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  Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail face many challenges while striving for their goal. Just ask the Crawfords, a family of eight from Bellevue, Ky., who in 2018 became the biggest family to complete a thru-hike of the 2,192-mile trail. Sure, there’s the elevation gain over rocky paths, whining kids on the trail, and even…

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When Aaron North greets a new group of teenage volunteers to serve on one of AMC’s trail crews for a week, he’s sympathetic. For some, it’s their first outdoors experience, and supporting these adolescents as they navigate new situations is one of North’s primary concerns. “Being a teenager is complicated enough,” says North, AMC’s southern…

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The asphalt service road that leads to Ecology Village, one of a handful of overnight camping spots in New York City, makes for smooth bicycling. When six young cyclists, all between the ages of 9 and 13, and their leader, Courtney Williams, pedal into the site on a sunny autumn Saturday morning, the vibe is…

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Snowshoeing has evolved from a mode for winter travel 6,000 years ago to a recreational sport with more than 4 million American participants. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced snowshoer looking to break in a new pair, it’s easy to take advantage of this workout and enjoy the crisp midwinter beauty on one of…

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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2008 issue of Appalachia. My wife, Stephanie, peeked her head into the garage as I balanced on a ladder trying to locate my backpack in the above storage area. It was the highest elevation I had reached in six years. My old Kelty external frame lay crushed…

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When Itzamary and Noe Caban attended their first Outdoors Rx event three years ago in Chelsea, Mass., they assumed the AMC program’s primary beneficiary would be their young daughter, Khalani. After all, it was Khalani’s pediatrician who’d referred the family to Outdoors Rx—which organizes free, structured outdoor experiences for families living in several under-resourced Greater…

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On a beautiful late-winter weekend last March, the New England Sled Dog Club hosted its annual races in Tamworth, N.H., a tradition dating back to 1937. Against the backdrop of iconic Mount Chocorua, mushers guided their teams across Chocorua Lake and through the surrounding forests. Hundreds of enthusiastic spectators cheered competitors at the finish line…

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There’s something I need to get off my chest. You probably started reading this article thanks to the accompanying photos, but they’re a total ruse. OK, yes, that is me in the matching pink ski goggles and jacket. And yes, I did take a snowkiting lesson in a picturesque field. And yes, I did, in…

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Winter transforms a trail. The hiking is beautiful, and snow can cover and even out rocky, rooty paths, sometimes making them easier than in the other seasons. At the same time, deep drifts make some areas impassible without snowshoes, and steep slopes can become icy slides. Hikers should venture out with the season’s beauty, and its…

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Even if you’ve got the gear and have read all the books, winter camping can be intimidating. But don’t give up before you start! Winter may be the best time of the year to camp, even for beginners. Campgrounds won’t be overrun, and you’ll have the time and space to refine your newly acquired skills….

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