2009 Archives - Page 2 of 17 - Appalachian Mountain Club

2009

The thermometer outside our kitchen window said 18 degrees when the kids left for school this morning. The wind has picked up since then. Our local weatherman told us to expect winds between 20 and 30 miles an hour this afternoon at 2,000 feet. (We’re at 1,500 feet.) According to the Wind Chill Index on…

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“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.” — Wilson Bentley, 1925 Last week in school, Virgil and his second-grade classmates read…

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A snow shovel is an essential piece of gear when you’re heading into the winter backcountry, especially when you’re going deep into the mountains or out on a longer, multi-day trip. You’ll need one for an emergency snow shelter, for setting up winter camp, or for digging somebody out of a slide if the worst…

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Looking for stocking stuffers and other inexpensive gifts for the holidays? Here’s a quick round-up of my favorite gear gifts under $30. First up is the Leatherman Micra ($26), the original miniature multi-tool. You can buy a newer version of it (the Squirt S4), which is slightly smaller and features the knife, files, etc. on…

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The first year we lived in this house, the year Ursula was born, Jim suggested that we celebrate our first Christmas as a family by cutting our own tree. He got directions to Uncle Tim’s Christmas Tree Farm in Canaan, one hill and four back-road miles from our house. “Uncle Tim” was Tim Lucia, a…

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Nicky Pizzo knows that children love a good story. So when she wants to get children excited about going outdoors, even when it’s cold, she tells them about the stories they’ll find. Pizzo, an AMC senior naturalist, says, “Winter is the best time to solve natural history mysteries.” We may see fewer animals during the…

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As part of my continuing series on the best handwear for winter biking (check out my recent AMC Outdoors article and November 24 post), let’s talk next about that strange hybrid of a glove and mitten: the lobster claw. These gloves are split down the middle and provide large, separate pockets for your index and…

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The New York Times on Monday carried an article about a “forest kindergarten” in Saratoga Springs, New York. The new program, which started in September and has enrolled 23 children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 6, emphasizes outdoor play. The children spend the bulk of their school days in a woodland park that…

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Barely 10 miles from the convergence of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut is Thompson Pond, nestled along the eastern slopes of Stissing Mountain near Pine Plains, N.Y. In summer, hikers can extend the 3-mile Thompson Pond loop by making the steep climb to Stissing’s fire tower. In winter, snowshoers tend to stick to the flat…

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How do individuals, organizations, and communities connect children, youth, and families with nature? These questions were at the heart of Richard Louv’s 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, which marshaled research and statistics to show that children are spending significantly less time in the outdoors than in previous…

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