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2012

Happy New Year to all! Before I move on to another year of great gear, let’s look back one last time. Here are the top 10 most viewed posts from 2011. 1) Avalanches in Tuckerman Ravine: Best VideosA collection of four videos culled from YouTube that highlights the very real risk of avalanches in Tuckerman…

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When citizens of the newly established United States were getting down to business in their unfamiliar surroundings, they had a long to-do list. One of those tasks was figuring out what all the species around them were. So, in the late 1700s, a group of Boston physicians and other educated men created a society dedicated…

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LEARN MORE Read more about ski wax at outdoors.org/skiwax, and read Matt Heid’s gear blog here. The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to…

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In March 2011, Matt Heid joined 70 racers on the starting line of the annual Ski to the Clouds race. Ten kilometers later he was crossing the finish line, half way up Mount Washington’s Auto Road. Experience the race in this first-person video. Read Heid’s full account of the race in the AMC Outdoors feature…

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The depths of winter create special opportunities to enjoy nature at its tranquil best. But even with the disappearance of summer crowds, some trails remain popular year-round. Here’s a selection of lesser-traveled routes where you can break trail in peace and quiet as you tromp through forest or climb toward a mountaintop vista. Bradbury Mountain…

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LEARN MORE View a slideshow of ash and maple twigs, buds, and bark. In autumn we travel great distances to find the brightest fall palette. But when winter arrives and our primary means of identifying deciduous trees drops to the forest floor, we tend to turn our focus to their coniferous neighbors. Yet naked trees…

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Appalachian Mountain Club officials first discussed the creation of a New York branch of the organization in 1904, but not until 1912 did they take formal steps in that direction. New York-based members began organizing early that year. They took their first official outing, a walk on Staten Island, in April, and then met to…

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Even after last weekend’s time change, it’s still dark on school-day mornings when I wake up Ursula and Virgil. This morning as I leaned over to give Ursula a first shake, I stumbled over a pile of books next to her bed. The pile avalanched onto my bare feet and nearly toppled me. Threats were…

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“Parents are natural risk managers,” says Aaron Gorban, AMC’s manager for leadership training and risk management and the father of a 4-year-old daughter. That protective concern, however, shouldn’t keep parents and their children away from outdoor activities. By trying to avoid risks, Gorban says, parents may actually risk something more serious, in experiences lost and…

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Out on our pond, a pile of partially submerged branches spreads out from our local beaver lodge. The beavers are good neighbors, if a bit cheeky: They had the nerve to build their lodge right at the edge of our property, although at least it’s tucked into a marshy curve of the shoreline that’s hard…

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