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This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2021 issue of Appalachia Journal. My first impulse was to flee to the mountains. “The Appalachian Trail, here I come!” The Quarantine My first impulse was to flee to the mountains. “The Appalachian Trail, here I come!” That compulsion was quickly dashed to pieces. The AT was…

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For centuries, public lands have served as the backdrop for important moments in civil rights history. Several civil rights leaders have marched on the streets of our nation’s largest cities, stood their ground in national parks, or sought refuge and inspiration in nature, all in the name of justice and equal opportunity for disenfranchised groups….

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Getting outdoors in cities isn’t always easy; trust me, I live in a major city. Among the many things COVID-19 has taught me, one is that I absolutely took my morning commute for granted. My commute to work used to have me walking an average of 4 miles per day, and when COVID-19 hit I…

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With many downhill ski resorts in the Northeast expected to be closed or restricted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, backcountry skiing is booming. In fact, going back to the early spring, outfitters across the region reported shortages of backcountry equipment as skiers skipped the crowded resorts in favor of more remote options. The sport…

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A significant majority of voters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic want their states to take decisive action to combat pollution and expand clean transportation options through a regional collaborative, the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), according to new polling from ClimateNexus Polling. Between November 9 and 15, 2020, ClimateNexus polled 3,818 registered voters in the…

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In 1987, I received a phone call from a books editor at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Would I be interested in writing a backcountry skiing guidebook for New England? I was a 27-year-old budding journalist, ski bum, political activist, and climber; I’d never written a book. The invitation seemed incredible: Somebody wanted to pay me…

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Many of the trail systems in New England and the mid-Atlantic are rich in history as well as beauty and versatility. From repurposed railroads to ancient foot paths used by Indigenous peoples, history-lovers and hikers alike will enjoy these 6 fascinating and beautiful walks sure to transport you to a bygone era.   MACKWORTH ISLAND…

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  New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Lt. Jim Kneeland doesn’t go anywhere without his phone these days. Or his maps. Kneeland oversees Fish and Game operations in the western White Mountains and since the beginning of summer, he’s been on the receiving end of a seemingly endless torrent of calls for help. Not just search…

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  As temperatures start to drop, hardwood forests across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic stand ablaze with color. Deep azure skies, cooler weather, and the changing leaves draw many biking enthusiasts outside, especially in 2020 as we navigate physical distancing regulations. Biking allows riders to easily maintain a six-foot berth and spend time outdoors in circulating…

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  If you asked Judi Desire (a Haitian-Creole name pronounced “dez-a-ray”) ten years ago if she ever considered bike touring in Africa, Asia, or South America, she would have thought you confused her with someone else. Traversing a country on two wheels, with all her belongings stuffed into pannier bags on bicycle racks seemed unthinkable…

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