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1: Wet leaves, slippery surfaces It is late October and you are descending Bear Mountain (2316’), the tallest peak in Connecticut, on the Undermountain Trail. You are with a small group of friends, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead parking lot. The trail is littered with wet leaves and very slippery. While navigating a tricky…

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Climbing, descending, or traversing snow-covered slopes requires an ice ax that’s not just sturdy, but lightweight. But with so many ice axes on the market, it can be difficult to choosing one that fits your winter expedition needs. Here’s a rundown of some of your best options. Black Diamond Raven Pro If you’re looking for…

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I don’t know about the “runner’s high.” It sounds too definitive, too… good. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve had amazing training runs, workouts, and races where everything felt easier and nothing hurt quite as much as usual. But these exist on a spectrum, not an on/off dichotomy of “high” and “not high.” With that said: The…

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“Mount Misery” sounds like the site of an ultramarathon. Who wouldn’t want a “100 Miles of Misery” race T-shirt? But if such an event exists, it’s not in Lincoln, Mass., where Mount Misery is merely a hill: only about 100 feet high from base to summit on my GPS. And the trails around it? Not…

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Merino wool comes from a particular variety of sheep that produces extra fine and soft wool. In the outdoor world, it is commonly used in socks and long underwear, among other uses. A natural fiber, it is warm and comfortable against the skin and a popular alternative to synthetic options like polyester or polypropylene. Smartwool may…

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We’ve finally moved past the swelter of summer and into the glorious days of autumn. That means crisp days, cool nights, and brain-popping foliage all around. It also means darkness comes earlier with each passing day. As you head outdoors on your next autumnal adventure, keep these two tips for safe fall hikes top of…

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Let me start by saying, “You gotta go.” If you’re a new Education or Leadership Chair who needs some help in organizing trainings for your Chapter, you gotta go; If you’re an experienced leader who will be teaching (or are interested in teaching) leader-candidates soon, you gotta go; or If you’re an experienced leader trainer…

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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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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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The natural world has long inspired artists of all kinds, from 19th century plein air painting to marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts into beautiful, multi-shaded images. Swing by AMC Highland Center throughout August to see the special exhibit, “Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art,” or explore the role of artists in…

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