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2013

Ready to get a Christmas tree, and want to create a fun family tradition? Consider hiking into a national forest to cut your own Christmas tree. Here’s our annual reminder of how to do it. Tree-cutting permits cost just $5; in the Northeast, they are available for the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire…

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Do you need a specific type of footwear for snowshoeing? Yes and no. The reality is that you can strap in virtually any pair of shoes or boots and hit the snowy trails. But to ensure a warm, dry, and enjoyable snowshoe experience, it’s best to don footwear with the following five features. A Sturdy,…

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In between goggles and a ski helmet is a little strip of forehead that needs to be adequately protected from the elements. If it’s left exposed, you may find yourself walking around with a sunburned, wind-chapped, or frost-nipped stripe across your forehead that silently and prominently proclaims you a self-inflicted victim of the so-called “Goggle…

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If you’ve ever gone winter camping, you’ve likely experienced this phenomenon. You bed down for the night, nice and toasty in your winter sleeping bag, and fall asleep in warm comfort. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, you wake up unpleasantly chilled. What gives? Photo: Flickr Commons; VernsPics Odds are your internal furnace…

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A one-piece base layer — also known as a onesie or union suit — seamlessly covers most of your body and completely eliminates the potential for gaps (and resulting chill) around your waist. For extended adventures into bitter cold, it can be a very warm option, though it does come with several drawbacks, including the…

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It’s an exclusive, but rapidly growing, group. Nationwide in 2012, an average of 0.6 percent of journeys to work were done by bicycle—a percentage that has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The League of American Bicyclists has released Where We Ride: Analysis of bicycling in American cities, which takes a deep dive into…

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If you’ve got kids who ski, or your children are ready to start, one of the big decisions is how to equip them. Buy, Lease, or Swap? If you are going to go skiing or snowboarding more than a few times a season, it probably makes sense to buy or lease the necessary equipment. This…

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Douglas Arion, Ph.D., is a professor of physics and astronomy and the director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy at Carthage College. He also runs the astronomy outreach program that is based at AMC’s Highland Center and operates at AMC lodges and huts. Earlier this month, after reading my recent AMC Outdoors article on outdoor…

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The 2013 American Camper Report, a new study out from the Outdoor Foundation, estimates that 38 million Americans—or 13 percent of Americans at least 6 years old—went camping in 2012. Beyond this topline number, here are some of the other report findings I found of note: Photo: Flickr Commons; Rhock1 2012 camping participation was at…

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When it comes to foot traction, an ultralight pair of crampons are often adequate (and preferable) to their heavier, burlier steel cousins. In addition to weight savings, they offer several other advantages. The flexible connector bar makes them compatible with less stiff boots, and many options feature shorter spikes, which can be an advantage for…

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