2005

AMC Outdoors, December 2005 I hate being cold. I mean, really, what is there to like about wooden toes, body-racking shivers, and freezing fingers? But I love being in the cold. The air snaps like a tonic, infinite views stretch through a transparent atmosphere, and snow-covered woods whisper the quiet of solitude. Warmth becomes a…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2005 The Trip: Coastal mountain skiing in Camden Hills State Park Length and Intensity: A moderate 7-mile loop (Ski Shelter) or 2.8-mile round-trip (Mount Battie) tour Best Time To Go: Winter, in decent snow conditions Seven Decades ago, Civilian Conservation Corps trail builders came to the Camden Hills. The current Slope Trail…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2005 The Trip: Hiking the 17th highest 4,000-footer. Length and Intensity: Moderate: 10 miles, 3,000- feet elevation gain. Best Time To Go: Late summer or early fall (post-black fly and pre-snow fly). If you’ve ever wondered if there’s any correlation between the peaks named for presidents and those particular chief executives, Mount…

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AMC Outdoors, September 2005 The Trip: A short walk through a gorge of boulders, caves, and ancient pines and hemlocks. Length and Intensity: A moderate out-and-back hike of 1.4 miles with 275 feet of elevation gain. Best Time To Go: Year-round; dazzling fall foliage. Just southeast of the village of Stockbridge, the narrow Housatonic River…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2005 The trails of the Northeast punish your knees. Unyielding rock slabs, plummeting descents, and thudding drops over refrigerator-sized boulders combine to induce Richter-scale compression on this precious joint. Aftershocks of soreness, stiffness, and downright pain can linger for days. Over time, this abuse can wear down your knees, paving the way…

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AMC Outdoors, September 2005 We’re being buried in a digital avalanche. In the past, we received a wallet portrait of our newest family members once a year at Christmas. These days, we receive approximately one billion digital images in our email inboxes twice a week. Take little nephew Jimmy. His loving parents have documented his…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2005 Distance: 4.0 miles Length: 4 hours Difficulty: Challenging; with 400-foot elevation gain Highlights: Pristine glacial lake, stunning mountain laurel More than 15,000 years ago, a glacier pushed across what’s now the Highlands, leaving a lifeless, stony wasteland in its wake. Glacial erratics dotted ice-polished ledges. Shallow glacial depressions became bogs, while…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2005 Ah, a sock’s life. Absorber of sweat, keeper of odor, it lives entombed within the dark abyss of your shoes. Toenails prod it, footfalls pound it, and friction slowly wears it away as it dutifully protects your foot from blisters and abuse. Socks definitely take one for the team—and yet when…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2005 Difficulty: Strenuous Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet Estimated Time: 4-1/2 hours Highlight: One of the best places to be in New Hampshire, with its 360-degree views and open ridge walks. Hikers who don’t want to drive all the way to the Whites will revel in the 50 miles of…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2005 There are certain immutable truths about the outdoors, among them: If you don’t ask a first-time tentmate prior to a trip whether he snores, he will…loudly. If you decide to cut pack weight by bringing a lighter bag or insulating layer, it will be freezing. And add this contemporary truth: If…

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