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2011

The first really cold night of the winter is forecast for tonight, and as far as we’re concerned, it can’t get here soon enough. Over the past week, calm nights and just-below-freezing temperatures have slowly spread a skim of ice over the pond, which has gradually thickened near shore. Jim, who grew up skating on…

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It’s crunch time for holiday shopping. Here are a few inexpensive gear items that I’ve given over the years to the outdoor adventurers on my list. Head and Neck First Winter hats are a highly personal choice of style and fit—and thus a challenging gift to get right. I recommend instead a liner balaclava ($20…

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A Lego headlamp makes a fun gift or stocking stuffer for the children and toddlers you’re trying to inspire for future outdoor adventures. Even better, you’re helping support wind power with every Lego item you purchase. What’s the connection between renewable energy and strapping a Lego Man to your child’s head? Lego was one of…

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If you have children (or their parents) on your gift-giving list this holiday season, don’t finish your shopping until you’ve read the following recommendations from AMC staff, volunteers, and family members. All the ideas listed below are backed by experience and by the belief that family time in the outdoors is truly a gift that…

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Winter is gear junkie paradise. Crampons, ice axes, snowshoes, shovels, skis, snowboards, avalanche gear…whole worlds of specialized equipment await the cold-weather adventurer. There’s just one problem. You need a way to carry it all. And for that, you need the right winter backpack…This column originally appeared in the November/December edition of AMC Outdoors. You can…

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This year, as it has every holiday season since 1970, the U.S. Forest Service hand-selected a tall, straight, and full tree to grace the nation’s capital. This year’s tree, a 65-foot white fir, was cut from the Stanislaus National Forest in California and was delivered to the West Lawn of the Capitol last weekend. The…

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My 1-year-old just discovered the fun of riding piggyback on Daddy—and has since been demanding rides like I’m a pony at the fair. Which is why the Piggyback Rider has captured my attention of late. The Piggyback Rider ($79) consists of a pair of shoulder straps worn by the parental pony of choice, which are…

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Hiking is a three-season activity for our family. We burst onto the trails in the spring, when they’re still a mix of mud and snow, eagerly seeking every sign of new growth, grateful for the lack of bugs. Summer means overnight backpacking trips and choosing hikes for their cooling water breaks, whether river rambles or…

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Victorinox produces several hundred styles of Swiss Army knives. Dozens of different tools are available on the various models. Do you have a favorite style, color, or tool preference? I do. For years, my go-to knife has been the One-Hand Trekker ($53). Unlike most other styles, it features a locking blade that is nearly an…

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Hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing are classic recreational draws to Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region. Winter visitors may also want to add dogsledding to their To Do lists. Don’t expect an easy ride through the woods, though. “You’re part of the team,” says sled dog guide Stephen Madera. “You don’t come to sit in the sled. You…

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