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This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Appalachia Journal. My first impulse was to flee to the mountains. “The Appalachian Trail, here I come!” The Quarantine My first impulse was to flee to the mountains. “The Appalachian Trail, here I come!” That compulsion was quickly dashed to pieces. The AT was…

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This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Appalachia Journal. At a secluded crag near my house, there’s a climbing route called Malevolent Eye. It’s 32 feet high, with a 3-foot overhang and a difficulty rating of 5.10–. It’s tricky enough to challenge a good climber, with several blade-thin holds and a…

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This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Appalachia Journal. In a small patch of crumbly dirt and mulch, near the weather-worn trellis where the hydrangea had begun to bloom, my 5-year-old daughter, Uma, plucked a beetle off the wood and held it up to the sun. “Daddy, look Daddy. Isn’t she…

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You’ve explored the backcountry, but have you done so on skis? Backcountry skiing is experiencing a surge in recent months given COVID-19 precautions at downhill resorts. While backcountry skiing can be a breathtaking way to experience the Northeast’s mountainous beauty, beginners to the sport need to be sure they venture out with the preparation, gear,…

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This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Appalachia Journal. Like most other climbers, I took risks and could have gotten into trouble I have been fortunate in my climbing career. I have never had to be rescued. I might have been. Like most other climbers, I took risks and could have…

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Maine releases comprehensive, detailed four-year Climate Action Plan Climate change is already threatening our health and safety, our quality of life, and our economy. All of Maine experienced drought this summer. Our beloved Allagash River had extremely low water levels, and the Maine Forest Service put out a record 910 forest fires. Shorter, warmer winters…

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  Colder weather and shorter winter days draw mixed reactions from those who love the outdoors. For some, the snow and ice are a welcome change, kickstarting the winter sports season, while for others, it means time spent cozied up indoors by the fire. Whether you fall into one category or the other, or are…

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  As temperatures start to drop, hardwood forests across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic stand ablaze with color. Deep azure skies, cooler weather, and the changing leaves draw many biking enthusiasts outside, especially in 2020 as we navigate physical distancing regulations. Biking allows riders to easily maintain a six-foot berth and spend time outdoors in circulating…

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The following is an excerpt from the 2009 book, Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire, by Nicholas Howe. Chapter 8: The Wreck of Old No. 1 Sylvester Marsh was born in 1803 in Campton, New Hampshire, at the southern end of Franconia Notch. He was the ninth…

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The following is an excerpt from the 3rd Edition of Quiet Water Maine: AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide. Trip 74: Second, Third, and Fourth Roach Ponds The scenic Roach ponds, now part of AMC’s Maine Woods land, no longer suffer from extensive clear-cutting. These remote ponds offer an outstanding opportunity to see wildlife. We’ve spotted…

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