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As you have likely heard by now, in March Congress designated The New England National Scenic Trail (NENST), a long-distance route that runs from south-central Connecticut to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. You can learn more about the designation—and what it means exactly—in a recent AMC Outdoors article or in the following AMC press release. Or…

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Bruce Lessels understands teenagers and whitewater. As a 15-year-old with “a lot of energy that was undirected” in Belmont, Mass., in the 1970s, Lessels started going on kayaking trips organized by AMC’s Boston Chapter. It was a different time then: “My mom would drop me off,” Lessels recalls, “and I’d head to some river with…

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One late spring day several years ago, I was on the upper flanks of Mount Shasta in Northern California in an intense late-season storm. Ensconced safely in my 4-season tent (a bomber Sierra Designs Lookout that still serves me today), I listened to the wind howl and wondered if our cook tent was going to…

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The third and final “fee-free weekend,” during which the National Park Service waives entrance fees, occurs next weekend, August 15 and 16, at all national sites that charge an entrance fee. “Fee-free” sites include Acadia, New England’s only national park; the Cape Cod National Seashore; and the Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania. Since…

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Twice a year, Salt Lake City becomes ground zero for outdoor gear when Outdoor Retailer descends upon the city for four days of gear junkie heaven. The two annual events, Summer and Winter Outdoor Retailer, are the nation’s largest conventions devoted to outdoor equipment. Every outdoor company you’ve ever heard of (plus many more you…

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Born to Explore: How To Be a Backyard Adventurer, by Richard Wiese, is the newest entrant in what you might call “the literature of childhood adventure” — books that encourage children to get outside and do and build the kinds of things their parents or grandparents used to do and build in the outdoors. The…

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Ursula and Virgil have been asking a lot of weather questions lately. This makes sense: It’s been a particularly “weathersome” summer, and they’ve been outside a lot to notice. One recent wet afternoon, I went through our bookshelves to try to answer one of Virgil’s questions. As is often the case with rainy-day research, I…

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One of my longest serving gear items is a Campingaz Turbo 270 canister stove. I’ve had it for nearly 15 years as my regular go-to camp stove for three-season backpacking trips. It has performed flawlessly, without fail, the entire time. I’ve never had a reason to even consider replacing it. But now its days may…

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“I’m bored.” I think of those two words as summer words. I can hear myself saying them as a child, sunk into a chair at our cottage in northern Wisconsin, too hot to move. I’d already been swimming, I didn’t have a book to read, my brothers were annoying: “I’m bored.” My mother’s response: “Good.”…

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Never go by the forecast. How many times was I reminded of that old woodsman’s adage when I was first learning my way around the outdoors? It was far better to be at the trailhead, prepared and ready for a break in the weather, than to bail out ahead of time and wake up to…

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