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Summer’s coming, the school year is almost over. Do you see yourself or your family in the following descriptions? You want to go on a family camping trip, but you aren’t sure how to get away from the crowds (and RV generators). You’re ready to leave the car behind but not quite ready to backpack….

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Rain drips through the canopy of pine needles and yellowing sumac and bounces off the brim of Tom Wessels’s green felt hat. He’s standing on a narrow, leaf-strewn trail in Keene, N.H., declaring the pile of rocks at his feet to be the eighth wonder of the world. “It’s a very dramatic story,” he insists…

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What a difference a month makes! I’ve chosen Valentine’s Day for my monthly climb and the weather offers a sweetheart deal to be sure—42 degrees. The sky is leaden, but the forecast gives me hope. My car is the only one in the lot, as a small flock of robins feasts on fruit from an…

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When you think of Cape Cod, visions of sandy beaches and summer often come to mind. Yet, long after the crowds and traffic have departed, this famed sandy peninsula offers another, less-known treat in the form of foliage displays that last into November, featuring an array of natural communities that are uncommon elsewhere in New…

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There’s a woman riding a moose in downtown Greenville, near the shores of Moosehead Lake. Her feet are bare. A smile stretches across her young face. She clutches a camera near her eye, ready to capture the moment. Wind sweeps back her long dark hair, revealing another objective of this ride: A thin black strap…

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The hum of traffic always fades. Even when it’s still there, beyond the trees—Interstate 495, Route 2, the Mass. Pike—my mind filters out the buzz and focuses on the soundtrack of the Bay Circuit Trail. In Sharon and Concord and Hamilton it’s the same: Songbirds sing and woodpeckers peck. Occasionally a turtle or fox stops…

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In 1987, an editor from AMC Books asked me to write their first book about backcountry skiing in New England. For the AMC, this was a long overdue return to its roots: The organization had been a pioneer in promoting backcountry skiing a half-century earlier. For me, a budding journalist and ski bum, the invitation…

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On day three of my five-day bike tour, I stopped riding. Gravity and the south side of the Kittatinny Ridge had defeated me. I’d expected a day of uninterrupted, flat pedaling along the Delaware River. But small nuisances that don’t show on a map—that you wouldn’t even notice in a car—mounted. A bit of flood…

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Summer of Love

January 29, 2010

Some pretty outrageous ads have appeared in the Trader section of AMC Outdoors. One reads, “Seeking an educated Romeo, 67+, who can still drive, walk, talk”; in another is the even less romantic “If you think this is a dumb way to meet, we’ve got something in common.” And one pitch begins with the enticing…

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AMC members were backcountry skiing pioneers in the early 20th century. By 1928, the organization had a committee and weekly trips devoted to the increasingly popular sport. In the North Country, Pinkham Notch Camp had developed into a popular destination for skiers headed to Tuckerman Ravine, while to the south AMC purchased Cardigan Lodge on…

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