Swimming

The more you think you know a place, the more likely you are to be proven wrong. I’ve written about New England—especially Massachusetts—for years, and while I feel like I know every nook and cranny, I’m always delighted to find a new piece of the outdoors to love. Such is the case with Camp Sayre,…

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Tucked away in a little-visited high mountain valley on the Maine-New Hampshire border, Evans Notch is an outdoor paradise, with many great options for families with kids. From high peaks above treeline, to backcountry swimming holes, to multiple secluded campgrounds and even an AMC family camp, this area is ripe for exploration and adventure. The…

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Illustration by iStock. Ever had a bad case of sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, better known as an ice cream headache or “brain freeze”? This short-lived, painful headache occurs when something cold—ice cream, frigid water, etc.— stimulates the sphenopalatine nerve located above the roof of your mouth and near the surface of your face. In response to this…

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Although winter is just approaching, I’m thinking ahead to next summer—and you may want to soon. Most of AMC’s camps start registration in January. Our daughter, who recently turned 5, is already clamoring for us to return to Echo Lake Camp. With its waterfront location, volunteer-led hikes throughout Acadia National Park, and comfortable camp living,…

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Water provides about 12 times the resistance of air. The built-in opposition means that there’s no single better venue for a workout that at once incinerates calories, gets your heart pounding, works—and builds— muscle, yet is gentle on your joints so you can go for longer. So says Stephen Madden, owner-operator of SwimPT, a program…

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Training for your first triathlon can be a daunting task. Every athlete has a different approach, yet for a novice the basic questions remain the same: What equipment do I need? Should I take any classes? How much do I train? If you maintain an active lifestyle you’re already on your way. Hiking your favorite…

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Developed by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a professor at the University of Manitoba, this simple mnemonic might just save your life. A scene from Cold Water Boot Camp Cold-water paddlers are at particular risk of capsizing and going into the freezing drink (especially in the Northeast, where frigid ocean and lake temperatures lag far behind the…

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