Hiking/Camping Gear

A winter hike above treeline is a trip that can be rewarding—but only if you’re prepared for the fierce conditions. A highly effective layering system is vital to keep one comfortable and safe from frostbite. Your head, neck, and face are especially vulnerable to blowing wind, ice, and sub-zero temperatures. In this video, AMC’s Equipped…

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Getting your kids to carry a pack while hiking teaches them important skills, like thinking about what’s essential gear. And toddlers who carry their own snack or water bottle take great pride in their growing self-sufficiency. But how much weight should children carry in their packs? Medical experts say a child’s backpack should weigh no more…

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Ever hear that an extra pound on your feet is equivalent to 5 pounds on your back? Whether or not that oft-quoted piece of backcountry wisdom is exactly right, one thing is definitely true: Hiking requires less effort in lightweight footwear. And therein lies the allure of wearing trail running shoes instead of heavier hiking…

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Few things can spoil a winter outing like being inadequately dressed for the conditions. Protect yourself from the harsh winter elements with these winter gear layering tips from AMC blogger and columnist Matt Heid. Check out Matt’s gear blog at equipped.outdoors.org.

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Trees are everywhere in the Northeast backcountry. Good tent sites are not. Unlock the secrets of hammock camping and you’ll radically expand your choices for overnight sites. Plus you’ll save weight, stay dry, keep the bugs at bay, and enjoy a swinging good time in the process. Today’s backpacking hammocks are marvels of lightweight packability,…

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Your feet are your most important piece of hiking equipment. Keep them happy and you will be even more so. Displease them and you will suffer their bruised and blistered malice. Their fate rests in your hands—and it all starts with a proper fit for your hiking footwear. Boot Basics When shopping for hiking boots,…

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