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Sea Kayaking

  Now?” my nephew Kyle asks, sounding anxious. Peering into the water, I can just make out the pebble-strewn bottom down below. “Yep,” I reply. “Ready?” Without a word, he slips from his board and plunges into the clear, temperate Delaware River. Snorkel mask on, I follow him beneath the surface. And with that, we…

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One night last spring, curled in my tent on an island off the Maine coast and lit only by the glow of my iPhone screen, I posted a photograph on Instagram. This was my fifth post on the photosharing site but my first from such a remote location. As I hit “share,” I felt a…

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Every New Englander knows Cadillac Mountain and the carriage roads of Acadia National Park, but a whole world of underrated adventure awaits on Mount Desert Island’s quieter western half. Why wade through tourists when you can explore like a local? And why limit yourself to one activity when you can bag three? That’s why we’ve…

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Water trails, like their land-based counterparts, lead us through diverse landscapes, challenge us with varying levels of difficulty, and provide a new vantage from which to see the world. For paddlers of all types, kayak or canoe, whitewater or flatwater, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offer a wealth of routes connecting navigable, publicly accessible bodies of…

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  Hurricane Gaston is churning in the central Atlantic; Tropical Depression Eight is sitting just offshore the Eastern Seaboard; and the waves are about to start rolling in. If you’re headed to the beach for one last summer hurrah, now is a great time to enjoy the scenic thrill of crashing surf, as decent-sized waves…

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Months before our 25th anniversary, my wife and I vowed to do something special. But as the date drew closer, it seemed unlikely we would do much beside work. We couldn’t even go home from our jobs, since we lived above the front office of the Maine oceanfront campground where we work as sea-kayaking guides,…

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What do downhill skiing trails, rock climbing walls, and whitewater rivers have in common? If you said all three use a scale of difficulty to convey the skill level required to navigate them, you’re right on the money. In the whitewater-paddling world, that classification system is the International Scale of Difficulty, developed by the North…

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Written by Michaela Riva Gaaserud $18.95 (print) • $9.99 (e-book) Paperback • 272 pp • 6″x 9″ 978-1-628420-31-9 (Print) 978-1-628420-32-6 (iBooks and Nook) 978-1-628420-33-3 (Kindle) Available Now for Purchase from the AMC Store FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2016 Appalachian Mountain Club Books is pleased to announce the release of the all-new AMC’s Best Sea…

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Written by Michael Daugherty $18.95 (print) • $9.99 (e-book) Paperback • 352 pp • 6″x 9″ 978-1-628420-06-7 (Print) 978-1-628420-07-4 (iBooks and Nook) 978-1-628420-08-1 (Kindle) Available Now for Purchase from the AMC Store FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2016 Appalachian Mountain Club Books is pleased to announce the release of AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New…

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Although a driver traveling from Washington, D.C., to Lubec, Maine, could make the journey in about 800 miles, the full expanse of coastline measures nearly 11,000 miles. For kayakers, all of those coves, harbors, and rivers hold opportunities for adventure. We asked Michael Daugherty, author of AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England, and Michaela…

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