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AMC Outdoors, September 2001 By Michele Pavitt Author and photographer Bill Silliker Jr. has been coaching wildlife enthusiasts for years on how to find a moose and how to do it properly. In early summer, this task can be as easy as generously applying bug repellent, hiking to a boggy area in moose country, and…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 Entering ObservationsAlthough there are numerous ways to format a journal, the following is one that Clare uses. (excerpted from Keeping a Nature Journal) Basic Information Name. Date. This establishes the season and month in relation to the year. How would things look outdoors in spring? In winter? Place. What town and state…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 An entry in a nature journal, says Nona Bell Estrin, is “like an artifact of that time spent. I could look back at it three years later and always remember this day.” Nona began keeping a journal as a girl in Indiana, where she took care of orphaned animals. “I returned…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2002 By Michael Lanza So, you want to dive feet first into winter, but can’t decide whether to strap on snowshoes or skis? Each has advantages and disadvantages. Snowshoes are preferred by many winter novices because they can step into them and go, whereas skiing requires some practice. Snowshoes are more “agile”…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2002 By Michael Lanza When you decide to buy a pack, plan to try on several models to find the one you like best. When trying one on, fill it with the stuff you’ll carry on the trail (it’s OK to bring your gear to the store with you)—no more than one…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2002 By Michael Lanza There was a time in the not-so-distant past when buying a whitewater kayak was as simple as, at other times in history, buying a car (“Young man, picture yourself behind the wheel of this shiny new Model T”) or a facial tissue (“Excuse me, do you have a…

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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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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2001 Reaching the landmark age of 40 this spring impressed two lessons upon me: that certain old things stand the test of time, and that some things, sadly, just don’t work as well as the years roll by. What is true of human anatomy is also true of outdoor gear. Just as…

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  As an experiment, I once left an old tent rainfly out in my yard for several months, exposed to all manner of weather, temps above and below freezing — and, most important, thousands of hours of ultraviolet (UV) rays. I decided the experiment was over when lifting the rainfly from the ground caused it…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 1999 By Michael Lanza There’s something about fire that hypnotizes us. Maybe we all share some ancient genetic coding for the primal sense of comfort the earliest homo sapiens felt at building a fire to cook their meat and warm their cave. Only something so innate could explain the dreamlike daze in…

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