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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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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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It’s been another “unseasonably” cool week here in central New Hampshire. Even Jim, who rarely complains, felt compelled to grumble about the slow start to summer. Me, I’m thrilled. I am more than happy to trade off heat, even sun, for fewer biting bugs. And it does appear that black flies haven’t done any better…

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I sat down at my desk this morning, somewhat embarrassed, ready to admit that we missed celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday. We didn’t make it to a single one of the trails around Boston that I mentioned in Thursday’s post. Here’s how the day went: We were having so much fun with our friends,…

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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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Hello and welcome to the brand new AMC Equipped blog! Over the coming months, I look forward to sharing all of the latest and greatest tidbits on outdoor gear, from the coolest products to the silliest, from ground-breaking gizmos to the tried and true stalwarts of the outdoor industry. I also plan on covering the…

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Congelatio is not an Italian ice cream, but it can feel as cold as one. The medical term for frostbite, the phenomenon occurs when frigid temperatures restrict blood flow and cause tissue damage. Extremities farthest from the heart—feet, noses, and ears—are the most susceptible. Hands aren’t immune either as many with frozen fingers have learned….

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My husband and I have come up with private nicknames for our children when we hike. We’ve dubbed our ten-year-old daughter “nature girl.” She seems to have been born to hike. Not so our six-year-old son, Virgil. When he is forced to walk uphill on a narrow path, he can instantly transform himself from boy…

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I just got back from scouting for flowering plants along the trails near Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The area has been greening up nicely in the last week; shrubs and deciduous trees are leafing out and understory plants are emerging through layers of decaying leaves, moss, and moist soil across the forest floor. I was…

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It’s fiddlehead season! To most New Englanders this gets the mouth salivating. To those from away it brings a wrinkle to their brow. They wonder if we who gather and eat fiddleheads are really sane or are we suffering from cabin fever. To those who do in fact taste fiddleheads for the first time it…

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