January/February 2018 Archives - Appalachian Mountain Club

January/February 2018

I’m a bit of a sunflower seed connoisseur. Cracking seeds since I was a kid. Chowing down on seeds on long hikes, before hard exercise, and after working out. They are calorie-dense, fat-and-protein-rich, and an all-in-one package of nutrition and energy I highly recommend. Nuts and seeds are powerhouses of energy and nutrition. Nearly every…

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I love high-visibility gear for cycling. I also support cycling advocacy efforts that make streets and roads safer for all users. A new set of products from Respect My Lane does both at the same time. Respect My Lane is a small local operation based in Boston (the same traffic-tough cycling area that brought you one of…

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Maps are passports to adventure and armchair exploration. As you look toward the 2018 summer hiking season, new maps, updated for both popular and lesser-known destinations—plus one gorgeous new wall map—provide rich and up-to-date fodder for planning your next big adventure. Here’s what’s caught my eye of late. Cohos Trail 2017 Map Update If you’re looking…

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For years, AMC’s Four Thousand Footer Club has awarded intrepid hikers who climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks with a commemorative patch. There’s another patch for those who hike the 48 in winter and yet another for those who complete New England’s 67 4,000-footers. Even dogs can earn a patch. If you complete…

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Before I could say, “Yip yip,” Togo dashed down the trail, plunging through half a foot of fresh powder and pulling me along behind her. As we made our way into the woods, my grin increased in keeping with our pace. The switchback mountain-bike trail outside Northampton, Mass., descended slightly but consistently, with gravity giving…

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  Last month I acquired a new pair of winter boots featuring Vibram’s new Arctic Grip technology, which is designed to provide extra traction and grip on slick, wet ice. Here’s my verdict. Vibram introduced its Arctic Grip technology in 2016 with much hype, many a rave review, and an exclusive one-year deal with footwear…

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Snow has fallen up on the slopes and down in the valleys that make New England and upstate New York such a spectacular ski region. You can break trail for a few miles or a few days, depending on your ability level. If you’re looking for a starting point, David Goodman’s Best Backcountry Skiing in…

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We had quite the deep freeze earlier this winter in the Northeast, which provided me with ample opportunities to play outside in the Arctic chill with my two boys, ages 6 and 7.  Here’s my advice for keeping kids warm and comfortable in frigid temperatures—because if they’re not, it’s game over for the fun. In my…

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One of the bigger challenges in winter hiking is keeping your feet warm and comfortable, especially if you’re out in the chill for prolonged periods of time. Proper winter footwear is essential, of course, to keeping warm, but there’s another challenge that you may not be considering: foot sweat. Your feet are the second sweatiest part…

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Bitter cold has settled in the Northeast, with temperatures plunging into the single digits and below throughout the region. Such temperatures aren’t just unpleasant, they can be downright dangerous, especially if you add any sort of wind to the bone-chilling equation. Here’s how I dress for warmth when I’m spending time out in such conditions….

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