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  I’m standing in the dining room at AMC’s Madison Spring Hut, and even though it’s late August, I can’t get warm. Two friends and I have just returned from Mount Madison’s 5,366-foot summit, where a sturdy gale-force wind battered our sweat-soaked bodies already weary from a climb that covered 3,500 feet of elevation in…

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  For more than four decades, Ken Powley has made his living on the Lehigh River. The founder of Whitewater Challengers, a whitewater rafting company in Weatherly, Pa., Powley has guided thousands of visitors over rapids, through a forested gorge and rugged terrain reminiscent of the famed whitewater rivers of the West. For Powley, this…

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This year marks an important milestone for AMC. It’s the 100th anniversary of the opening of Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, the headquarters of AMC’s hut system and a base for some of New Hampshire’s best outdoor recreation. Nestled below Mount Washington’s eastern slope, Pinkham is a starting point for some of the steepest and most…

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  To hear them describe it, the Pyles family’s backyard was “meh.” Behind their East Boston triple-decker, there was a picnic table, a small vegetable garden, and some spotty grass underneath a canopy of evergreens and a mature cherry tree. Rob, Juliet, and their daughters, Alessandra and Aria (6 and 4), would occasionally eat meals out there, and the girls had room to play. But…

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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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A frigid northwest wind greets me as I near the summit of North Doublehead Mountain in Jackson, N.H. The temperature is hovering in the mid-20s, but the fierce gusts make it feel much colder and will keep me from lingering too long at the top. No sweat, I think. I’m not here for a picnic. I’m…

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Fat bikes draw attention. Tricked out with bulbous tires measuring 3, 4, even 5 inches wide, they’re more dune buggy than mountain bike. And while those tires allow cyclists to roll over just about any terrain, they also elicit comments from bystanders. Which means I’m more than a little self-conscious as I adjust the seat…

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They could’ve joined the Peace Corps, launched a nonprofit, or run for office. Instead, they founded outdoor brands in which social and ecological stewardship permeates every product line and business decision, and where serious profits convert to social progress. Consider them next-generation enviropreneurs, taking up the charge led by their godfather, Yvon Chouinard. In mingling…

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I wake up before sunrise because I’m so excited. Looking out the window, the line of trees and the hills beyond are still shrouded in Payne’s Gray, Pewter, Burnt Umber, and Prussian Blue. The sky is lit with the palest Cerulean. It’s not yet 6 a.m., and I’m already mixing colors in my head. Up…

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Tenkara fly fishing may be a niche market in the United States, but it sure is competitive. A New York angler casts his side of the tale. The first thing you should know about Tenkara Bum is that the “bum” part is a misnomer. Whether it’s 7 a.m. or 11 p.m., you’re likely to find…

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