Marc Chalufour, Author at Appalachian Mountain Club

“Mount Misery” sounds like the site of an ultramarathon. Who wouldn’t want a “100 Miles of Misery” race T-shirt? But if such an event exists, it’s not in Lincoln, Mass., where Mount Misery is merely a hill: only about 100 feet high from base to summit on my GPS. And the trails around it? Not…

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Blue Hills Reservation, about 12 miles south of downtown Boston, spans 7,000 acres in parts of six towns: Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Randolph. It’s one of the few trail running destinations in Greater Boston that couldn’t possibly be covered in one blog post. With 125 miles of trails, a runner can return again…

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Look up from behind the steering wheel on northbound I-95, between exits 18 and 19 in Needham, Mass., and you might catch a glimpse of a trail runner or a mountain biker traversing a thin ribbon of single-track atop s grassy embankment. It’s the only visible hint from the interstate of what’s hiding behind the…

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  When moving its headquarters one year ago, AMC simply followed the red brick: Both the organization’s longtime home on Joy Street, in Beacon Hill, and its new headquarters, a six-story building at 10 City Square in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, are located on the city’s historic Freedom Trail. While AMC staff sits on 2.5 floors…

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Why does AMC get involved in conservation policy? For insight, we asked the key players behind one major success story, the Highlands Conservation Act, which protects the water supply of 11 million Americans. This is their oral history. Did you know that members of AMC’s conservation and leadership teams trek to Washington, D.C., every year,…

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Trail running and uphill running are often synonymous. Big, iconic climbs can define a weekend long run or a race course. Vertical kilometer events have taken off in Europe (they’re exactly what they sound like—1,000 meters, straight up), and in New England, an entire trail race series is defined largely by its long ascents. But…

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When you think about iconic Cape Cod, what do you picture? Probably long beaches, grassy sand dunes, and salty ocean air, right? If you’re a runner, that picture likely includes Falmouth Road Race, the classic 7-miler that has traced the Cape’s picture-perfect coast every August for more than four decades. Turn 180 degrees from the…

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If we need any more evidence of the rejuvenating power of nature, measuring the moods of national park-goers isn’t a bad place to look. Just strides into a recent trail run in Acadia National Park, I get a big smile and a “howdy” from a mountain biker. More smiling bikers follow close behind. Over the…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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  AMC’s trail-blazing legacy extends back to its founding, in 1876. One of the organization’s first White Mountain projects, constructing Lowe’s Path, involved installing signs on 400 trees. The crew hung a small board every 100 meters (yes, they originally used the metric system) and painted the same information on flat stones, from treeline to…

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