New England Appalachian Trail Sampler

The entire 2,180-some miles of the Appalachian Trail, Georgia to Maine, is marked with 3-inch x 6-inch white blazes, on trees, rocks, even telephone poles and concrete highway abutments. It’s said hiking the entire length takes more
than five million steps! Here are two trips — one easy, one difficult — you can choose according to the ability level of your group.

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Bumpity-Bump-Bump!

James Z. from New Hampshire
writes to ask about what happens to bucks that are bumped while hunting. “My
buddies and I have a question. Let’s say we have a 4-1/2-year-old-buck and I
bump him while walking to my stand in the morning. It’s daylight, but early
morning. Is he gone for the season?”

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‘The Presence’ On Mount Washington

Chris Peruzzi clearly remembers the day she was on the summit of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington painting in the state park cafeteria. In the still of the silence, the elevator chimed and the doors opened. No one was there. She checked around the building and still, no one was there. This happened three times. She, like many others who work on the summit, has stories about “The Presence.”

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A Lonesome Winter’s Outing

Anyone might find it triumphant to spend a winter’s night in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Lonesome Lake Hut. It’s cold, but the rewards are the orange hues of the mountain alpenglow at sunset and a winter’s starry night far from the city lights.

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Avalanche

Hiker, skier, snowboarder, climber or snowshoer, it doesn’t matter. Traveling through avalanche country is tricky business. Here are some tips to make your next trip tp Snow Country a safer one.

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Thursday Night At The Races

Instead of racing around the track with dreams of being Bobby Labonte or Jeff Gordon, it’s more like Lance Armstrong or Greg LeMond. It’s Thursday night at the races, and on those nights, the pavement at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon belongs to bicycles.

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Dog Days Can Be Smallmouth Bass Days

During the long, hot days of August most bass anglers wouldn’t even consider fishing for smallmouth bass. As a rule, these fish prefer cooler water temperatures than their warm-water loving cousins, the largemouth bass. If you have a hankering to hook-up with a powerful smallmouth bass in New England, I highly recommend you plan your next excursion for the waters of the Merrimack River in New Hampshire.

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Fishing On The Atlantic

For most New Englanders, the magnificent Atlantic Ocean is just a short drive from home. The vast majority of us do not own a boat that is truly seaworthy so the next best thing is to book passage on a charter vessel. In New Hampshire there are some of the best party charters to be found on the East Coast.

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Winter Hiking: The Mountain Disappeared

In what seemed like less than a snap, a partially-sunny day with temperatures hovering near freezing was becoming a fog-entrenched, sleet-infested, wind-whipping, 150-foot-visibilility grunt with a minus 17 degree wind chill factor. Our hike at about 5,400 feet in the Presidential range of New Hampshire was turning into a nightmare!

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