January/February 2015 Archives - Page 3 of 4 - Appalachian Mountain Club

January/February 2015

I’ve used an extensive array of outdoor gear over 20 years of hiking, camping, and backpacking. Here are my top five most used, most abused, most durable, and most loved items. Please share yours! Mountain Hardwear Subzero Parka I purchased this ultra-warm, super-sized down parka a decade ago—and still revel in its delicious warmth every…

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Illustration by iStock. Ever had a bad case of sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, better known as an ice cream headache or “brain freeze”? This short-lived, painful headache occurs when something cold—ice cream, frigid water, etc.— stimulates the sphenopalatine nerve located above the roof of your mouth and near the surface of your face. In response to this…

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COVER PHOTO: MY GOOD IMAGES/SHUTTERSTOCK AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Warm Winter’s Night: A Guide to Winter Camping 20th Annual AMC Photo Contest Hoots and Boots: Owl Watching in Winter Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Speak Up for Conservation in 2015 Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Walking Is the…

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In 1907, AMC began publishing the Appalachia Bulletin, a supplement to the organization’s journal, Appalachia. The new publication focused on current events and included committee reports, member rolls, and event listings. Narrative stories, reporting, and photography eventually entered the editorial mix, and by the mid-1970s the Bulletin featured a full-color cover. The “AMC Outdoors” name…

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For the first “AMC Photo & Art Contest,” launched two decades ago, entrants submitted prints, transparencies, and slides—even black and white art, in the form of pen and ink, charcoal, and woodcuts. When we published the winners in the January/February 1996 issue of AMC Outdoors, we even included technical notes about the type of film…

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Sara Sloan slips off her mitten and uses her thumb to dial in the right track on her iPod. She holds the tiny speakers up and hits play. Deep, resonant hooting wafts out: “Who. Hoot, who, who.” The call of a great horned owl. The 12 of us stand silently in the dark woods, waiting…

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Winter camping has long enticed me into the frosty backcountry. The landscape is beautiful, a world at rest beneath a glittering blanket of snow. Plus, two major hassles of summer—crowds and blood-sucking insects—are nowhere to be found. But for me, the greatest reward of winter camping transcends these things. It’s the deep satisfaction of taking…

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Walking has long been recognized as an inexpensive and accessible form of physical activity. A new study finds that walking can also improve mental health—and that walking with a group can enhance this impact. Study co-authors Katherine Irvine, Melissa Marselle, and Sara Warber wanted to quantify the effect of nature on health and mental well-being…

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From powdery valley trails to snowfields overlooking the Atlantic, the Northeast has plenty of stunning— and varied—backcountry skiing options. Some were among the first routes skied in the region, cut by avid volunteers decades ago. Others are new finds, established within the last decade. The eight routes profiled here are just the beginning; for a…

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The ice ax is an essential mountaineering tool— arguably the essential tool—when climbing large, glaciated peaks or when ascending steep routes on any mountain in the winter. When exploring peaks like Maine’s Katahdin or New Hampshire’s Mount Washington in winter, using an ice ax—along with crampons—is not only recommended, it’s a necessity. STRUCTURE OF THE…

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