January/February 2016

I love pyramid tents. They are lightweight, compact, simple to pitch, bomber in weather, and spacious with headroom to spare. They do have one big drawback, of course. There is no floor, so you’ll be setting up shop directly on the ground or snow. You’ll need to select your site carefully in rainy weather to…

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One of winter’s best, and cheapest, thrills has to be flying down hills on a sled. My Boston neighborhood hasn’t seen much snow yet this year, but we know it is coming any day now! When it does, all the kids will be ready to head out to the Arnold Arboretum for some of the best…

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COVER PHOTO: CLAUDIA SCHELLENBERG AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES The Ups and Downs of Telemark: 5 Reasons Why You Should Try Telemark Skiing Bridging the Gap: How Warrior Hike Helps Vets Walk Off the War 20th Annual AMC Photo Contest Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Vision 202: Progress on AMC’s…

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One of the great joys of the AMC Photo Contest is seeing what everyone has been up to for the past year. Where did your adventures take you? And what did those new and exciting—or maybe old and familiar—places look like through your eyes? While several subjects link all 21 editions of this contest (victorious…

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January ice. February snowstorms. March rains. April mud. Winter and spring weather can make it challenging to get motivated for family adventures outdoors. And since we all want our kids to have the most positive experiences possible, sometimes when it rains or snows, we bag our plans and stay home instead. But wait! Hold that…

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Moose in northern New England are dying off in startling numbers. In New Hampshire, 70 percent of moose calves died in 2014 and 2015, according to Kristine Rines, wildlife biologist and Moose Project leader at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The decline is associated with a trend toward shorter winters, with later starts…

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Want to ski faster and help your gear last longer in one fell swoop? Wax your skis and snowboard on a regular basis. Nate Harvey, the retail manager at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, N.H., likens waxing to getting regular car tune-ups. “You’re enhancing performance today and preserving your investment,” he says. Wax…

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Winter likes to throw two things in your face: intense glare from the snow and bitter, frostbite-hastening winds. Factor in open terrain above treeline, and the effect is especially punishing. To defend yourself from winter’s onslaught, ski goggles or sunglasses are a must. Here are several variables to consider when selecting winter eye protection. LET…

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Winter might make our daily commutes more challenging, but it also brings adventure much closer to home. A few inches of snow can turn your local park into an invigorating day hike. Grab your pack and your snowshoes; hop on the bus, the train, or maybe just stroll to the end of your block; and…

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When infantryman Nate Buchholz told his Army buddies he was embarking on a 60-mile backpacking trip in his native Minnesota, they couldn’t believe it. “Everyone thought I was crazy,” he recalls. “We just got back from doing that,” they’d say to him. Buchholz, now 25, had just returned from his first tour of Afghanistan in…

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