Berkshires

Appalachian Mountain Club organizes annual event for college outing clubs in Pioneer Valley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 AMHERST, Massachusetts – The annual 5 College Outdoor Festival returns to Hampshire College on April 16, bringing together local students from the Five College area to enjoy and gain a deeper appreciation for stewardship of the…

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Compiled and Edited by John S. Burk $24.95 (print) Paperback • 488 pp • 5″x 7″ 978-1-628420-28-9 Available Now for Purchase from the AMC Store FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2016 Appalachian Mountain Club Books is pleased to announce the release of Massachusetts Trail Guide: AMC’s Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in Massachusetts featuring the…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires. Fore more information, check out the book. 1. BASH BISH FALLS A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem…

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On January 6, 2016, AMC filed a motion to intervene in the Northeast Energy Direct Project being proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. Read the motion to intervene here (PDF, 50KB)

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There’s something magical about frozen waterfalls. Streams that fed swimming holes only months before have become icy fortresses, with intricate layers paused midcascade, sharp spikes dangling from rocks and sparkling like chandeliers. In a word, mesmerizing. These six snowshoe and ski routes showcase some of the region’s finest frozen formations. 1. Jewell Falls | Portland,…

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) beckons every month of the year: Once the thru-hikers have completed their journeys and the day-hikers have dispersed, the winter warriors break out their snowshoes. These eight hikes on America’s most famous trail are even more spectacular when the powder begins to pile up. 1. Gulf Hagas |  Piscataquis County, Maine…

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For centuries, American painters have filled galleries with stunning vistas of natural landscapes. Before the Internet and even photography, their works effectively served as the public’s window to remote, wild areas. The artists found their inspiration on the trails, on the coast, in valleys, and lakeside, and in doing so created a uniquely American school…

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Untouched for hundreds of years, old-growth pine, hemlock, oak, and spruce trees reach for the sky. These forests, primeval woodlands rich in biodiversity, are rare gems in the Northeast. This winter, snowshoe back in time by exploring these ancient giants of the forest. Old-growth forests include trees never harvested for timber that are between 150…

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From powdery valley trails to snowfields overlooking the Atlantic, the Northeast has plenty of stunning— and varied—backcountry skiing options. Some were among the first routes skied in the region, cut by avid volunteers decades ago. Others are new finds, established within the last decade. The eight routes profiled here are just the beginning; for a…

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Bring your family to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts for bountiful summer wildflowers, rambling hikes and bicycle rides, and real dinosaur footprints that will fascinate young T. rex fans. Here are four suggestions for your next outdoor getaway. Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower in Stockbridge, Mass. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne called Ice Glen, which is just…

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