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Magnetic declination refers to the angle between the geographic North Pole and the magnetic pole located in the Arctic Ocean. You will discover that good hiking and topographic maps always indicate the local magnetic declination via a declination diagram, which includes one arrow pointing to geographic north (commonly labeled as True North, or TN) and…

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A map and compass make up two of the 10 essentials recommended for safe backcountry travel, but they’ll do little good if you don’t know how to use them. Misuse could even turn a situation in which you’re simply confused into one in which you’re totally lost. The bottom line? Learn proper technique before your…

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  Part 2: Communication In the last installment, we discussed how people, or interpersonal skills, are an elusive component of leadership. As I mentioned before, the scope and complexity involved with these skills is hard to capture in a single word or phrase. Still, as leaders, mentors, facilitators, educators, or simply the intellectually curious, we…

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SIGNS OF SPRING in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) come in many shapes and forms, from skiers trudging up Tuckerman Ravine in search of soft snow to migratory birds returning to the native-plants garden at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. But 4 miles north of Pinkham, at AMC’s Camp Dodge Volunteer Center, there’s a…

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A successful day hike begins long before you set foot on the trail. Careful advance preparation helps ensure comfort, fun, and safety outdoors. In this outdoor skills video, AMC experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci explain how to plan a memorable day hike, step by step. THE EXPERTS Eboni Cooper is the New York/New Jersey…

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Regardless of the length of your trip, from a three-hour hike to a three-day or three-week expedition, all hikers should carry the 10 essentials—a list developed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the public agency responsible for the majority of search and rescue operations in New Hampshire. In this outdoor skills video, AMC…

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On almost any hike, you’re likely to encounter other people on the trail. Good trail etiquette helps ensure that everyone enjoys their experience outdoors and that the trail is left in good condition for its next visitors. In this outdoor skills video, AMC experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci explain how to be a good…

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Leadership Case Study: Group Management in the Alpine This case study was featured at Mountain Leadership School’s annual Instructor Post School Debrief in September 2016.  A vigorous discussion produced the conclusion points illuminated below. Join these experienced volunteer instructors at the oldest leadership training program in the nation for the 59th annual Mountain Leadership School in…

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Take a step outdoors. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What do you seek by taking that next step? These simple questions can have complex answers. Nature means many things to many people—and many things for the same person. It can satisfy our curiosity and spirituality, challenge us intellectually and physically. As a writer, photographer,…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Hoof prints in the mud, scat beside the trail, hoots and howls from deep in the woods. Signs of wildlife are so intriguing, they leave us wishing we could see more of the actual animals that share our world. Wild creatures prefer—wisely—to avoid us, and since many are…

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