July/August 2015 Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Appalachian Mountain Club

July/August 2015

For $15 or less, the Schwinn Merge provides as much protection as helmets many times more expensive. Shortly after I wrote a recent column on bicycle helmets (Safety on the Brain: How to Choose a Bicycle Helmet), Consumer Reports released its latest study on this year’s crop of helmets (subscription required). The results are insightful—and…

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There’s no right age to introduce your kids to paddling. If they’re interested, it’s the perfect time. Experienced parents who know the ins and outs of water safety will be well prepared to start kids off with good practices. But if you need a refresher, you might prefer some help from the pros. More on…

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When I was growing up, my bedroom ceiling was adorned with plastic glow-in-the-dark stars, comets, and galaxies. Every night I’d lie in my bed and marvel at the constellations glowing above me––some invented, others favorites from the summer night sky: Cassiopeia, the queen; the Big and Little Dippers; Draco, the dragon. I’d seal off my…

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For centuries, American painters have filled galleries with stunning vistas of natural landscapes. Before the Internet and even photography, their works effectively served as the public’s window to remote, wild areas. The artists found their inspiration on the trails, on the coast, in valleys, and lakeside, and in doing so created a uniquely American school…

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How many thousands of miles can your knees take? As the years go by and the miles pile up, it’s a question I’ve been thinking about with increasing regularity. Achy knees are one of the most common ailments hikers face, especially as time and adventures wear down these crucial joints. To maximize the longevity of…

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The advantages of a wood-burning stove are obvious. The fuel is free. It’s readily available just about anywhere you hike. You save money and weight every time you backpack. Plus you need relatively little wood—just a small collection of twigs, really—to boil water or cook food, minimizing your impact on the land. And a range…

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The Barocook system features an outer plastic container and inner cookpot that nest together. Photo: Matt Heid The small packet reacted ferociously within seconds of adding water, an entertaining display of chemistry that soon began pumping out enough heat to cook a simple meal. As my test of the Barocook flameless cooking system revealed, this…

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COVER PHOTO: WAYNE THORNBROUGH AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Vacationland Revisited: Deep in the Maine Woods, A World of New Recreation Awaits Rite of Passage: Canoe Camping with Kids on the NFCT; plus: Top 5 Tips for Canoe Camping Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Lakes at 100: Connecting Generations to…

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One hundred years ago, AMC opened Lakes of the Clouds Hut above treeline on the southern shoulder of Mount Washington, near two glacial tarns for which the hut is named. It was AMC’s third hut, after Madison Spring and Carter Notch, and countless hikers have benefited from the hospitality, shelter, and camaraderie provided within its…

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We awoke to a mist hanging over the water, creeping up the mountain on the opposite shore. It was a crisp fall morning, a little late in the season for most paddlers, and only a few hardy souls were out on Middle Saranac Lake, in New York State’s Adirondack Park. Even so, my 11-year-old nephew,…

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