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Cardigan Reservation’s 75th anniversary Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 Standing outside Cardigan Lodge on a sunny afternoon, looking up toward the three peaks of the namesake mountain, a hiker can relish the foresight of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the volunteers who lobbied to create what became the cornerstone of the club’s lodge and high mountain hut…

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Your definition of adventure probably means more than doing the conga on a Caribbean cruise ship. Maybe you’ve set your sights on something really big this year—say conquering Rainier or exploring the Arctic. For these once-in-a-lifetime dream trips, the hands-down, most important component is the guide or adventure company you choose. So you don’t run…

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The crushing power of a constant companion above treeline Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 Beth! Beth!”Despite the deafening roar of the wind and rain, and a cacophony of sudden bangs and clangs, I hear my name, just barely. Rushing to the back door of the alpine Lakes of the Clouds Hut, I am greeted by a startling…

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Climbing not to get away, but to go home Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 This story arrives with the force of revelation on a windy, early-November Saturday in 2006 as I’m crossing the open, stone ridge that joins New Hampshire’s Firescrew Mountain with Mount Cardigan. An early snow coats the mountains from 2,000 feet up. I am…

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Retracing an ancient Incan trade route Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 I suppose it’s sacrilegious for an intrepid hiker to go to Peru for the first time and not trek the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, but it was a conscious decision that I don’t regret. Hike the famous Inca Trail to a world heritage site with…

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A Connecticut couple travels by rail and bus to hike in New Haven Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 In this era of limited resources and environmental challenges, my family and I have done our best to limit car trips for all activities, including woodland expeditions, but if we wanted to reach the real Two Hearted River in…

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Lower speeds, longer vacations Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 The mountains may be the same as they were in the nineteenth century, but the trip there has changed immeasurably. Once tourists, mountaineers, laborers, and botanists climbed aboard their passenger cars at the Boston and Maine Terminal north of Haymarket in Boston or at the old Union Station…

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Hikers should vote with their feet Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 Last year, there were nearly 300 million visits to the U.S. national parks. Of course, we should celebrate this, because public appreciation of parks is vital to their ultimate protection. But we can’t escape the irony of the infrastructure needed to serve such large numbers of…

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In the closing years of the 19th century, annual reports from AMC’s Councillors of Natural History included increasingly frequent mentions of botany collections. “Sufficient space beneath one of the library cases in the Club-room has been appropriated for the Herbarium,” wrote Warren Upham in 1892. “[The collection] now contains a nearly complete set of the…

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Hiking through a dense, trail-less section, of Alaska’s Denali National Park several years ago, my backpacking partner and I wanted to pinpoint our location before we settled in one night. We got out a map and two compasses and each of us figured out our whereabouts. Unfortunately these were two very different points about a…

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