2001

AMC Outdoors, March 2001 By Michael Lanza When Cliff Jacobson talks about expedition canoeing, he’s not talking about places like Maine’s Allagash or Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Those “are beautiful places,” he readily acknowledges, “but you can be out [to civilization] in a day and often have cell phone communication. That’s not expedition canoeing.” Jacobson’s definition?…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2001 By Michael Lanza I’ve rolled over in my sleeping bag to see an orange oval of fire peeking over the eastern horizon, and leapt from my bag to mount my camera on tripod and start firing off frames. I’ve slammed on my car brakes to shoot the morning sun igniting trees…

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AMC Outdoors, April 2001 By Michael Lanza The guidebook said to climb the hemlock tree. Rick and I stood on a ledge, scratching our heads. We’d just ascended the first pitch of an easy rock-climbing route named Refuse, on New Hampshire’s Cathedral Ledge. This was the debut for both of us lead-climbing on rock; the…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2001 By Michael Lanza Several summers ago, Cliff Jacobson and some companions were canoeing northern Saskatchewan’s North Knife River, which flows into Hudson Bay. They chose late July because it’s a good time of year to see polar bears. As they rounded a river bend, his canoe partner called from the bow,…

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AMC Outdoors, September 2001 The following are adapted from Dorcas Miller’s Good Food for Camp and Trail (Pruett Publishing) and Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes (The Mountaineers). Fried Bulgur with CheeseAt home, pack:2 c. bulgur, uncooked1/3 c. dehydrated, or 1 fresh, onion1/4 c. oil1-1/3 c. grated cheddar cheesesalt, pepper, and garlic…

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AMC Outdoors, September 2001 By Michael Lanza There’s a big difference between the sort of meals Dorcas Miller prepared years ago in the backcountry and those she makes now: In the old days, she would spend lots of time baking and cooking; now, she plans meals that take only 10 minutes to prepare on the…

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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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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 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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