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About twenty years ago, Tim Whyte was involved in youth and recreation programs in Saugus, Mass., where he lived and ran a construction company. He joined the Appalachian Mountain Club because he wanted to learn more about taking kids backpacking; he signed up for one of AMC’s Outdoor Leadership Training courses. “I found an incredible…

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“I can remember my first backpacking trip,” says Marshall Nicoloff, AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) coordinator in New York City. The hike was in southern Vermont, and Marshall was doing it with his Boy Scout troop. “It was two miles in. I think I was nine. My backpack was entirely too large, an adult-sized external…

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When Eric Stones, a volunteer leader of family outings for AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, thinks back to his childhood in England, he remembers three things his father often did with him: “taking me to hear music, taking me to cricket matches, and taking me hiking.” Now a long-time resident of the United States, Eric admits that…

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This week, leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, I’m posting profiles of several AMC fathers — men who share a love of the outdoors and who take the time to teach what they know to boys and girls, young men and women, in various ways. Some lead family trips. Some teach and…

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Over the course of this blog, I’ll be regularly highlighting gear companies that are based in the Northeast region, with a particular focus on those that manufacture in the region as well. It’s a good thing to support local industries and jobs, and I’m hopeful this information will help you do so. Jetboil is first…

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It’s been another “unseasonably” cool week here in central New Hampshire. Even Jim, who rarely complains, felt compelled to grumble about the slow start to summer. Me, I’m thrilled. I am more than happy to trade off heat, even sun, for fewer biting bugs. And it does appear that black flies haven’t done any better…

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I taught a class earlier this week on ultralight backpacking (or “fastpacking” as the jargon goes), which was designed to help participants identify ways to easily and effectively reduce their pack weight. I focused on five specific items of gear which together tend to account for the majority of weight: Pack Two-person tent Sleeping Bag…

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I sat down at my desk this morning, somewhat embarrassed, ready to admit that we missed celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday. We didn’t make it to a single one of the trails around Boston that I mentioned in Thursday’s post. Here’s how the day went: We were having so much fun with our friends,…

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I’m a bit of a connoisseur of energy bars. I’ve had the opportunity and motivation to try a lot of them: I’ve worked at an outdoor gear store for years and regularly stock and evaluate the energy bar section, plus working there I can buy them at a discount. As a result, several of them…

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Saturday is the 16th National Trails Day. Since 1993, the first Saturday in June has been set aside by hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers to maintain and extend our country’s more than 200,000 miles of trails. We’d like to put our eight hands to work on the trails of our “home…

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