Backpacking

There are many ways you can make backcountry water sources safe to drink, from chemical treatments to pump filters to UV light emitters, but these days it appears that one particular variety of water filtration system is cleaning up the competition: the Sawyer Squeeze and Squeeze Mini. (Both are essentially the same; the Mini is just…

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So, you’ve decided to take the next step in your outdoor leadership path and register for AMC’s Mountain Leadership School (MLS). Excited, nervous, anxious? I know I was. Coming out of MLS you’ll likely end up defining it as one of the best experiences you’ve had in the outdoors, but you’ll definitely look back and…

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In the 1920s, when Benton MacKaye envisioned the long-distance footpath that would become the Appalachian Trail (AT), he foresaw a series of communities linked physically and figuratively to the 2,100-plus-mile route. The AT was recognized as a National Scenic Trail in 1937, and MacKaye’s dream of a conservation, recreation, and economic corridor has been evolving…

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The conservation community, in general, is challenged by a lack of diversity. While AMC is no exception, having leaders from different backgrounds provides quiet testimony to our belief that the outdoors is for everyone. Not only can our experiences help us learn about nature, they can teach us about ourselves—and one another. We talked to…

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You know how, when you hear people talk about food, you get hungry? You start to salivate, maybe your stomach begins to growl, and your attention wanders from whatever you’re doing to your next fantasy meal. That’s exactly what happened to this magazine’s editorial team when we dug into the pages of Real Trail Meals,…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. I first profiled Good To-Go last February, back when the small, Maine-based producer of dehydrated meals offered just four options, including one of the best-tasting dehydrated meal options (Thai Curry) I have ever tried. Now the company has expanded its offerings to include six new dishes, each of which hews closely to…

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Got trees? In the wooded backcountry of the Northeast, the appeal of hammock camping is obvious—you can pitch a comfortable, sleep-worthy hammock in far more places than a tent. But hammock camping has its challenges as well, from learning to pitch one appropriately (and with minimal impact) to protecting yourself from rain and weather. For me personally, one of the…

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Sure, you know about AMC’s famed high-mountain hut system. Perhaps you’ve stayed in a few (or all!) of them. Or, maybe you’ve rolled up to an AMC roadside lodge and used it as a convenient base camp for exploring nearby trails and peaks. Most guests consider AMC’s huts and lodges a great value, given their…

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ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING GEAR might seem like a modern phenomenon, featuring the latest and lights high-tech materials, but the idea dates back to the very beginning of organized hiking in New England. More than two dozen outdoors organizations attended the first meeting of the New England Trail Conference (NETC) in 1916. These college outing clubs, hiking…

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Few things pack as much nutritional and go-power punch as seeds. Loaded with fat, carbs, and protein, they provide sustained energy for minimal weight and should be considered any time you’re looking for maximum calories per ounce of food. But many popular seeds (chia, poppy, hemp, etc.) are also tiny and hard to eat on the trail, which…

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