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May/June 2015

COVER PHOTO: BRIAN MOHR/EMBERPHOTO AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES This Land Is Your Land: LWCF at Risk In the Zone: Exploring the Ecozones of the White Mountains Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Volunteer for Trails and Support AMC’s Mission Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Delaware Water Gap Plans for…

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My first visit to the alpine zone in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was on Mount Washington. I was 15 years old, surviving day three of a high school orientation camping trip. The challenge of climbing several thousand feet to stand atop an iconic peak filled me with a sense of accomplishment. While the summit view…

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Here’s a geography challenge: Starting in Midtown Manhattan, how can you get to deep forest by public transit in less than 90 minutes? The answer: by catching a commuter train or bus to Sterling Forest State Park, which straddles the New York-New Jersey border west of the Hudson. This 22,000-acre swath of nearly pristine woodland…

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Following the deaths of two members in a midsummer snowstorm in 1900, AMC leaders immediately approved a plan to construct a shelter between Mount Washington and Mount Pleasant (now known as Mount Eisenhower). Although the crude, six-person refuge was intended for emergencies only, many hikers chose to use it anyway. The need for a more…

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The mushrooms you see on a woodland hike are like the tips of icebergs, heralding something much larger below. Some species of fungus boast networks beneath the soil that can extend for miles. These subterranean webs also play an outsize role in the forest ecosystem. “It’s hard for us to imagine there are such large…

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After a day on the trail, the thought of building a bright, crackling fire is incredibly appealing: the warmth, the light, the s’mores. Yet a campfire, even a small one, can mar the landscape, so it’s crucial to consider your impact. Whether in front- or backcountry settings, practice Leave No Trace (LNT) principles to minimize campfire…

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After 100 years, the National Park Service is taking stock. In preparation for its centennial, in 2016, the agency is preparing foundation documents for more than 400 properties. Each report serves as a mission statement for a given park—and a roadmap for its future management. The Delaware Water Gap, a 67,210-acre National Recreation Area spanning…

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Long trails ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles connect some of the Northeast’s and Mid-Atlantic’s most treasured public lands. While some hikers cover a long trail’s full distance in one extended effort, others carve out day hikes or multiday backpacking trips. The segments below provide excellent introductions to eight long trails. 1. Cohos Trail …

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It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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For more than a decade, visitors to AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins have marveled at the stunning view of Baker Mountain from the shore of First Little Lyford Pond. At 3,521 feet, Baker Mountain is the second highest peak between the Bigelow Range and Katahdin. Home to the headwaters of the West Branch of…

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