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Whitewater paddlers in the Northeast have to be slightly crazy (or is it seriously committed?) to pursue their passion to the fullest. Some of the best, most exciting conditions don’t occur during the warm days of summer. They tumble down in the frigid days of late winter and  early spring, when rain and snowmelt flood…

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Winter camping is fun. In a frosted bug-free landscape devoid of crowds, you experience sparkling tranquility. Snow-draped woods, crystalline views, and glittering night skies await. But winter’s less friendly aspects lurk as well: heavy snowfall, blustery winds, and nose-nipping cold. To experience it comfortably, you’ll need a quality four-season tent to keep you safe and…

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Headlamps

October 1, 2006

Sure, headlamps make you look like some sort of cyclopean beambrain. But it’s a small price to pay for the convenience of hands-free lighting, whether in camp, on the trail, or in the depths of your gear closet. Headlamp design has made a quantum leap in recent years, incorporating bulbs and battery-sipping LEDs into an…

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For many of us, heading into the backcountry for a multi-day trip means that we’re carrying more than just a loaded backpack. The monkey of caffeine addiction rides along as well, and you’ve got to feed it or face the logy, headpounding consequences. And, hey, coffee tastes good anyway. So what’s the best way to…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2005 There are certain immutable truths about the outdoors, among them: If you don’t ask a first-time tentmate prior to a trip whether he snores, he will…loudly. If you decide to cut pack weight by bringing a lighter bag or insulating layer, it will be freezing. And add this contemporary truth: If…

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Spreading Holiday Gear: An Outdoor Enthusiast’s Wish List AMC Outdoors, December 2004 I’ve always loved Christmas. I loved it as a kid because—well, that’s obvious. As a chronically cash-strapped young adult, I loved Christmas because it presented an opportunity to acquire that critical new piece of gear that I absolutely “needed.” And I love it…

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Suited For Paddling, Staying Warm With the Right Wetsuit or Drysuit AMC Outdoors, October 2004 A few words sum it up : “We couldn’t paddle safely without wetsuits and drysuits in New England,” says Cheryl Wallace, a professional Maine sea kayaking guide and American Canoe Association instructor. No knowledgeable whitewater or sea kayaker would disagree….

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Save your skin: How to safely worship the sun AMC Outdoors, June 2004 By Michael Lanza The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and it’s summer playtime in the great outdoors. But you’ve heard that too much sun — specifically, ultraviolet (UV) radiation — can be unhealthy and dangerous. So what can you do…

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Essentials for Your Hiking Daypack AMC Outdoors, July/August 2004 By Michael Lanza What you bring on a day hike depends on where you’re going, how long you’ll be out, and the weather. No matter what the duration of your trip, always bring the following to get you home before dark, or keep you safe during…

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Move over Gore-Tex AMC Outdoors, January/February 2004 By Michael Lanza I remember my thoughts upon getting my first waterproof-breathable jacket: This shell was going to show me new horizons. Hope does spring eternal. Sure, it worked great in downpours, snowstorms, and cold wind. But it tended to get so steamy when I was going uphill…

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