March/April 2010

Part 4 of 4. In the May issue of AMC Outdoors, I highlight the different types of backcountry shelters that weigh less than 2 pounds. (Read the full article here.) This four-part blog posting highlights the specific brands and styles available in each category. In this post, I round up the ultralight tent category. (Check…

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Part 3 of 4. In the May issue of AMC Outdoors, I highlight the different types of backcountry shelters that weigh less than two pounds. (Read the full article here.) This four-part blog posting highlights the specific brands and styles available in each category. In this post, I round up the bivy sack category. (Check…

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Part 2 of 4. In the May issue of AMC Outdoors, I highlight the different types of backcountry shelters that weigh less than 2 pounds. This four-part blog posting highlights the specific brands and styles available in each category. In this post, I round up floorless tents and other single-wall shelters. (Check out part 1,…

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Part 1 of 4. In the May issue of AMC Outdoors, I highlight the different types of backcountry shelters that weigh less than 2 pounds. This four-part blog posting highlights the specific brands and styles available in each category. In this first post, I round up the ultralight tarps. Included weights are from the manufacturers…

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SPOT satellite messengers allow you to remotely check in from the backcountry, letting friends and family know that you’re OK via an e-mail or text message. In December, the second generation of these devices (the SPOT II) was recalled due to an issue with the battery life indicator. You can read all about it in…

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Your feet are your most important piece of hiking equipment. Keep them happy and you will be even more so. Displease them and you will suffer their bruised and blistered malice. Their fate rests in your hands—and it all starts with a proper fit for your hiking footwear. Boot Basics When shopping for hiking boots,…

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I love visors. I consider them the best possible headwear during the heat and sun of summer. They provide excellent ventilation for the top of your head. They don’t give you “hat head,” that sometimes painful affliction caused by baseball caps that leaves your hair stuck for the day in an unflattering position. And they…

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It’s summer trip planning time. If you’re like me, that means pulling out a lot of hiking maps to plot potential adventures—and keeping an eye out for new maps for the 2010 season. Several have caught my eye for Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. AMC MapsAMC Mahoosucs Map & Guide: Covers the rugged Mahoosuc Range…

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The Monadnock Sunapee Greenway is a 50-mile long-distance hiking trail in southern New Hampshire, stretching from Mount Monadnock north to Mount Sunapee. It makes for excellent early season hiking and offers backpackers the opportunity—and shelters—for a 5-day, 4-night excursion through the sylvan wilds of southern New England. Over the past few years, the Monadnock Sunapee…

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When I hike, I almost always wear a pair of lightweight pants made from a quick-drying synthetic like nylon or polyester. I call them my adventure pants. A slew of these are out there on the market, but there are a few critical features I look for—and recommend that you do too. Even in the…

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