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September/October 2016

A simple square of cotton can do amazing things. If you don’t have a bandana stashed in your pack or pocket, you’re missing out on a world of possibilities, beginning with the 36 below. Head First Head cover: Keep your backcountry mane contained and away from open flame. Neck protection: Tucka bandanna under your hat,…

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When you’re out hiking this fall, you’re likely to see some stunning foliage. But in addition to the bristling evergreens and the maples just starting to shed their autumn colors, the careful observer will spot another set of trees: the ones whose branches are bare year-round. These trees may be dead, but they’re far from…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW   Every time I climb a hill on my bike, I think about yoga. It’s not that I’m an avid yogi by any means: I don’t bend like a pretzel; my practice schedule is irregular at best; and I’m not sure where (or what) my chakras are. Still,…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Already researching winter getaways? Join an AMC winter volunteer vacation to Costa Rica and you’ll not only spend your days in an exotic—not to mention warm—location, you’ll brush up on your Spanish, learn trail maintenance skills, and immerse yourself in a culture rooted in conservation. Last winter, AMC’s…

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Outdoor enthusiasts with mobility impairments can now explore off-road, going where standard wheelchairs cannot. Developed by the Boston-based company GRIT, the Freedom Chair is propelled by a patented drive train of gears and levers. Unlike a push-rim wheelchair, which can waste up to 90 percent of a rider’s effort, the Freedom Chair operates more like a bicycle: The rider pumps the levers to go…

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From forestry to mining to farming, much of the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic has seen industrial use. But in many places, nature is once again taking hold, with forests colonizing formerly cultivated fields and overgrowing the remnants of mines. When hiking in these reclaimed settings, keep an eye out for stone walls, cellar holes, and…

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COVER PHOTO: MARC CHALUFOUR AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES My Outdoors: Three Experts Reflect on What Nature Means to Them Road to Nowhere: The Uphill Climb of Preserving Pennsylvania’s Abandoned Turnpike Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC AMC Leads Effort to Expand Maine Trail System Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS…

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Our trail crews’ axes and hazel hoes have gotten such a workout lately, the team will need to schedule extra tool sharpenings as they work to complete several new multiuse trails on and near AMC’s conservation and recreation land in Maine, part of a regional trails effort in which AMC plays a lead role. AMC…

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UPDATE: On August 24, after this story went to press, President Barack Obama designated 87,500 acres as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., donated the land to the federal government along with a $20 million endowment to assist with operational needs and infrastructure development, and a commitment to raise an additional $20…

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Visitors to the new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins, rebuilt from the ground up and set to open in winter 2017, will find a new lodge, an expanded trail network, and views of lofty Katahdin—Maine’s highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—from the camp’s perch on Second Roach Pond, near Kokadjo, Maine. In addition…

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