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July/August 2014

I spent my morning walking the dog and serving as an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for my local mosquito population. It got me thinking about the little buzzers and prompted several crucial questions in my head. I now have the answers. Death by mosquito draining? For an average person, losing two liters of blood becomes life-threatening….

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COVER PHOTO: RYAN SMITH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES On the Wall: Getting Back into the Swing of Rock Climbing Growing an Outdoor Family: A Hiker Reflects on Her Kids’ Changing Relationship to the Outdoors Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC An Evolution of AMC’s Brand Browse all View from AMC…

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AMC’s logo first appeared in 1881, on the first page of a bound volume of Appalachia. There was little fanfare. An annual report for the year noted a “long-felt want of a Club seal,” and added, “it is hoped that the device…will meet the approval of the members.” That seal, or versions very closely approximating it,…

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Join Nicky Pizzo, an AMC senior naturalist and program manager, on a nature walk around AMC’s Cardigan Lodge and up to the summit of Mount Cardigan, in southern New Hampshire. Watch more videos from the Nature Walk series and browse all AMC videos on YouTube.  

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I took my daughter on her first hike before she was 6 weeks old. My husband, Jim, and I picked the shortest route to the summit of Mount Cardigan, the West Ridge Trail, which winds a mile and a half up through forest to sloping granite ledges and a view that sweeps across New Hampshire’s…

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Within half a minute of beginning my first rock climb in years the best thing happens: I fall. I am just starting up the route called California Carpool (“as in everyone drives their own,” someone says). A bulge near the bottom arguably has what climbers would call this route’s crux, or hardest part, if only…

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Water provides about 12 times the resistance of air. The built-in opposition means that there’s no single better venue for a workout that at once incinerates calories, gets your heart pounding, works—and builds— muscle, yet is gentle on your joints so you can go for longer. So says Stephen Madden, owner-operator of SwimPT, a program…

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When you see honeybees in a patch of flowers, you might think each found her way there on her own, following the blooms’ scent. But actually worker bees (which are all female) learn about such sites from other bees and fly straight there from their hives, which could be as far as 6 miles away….

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Lightweight. Low-impact. Usable almost anywhere trees grow. Hammock camping has a lot of advantages over tents and shelters—but what do you need to know before stashing one in your pack and heading for the backcountry? First, you want to make sure that a hammock is right for you, and that you’re comfortable with each piece…

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Coastal hiking in the Northeast isn’t just walking on the beach. Forests and fields, bogs and ledges are all part of the coastal environment, and many trails pass over and around some of each. With a cool breeze sweeping in from the Atlantic, these coastal trails are hard to beat for a midsummer hike. Quoddy Head…

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