wildflowers are not only beautiful; they also tell us a lot about where they—and we—live. “If you’re walking through the woods and you see a pretty dramatic change in the plant community,” says AMC staff ecologist Doug Weihrauch, “take a look around and try to figure out why.” Changes in the wildflowers will often reflect…

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The only interesting fact that I recall from high school physics is that black bears can run up to 30 mph. My teacher, an avid outdoorsman, included this detail in one of many stories told to engage a senior class focused on nothing but graduation. I’ve since learned that the American black bear, which averages…

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When it comes to choosing a multiday backpack, forget about pockets, zippers, ventilation, access panels, materials, color, and any other number of design elements. Focus instead on the single most important feature: a good fit. Figuring out how to fit a backpack isn’t difficult, yet it may be one of the most crucial gear skills…

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Typically we seek nature to get away from human development. But in the case of the Northeast’s abandoned stone quarries, a past industrial age has left us with especially dramatic landscapes: sheer cliffs, jagged rock piles, deep pools. Not all quarries are open to the public, so before exploring one, make sure that it’s legal…

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Picture a place where you can go with your kids, leave the daily clamor behind, and imagine what it’s like to be a salamander. Better yet, you and your kids can figuratively walk in a salamander’s shoes as part of a naturalist-led outdoor program. We have such a place at the far end of a…

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