March/April 2010

“Our job is to enjoy the mountains and help others do the same.” That lovely quote is from George Heinrichs, hutmaster at Greenleaf Hut for the 2010 summer season, who I profiled here last month. His quote appears in a round-up of the season’s hutmasters for the eight AMC huts. (Read the round-up and other…

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The current issue of AMC Outdoors includes an article I wrote about the movement spawned by Richard Louv’s 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods. If you’ve heard of “nature deficit disorder,” a phrase from the book’s subtitle, or “No Child Left Inside,” a rallying cry that plays on the common name for the federal…

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I don’t know Eugene Buchanan, author of Outdoors Parents, Outdoors Kids, but I feel as though I do. He reminds me of certain men I’ve skied with, or hiked or climbed with, over the years. Before Buchanan became the father of two daughters, he was a classic over-achieving outdoors guy — and an outdoors guy…

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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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We came home after dark the other night, the Beach Boys on the car stereo — Ursula’s choice. I turned off the engine and opened the door to another chorus: spring peepers. Spring peepers are almost impossible to see — they’re only about the size of a paper clip — but get a couple hundred…

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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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