Berkshires

Within half a minute of beginning my first rock climb in years the best thing happens: I fall. I am just starting up the route called California Carpool (“as in everyone drives their own,” someone says). A bulge near the bottom arguably has what climbers would call this route’s crux, or hardest part, if only…

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Typically we seek nature to get away from human development. But in the case of the Northeast’s abandoned stone quarries, a past industrial age has left us with especially dramatic landscapes: sheer cliffs, jagged rock piles, deep pools. Not all quarries are open to the public, so before exploring one, make sure that it’s legal…

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Swish, swish. Swish, swish. Our skis whisked across the glossy white surface of a field at Dolly Copp campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. On this chilly, early spring morning, the campground was otherwise silent and empty. I followed two old friends, Brian and Val, eastward across the snow. In the distance lay…

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You don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to enjoy breathtaking views from the Northeast’s mountains, as they come in all sizes. In the shadow of famous peaks such as Washington, Katahdin, and Greylock are lower summits with outstanding views of their better-known neighbors. These little mountains offer relatively short and less-traveled trails that are…

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Watch a narrated bicycle ride up Massachusetts’ tallest mountain, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock. This classic 18-mile round-trip ride, starting in Lanesborough, Mass., will test your stamina and reward you with breathtaking views at the top. Read the AMC Outdoors feature story “On the Rise: Peak-Bagging on Two Wheels” to learn more about cycling to the top…

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When hiking with kids, it’s always good to have a payoff to reward their effort, whether you’re offering a mountain view or a chocolate bar from your backpack—or maybe both. One of the best attractions to keep kids going on the trail is water, whether it’s burbling brooks, flowing waterfalls, or swimmable lakes. Here are…

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