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January/February 2014

The snowpack can be tricky and uneven. Hidden soft spots and hard objects lurk within. Use poles to enhance your balance—and to assist your recovery in the event of a tumble. Upgrade three-season trekking poles for winter use by swapping in a pair of winter baskets to prevent the tips from sinking into the snow. Note…

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Call them eco-MacGyvers. They’re more commonly known as AMC’s Construction Crew (CC), but these innovative troubleshooters easily can be compared to the television character famous for saving the day with quick thinking and unconventional solutions. CC members have a long and storied reputation for inventive problem-solving whenever they’re handed a renovation or new-construction project at…

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Want to get your kids outside, discover new places in your area, and meet other families interested in the outdoors? AMC’s new Outdoors Rx program helps you do all these things—and win prizes. Earlier this winter, my 4-year-old daughter and I went for a hike organized by Susan Brown, the youth and family outdoor community…

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February is a great month to enjoy invigorating exercise amidst winter’s stark beauty. It is also Black History Month. At Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, Md., you can admire winter scenery and learn something about 19th-century history on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. This 2-mile out-and-back history hike emulates a route that escaping…

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You have likely heard of Google Glass, the futuristic, Internet-connected eyewear created by the search engine giant. Thing is, that’s just the highest profile example of a technology soon to appear in the world of outdoor recreation. This spring, Recon Instruments is releasing the Recon Jet, a pair of augmented reality sunglasses that displays real-time…

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Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves. Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I’ve used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits. Here’s the best snapshot of their capabilities: I left for an hour-long…

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I hit a patch of ice and crashed on my bike last week, fracturing a bone in my wrist in the process. The event has provided me with ample opportunity to reflect on the potential perils of winter cycling, and to take home (and share) a key lesson I learned about minimizing those risks in…

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It was as a young adult that Yemaya Maurer, coauthor of AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, became aware of the pleasures of traveling through a winter landscape and mourned a childhood that hadn’t included it. As she wrote in the guide’s introduction, she wished she had known as a child “what it was like…

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I wrote about four critical head- and neck-specific items in the January-February issue of AMC Outdoors—liner balaclava, hat, face mask, and goggles—but there’s one more layer of protection worth highlighting: a good, properly-fitting jacket hood. Here’s what to look for. First, it should be completely wind-proof to offer total protection even in extreme conditions. Any…

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COVER PHOTO: BRIAN POST AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Tranquil Trails: Easy Spots for Cross-Country Skiing in New England One of the Team: Dogsledding in the Maine Woods Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Energy That’s Not So Cheap Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Cities Gone Wild: U.S….

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