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Michael wears a bright red Arcteryx jacket when we hike. He’s a lot faster than me, and I’ve lost track of the number of trips where I’ve seen that red dot moving ahead. When I see it stop, I know he has reached the top of the ascent. He has waited for me in cold,…

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A backcountry adventure probably means leaving the deodorant at home and embracing your natural self. Follow these steps to remain safe, sanitary, and to control B.O. Turn your undies inside out to extend their life. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer clipped to your pack for easy access and regular cleansing. Carry a set…

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From my midmorning snack spot, a leafy alcove on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in northwest Connecticut, I can’t see the Housatonic River. But I can hear it coursing down below, underneath the lush riparian canopy of sycamores. Before long, another noise interrupts my solitude: tromping boots, as a pair of south-bound hikers join me on the…

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Given their trailside access in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), AMC’s high-mountain huts staff are often the first responders to backcountry emergencies. Along with cooking, cleaning, and providing trail information, hut croo also serve as volunteers in search-and-rescue incidents. Virtually all AMC backcountry staff—hut croo, caretakers, and trail crew members—are certified in Wilderness First…

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If you’ve visited AMC’s huts, lodges, camps, and other destinations, you’ve likely noticed the feeling of rejuvenation that comes from experiencing spectacular places amid like-minded lovers of the outdoors. In this fast-paced world, a hike to a backcountry hut or a paddle from a waterfront wilderness lodge can help you slow down, breathe deeply, and savor…

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COVER PHOTO: MICHAEL GAIGE AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Get Pumped for Packrafting Camp Dodge: Revisit AMC’s Volunteer Trails Hub on the Eve of a Reno Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC How Your Hut Stay Supports the AMC Mission Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Alien Outbreak: Invasive Species Found…

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COVER PHOTO: TONY NG AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES AMC’s 22nd Annual Photo Contest: See the Winners Remote Backcountry Cabins to Visit This Winter High Jinxed: A Hiker Investigates His Fear of Heights Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Steadfast Stewardship Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Pennsylvania Reintroduces Fire Towers…

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The following simple items can help rescuers find you in the event of a backcountry emergency. A whistle. Shouts for help can only be heard a few hundred yards away, at best. The piercing sound of a loud whistle carries more than a mile away. What’s more, you can blow a whistle in regular bursts…

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While the recent election season was often contentious and at times divisive, the outdoors remains something that unites us and that people of all beliefs and backgrounds can enjoy. It is AMC’s mission to help everyone connect to the inspiring, soothing, and energizing qualities of the outdoors. There has never been a greater need for…

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I tested HIV positive when I was 27 years old. It was 1992 and at the time, I thought the diagnosis was a death sentence. As a gay man trapped in the closet and struggling to come out, life was difficult. I had no job, no support network, and—I thought at the time—no future. In order to…

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