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Few things can ruin a backcountry sojourn faster than being turned into a fleshy pincushion by clouds of mosquitoes using you as a succulent blood buffet. As I like to say: Mosquitoes bite, but they mostly suck. In June 2006, I wrote a round-up of all the various insect repellents on the market (The Dope…

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My previous post got me thinking about the tricks we’ve used to encourage our two young hikers. I came up with nine more in addition to the “Hansel and Gretel” ploy. Each has been tested, as they say, in the field. None has worked every time, which is why the last two tips are more…

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Hello and welcome to the brand new AMC Equipped blog! Over the coming months, I look forward to sharing all of the latest and greatest tidbits on outdoor gear, from the coolest products to the silliest, from ground-breaking gizmos to the tried and true stalwarts of the outdoor industry. I also plan on covering the…

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My husband and I have come up with private nicknames for our children when we hike. We’ve dubbed our ten-year-old daughter “nature girl.” She seems to have been born to hike. Not so our six-year-old son, Virgil. When he is forced to walk uphill on a narrow path, he can instantly transform himself from boy…

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Welcome to “Great Kids, Great Outdoors,” a new blog from AMC Outdoors, the member magazine of the nonprofit Appalachian Mountain Club. Beginning in June, blogger Kristen Laine will be writing bi-weekly posts about introducing children to outdoor recreation and the natural world. Please check back soon for her first piece, and frequently thereafter as this…

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Welcome to “Equipped,” a new blog from AMC Outdoors. Beginning in June, columnist Matt Heid will be writing bi-weekly posts about all things gear-related. Please check back soon for his first piece, and frequently thereafter as this blog develops. You can stay up-to-date by signing up for an RSS feed, and feedback is welcomed so…

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