Outdoor Skills and Safety

When my dog Bravo sees me carrying hiking boots or a daypack, he races to the door. As soon as it swings wide enough, he squeezes through and plants himself behind the car, quivering with anticipation. As the tailgate drops, he leaps gleefully inside. Once in the car, Bravo rides unobtrusively, no matter the distance,…

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It’s one thing to take your dog for an afternoon stroll in the local park; it’s another for you and your canine companion to venture into the backcountry for an overnight trip. In this video, AMC’s backcountry resource conservation manager, Sally Manikian, outlines the 10 essentials every dog owner should pack before heading out on…

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Figuring out how to climb Katahdin, the focal point of Baxter State Park and Maine’s highest peak, can be almost as herculean a task as summiting the mountain. Carey Kish, editor of the Maine Mountain Guide, explains how to plan ahead and prepare. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.

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Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers and staff assist with dozens of search and rescue operations in the White Mountains every year. See what’s involved in providing this valuable service. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.  

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Deer ticks are pernicious, nasty little critters. Common throughout the Northeast, these parasitic bloodsuckers are the primary vector for Lyme disease, an unpleasant and potentially serious illness that is well worth avoiding. Your goal is to prevent deer ticks from enjoying their sanguineous feast and possibly transmitting the disease-causing bacterium. Here are the best, most…

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For more than 50 years, DEET has reigned as the undisputed champion of insect repellents. No longer. There’s now a potentially better alternative on the market: picaridin. Both DEET and picaridin are proven to be effective at fending off mosquitoes—and are superior to other repellents when it comes to protection time. But which one is…

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Go behind the scenes in this video with cartographer Larry Garland and learn about AMC’s mapping legacy, and what goes into creating the maps for AMC’s White Mountain Guide.

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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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There’s something satisfying about the J stroke. The subtle nature of it, how just a small turn of your wrist can provide gentle course correction and keep the boat pointed in the right direction. It’s efficient too, and that can help ensure long, enjoyable days on the water. The J, and four other strokes outlined…

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I had the biggest wildlife encounter of my life last winter on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage, Alaska. I skied by a moose calmly browsing in the willows near the trail. As I passed behind, it suddenly whirled without warning. Within a ski stride, the moose advanced almost close enough to stomp me with…

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