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Spreading Holiday Gear: An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Wish List AMC Outdoors, December 2004 I’ve always loved Christmas. I loved it as a kid because—well, that’s obvious. As a chronically cash-strapped young adult, I loved Christmas because it presented an opportunity to acquire that critical new piece of gear that I absolutely “needed.” And I love it…

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Suited For Paddling, Staying Warm With the Right Wetsuit or Drysuit AMC Outdoors, October 2004 A few words sum it up : “We couldn’t paddle safely without wetsuits and drysuits in New England,” says Cheryl Wallace, a professional Maine sea kayaking guide and American Canoe Association instructor. No knowledgeable whitewater or sea kayaker would disagree….

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Save your skin: How to safely worship the sun AMC Outdoors, June 2004 By Michael Lanza The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and it’s summer playtime in the great outdoors. But you’ve heard that too much sun — specifically, ultraviolet (UV) radiation — can be unhealthy and dangerous. So what can you do…

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Essentials for Your Hiking Daypack AMC Outdoors, July/August 2004 By Michael Lanza What you bring on a day hike depends on where you’re going, how long you’ll be out, and the weather. No matter what the duration of your trip, always bring the following to get you home before dark, or keep you safe during…

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Soft-Shells

February 19, 2004

Move over Gore-Tex AMC Outdoors, January/February 2004 By Michael Lanza I remember my thoughts upon getting my first waterproof-breathable jacket: This shell was going to show me new horizons. Hope does spring eternal. Sure, it worked great in downpours, snowstorms, and cold wind. But it tended to get so steamy when I was going uphill…

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  If you’re itching to explore snow-covered forest and mountain trails this winter, there are two nonmotorized modes of transporting yourself, and only one of them is really easy: snowshoes. In fact, in the Northeast mountains, where trails tend to go straight up and down too steeply for skis, the only way to get around…

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Nothing compares to the crisp, clean air of winter and the magnificent view of a snowy landscape. But any trip into the outdoors, even a day hike, requires careful planning and the right gear. Always check the weather and trail conditions and prepare for the worst conditions; make plans with your group’s abilities in mind…

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