2015

Most people have no idea how to properly size and fit gloves, but finding the perfect pair can have a huge effect on how warm and toasty your fingers are (or aren’t) in winter’s chill. Here’s what to look for. Glove fit basics First and most importantly, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch…

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AMC and its conservation partners succeeded last month in getting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Eversource Energy’s new preferred route for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. The conservation groups’ request came in response to the company identifying a revised route, or “proposed…

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Tackling the high mountains of the Northeast in winter is serious business. Deep snow, steep terrain, icy conditions… you need to prepare for it all. Given that a good pair of snowshoes is usually an integral part of such adventures, I wanted to highlight several new designs that have caught my attention this season. First,…

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AMC and its conservation partners succeeded last month in getting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a supplement to its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Eversource Energy’s new preferred route for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. The conservation groups’ request came in response to the company identifying a revised route,…

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Cold fingers are no fun. So I avoid them by wearing the right pair of winter gloves for the conditions at hand (ha). Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite an array of winter hand wear, which I detail below. But before we get there, it’s important to keep in mind that proper fit is one…

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Ten years ago, when our kids were 4 and 2 years old, my wife, Sarah, and I bought a simple 5-by-8-inch artist sketchbook. It’s the kind you find in art supply stores, with the hard black cover and stiff paper inside. It is a good, sturdy little book, and we decided to make it a…

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What follows is an excerpt from Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast, available now from  AMC Books. The screen door on the ranger’s cabin slammed hard in the wind. Baxter State Park Ranger Ralph Heath rose stiffly from the supper table to secure the latch, uneasy over the…

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The sun sets before 4:30 p.m. in most of New England for the next two months. This means that if you spend any time out and about in the evening—running, biking, walking—you will be enjoying the cloak of early darkness. And if you happen to be active on the weekdays in the hours immediately after…

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The more you think you know a place, the more likely you are to be proven wrong. I’ve written about New England—especially Massachusetts—for years, and while I feel like I know every nook and cranny, I’m always delighted to find a new piece of the outdoors to love. Such is the case with Camp Sayre,…

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AMC Outdoors, November/December 2015 Was the down in your jacket or sleeping bag stripped from a live animal? Maybe. Maybe not. Until recently, it was impossible to know. That’s changing, however, as a small but growing number of outdoor companies institutes standards designed to ensure none of their down comes from live-plucked birds. Goose and…

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