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AMC Outdoors, May 2001 By Michael Lanza As my two backpacking companions pitched our tents in the woods, I wandered over to the shore of Unknown Pond, in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. I exchanged friendly greetings and small talk with three other backpackers in an established campsite beside the pond, then crossed their…

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In short, yes. Although you’ll always get more support from heavier, stiffer boots, outdoor footwear is getting lighter thanks to innovative designs and materials. Peek into this manufacturers’ bag of tricks and you’ll see: Designs that emphasize support where needed while reducing material elsewhere. Combinations of nylon (which can reduce the weight of a pair…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2003 By Michael Lanza Like many people, there are facts from my past that I know to be true, and yet that seem so unbelievable, so incomprehensible, that I find it hard to reconcile that bit of personal history with the person I am today. I know you know what I mean….

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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, July/August 2003 If you’ve got a yen to head out with your sketchbook, the following ideas (excerpted from Keeping a Nature Journal, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth) should get you started — and keep you going. Overcoming Fears of DrawingSome people panic at the thought of making sketches in their…

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Learning to See: Tools and Accessories AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 A Nature Journal Toolbox Clare:8 1/2 x 11-inch, 92-page blank book3 x 5-inch pad of notepaper in her pocket for quick sketches (she tapes these in her journal when she gets home)Derwent watercolor pencils or Venus Spectracolor or Berol Prismacolor colored pencilsKnife for clipping branches…

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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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