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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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  A tremendous amount of variety exists in the world of outdoor sculpture parks. New York’s world-famous Storm King Art Center, for example, draws curious art lovers to its facility, where larger-than-life works loom across a property hundreds of acres in size. Meanwhile, town and city parks like the Clifton Municipal Arts Center in Clifton,…

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  For more than four decades, Ken Powley has made his living on the Lehigh River. The founder of Whitewater Challengers, a whitewater rafting company in Weatherly, Pa., Powley has guided thousands of visitors over rapids, through a forested gorge and rugged terrain reminiscent of the famed whitewater rivers of the West. For Powley, this…

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You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of untamed nature, thanks to the efforts of more cities establishing urban wilds within their footprint. Often protected and managed through public–private partnerships, these areas are almost entirely unmaintained, allowing flora to grow with minimal human interference. They play a critical role in health and…

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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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  1. Let’s Come Together AMC’s 144th Annual Summit will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Mass. The event celebrates the hardworking volunteers who power AMC’s conservation mission, with a full day of interactive workshops and presentations. Register here. 2. Climate in the…

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  As J.R. Harris likes to tell it today, the first time he saw grass, he tried to smoke it. He’s joking, of course, but the rib illustrates how shocking an introduction to the backcountry can be for a 14-year-old city kid. Climbing off the bus at Ten Mile River Scout Camps in Narrowsburg, N.Y.,…

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1. NEW FOR NEW YORK AMC has entered into a new lease agreement with Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) to renovate and manage Baker Camp, a 92-year-old destination on Lake Sebago, within New York’s Harriman State Park and just 10 miles southwest of the Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. Once completed, the renovated…

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You know the feeling: Yesterday was rainy, but today the sun is out, the sky is clear, the temperature is creeping toward warm. It’s spring, and you’re ready to hit the bike trails. But hold up there, friend. Before you unleash your wheels on vulnerable backcountry mountain bike routes, think about whether there are other…

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You’ve likely heard of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, those  peaks in the White Mountains with summits cresting 4,000 feet in elevation. Thousands of hikers flock to them each year in search of a challenge. For some, the goal is to complete all 48. For others, it might be a single mountaintop. But where to start if…

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