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2011

Few things can spoil a winter outing like being inadequately dressed for the conditions. Protect yourself from the harsh winter elements with these winter gear layering tips from AMC blogger and columnist Matt Heid. Check out Matt’s gear blog at equipped.outdoors.org.

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If you cross-country ski, friction is your enemy. Minimize its fun-slowing effects and you’ll go faster, farther, and with less effort. Ski wax is a crucial ally in this battle, so it’s worth knowing the basics of how it works. First of all, ski wax comes in two varieties: glide wax and kick wax. For…

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If you’ve ever hiked up Mount Cardigan, stayed at AMC’s Cardigan Lodge, or simply driven by the rounded granite summit topped by a fire tower, you may be interested in a new website that explains the geology of the peak. Dartmouth College earth sciences professor Brian Dade teamed up with retired doctor and hiker Howie…

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It can be hard during the holidays to do something as simple, and as important, as getting outside. Body-cramping travel often eats up full days, and then there’s that one day devoted to eating. Other family traditions — watching football, catching up on family news, shopping, arguing politics — can make the holidays entirely indoor…

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I wanted to follow up yesterday’s winter bike tire post with some common questions–and answers—about studded bike tires. How much grip do studded bike tires provide? A lot. It’s remarkable how much traction they provide on ice or snow. But it’s not equivalent to riding on pavement. If you slam on the brakes or make…

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If you want to bike through the Northeast winter, there’s only one piece of equipment you need to buy for your ride: Studded tires. They provide the essential grip for cycling on ice or packed snow, but vary markedly depending on your cycling needs. Here’s what you need to know. Winter biking is great. Fellow…

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We put our bicycles in the barn after the early snowstorm last month and haven’t been planning to bring them out again until spring. But driving the school carpool one day last week, I heard a radio report on two cyclists from Vermont, both psychotherapists, who are encouraging people to bicycle through the winter. The…

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New Hampshire State Parks has unveiled a series of new logo designs for nine of its most iconic parks and destinations. They are currently available as patches or pins, with a new line of T-shirts, mugs, and other logo products slated to be released in the coming year. These new logos are not yet available…

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We’ve had a hard time scheduling hikes with other families this fall. Some of our friends went straight from soccer to hockey with nary a free weekend in between. Others juggle long work commutes or business travel, making weekends precious family time. We’ve had our own problems freeing up even half-days for hikes, from household…

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A good base layer is crucial for staying warm during the approaching months of cold, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. In my gear locker, nearly every base layer I own is made from Polartec Power Stretch. In my opinion, it is hands-down the best fabric out there for next-to-skin warmth and…

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