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2013

Few things can ruin a trip faster than blisters on your feet. The good news is that you can take some simple steps—and carry a few items of essential gear—to prevent or deal with them before they burst your hiking fun… This column originally appeared in the September/October edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the…

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As winter approaches, a terrarium, generally defined as a glass or plastic container used for growing plants indoors, is a wonderful way to keep a little green in your life as well as a creative way to keep kids engaged with nature. I asked two avid terrarium builders for advice in getting started. Faith Salter,…

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AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) began small. In 1968, leaders from AMC and the Boys’ Club of Roxbury agreed on a simple partnership. A small group of boys would spend a weekend in the mountains, with the aid of AMC staff and gear, and two members of the Boys’ Club staff received scholarships to AMC’s…

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Bike pogies are like super-sized mitts that attach over the ends of your handlebars, including brake levers and shifting mechanisms. They provide substantial warmth and wind protection for your hands, and allow even the most cold-fingered rider to keep pedaling during the frosty months of the year. Most bike pogies are designed to fit over…

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A cold wind can steal body heat fast, so it’s important to have a layer at hand to block wind’s chilling effect. But what’s the difference between a wind-proof and wind-resistant fabric? And what are the relative pros and cons of each? Photo: Flickr Commons; Aidan Whitely The first half of this is easy. Wind-proof…

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Marty the cat tackles Mount Washington in his specially-designed cat jacket from EMS, which appearsto have been upgraded from his previous outfit. On October 19-20, a half inch of snow fell atop Mount Washington. Vermont’s Killington Ski Resort opened for the season on October 25, the first Eastern ski resort to do so this year….

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The idea is simple. Swap out your back tire with a new one that integrates a battery and motor into the hub, which can then power or assist you as you ride. The battery automatically recharges as you pedal. Add in some slick electronics that wirelessly connect with a smart phone, and you’ve got power…

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As the days shorten and Halloween approaches, you might think the dark hour after a family dinner is best for staying inside, or for going out only on one special night full of costumes and candy with lots of neighbors and friends in the street. But recently our family has been enjoying an experiment with…

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Which weighs more: 10 tablespoons of water or this ultralight down jacket? Answer: jacket. How do they shave the grams down to such a ridiculous sub-5-ounce weight? Let’s take a look. The 4.8-ounce MontBell Plasma 1000 The new Plasma 1000 Jacket features (you guessed it) 1000-fill goose down, which you rarely see. As I understand…

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I’ve hiked extensively throughout the U.S., and I’m always annoyed when people unfamiliar with Eastern hiking disrespect the Appalachian Mountains simply because they lack the elevation of higher ranges elsewhere, and then leap to the conclusion that the hiking must be easier because of it. Nothing could be farther from the truth, of course, so…

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