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13. Cliffside Traverse
IT’S NOT THE climbing that takes my breath away. It’s the way that the trail, enclosed by northern hardwoods for miles, suddenly pops out above them, and there it is: every peak, valley, and forested hill in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, with the summ
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18. First Snow
I UNZIP THE tent door and am dazzled by the light. Big snow flakes drop out of the sky. After yesterday’s blue-sky trek, the wintry scene makes me feel like I’ve been transported somewhere far away. As my friends and I eat breakfast, the wind picks u
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Flavorful Flora
WHERE This scraggly tree can be found at lower elevations (below 7,000 feet) across the continent in canyons, hillsides, and along roadsides. Look for them near water sources such as rivers and creeks. HARVEST Fruits in late August. The tart and swee