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Happy Rainy New Year

In this very wet ending to 2015, we went in search of the silver lining in all the rain we've had: rushing, gushing waterfalls. Our hike took us to Snowbird Creek in Graham County, NC,  where we chose a shorter version of…

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How to Cross a Creek

There's more than one way to cross a creek. We're talking about  a "wet crossing" here—one without a bridge, a log, or stepping stones to rock-hop over. Regardless of the stream depth, it always means getting your feet immersed in the…

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The View from a Pluton: Vermont’s Mount Ascutney

At about 3,130 feet, Mount Ascutney is not the highest mountain in Vermont or even in Windsor County, but it does stand out as a prominent landmark,  a solitary pluton sitting outside the Appalachian chain—a monadnock, in fact. What's a monadnock? What's a pluton?…

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The Southeast’s Newest Mountain Biking Guidebook

  Nearly 25 years after the publication of his first mountain bike trail guidebooks, Jim Parham is replacing them—with the most comprehensive and current off-road cycling guides yet for the Southeast. Here's a quick preview of his latest project, due…

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A Motorcyclist’s Code of the Road

Autumn is upon us, and it  can be the absolutely best season for motorcycle touring: cool weather, clear skies, breathtaking fall foliage. With that in mind, we're sharing some tips from Hawk Hagebak, author of our Motorcycle Adventures guidebook series, taken from his…

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A Walk In the Woods: Making It Your Own

The Bill Bryson book is a best-seller, and the Robert Redford film is out. Want to have your own walk in the woods? Several Milestone Press guidebooks include hikes along the Appalachian Trail; they're a great source for the best day hikes…

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Hiking with Grandchildren in Western North Carolina

by Danny Bernstein What does it take to get grandchildren on the trail? Where's the best place to go and what's the best way to approach a hike with children of different ages? The Carl Sandburg Home (www.nps.gov/carl) National Historic Site…

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Passing the Torch of Outdoor Leadership

Jim Parham is out of the office at the moment—working, as he does each July, with summer camp counselors and their young campers. Here are a few of his reflections on sharing adventures with the next generation. Right now I am sitting…

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