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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Appalachia Journal. Pam Bales left the firm pavement of the Base Road and stepped onto the snow-covered Jewell Trail to begin her mid-October climb. She planned a six-hour loop hike by herself. She had packed for almost every contingency and intended to walk alone….

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A sleeping bag is a voluminous piece of gear that requires large swaths of polyester or nylon. If it contains synthetic insulation as well, you’re talking about snuggling in a substantial amount of man-made material. Which is fine, but better if it comes from recycled sources. That can really narrow your search if you’re looking…

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Hopkinton, Mass., is best known as the site of the Boston Marathon starting line. Every April since 1924, entrants in the world’s oldest annual marathon have gathered on Main Street, prepared for a hilly 26.2 run into downtown Boston. But that’s not all this town has to offer: Just over a mile away, in Hopkinton…

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How essential is it to put your food in bear boxes even if there aren’t any bears in the area? While bears can be a major concern, they’re not the only wild animals that pose a risk. We see it all too often. Campers arrive after a long slog overs hills and rivers to finally reach home. In an effort…

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Part 1: You are the leader on a 4-day winter backpacking trip in the White Mountains. Your group consists of seven participants of varied skill level. All have some experience winter camping. Your co-leader has Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and winter backpacking experience. This is day 3 of the trip. Today’s plan is to summit a…

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A few months ago I was scanning a local map and noticed a sliver of green tucked up against Interstate 95, west of Boston. It didn’t seem substantial enough for decent run, though, and it sat in the middle of an area I knew only for its office parks and shopping centers. Then, a couple…

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Moonlight can transform even the most mundane landscapes into silvery utopias—especially in winter, when bare branches provide bountiful unobstructed views and snow reflects the magical moonglow. Whether you’re looking for a shorter hike to catch a glimpse of a full moon or a longer trek to more remote vistas, there’s a moonrise hike for you….

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We’re all an expert in something. Whether it’s running a marathon or baking the perfect cake, we have a skill we can talk about with confidence. AMC is fortunate to employ pros in all types of outdoor recreation, from hiking to paddling to skiing, but even most of those who excel in a particular sport…

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite overwhelming bipartisan support when it approved a continuing budget resolution minus a critical lands package. LWCF, America’s most important conservation program for protecting parks, forests, watersheds, and open space, expired at the end of September. The program now…

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Motherhood in a pathless landscape Editor’s note: For several years now, Appalachia has joined the Waterman Fund in sponsoring an essay contest for emerging writers. Laura Waterman of East Corinth, Vermont, and her late husband, Guy, spent their lives reflecting and writing on the Northeast’s mountains. The Watermans devoted untold hours to restoring the trails…

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