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I taught a class earlier this week on ultralight backpacking (or “fastpacking” as the jargon goes), which was designed to help participants identify ways to easily and effectively reduce their pack weight. I focused on five specific items of gear which together tend to account for the majority of weight: Pack Two-person tent Sleeping Bag…

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I sat down at my desk this morning, somewhat embarrassed, ready to admit that we missed celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday. We didn’t make it to a single one of the trails around Boston that I mentioned in Thursday’s post. Here’s how the day went: We were having so much fun with our friends,…

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I’m a bit of a connoisseur of energy bars. I’ve had the opportunity and motivation to try a lot of them: I’ve worked at an outdoor gear store for years and regularly stock and evaluate the energy bar section, plus working there I can buy them at a discount. As a result, several of them…

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Saturday is the 16th National Trails Day. Since 1993, the first Saturday in June has been set aside by hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers to maintain and extend our country’s more than 200,000 miles of trails. We’d like to put our eight hands to work on the trails of our “home…

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Few things can ruin a backcountry sojourn faster than being turned into a fleshy pincushion by clouds of mosquitoes using you as a succulent blood buffet. As I like to say: Mosquitoes bite, but they mostly suck. In June 2006, I wrote a round-up of all the various insect repellents on the market (The Dope…

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My previous post got me thinking about the tricks we’ve used to encourage our two young hikers. I came up with nine more in addition to the “Hansel and Gretel” ploy. Each has been tested, as they say, in the field. None has worked every time, which is why the last two tips are more…

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Hello and welcome to the brand new AMC Equipped blog! Over the coming months, I look forward to sharing all of the latest and greatest tidbits on outdoor gear, from the coolest products to the silliest, from ground-breaking gizmos to the tried and true stalwarts of the outdoor industry. I also plan on covering the…

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My husband and I have come up with private nicknames for our children when we hike. We’ve dubbed our ten-year-old daughter “nature girl.” She seems to have been born to hike. Not so our six-year-old son, Virgil. When he is forced to walk uphill on a narrow path, he can instantly transform himself from boy…

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Welcome to “Equipped,” a new blog from AMC Outdoors. Beginning in June, columnist Matt Heid will be writing bi-weekly posts about all things gear-related. Please check back soon for his first piece, and frequently thereafter as this blog develops. You can stay up-to-date by signing up for an RSS feed, and feedback is welcomed so…

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