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March/April 2016

Snow-free hiking opportunities are here, which means that it’s time once again to dig out your fair-weather gear from winter storage. As I went through this annual ritual over the weekend, I noticed one much-used item that will soon be in need of replacement: my hiking pants. Here’s what I’ll be looking for in my…

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With winter coming to a quick end in New England, many of us are eyeing the bikes packed away in the garage. When the air warms and the spring peepers prepare to emerge from the mud, it’s time to dig out the bikes, grease up the chains, pump up the tires, and head out for…

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A trusted knot in a backpacker’s repertoire, the taut-line hitch is hard to forget and a lot easier to learn than the trucker’s hitch. The taut-line is so named for its adjustability, slipping when loose but holding tight under a load, making it the perfect knot for securing a tarp or tent. (It’s important to…

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COVER PHOTO: MARGARET TOMAS AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Little Victories: Are Your Kids Ready for the Backcountry? Keeping the World at Bay: Protecting Delaware’s Inland Bays for Paddlers & Wildlife Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Life Lessons on AMC’s Teen Trail Crews Browse all View from AMC CURRENTS Preview…

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I remember my first big hike like it was yesterday: 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Front Royal to Keyes Gap, Va., over a week in 2009 with friends. Let’s just say it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I wasn’t in any kind of shape for hiking, much less for the Roller Coaster, 13…

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Whether it’s a rabbit in a Rhode Island forest or a moose on a Maine pond, at some point in your family’s outdoor adventuring, you’re bound to meet up with a representative of the local wildlife. Before happening upon an animal of any size, it’s best if your kids learn some basic ground rules. Nancy…

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We had just finished reading the last of the bedtime books, the glow of the headlamp-turned-nightlight casting shadows on the tent walls, when we hear it. The clear call of an owl. “Hoo hoo hoo-hoo; hoo hoo hoo-aw.” Mabel, my 5-year-old, looks at me, and I can see her eyes are wide. “Mommy, an owl!”…

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Crickets are shrilling on a sultry summer evening in Delaware as my daughter and I push our kayak into White Creek. The channel bends left, then right, then left again, widening as we paddle downstream toward Indian River Bay. Fish are jumping in the twilight. Snowy egrets emerge from marshes at the water’s edge, picking…

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Proper bike tire inflation is essential for the safety, comfort, and durability of your tires. A few key tips: Buy a floor pump with an integrated pressure gauge—an invaluable tool for proper inflation. Recommended pressure is listed on the tire’s sidewall and ranges from roughly 30 to 50 pounds per square inch (psi) for wide…

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Working with helicopters, rock drills, and razor-sharp axes are all part of the job for AMC’s professional trail crew. Watch this short doc by AMC Outdoors’ managing editor, Ryan Smith, to learn more then see photos of history-making trail crews. LEARN MORE The trails you love need your help. When you support AMC’s Trails Fund, your…

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