Learn How: Skills for the great outdoors


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Scat! (September/October 2012) Reading animal signs

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Carry On (March/April 2010) Portaging for pros

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


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

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

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

Staying Found (June 2009) Lead your way to safety

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

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

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

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


Avy Savvy (December 2008) Steering clear of avalanche terrain

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pole Position (April 2008) Canoeing without a paddle

On Call (March 2008) Managing a backcountry emergency

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Under Foot (March 2007) Forage for edible plants

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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