June 2009

This past weekend I spent a wonderful night at AMC’s Ponkapoag Camp, which is located just a few miles south of Boston in the Blue Hills Reservation. The camp consists of a lodge and series of small cabins nestled along the eastern edge of Ponkapoag Pond, a large shallow kettle pond in the lesser-visited southern…

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I’ve accumulated quite the gear collection over the years, but that doesn’t keep me from drooling over other, better gear! To wit, I currently have four different sleeping bags, ranging from a minus-15 degree down winter bag to a lightweight 20-degree synthetic. But ironically, none of them are from my favorite sleeping bag maker: Marmot….

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There’s a rapidly expanding—and outstanding—contender in the ever-escalating arms race of waterproof-breathability: eVent. Waterproof-breathable (WP/B) materials keep liquid water (rain) out but allow water vapor (your evaporating sweat) to pass through. Gore-Tex has long enjoyed the best name-brand recognition in this category, though there are literally dozens of other versions available from different manufacturers. These…

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The Gildesgame children — Sophie, Jesse, and Emma — sent the following additions to the thoughts their father, Mike, had about the Gildesgame family experience outdoors. Given that Father’s Day is meant to be a time to appreciate fathers, it seems appropriate to end this series with their reflections on growing up outdoors with Dad….

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“Our kids have been hiking since before they were born,” says Mike Gildesgame, Southern New England policy manager at AMC. A family photo from a trip to Acadia National Park shows Mike with one child on his shoulders and one in a backpack, standing next to his wife, Catharyn, who was pregnant with their youngest…

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2009 seems to be the year of the nesting cookset. A battle is brewing among gear manufacturers to see who can produce the slickest cookset that fits together like a backpacker’s version of a Faberge egg. My personal favorite is the Pinnacle Dualist Cookset from GSI Outdoors. Designed for two people, this 20-ounce, $60 set…

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About twenty years ago, Tim Whyte was involved in youth and recreation programs in Saugus, Mass., where he lived and ran a construction company. He joined the Appalachian Mountain Club because he wanted to learn more about taking kids backpacking; he signed up for one of AMC’s Outdoor Leadership Training courses. “I found an incredible…

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“I can remember my first backpacking trip,” says Marshall Nicoloff, AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) coordinator in New York City. The hike was in southern Vermont, and Marshall was doing it with his Boy Scout troop. “It was two miles in. I think I was nine. My backpack was entirely too large, an adult-sized external…

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When Eric Stones, a volunteer leader of family outings for AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, thinks back to his childhood in England, he remembers three things his father often did with him: “taking me to hear music, taking me to cricket matches, and taking me hiking.” Now a long-time resident of the United States, Eric admits that…

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This week, leading up to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, I’m posting profiles of several AMC fathers — men who share a love of the outdoors and who take the time to teach what they know to boys and girls, young men and women, in various ways. Some lead family trips. Some teach and…

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