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For many years, when I told my story of how I became a climber, I framed it as a story of breaking free—breaking out from my family and from history. I understood it as a standard tale: the rebel who runs away from staid society into the mountains, seeking wilder possibilities. I was amazed, each…

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My dad remembers that when he was little, growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire, he slept in a room where snow blew through the windows, small piles building on the sills as he curled up against his older brothers and sisters in the one bed for warmth. Outside, the Merrimack River’s cold water moved south…

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The reward is not always at the top Why was the Torah given on a mountain? Of all places, why was a mountain the site for revelation, that intimate experience with the divine? Some people think that climbing mountains is basically about work and reward, the work being the climb up and the reward being…

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North Carolinians build the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Shelton Wilder leaned into his pry bar and dislodged the granite boulder from the side of the mountain. He slid the boulder against the log cribbing and paused to take a breath. Below, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a motorcycle passed, its throaty rumble fading into the distance. A…

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The Alpine Club of Williamstown Professor Albert Hopkins of Williams College did not climb with the same spring in his step that he once had. But at the age of 57, he could still hold his own on the trail as he led seventeen young men and women up Mount Greylock, which loomed above them…

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Previously unpublished journals and letters of off-trail winter adventures Introduced by Laura Waterman Guy Waterman liked to say he spent about one-third of the winter nights camped out in his tent. He was underestimating. We had moved from the city to the country to be closer to the mountains, and to turn climbing and hiking…

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How it became perfectly natural for so many to work in Antarctica and live in northern New Hampshire The first sightings come in mid- to late-March. Familiar faces show up in local coffee shops, weekly pizza nights, and at kids’ birthday parties. They crash on our couches, sleep in our spare rooms, and show up…

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Come work on the coldest, highest, and driest continent in the world. If that entices you, you are not the typical employee. Antarctica is essentially a landform covered by a very thick hunk of ice owned by no country. The population is but a fraction of even the Emperor penguins — that is, about 4,000…

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Cardigan Reservation’s 75th anniversary Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 Standing outside Cardigan Lodge on a sunny afternoon, looking up toward the three peaks of the namesake mountain, a hiker can relish the foresight of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the volunteers who lobbied to create what became the cornerstone of the club’s lodge and high mountain hut…

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The crushing power of a constant companion above treeline Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 Beth! Beth!”Despite the deafening roar of the wind and rain, and a cacophony of sudden bangs and clangs, I hear my name, just barely. Rushing to the back door of the alpine Lakes of the Clouds Hut, I am greeted by a startling…

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