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AMC Outdoors, June 2005 There are certain immutable truths about the outdoors, among them: If you don’t ask a first-time tentmate prior to a trip whether he snores, he will…loudly. If you decide to cut pack weight by bringing a lighter bag or insulating layer, it will be freezing. And add this contemporary truth: If…

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AMC Outdoors, May 2005 We skied uphill through fog and falling snow, zig-zagging around crevasses bigger than Olympic swimming pools. We were on a six-day March traverse of the Wapta Icefield, a sprawling starfish of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. At a pass called Balfour High Col, a frigid wind blew snow sideways in a…

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AMC Outdoors, April 2005 A pair of trekking poles can transform you into a fleet-footed, four-legged, full-body hiking machine. Or a brush-snagging, rock-scarring, hand-encumbered trail beast, depending on your point of view. In most situations, trekking poles improve your balance, and make crossing rushing streams, walking on slippery surfaces, and hiking over loose rocks both…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2005 Recently, I bought a used 15-foot sea kayak. This was my first real kayak, and I wanted the perfect paddle to go with it. So before venturing into the paddling shop, I decided to ask two avid kayaking buddies for advice. Well, these guys started out bickering about ferrules, then debated…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2005 Ya gotta love winter in the Northeast. The fourth season transforms our highest peaks into wind-scoured alpine islands of snow and ice, as spectacular as they are challenging. Stepping into the arctic above-treeline world provides great adventure, bringing you into the domain of some of Nature’s most primal forces. Trails sheltered…

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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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Head First: A primer on helmets AMC Outdoors, November 2004 I feel a strong personal connection to my helmets. A few years ago, I crashed on my road bike (over an unleashed dog) at about 20 miles per hour. The impact bent my bike frame and cracked my helmet, but instead of sustaining a possibly…

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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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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2004 Thoreau and Muir would have loved the beauty of the modern daypack: a sack that rides comfortably on your back and fits everything you need for an entire day in the backcountry. Independent of the comforts and protective arms of civilization, you can head out on foot and hike 7, 10,…

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Getting closer: Zoom in on the perfect binoculars AMC Outdoors, May 2004 By Michael Lanza There was a time when three types of people used binoculars outdoors: the ones looking for birds, the ones shooting at game, and the ones in military uniforms scouting terrain. Today the market has expanded considerably. With optical quality improving,…

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