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March/April 2014

Perhaps you’ve noticed. It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter in the Northeast. And following yet another significant snowfall in northern New England last week, the effects of this Arctic season are clearly apparent in Sunday’s snow depth map: I keep regular tabs on this map throughout the winter (which is updated daily by NOAA…

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The difference between true north and magnetic north is known as the magnetic declination or variation. If magnetic north is west of true north—as is the case throughout the Northeast—it’s a west declination. If east, then it’s an east declination. To convert from a true bearing (one determined from a map, for example) to a magnetic…

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, a big wind is roaring. In such conditions, you better have your tent guylines set up properly. If not, you can probably expect water inside your tent or—in a more serious situation—a snapped pole and tent collapse. Better to make your backcountry shelter as bomb-proof as possible. Here’s what you need…

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When spring arrives after a Northeast winter, seeing colorful wildflowers poking out of the newly thawed earth can be a joyful experience. So put away your heavy boots, hang up your winter coat, and try any of these spring nature walks. Wildflowers appear earlier in some locations than in others. These hikes are listed chronologically,…

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About 1,800 miles into their thru-hike of the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), northbounders encounter a place where weather, terrain, and hiker services differ markedly from what they’ve come to know from miles and miles and months in the woods. The skies throw in a wild card, what with the trail’s proximity to fabled…

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Developed by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a professor at the University of Manitoba, this simple mnemonic might just save your life. A scene from Cold Water Boot Camp Cold-water paddlers are at particular risk of capsizing and going into the freezing drink (especially in the Northeast, where frigid ocean and lake temperatures lag far behind the…

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Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. have a bunion on one or both feet. Located at the base of the big toe on the side of the foot, this bony protrusion is often at particular risk for blisters. Here’s what you can do about it:  Purchase sufficiently wide hiking boots. They should not feel…

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In late March or early April, a warm rain will fall and spotted salamanders will emerge from underground in the evening to return to vernal pools to breed. This phenomenon is known as “Big Night,” and it’s a great teaching moment for kids. Here are some suggestions for how to introduce children to Big Night….

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One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is their limited battery life. To keep them running longer in the backcountry, consider the following:  Don’t leave GPS-powered apps running. Even with the screen off, these apps are still constantly tracking your location—and rapidly draining your batteries.  Turn off wi-fi and set your phone to airplane mode…

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COVER PHOTO: RYAN SMITH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Learning to Lead: Inside AMC’s Mountain Leadership School Sea Kayaking Down East: Exploring the Maine Island Trail, Family-Style Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Outdoor Recreation Fuels the Economy Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Bugging Out: Threats from Ticks…

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