2006

Motivated when she read about a trail-running trip to Machu Picchu in 1999, Kirsten Poulin headed for the Southern California hills to give it a try. The former hiker was instantly hooked. Since then, she’s run along mountain trails from the West Coast to South America, and has even penned a book on the sport….

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At the tender and not-always-responsible age of 15, Rick Silverberg led a group of his peers on a hike into Connecticut’s Sleeping Giant State Park. It was uneventful—they all survived—and Silverberg found he loved the role. He then masterminded outing-club trips at the University of Wisconsin and took his first Mountain Leadership School (MLS) training…

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Think about your ideal hiking companion. She’s energetic, eager, never gets into bad moods or complains about the food, and would do just about anything for you. She just might not be human. Doug Gelbert, author of the popular Bark in the Park series, says hiking with dogs “is an incredible way to bond with…

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Patrick McKearly is not above regrouping on the trail. Ten minutes from the trailhead, he’ll stop, dump out the entire contents of his pack, sit down, and completely reload it. Even after backpacking for a dozen years and helping hundreds of trip participants load their own gear, AMC’s education department logistics manager says getting it…

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Your definition of adventure probably means more than doing the conga on a Caribbean cruise ship. Maybe you’ve set your sights on something really big this year—say conquering Rainier or exploring the Arctic. For these once-in-a-lifetime dream trips, the hands-down, most important component is the guide or adventure company you choose. So you don’t run…

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Hiking through a dense, trail-less section, of Alaska’s Denali National Park several years ago, my backpacking partner and I wanted to pinpoint our location before we settled in one night. We got out a map and two compasses and each of us figured out our whereabouts. Unfortunately these were two very different points about a…

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Remember the lucky fellow who caught a crampon and flipped over while glissading in the Gulf of Slides a decade ago? He landed squarely on his ice axe, impaling himself in the abdomen. Miraculously, he managed to hike out with the axe still firmly embedded; it had missed all his organs. The take-home lesson? An…

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Congelatio is not an Italian ice cream, but it can feel as cold as one. The medical term for frostbite, the phenomenon occurs when frigid temperatures restrict blood flow and cause tissue damage. Extremities farthest from the heart—feet, noses, and ears—are the most susceptible. Hands aren’t immune either as many with frozen fingers have learned….

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Frigid fingers are unpleasant. Numb wooden hands are far worse, and potentially dangerous in the chilly backcountry. Prevent the fingertip blues this season and keep your dexterity, enjoyment, and digits intact with these handy tips. IF THE GLOVE FITS In a properly fitting glove, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch the tips. The…

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Taste the thrill of winter by ascending some of the Northeast’s most accessible summits. Come experience a frosted world where the air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the views are crystalline, and forgiving snow buries the ankle-breaking rocks of summer. Each of these seven mountains offers a sheltered snowshoe route to the top, where…

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