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Chafing on the hips is a common problem, especially with heavier loads and for hikers whose hips have little or no curvature to support a waist belt.  To minimize potential pressure points, wear pants or shorts with a smooth waistband.  For extra padding and waistbelt support, tie a fleece jacket evenly around your waist.  To help…

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COVER PHOTO: BRIAN HORST AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Hills, Hollows, and Beyond: Backpacking the Susquehannock Trail System Rail-Trail Effect: On the Success of the Minuteman and Other Bike Paths Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Leaders in Trail Work Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Cottontail Conundrum Dissolution…

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A selection of fun, odd, and useful jargon for canoe parts and paddling: Air Lock: What happens if you try to lift a capsized canoe straight up. Bang Plate/Stem Band: A piece of reinforcement on the bow for extra protection against impacts and abrasion. Broach: Turn broadside to an obstacle, such as waves, wind, or…

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The difference between true north and magnetic north is known as the magnetic declination or variation. If magnetic north is west of true north—as is the case throughout the Northeast—it’s a west declination. If east, then it’s an east declination. To convert from a true bearing (one determined from a map, for example) to a magnetic…

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Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. have a bunion on one or both feet. Located at the base of the big toe on the side of the foot, this bony protrusion is often at particular risk for blisters. Here’s what you can do about it:  Purchase sufficiently wide hiking boots. They should not feel…

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One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is their limited battery life. To keep them running longer in the backcountry, consider the following:  Don’t leave GPS-powered apps running. Even with the screen off, these apps are still constantly tracking your location—and rapidly draining your batteries.  Turn off wi-fi and set your phone to airplane mode…

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COVER PHOTO: RYAN SMITH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Learning to Lead: Inside AMC’s Mountain Leadership School Sea Kayaking Down East: Exploring the Maine Island Trail, Family-Style Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Outdoor Recreation Fuels the Economy Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Bugging Out: Threats from Ticks…

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We had the island to ourselves: 2 acres of spruce forest surrounded by a wonderland of curving, polished granite ledge that dropped into the sea. The kayaks rested above the beach, beyond the reach of the tide, and we’d pitched our tents—each of our two families in a campsite of its own—beneath the canopy of…

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Don’t overlayer. You generate substantial body heat even in the coldest and windiest conditions, especially if you’re powering up a mountainside.  Leash your mittens or gloves to your wrists to prevent strong winds from blasting away these critical items. Secure loose straps on the outside of your pack or clothing to prevent them from flapping wildly in the…

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You can easily burn 4,000 calories a day or more on a cold-weather adventure, which makes it crucial to consume sufficient high-energy food for body heat and go-power. Carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, provide the fastest energy and should be your primary source of daytime calories. Energy bars and candy bars turn into rock-hard bricks in…

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