Tree climbing gains foothold among adults Tree climbing? But isn’t that for kids? Once you reach the canopy, you understand. The world gets quiet, and the rustle of leaves drowns out any clamor below. “It’s a very Zen experience,” says Bob Wray, a veteran tree climbing guide. “Tree climbing is addictive,” he says. Wray is…

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Benton MacKaye’s A.T. vision celebrates its 90th anniversary In the summer of 1902, Benton MacKaye spent his summer working at Camp Penacook in North Sutton, N.H. He told his boss, Virgil Prettyman, of an idea he’d been thinking about for a few years: “There should be a trail from Mount Washington to Mount Mitchell.” “A…

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As a parent, how can you balance your old outdoor passions with the new love of your life? Kelly Brown, an avid backpacker and rock climber living in Knoxville, has enjoyed introducing his children to the wonders of the outdoors. At 18 months, his son Tanner could hike a 2 1/2 mile trail and pick…

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