Regions

I had the biggest wildlife encounter of my life last winter on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage, Alaska. I skied by a moose calmly browsing in the willows near the trail. As I passed behind, it suddenly whirled without warning. Within a ski stride, the moose advanced almost close enough to stomp me with…

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Your feet are your most important piece of hiking equipment. Keep them happy and you will be even more so. Displease them and you will suffer their bruised and blistered malice. Their fate rests in your hands—and it all starts with a proper fit for your hiking footwear. Boot Basics When shopping for hiking boots,…

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Summer of Love

January 29, 2010

Some pretty outrageous ads have appeared in the Trader section of AMC Outdoors. One reads, “Seeking an educated Romeo, 67+, who can still drive, walk, talk”; in another is the even less romantic “If you think this is a dumb way to meet, we’ve got something in common.” And one pitch begins with the enticing…

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The roar of the Sawyer River nearly drowns out Karl Roenke’s voice. While he walks along the water’s bank, the morning sun peeks through the birch and spruce trees and casts light on a world that has lain dormant for decades. The waterway seems to be the only constant in the area; once occupied by…

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Excerpt from Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2008 Three Allied officers traverse the Lowari Pass to Chitral in 1943: The Southern Route to Tirish Mir and the Hindu Kush Mountains Gordon Enders may have proposed the trip. Or perhaps it was “Benjy” Bromhead’s idea. Or maybe “Wild Bill” Donovan of the O.S.S. suggested it. Forty years earlier, Rudyard…

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Excerpt from Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2008 This isn’t a story about skiing the Tenth Mountain Division huts or the Chic-Chocs, or trekking in New Zealand or Nepal, or about hiking the John Muir Trail, or ridgerunning on the Appalachian Trail, or working with Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers to maintain trails on Mount Greylock. This is a…

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Excerpt from Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2008 I started hiking regularly in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in spring 1997, at the age of 60. I was working in Boston at the time, but had a second home in Thornton, New Hampshire, almost within the boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. Many of my hiking…

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Appalachia, Winter/Spring 2008 Long lost, one notebook of field notes by the first White Mountain mapmaker has emerged in the AMC library. At the third regular meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club, on April 12, 1876, the president of the club, Professor Edward C. Pickering, described the work of Professor George P. Bond among the…

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The Appalachian Trail travels through the Northeast for 1,166 miles, from Harpers Ferry, W. Va., to the summit of Katahdin, in Maine. Along the way, it journeys through profound natural diversity, pauses at mind-bending views, and spans the breadth of Northeast hiking experiences. You may never hike the entire AT, but you can still revel…

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Roughly hewn paddles slide silently through the water. Deer graze on the banks, unaware of approaching danger. Two slender, tanned youths with long, raven hair stay low in the handsomely crafted canoe, letting the boat glide into the reeds along the edges of Maine’s Moose River. They reach for their flint arrows and creep towards…

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