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“Our kids have been hiking since before they were born,” says Mike Gildesgame, Southern New England policy manager at AMC. A family photo from a trip to Acadia National Park shows Mike with one child on his shoulders and one in a backpack, standing next to his wife, Catharyn, who was pregnant with their youngest…

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2009 seems to be the year of the nesting cookset. A battle is brewing among gear manufacturers to see who can produce the slickest cookset that fits together like a backpacker’s version of a Faberge egg. My personal favorite is the Pinnacle Dualist Cookset from GSI Outdoors. Designed for two people, this 20-ounce, $60 set…

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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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For more than a century, the Liberty Tree grew unnoticed on Boston Common. The innocuous elm’s claim to fame came in 1765, when the British imposed the Stamp Act, which instituted a tax on printed materials in the colonies. Calling it censorship, colonists began to demonstrate and one activist group, the Sons of Liberty, gathered…

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Tie a Bowline Knot

June 17, 2009

Whether you’re dangling your body hundreds of feet over rocky terrain or securing a boat that will return you to civilization, you need a knot you can trust. The same qualities that have drawn sailors to the bowline knot also make it useful during outdoor excursions. It’s simple to tie, won’t slip or come undone…

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More than 50,000 black bears roam the Northeast woods, snuffling opportunists that occasionally dine on unprotected backpacker food. But the biggest threat to your precious grub is much, much smaller. It scurries in the dark. It peers out, whiskers aquiver, from the cracks of nearly every backcountry shelter. It waits for you to slumber, then…

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Whether you’re in search of thigh-burning climbs and eye-watering descents or prefer the technical demands of a rocky and rooty trail, the Northeast offers a growing number of single-track trails for the nobby-tire crowd. Most areas open to mountain biking will offer a little of everything, so you may want to break from the routes…

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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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