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2003

AMC Outdoors, December 2003 By Michael Lanza We who love the outdoors have a fickle relationship with technology in the backcountry. We tend to look down our noses at the latest gadgets. Remember when some climbers considered camming devices “cheating” (as only climbers, it seems, can perceive an ethical and aesthetic compromise in being safer)…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2003 By Michael Lanza Whoever made the first pemmican was more than two centuries ahead of the market. Composed of meat paste, fat, berries, and dried fruit, pemmican bars were a staple of the Lewis and Clark expedition and munched by Native Americans for who knows how long before that. But it…

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AMC Outdoors, May 2003 By Michael Lanza The ability to find our way through a natural environment is fundamental to everything we do in the mountains. So it’s curious that many hikers possess only a rudimentary knowledge of backcountry navigation. If you include yourself in that group — or if you just feel that a…

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In short, yes. Although you’ll always get more support from heavier, stiffer boots, outdoor footwear is getting lighter thanks to innovative designs and materials. Peek into this manufacturers’ bag of tricks and you’ll see: Designs that emphasize support where needed while reducing material elsewhere. Combinations of nylon (which can reduce the weight of a pair…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2003 By Michael Lanza Like many people, there are facts from my past that I know to be true, and yet that seem so unbelievable, so incomprehensible, that I find it hard to reconcile that bit of personal history with the person I am today. I know you know what I mean….

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 Entering ObservationsAlthough there are numerous ways to format a journal, the following is one that Clare uses. (excerpted from Keeping a Nature Journal) Basic Information Name. Date. This establishes the season and month in relation to the year. How would things look outdoors in spring? In winter? Place. What town and state…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 An entry in a nature journal, says Nona Bell Estrin, is “like an artifact of that time spent. I could look back at it three years later and always remember this day.” Nona began keeping a journal as a girl in Indiana, where she took care of orphaned animals. “I returned…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 If you’ve got a yen to head out with your sketchbook, the following ideas (excerpted from Keeping a Nature Journal, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth) should get you started — and keep you going. Overcoming Fears of DrawingSome people panic at the thought of making sketches in their…

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Learning to See: Tools and Accessories AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 A Nature Journal Toolbox Clare:8 1/2 x 11-inch, 92-page blank book3 x 5-inch pad of notepaper in her pocket for quick sketches (she tapes these in her journal when she gets home)Derwent watercolor pencils or Venus Spectracolor or Berol Prismacolor colored pencilsKnife for clipping branches…

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