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6 months down, 6 to go! Meet some of the hikers who have completed the Hike50 New England Trail Challenge. Are you next? The Hike50 New England Trail challenge is well underway with over 1,000 participants coming from 16 states and 4 countries! For some, the trail winds through their backyards, but for others, the…

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Crowds can be intensely heavy on the trails of the White Mountains. Or not, depending on where you go. If you’re looking for solitude and tranquility on your next hike, here are some of my go-to locations, based on my experience researching AMC’s Best Backpacking Trips in New England. Where NOT to go First, though,…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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Carrying a chair with you into the backcountry isn’t exactly an ultralight essential, but it is a delightful luxury after a long hard day on the trail. If you’re willing to pack in a bit more weight for a comfortable seat around camp, here are some of the current best backpacking chairs. Helinox Chair Zero…

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AMC opposes proposed changes that threaten iconic Maine experiences and landscapes AMC’s Maine Policy Manager Kaitlyn Bernard recently attended a public hearing before the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC)  regarding proposed changes to their zoning system. More than 40 people spoke up at the public hearing and more than 80 people were in attendance….

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Speak up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Our nation’s premier conservation funding program expires on September 30 In Pennsylvania, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses the Lehigh River, then traverses 15 miles maintained by AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter. As the Appalachian Trail continues north, it passes through 3,000 acres of specular, privately-owned forested…

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A 13-day Paddle and Walk Along the Connecticut River from June 15 – 27, 2018 AMC is excited to work with the Massachusetts Walking Tour on a two-week paddle/concert series on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. AMC has worked with the MA Walking Tour over the years to hike/promote the New England National Scenic Trail…

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I remember the look on his face. He was one of several participants in a role play exercise I was facilitating at a Boston Chapter Leadership Training program. In this role play, an individual was critical of a fellow participant who was having trouble keeping up with the rest of the group during a day hike….

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If you’re planning on backpacking with young kids, you really want them to enjoy the experience so they’ll keep coming back for more. After multiple trips taking my two young backpackers into the woods over the past two years (when they were between the ages of 4 and 8), here are a few key tips…

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is on its way to officially becoming a fracking-free zone. In November 2017, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released draft regulations that included a basin-wide ban on the high-pressure injection of water and sediment into the ground to release natural gas for harvesting. A public comment period ended March 30, and DRBC…

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