Fall 2019

If you started running on trails in the past 10 years, or registered for your first ultramarathon, or broken into a jog on a mountain hike, you have, to some extent, Nancy Hobbs to thank. In roles with the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Track and Field, Road Runners of America, and as co-founder and…

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The dark season is upon us when day fades into inky night long before most people leave work, and that means it’s all the more important for bikers to be as visible as possible to passing motorists. I’ve written at length about the various high-visibility items (and colors) that I recommend for cycling—bright is life, after…

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The American craft beer scene is exploding across the Northeast, with new breweries popping up seemingly every month. Luckily for trekkers who’d like to wash down an accessible hike with a hoppy IPA, there are plenty of trails near breweries that make for easy day trips.   1. WOLFE’S NECK WOODS STATE PARK & MAINE…

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I bike commute 28 miles most workdays year-round and have been doing it now for more than six years almost entirely on the same bike, a 2010 REI Novara Randonee touring bike. At this point I estimate that my go-to ride now has somewhere north of 20,000 miles on it, so it needs some regular…

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A warming planet is wreaking havoc on bird populations. That’s the assessment of two big reports on North American birds, the latest of which foresees a bleak future for our feathered friends if climate change is not curbed. The National Audubon Society on October 10 published Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, which…

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Picaridin hit the U.S. market in 2005 as an alternative to DEET, the long-time (since 1946) champion of keeping insects at bay. As I wrote back in 2012 (Picaridin vs. DEET: Which Is the Best Insect Repellent?), the evidence at the time indicated that picaridin is at least as good a repellent as DEET. What’s…

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Peak foliage, when leaves are at their most vibrant and colorful, is an unfailingly beautiful time of year. Why not prolong it and chase the changing colors southbound along the Appalachian Trail, with stops along the way for easy to moderate hiking? 1. GORHAM MOUNTAIN AND OCEAN PATH | Acadia National Park, Maine To begin your…

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They’re not gonna take it anymore. Inspired by the actions of the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, an estimated 4 million young people and their allies in 185 countries are marching out of their schools, offices, and homes, demanding immediate action to slow the effects of climate change. On Friday, September 20, AMC Outdoors reporters fanned out…

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Well, we did it. On Friday, August 23, two friends and I finished the adventure for which we’d been training for more than a year: we completed a single-day Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, running as much of it as we could. I’ll save the more harrowing tales for the magazine feature, scheduled for…

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If you’re hiking with kids, the single most important thing you can do is ensure they have fun, enjoy the experience, and continue on a path of  loving the outdoors. Having a few key items of gear can help with that goal, while keeping them safe at the same time. Here are seven things I…

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