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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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In August 2010, AMC Director of Huts and Pinkham James Wrigley received a call that a young hiker was in critical condition after falling hundreds of feet down steep sloping rock. The teen had been hiking on the Huntington Ravine Trail of Mount Washington, one of the most challenging and dangerous trails in the White…

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‘Tis the mud season in the mountains of New England, a good time to review how to keep stuff—including mud and slop—out of your footwear when you’re hiking. A key way to do this is to wear ankle gaiters over your hiking footwear, which blocks mud, grit, and other debris from getting inside, because hiking around…

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Below is a fictional case study created from the experiences of AMC’s volunteer leaders on their trips. Read on & consider what you would do if you found yourself in this situation. . . Case Study: Trip Participant Wants to Depart Early Trip Location: Lonesome Lake Hut & Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire Trails:…

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It’s Boston Marathon weekend. As runners stream into Boston for the historic race, the air is electric with positivity, sportsmanship, and achievement. On Friday, needing new road flats, I head over to the marathon expo in the Back Bay to try on a few pairs and breathe in the sites and sounds of Boston at…

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If your boots have been languishing in the closet all winter, or you’ve been using them to stomp through the snowy season, it’s time to get them cleaned, conditioned, and ready to go. Here’s the three-step process I recommend. (And while this post is geared toward all-leather hiking boots rather than boots constructed from fabric…

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We may be full-on into springtime running weather here in Greater Boston, but further north, where a foot of snow still blankets most peaks and valleys, it’s still ski season. Lacing up our trail shoes and heading out for a run in the White Mountains, in other words, probably seems a long way off for…

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Spring in the Northeast: Depending where you go exploring, you can encounter a range of trail conditions. Let’s pretend we are in Maine. It has been a fantastic winter, with lots of snow. This is great news! You can sneak in an additional day of cross-country skiing. The morning temperatures hover just below freezing, making…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club has joined an increasing number of organizations using iNaturalist to explore life outdoors. iNaturalist is a free app you can use on your smartphone and an online community where people explore and share observations of the natural world. Participants upload photos of plants or animals which includes information about where and…

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Ultralight backpacking quilts have been around for years. Now they are one of the leading items of gear used by Appalachian trail thru-hikers. One company in particular, Minnesota-based Enlightened Equipment, has become a go-to for ultralight hikers. What is a backpacking quilt? Backpacking quilts are essentially down blankets that have been modified to perform in…

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