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Wool is warm, durable, insulates even when wet, and has been used for millennia to keep people cozy and comfortable. But what makes wool such an effective insulation in the first place? To answer that question, you need to zoom deep into the structure of this remarkable fiber. WOOL: A CLOSE-UP Wool fibers have two…

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It’s hard to sleep well when you’re cold. A few simple techniques can make all the difference. You need fuel to keep your furnace burning all night. In case you wake up chilled, have a quick energy, high-calorie snack at the ready for a middle-of-the-night refuel.  Use a thick, full-length sleeping pad; what works in…

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Moisture drains heat from your feet. Once your feet cool down, it takes a lot of energy to re-warm damp socks and boots. Keep them dry, keep them toasty. Here are some tips to keep feet warm: Block snow from your boot tops with gaiters or snug-fitting pant cuffs. Carry a pair of dry socks…

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COVER PHOTO: RYAN SMITH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES In Land We Trust: A History of AMC Land Protection The Casualty on Mount Lefroy Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC AMC Calls for Smart Energy Project Siting Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Prescribing the Outdoors Clean Air Agenda…

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Leaf-peep your brains out this fall. Then bring home some foliage photos that actually replicate the brain-popping colors you just witnessed. Here’s how: Motivate on wet mornings after a rain; bright foliage often awaits. Use a polarizing filter, which enhances foliage color by eliminating reflected glare from leaf surfaces. Adjust the white balance setting on your…

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Over time, dirt and body oils steadily permeate your sleeping bag and rain jacket, decreasing their warmth and breathability. Practicing some basic outdoor gear maintenance can extend the life of your equipment. Wash them once every season or two, depending on how often you use them. Apply leather conditioner to your hiking boots at least…

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COVER PHOTO: JIM SALGE AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 50 Years in the Wild: Celebrating Half a Century of the Wilderness Act Outdoor Dining: Foraging with Russ Cohen Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Putting the Breaks on Climate Change Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Fall Forecast: Will…

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Wind speed and wind direction have significant implications for paddling safety and enjoyment—and it doesn’t take much to affect the paddling experience. A light breeze (4 to 7 miles per hour) is sufficient to alter the movement of most kayaks; paddlers will need to compensate to keep moving in a straight line. A gentle wind (8…

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When it comes to camp cooking, there are some camp cookware items and accessories you need—and plenty you don’t. The Essentials Pot lifter (if your pots don’t have handles) Cup or other drinking vessel (potentially your pot or water bottle) Lightweight eating utensil (fork, spoon, spork, chopsticks) Small knife Very useful, not absolutely necessary Small…

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Tips and Tricks for Hiking with Kids Ask if they want to go on an “adventure” not a “hike.” Let them set the pace. No death marches! Take breaks based on kids’ needs and wants, not yours. Carry an arsenal of distractions: lots of games, lots of enticing snacks. Have a destination at hike’s end….

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