September/October 2014 Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Appalachian Mountain Club

September/October 2014

One of AMC’s founding goals was to produce a White Mountains map—and AMC member Louis Fayerweather Cutter (1864-1945) was one of the first to do so. The MIT-educated civil engineer spent a lot of time in Randolph, N.H. From there, he launched his extensive explorations of the White Mountains. He painstakingly measured trails with a bicycle…

Read More....

Astronauts select specially formulated foods that meet their nutritional needs and hold up to the rigors of space travel. Their food is nutritionally balanced and easy to store, consume, and digest. Energy bars also come in specialized formulas, giving hikers—and other athletes—access to their own version of space food. Energy bars are portable, easily digestible,…

Read More....

For those of us who live in the Northeast, it may seem obvious that many birds migrate to avoid cold winters. But that’s not the case. “It’s not because of the cold,” says Christopher W. Leahy, the Gerard A. Bertrand chair of natural history and field ornithology at Mass Audubon. “Birds are among the best-insulated…

Read More....

As a hiker and road cyclist I saw mountain biking as a potentially perfect combination of the two, allowing me to cover more miles of swoopy single-track trail in less time than it takes to hike. The problem was, I fell a lot. And I couldn’t keep up with my friends, which led to stress…

Read More....

As a general rule, most outdoor equipment is built to survive significant use and abuse over many years and adventures. By using these five simple tips, however, you can quickly and easily damage your equipment to the point of near uselessness. With a little additional effort, you can then resuscitate it for more abuse in the…

Read More....

Fifty years after the passage of the federal Wilderness Act, officials have designated more than 109 million acres nationwide as Wilderness Areas. Nature takes its course in these areas, signs of human impact are few, and visitors can enjoy a uniquely remote experience. Here are hikes in seven of the more pristine landscapes in the…

Read More....

To paraphrase Barbra Streisand, on a clear day, you can see—well, if not forever, certainly a lot farther than you once could. And hikers in the White Mountains and elsewhere in the Northeast are seeing more occasions of clear skies than was the case a few years ago. That’s according to AMC Air Quality Scientist…

Read More....

What’s up with the weather? If you’ve been noticing the same things I have, you’ve probably asked that question a few times recently. But it’s not a rhetorical question. Near and far, extreme weather incidents are becoming more frequent, and that points to climate change, a real phenomenon to which we all contribute. And we…

Read More....