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2012

The worst has happened. You’re lost. You’re injured. You’re alone. There’s no way you can make it out of the backcountry on your own. Do you have a way to alert rescuers and help them find you? A few ounces (or less) of emergency signaling equipment could mean the difference between life and death. Here…

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Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers and staff assist with dozens of search and rescue operations in the White Mountains every year. See what’s involved in providing this valuable service. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.  

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I detailed the important features you should evaluate when selecting snowshoes in my November AMC Outdoors article, Winter Walkers: How to Choose the Right Snowshoes. Now I wanted to highlight some specific favorite models of snowshoes I recommend. But first, some quick background on my personal preferences. One of the most important features I look…

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Last summer, my daughter and I spotted a flock of wild turkeys at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Mass. The Mass Audubon property includes exhibits of rescued wild animals, such as owls and foxes, in addition to farm animals like chickens and pigs. So when we noticed the big brown birds in a fenced…

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Datrex—a marine emergency and survival equipment supplier—has packed 3,600 calories into a compact, vacuum-sealed 24-ounce blue brick of sustenance. The Datrex Blue Ration 3600 consists of 18 individually-wrapped, 38-gram (1.3-ounce), 200-calorie bars that are Coast Guard-approved for lifeboat use and survival situations. At 150 calories per ounce, the Datrex bar offers greater energy density by…

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Man, woman, child… it doesn’t matter. Beardo offers a full range of beard hats for all. When winter temperatures really plummet—as they do in Canada, where this small home-grown company is based—you’re going to want to add some warmth to your face. And without doubt a Beardo beanie is one of the most creative ways…

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Are you trying to get your kids outdoors and active in the winter? Here are a dozen fun ideas to keep them moving and connect them with the natural world, recommended by AMC experts. All these activities can be done in the backyard or around the neighborhood. 1. Make snow angels and snowmen. If snow…

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Ever dream of sleeping on a huge cushy bed in a giant spherical tent suspended from the trees? Of course you have. And soon you’ll be able to check that crucial item off your bucket list. As any hammock camper will tell you, swinging from the trees can be a blissful experience. And as I…

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As the seasons turn, I try to keep ahead of what my 3-year-old needs so that she can enjoy being outdoors. But she grew 4 inches in the past year, so the winter boots we bought big last spring were already too small when we tried them on this fall. Time to go shopping again!…

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Hurricane Sandy is lashing the Northeast as I write this. Heavy winds and powerful gusts are hitting the region from Boston to North Carolina, with maximum gusts in many areas expected to reach well above 50 miles per hour. Here’s a quick refresher on how to estimate wind speed at your location. The following information…

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