September/October 2014

My canister stove is simple and convenient to operate, and has long been my go-to three-season option. But it sucks in the winter or any time temperatures start dropping below freezing, when they work poorly to not at all. Why? Why, stove, why??? Photo: Michael R Perry/Flickr Commons It boils down to some basic chemistry…

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So, you and your kids can tell the difference between dog tracks and coyote tracks, and you know bear scat is nothing like deer scat, and that owl pellets aren’t actually the same thing as owl droppings (a common misconception). Next time you’re outdoors with your family, whether it’s in the back woods or just…

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As daylight fades into the long nights of fall and winter, any overnight adventure necessitates prolonged use of a headlamp. These days, however, it’s easier than ever to keep your headlamp running on rechargeable power, sparing you the need to purchase, use, and (properly) dispose of regular batteries. Here’s a quick look at the primary…

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store, an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike. A section of an 1893 USGS topo map for Mount Washington, downloaded…

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Photo:  iStock Many parents dread hearing their child say, “I’m bored.” However, letting your children be bored can actually help them become active. It sounds counter intuitive, but by allowing them “bored” time, you can boost their creativity, independence, and ability to take safe risks. “Children who experience a lack of programmed activity are given…

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I’ve written a fair bit about fall foliage, including the best resources for finding peak foliage; how to take great foliage photos, especially with a polarizing filter; and how to find better foliage using a geologic map. Over the course of researching these articles, I often got distracted deep into the underlying science of what…

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Photographs courtesy of the Kallin family. On August 31, the Kallin family—parents Dave and Emily and children Nathan and Maddy—reached the summit of Katahdin. The clouds that cloaked the peak’s long shoulders let them see only a few feet in front of them; there would be none of the spectacular views they might expect from…

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Two companies now offer energy bars that feature a chirpy and unusual ingredient: crickets. Two small start-ups—Utah-based Chapul and Brooklyn-based Exo—both seek to capitalize on the health and environmental benefits of cricket power. Specifically, crickets (and insects in general) are an exceptionally rich source of protein. Per the Exo web site, dried crickets are 69…

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AMC Assistant Director of Research Dave Publicover says American marten don’t like young forests. Large, contiguous tracts of what he calls “relatively mature forest with good structure and deadwood” are favored by marten as preferred hunting and denning habitat. Conversely, “lynx need young, dense spruce-fir” forests, which provide habitat for the snowshoe hares on which…

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The autumnal equinox occurs tonight, September 22, at precisely 10:29 PM Eastern time. It’s a milestone celestial event, one that marks the official end of summer and start of fall. It’s also got a few other fun and useful implications. First some quick background. The equinox is defined as the precise moment when the sun…

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