Learn How: Skills for the great outdoors


Use Your Phone to Get Fit (November/December 2014) 5 free smartphone apps for tracking and improving your health

Going Up (November/December 2014) How to conquer hills on XC skis

Master Mountain Biking (September/October 2014) Get started with these technique tips

Fuel for Thought (September/October 2014) Current trends in energy bars

Up in the Air (July/August 2014) Using a camping hammock

Get Aqua Fit (July/August 2014) Water workouts can be brutal—in a good way

Keeping Bears at Bay (May/June 2014) Protecting your food from resourceful snackers

Three Times the Fun (May/June 2014) The basics of triathlon training

Leader of the Pack (March/April 2014) Tips for planning a successful trip

Stretch Right (March/April 2014) Smart moves to help your hiking and biking

Tromping Technique (January/February 2014) Snowshoe basics for any terrain

Rock Solid (January/February 2014) Climb like a spider monkey come spring


Predicting the Weather (November/December 2013) Become your own backcountry forecaster

Glide into X-C Ski Season (November/December 2013) How to avoid post-skiing aches and pains

Tied Off (September/October 2013) Lacing techniques for hiking boots

Veggie Power (September/October 2013) High-energy vegetarian and vegan trail diets

Capsized (July/August 2013) How to right and re-enter a flipped kayak

A Strong Foundation (July/August 2013) Maintaining healthy bones after age 50

Ultralight Backpacking (July/August 2013) Decrease weight to go faster and farther

Lights...Camera...Mountain! (May/June 2013) Capturing your adventure in motion

Stay Strong (May/June 2013) Don't ignore your stabilizers

Staying Active with Allergies (March/April 2013) How to keep seasonal allergies in check

Unbroken Surfaces (March/April 2013) Leave No Trace for paddlers

Celestial Navigation (January/February 2013) Find your way by the stars

Home Sweet Gym (January/February 2013) Winter workouts keep you fit despite the cold and snow


Warm Your Core (November/December 2012) Tips for treating hypothermia

Hike Farther (November/December 2012) Improve your fitness with interval training

Scat! (September/October 2012) Reading animal signs

Don't Be Sore (September/October 2012) Beating muscle aches and fatigue

Pure and Simple (July/August 2012) Tips for gathering and treating water

Nature's Serenade (May/June 2012) Identifying Northeastern woodland birds by song

Fast Food (May/June 2012) Family-friendly trail lunches

Climb-It Science (March/April 2012) Sure-fire ways to heat up your performance

Between the Lines (March/April 2012) How to read topographic maps

Tree Detective (January/February 2012) Identifying ash and maple in winter

Protein Power (January/February 2012) Fuel up for a stronger hike


Glide Like the Wind (November/December 2011) Get up to speed with a full-body skate skiing workout

Low-Tech Fitness (November/December 2011) This effective workout will fit any schedule

Your Perfect Ride (September/October 2011) Three simple adjustments create the right fit and make cycling easier

Go Power (September/October 2011) Tips for a healthy, high-calorie trail diet

Keep it Clean (July/August 2011) Low-impact hygiene for the backcountry

Go the Distance (July/August 2011) How caffeine boosts endurance

Learn to Let Go (May/June 2011) Humane catch-and-release techniques

Ride Right (May/June 2011) How to prevent cycling knee pain

Forward Motion (March/April 2011) How to master five essential canoe paddle strokes

Balancing Act (March/April 2011) Get coordinated before you hike

Reading the Trail Signs (January/February 2011) Becoming an adaptable outdoor leader

Go the Distance (January/February 2011) Conditioning for long hikes


Pole Power (November/December 2010) Care and mending of modern walking sticks

Cross-Country Cross Training (November/December 2010) Upper-body workouts for ski season

Keep it Clean (September/October 2010) How to wash your dishes in the backcountry

A Matter of Taste (September/October 2010) Are energy gels and chewables for you?

Moose Encounters (July/August 2010) Do you know how to respond?

Beat the Heat (July/August 2010) Managing the challenges of the summer months

When Grass Isn't Greener (May/June 2010) Gardening with native plants reduces "footprint," builds habitat

Lower Back Lowdown (May/June 2010) Simple steps toward a healthy back

Carry On (March/April 2010) Portaging for pros

Dietary Limits (March/April 2010) Going gluten-free in the backcountry

Get Your Feet Wet (January/February 2010) Cross a backcountry stream safely

Poses for Powder (January/February 2010) Using yoga for winter conditioning


Whiteout! (November/December 2009) What to do when you can't see a thing

A Balanced Approach (November/December 2009) Refining your winter fitness

Feel the Burn (September/October 2009) Maintain a fire during a rainstorm

Barefoot in the Park (September/October 2009) When, why, and how to shed your shoes

Tied Up (July/August 2009) Create a bowline knot with ease

Don't Pack an Attack (July/August 2009) Tips from a long-distance hiker with asthma

Staying Found (June 2009) Lead your way to safety

Flat to Fit (June 2009) Honing whitewater skills on flat water

Foliage Finder (May 2009) Identify the Northeast's favorite trees

Be a Stretching Dynamo (May 2009) A concept you could warm up to

Second Time's the Charm (April 2009) Creatively recycle your outdoor gear

Stronger Knees, Please (April 2009) Improve support of a key hiking joint

Charted Territory (March 2009) Kayak using a map and compass

Don't Guzzle the Hype (March 2009) The real benefits of sports drinks

Room with a View (January/February 2009) How to make a winter kitchen

Wild Stride (January/February 2009) Nordic walking boosts workout


Avy Savvy (December 2008) Steering clear of avalanche terrain

Off-Road Workout (December 2008) Trading running shoes for snowshoes

Right on Track (November 2008) Identify signs of an animal's journey

Transition Training (November 2008) Getting your muscles snow-ready

Sights of the Season (October 2008) Capture autumn with a camera

Lung Lessons (October 2008) Tips for breathing better

Trail Tool IQ (September 2008) Choosing the right tools for the job

Pedal Power (September 2008) Become a better bike rider

Don't Get Rubbed Wrong (July/August 2008) Prevent blister misery before it starts

Flex Time (July/August 2008) Limber up before and after a hike

Trash to Treasure (June 2008) Turn garbage into nutrient-rich compost

Sea Worthy (June 2008) Practical advice from an expert kayaker

Fire Light (May 2008) Create a stove from soda cans

Time to Play (May 2008) Outdoor fun creates healthier kids

Pole Position (April 2008) Canoeing without a paddle

Follow the Beat (April 2008) Train with your heart in mind

On Call (March 2008) Managing a backcountry emergency

Stretching the Truth (March 2008) Is one pre-exercise ritual a myth?

Walking Points (January/February 2008) Sharpen your crampon skills

Fit for the Freeze (January/February 2008) Pre-trip training for ice climbers


Powder House (December 2007) Trade in that tent for a snowy substitute

Shiver Signals (December 2007) Reading your body's warning signs

Caching In (November 2007) Let the satellites—and environmental sensibility—lead you to a hidden treasure

Belly Lifting (November 2007) How to start strengthening your core

Getting the Ax (October 2007) Chopping firewood is all brain, not brawn

High Octane (October 2007) Choosing the right energy bar

Be Your Own Weatherman (September 2007) Identify environmental clues during inclement weather

Take it Outside (September 2007) Worthy workouts in the outdoors

Cast Away (July/August 2007) A fly fishing primer to land the big one

Rules of the Road (July/August 2007) Build your aerobic engine

The Joy of Cooking (June 2007) Channel your inner gourmand

Do the Leg Work (June 2007) Training for a tri? Start with your base

The Wet Exit (May 2007) You've just flipped your kayak, now what?

Peak Paddling (May 2007) Conditioning tips for a spring launch date

On Point (April 2007) Chart your location in the outdoors

Follow Your Heart (April 2007) Monitor exercise intensity to maximize your workout

Food Under Foot (March 2007) Forage for edible plants

Don't do a Katz (March 2007) Train like a thru-hiker

How Sweet it Is (January/February 2007) Do-it-yourself maple syrup

Sleet Footed (January/February 2007) Exercise safely in winter weather


When Jack Frost Nips Too Hard (December 2006) Prevent, recognize, and treat frostbite

La Vida Lenta (December 2006) Savor and stretch for better health

Look Sharp (November 2006) Hone your skills with an ice axe

Ski Stronger (November 2006) Ramp up for cross-country ski season

Your Own True North (October 2006) Keep those map and compass skills fresh, so you stay found

Your Best Foot Forward (October 2006) Learn how to increase your ankle strength

Stretch Your Horizons (September 2006) Add yoga to your exercise routine

Trip of a Lifetime (September 2006) Choose the right adventure guide

Pack Up Your Troubles (July/August 2006) Gear-loading tips for comfier, happier hiking

Go Long! (July/August 2006) Build endurance for a full day or more on the trail

Step by Step (June 2006) Fitness walking is more than just one foot in front of the other

The Ruff Guide (June 2006) 5 tips for safe and happy hikes with your dog

Legs of Steel (May 2006) Power up for the cycling season

Walk This Way, I Think (May 2006) Are you outdoor leadership material?

Hard Core (April 2006) Four strength training exercises to help you get fit for spring

Making Tracks (April 2006) A hiker's guide to trail running

Entry Point (March 2006) Easing into whitewater paddling


Cold Comfort (December 2005) How to stay toasty in winter's chill

The Cartilage Crunch (October 2005) Knee-saving tips and techniques

Shoot for the Moon (September 2005) Taking good pictures isn't rocket science


Hikers, Start Your Sneakers (April 2004) Trail running picks up speed


Rack 'Em Up (November 2003) Organize your load with the right carrying system

Learning to See (July/August 2003) How nature journals can show you the world

Get a Leg Up (July/August 2003) The hows and whys of knee and ankle injuries

Om on the Range (May 2003) Yoga and hiking unite

Don't Get Lost (May 2003) Finding your way there and back

When Light Makes Right (April 2003) How to shed unwanted pounds from your pack

Winter Warriors (January/February 2003) Chill with these AMC winter hikers—and reap their wisdom


Dried and Delicious (September 2002) Backpacking meals come of age

Getting Weatherwise (July/August 2002) For when you really don't know clouds at all

Pump it Up! (May 2002) Get buff for a variety of activities

Only Fools Rush In (April 2002) Plan wisely for hiking and backpacking trips

Measure Twice, Cut Once (January/February 2002) Trail builders tell us how they lay the groundwork

The Winter Revels (January/February 2002) Unusual cold-weather passions


Good Shot! (October 2001) Tested tips for outdoor photographers

How, Where, and When to Spot Moose (September 2001)

Dining Alfresco (September 2001) Tips for tasty times in the backcountry

Hiker Go-Lightly (May 2001) Boning up on low-impact techniques

The Sharp End (April 2001) Learning to lead-climb on rock

What is Expedition Canoeing? (March 2001)


Avalanche ABCs (November 2000)

Try a Little Tent-erness (September 2000) Tent care

Feet of Play (July/August 2000) Foot care for outdoorspeople

Reading the Water (March 2000) Whitewater paddling safety

Skate Skiing (January February 2000) Go graceful into that good snow


Splash Attack (March 1999) How to keep your camera dry, even when you're not