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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 If you’ve got a yen to head out with your sketchbook, the following ideas (excerpted from Keeping a Nature Journal, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth) should get you started — and keep you going. Overcoming Fears of DrawingSome people panic at the thought of making sketches in their…

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Learning to See: Tools and Accessories AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 A Nature Journal Toolbox Clare:8 1/2 x 11-inch, 92-page blank book3 x 5-inch pad of notepaper in her pocket for quick sketches (she tapes these in her journal when she gets home)Derwent watercolor pencils or Venus Spectracolor or Berol Prismacolor colored pencilsKnife for clipping branches…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2002 By Michael Lanza So, you want to dive feet first into winter, but can’t decide whether to strap on snowshoes or skis? Each has advantages and disadvantages. Snowshoes are preferred by many winter novices because they can step into them and go, whereas skiing requires some practice. Snowshoes are more “agile”…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2002 By Michael Lanza When you decide to buy a pack, plan to try on several models to find the one you like best. When trying one on, fill it with the stuff you’ll carry on the trail (it’s OK to bring your gear to the store with you)—no more than one…

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AMC Outdoors, March 2002 By Michael Lanza There was a time in the not-so-distant past when buying a whitewater kayak was as simple as, at other times in history, buying a car (“Young man, picture yourself behind the wheel of this shiny new Model T”) or a facial tissue (“Excuse me, do you have a…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2001 Reaching the landmark age of 40 this spring impressed two lessons upon me: that certain old things stand the test of time, and that some things, sadly, just don’t work as well as the years roll by. What is true of human anatomy is also true of outdoor gear. Just as…

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  As an experiment, I once left an old tent rainfly out in my yard for several months, exposed to all manner of weather, temps above and below freezing — and, most important, thousands of hours of ultraviolet (UV) rays. I decided the experiment was over when lifting the rainfly from the ground caused it…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 1999 By Michael Lanza There’s something about fire that hypnotizes us. Maybe we all share some ancient genetic coding for the primal sense of comfort the earliest homo sapiens felt at building a fire to cook their meat and warm their cave. Only something so innate could explain the dreamlike daze in…

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