Blogs

On a recent trail run in the Middlesex Fells with my two training partners, two of us ran into a bit of unexpected trouble. We were attempting to complete the technical and hilly Skyline Trail, which clocks in at around 8 miles, and we had time constraints. One in our group became a bit sluggish…

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Backyard games, climbing, hiking, paddling, picnics, sidewalk strolls, trail running . . . If we make a list of the ways we enjoy the outdoors during the long days of summer, it’d be nearly endless! This is a very busy time of year for AMC’s volunteer leaders. Leaders plan & conduct a variety of activities…

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It’s one of the most useful and versatile items I throw in my pack: a length of lightweight, all-purpose cord. From guylines to clotheslines, shoe laces to dog leashes, it’s remarkable how many different uses you can find for this simple, inexpensive item. Also amazing is the number of different types of cord available. Here’s…

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Evidence that the Clean Air Act works can be found in the clouds. Every summer the AMC sets up a low-tech cloud catcher on the slope of Mount Washington and we have accumulated a dataset unlike any other.  Clouds are “caught” when they pass through the sample box and cloud water precipitates onto a bank…

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I admit the reason I ended up at Cat Rock Park, in Weston, Mass., was its proximity—just over 4 miles from my front door. Beyond that convenience, my expectations were low in part because of its other name: 80 Acres. But it turns out that’s just the name of the meadow in the park’s center….

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June is an active season for plants in the Northeast. Now that the snow has melted in most mountain regions, the photosynthesizers of the forest break open their buds, stretch out their leaves, and start to plan ahead for next year’s seedlings by producing their showy, often fragrant flowers. You can track the flowers and add observations, learn how. In…

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In analyzing the scenario from May’s post, you may have considered the following points: The individual wishing to depart is a proficient and experienced hiker; Though they are unfamiliar with the trails in this area, they do know how to read a map and navigate; The route they hiked yesterday is the same one they’d…

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While my fellow dads and I had been frequenting the Middlesex Fells for our early Sunday trail runs, we recently rediscovered a trail network further to the northeast, but equidistant from our homes in Boston: Lynn Woods Reservation. Operated by the City of Lynn, the 2,200-acre reservation is said to be the second largest municipal…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club believes that successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors. This June, we are asking Northeast and Mid-Atlantic residents to support the outdoor places of their community by attending local trail maintenance events. Trail work volunteers who participate in our Instagram contest will be eligible to win prizes, see details…

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A recent string of May showers relegated me to the Green Line instead of my usual bike commute—but all wasn’t lost. On one wet morning, as the train neared Chestnut Hill Station in Newton, Mass., I caught a glimpse of something surprising: trails! Lush, winding trails covered in a soft bed of orange needles and…

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