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Combine the joy of day hiking with the adventure of a night in a tent and you’ll see why backpacking is a terrific family adventure. These six overnight outings in New England and the Mid-Atlantic are recommended for young hikers by AMC authors. To learn more about these backpacking destinations, check out AMC’s Best Backpacking…

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There’s ultralight backpacking, and then there’s hyperlight. It’s possible for all your backpacking gear to weigh less than 10 pounds (excluding food, water, and the clothes you’re wearing) but accomplishing it requires some notable sacrifices and expense. Here’s what it takes to experience the lightest, rightest, fastest backpacking experience of your life. Shelter: 0 to…

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Chafing on the hips is a common problem, especially with heavier loads and for hikers whose hips have little or no curvature to support a waist belt.  To minimize potential pressure points, wear pants or shorts with a smooth waistband.  For extra padding and waistbelt support, tie a fleece jacket evenly around your waist.  To help…

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The soles of your shoes can tell you a lot about how you walk. Take a well-worn shoe and examine the wear pattern on the sole. This will quickly indicate how your feet strike the ground and how your feet move as you complete each step. Shoes with some tread (hiking boots, running shoes) are…

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If you’re looking for the lightest weight shelter possible, a tarp is the way to go—and these days you can find a range of ultralight options that easily weigh under a pound. Here’s a quick review of some of the available options. Before we get there, however, it’s worth noting that such radical weight savings…

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Thinking about your summer outdoor adventures? If you’re interested in spending the night at one of New England’s most iconic destinations, now is the time to make reservations. Here’s what you need to know. Baxter State Park: Chimney Pond Home to mile-high Katahdin and its airy Knife Edge—New England’s only true mountain arête—Baxter State Park is…

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The glaciers that carved Carter Notch between Wildcat Mountain and the Carter Range left several landmarks behind. A jagged boulder field—”The Ramparts”—covers much of the notch, and two tarns hold cool, clear pools. AMC chose these shores for its second hut a century ago. Using native stone, a crew built an approximate replica of the…

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Like many hikers, I spend a great deal of time staring at maps and dreaming of the possibilities of adventure and escape they evoke. For several years now, I have come back to maps of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in north-central Pennsylvania—and not just because I hiked the trail system for my new book,…

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The only interesting fact that I recall from high school physics is that black bears can run up to 30 mph. My teacher, an avid outdoorsman, included this detail in one of many stories told to engage a senior class focused on nothing but graduation. I’ve since learned that the American black bear, which averages…

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When it comes to choosing a multiday backpack, forget about pockets, zippers, ventilation, access panels, materials, color, and any other number of design elements. Focus instead on the single most important feature: a good fit. Figuring out how to fit a backpack isn’t difficult, yet it may be one of the most crucial gear skills…

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