July/August 2016

COVER PHOTO: RYAN SMITH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES A Beautiful Friendship: AMC Salutes the National Park Service Centennial Weekend Warrior: Thru-Hiking the Maryland AT in 36 Hours Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC The Next 100 Years of Our National Park Service Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Tracking Climate…

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I find myself swaying slowly as I scan various guidebooks and memoirs on the Appalachian Trail, taking mental notes. I came here, to my local bookstore in Baltimore, to look for suggested day hikes on the storied trail known as the AT. Although I’ve hiked some stretches of the trail in Maryland, as well as…

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Since its creation 100 years ago, the National Park Service (NPS) has grown to protect more than 84 million acres of seashore, scenic trails, and historical parks. The eight hikes below represent the rich variety of NPS land in AMC’s region, from Maine to Virginia, offering the best of the outdoors, American history, and even…

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Spend a day with the Appalachian Trail (AT) Committee of AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, and you’ll quickly realize why most volunteers who show up once end up staying for years. These diehard trail workers have maintained the AT’s entire 51 miles in Connecticut since the late 1970s. In that time, volunteers have spent countless hours building…

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Keep your water fresh, clean, and tasting good with these simple tips. Mold and funk is best not drunk. To prevent the growth of destructive mold and other slimy yuckiness, always completely dry your water-treatment system before storing it at home. Sediment kills filters. If possible, avoid treating cloudy or gritty water, which can rapidly…

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X marks the spot. As easily as that, you can get a kid interested in a map. Who doesn’t like looking for hidden treasure? But ask that same kid where north is or how far it is to her grandmother’s house, and she might not have a clue. Lisa Gilbert, an instructor with AMC’s education…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW In honor of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial, we look back at its long and fruitful alliance with AMC Although the National Park Service officially came into being in 1916, AMC’s involvement in laying the federal bureau’s groundwork stretches back decades, to the twilight of the 19th…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson dedicated 5,000 acres on Maine’s Mount Desert Island as Sieur de Monts National Monument. The National Park Service (NPS) was founded later that summer and, in 1919, Sieur de Monts was redesignated and renamed Lafayette National Park. Doesn’t sound familiar? A…

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Backpackers will go to great lengths to maximize every square inch of real estate in their packs. When it comes to food storage, taking the time to vacuum-seal those zip-locked bags not only saves space but also keeps food fresh over the long haul. But who wants to carry a vacuum sealer into the backcountry?…

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The filmmaker Ken Burns subtitled his documentary on the national parks “America’s Best Idea,” after a quote by the writer Wallace Stegner, and it’s hard to argue the point. It is through the national parks that we come to discover the jaw-dropping beauty of some of America’s best-loved places, and where we find the irresistible…

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