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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 In the 20th century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf… I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2001 By Michael Lanza When Cliff Jacobson talks about expedition canoeing, he’s not talking about places like Maine’s Allagash or Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Those “are beautiful places,” he readily acknowledges, “but you can be out [to civilization] in a day and often have cell phone communication. That’s not expedition canoeing.” Jacobson’s definition?…

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Roughly hewn paddles slide silently through the water. Deer graze on the banks, unaware of approaching danger. Two slender, tanned youths with long, raven hair stay low in the handsomely crafted canoe, letting the boat glide into the reeds along the edges of Maine’s Moose River. They reach for their flint arrows and creep towards…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2006 The Trip: A wildlife-filled paddle on Lake Memphremagog’s South Bay Length and Intensity: Easy to moderate Best Time To Go: Spring At the northern end of Lake Memphremagog (Abenaki for “beautiful waters”), in the city of Newport, Vt., South Bay feels almost urban. You can hear sirens, trucks, heavy equipment, and…

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by Jeff Moag GETTING STARTED in whitewater paddling is surprisingly easy, and the Northeast has fabulous rivers for beginners as well as expert creekboaters. An introductory course will equip you with the skills you need to tackle Class II whitewater, including all the basic strokes and the Eskimo roll. Classes are also an excellent place…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2006 The first time you get into a canoe, it’s like the beginning of a love affair. Everything is exciting and new. You can’t get enough time together. All you want is to be alone on the water with your floating friend. But after a while the novelty begins to wear. You…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2006 The Trip: A ski tour into the dramatic and scenic Nebraska Notch Length and Intensity: Moderate with challenging sections, 4.4-mile round-trip (from Stevensville trailhead to Taylor Lodge) Best Time To Go: Winter to ski; year-round hiking Nebraska Notch is a primeval place. Stunted tree trunks stick up out of the white…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2005 I hate being cold. I mean, really, what is there to like about wooden toes, body-racking shivers, and freezing fingers? But I love being in the cold. The air snaps like a tonic, infinite views stretch through a transparent atmosphere, and snow-covered woods whisper the quiet of solitude. Warmth becomes a…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2005 The Trip: Coastal mountain skiing in Camden Hills State Park Length and Intensity: A moderate 7-mile loop (Ski Shelter) or 2.8-mile round-trip (Mount Battie) tour Best Time To Go: Winter, in decent snow conditions Seven Decades ago, Civilian Conservation Corps trail builders came to the Camden Hills. The current Slope Trail…

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Learning to See: Clare Walker Leslie AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 Clare Walker Leslie sees the divine in squirrels and pigeons. In our conversation, she describes talking with two little boys seated next to her on a recent plane trip. “They asked about my religion. I said, ‘It’s all around me. It’s birds, trees, plants.’ They…

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