Outdoor Activities

This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of Appalachia. Dan McGinness is among the hiker elite in New England, where many of us admire his exploits. Four years ago, he endured a scary, unplanned overnight in mid-December. He agreed to show me where he’d hunkered down that night so that I could…

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If you’re hiking with kids, the single most important thing you can do is ensure they have fun, enjoy the experience, and continue on a path of  loving the outdoors. Having a few key items of gear can help with that goal, while keeping them safe at the same time. Here are seven things I…

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Human health standard upheld, rebuffing challenges that it is overprotective A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in late August 2019 affirms AMC and others’ claims that the 2015 ozone standard left forests under-protected. The court sent portions of the rule back to the EPA where they must…

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Using resources from the Outdoor Leader Handbook, you and your co-Leader planned an activity and posted it on outdoors.org. The trip is full and you know it’s going to be great! The day of the trip arrives. You & your co-Leader meet the group at the designated spot. Before getting underway, you provide introductions, share the…

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Solo hiking in the wilderness can intimidate anyone. If you get lost or injure yourself, help could be hours, or even days away. If you find yourself underprepared in bad weather, there’s no one to turn to for extra gear or shelter. But for female hikers, there are often additional mental hurdles to overcome on…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club is one of ten environmental groups that together filed a lawsuit in August against the Trump administration over the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), saying the rule would be detrimental to the environment and to public health. The rule, rolled out in June, replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and helps…

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1. Northern Pass No More The New Hampshire Supreme Court voted July 19 to uphold the state’s decision not to move forward with the Northern Pass transmission project, which would have carried hydroelectric power from Quebec across New Hampshire for distribution in southern New England. AMC dedicated nearly nine years of staff and volunteer time…

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Ranging from as low as 448 feet (Delaware) to 6,288 feet (New Hampshire), high points—or the location with the highest elevation in each state—in AMC’s region vary greatly. Whether you’re looking for a challenging day hike or want to see geology in action, these hikes provide a unique bird’s-eye view of each state. 1. KATAHDIN…

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I step out of my car, gravel crunching underfoot. The warm September afternoon is filled with the aroma of sun-baked pine and fern, and I breathe it in deeply. As I stretch my legs, my mind wanders ahead of me, into the wilderness. I’ve driven more than two hours from my home in northeastern Pennsylvania…

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We received some heated letters in response to our spring issue’s combination of apolitical commentary and evidence-based environmental reporting. I’m grateful to the magazine’s editor in chief, Jennifer Wehunt, for printing a few of them over the summer. While I never enjoy seeing words like “insidious” and “absurdity” used as descriptors for our environmental advocacy work,…

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