January/February 2018 Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Appalachian Mountain Club

January/February 2018

Sweat is your nemesis on cold-weather adventures. Perspire heavily, and your damp clothing will steal precious body heat. Minimize this risk—and your sweat—with the following techniques. HIKE SLOW AND STEADY NOT FAST AND SWEATY. Maintain a low to moderate pace to avoid overheating, especially on uphill climbs. DON’T OVERLAYER. You need surprisingly few layers when…

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Twenty-five years ago this January, the snow-covered shoulder of Mount Adams graced the cover of this magazine beneath a new name: AMC Outdoors. After 86 years of publication, first as Bulletin of the Appalachian Mountain Club and then as Appalachia Bulletin, the title change was the first step in a larger evolution—and a way to…

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“Not a lot of the same old themes,” Jim Salge said as he sat down for the final evening of judging in this year’s AMC Photo Contest. Salge and our other judges—Allison Bell, Jerry Monkman, and Paul Mozell—have more than 40 years’ experience with the AMC Photo Contest between them. They spend hours each fall sorting through hundreds of entries, so…

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A major contradiction underlies New England’s recent conservation history. For the past quarter-century, the region, at once heavily forested and densely populated, has conserved land at a record pace. At the same time, the rate of residential and commercial development also has picked up. According to “Wildlands and Woodlands: Farmlands and Communities—Broadening the Vision for New England,” a report released by Harvard Forest in September 2017,…

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All of the photos here come from the athletes’ own Instagram accounts and are used with their permission. Credits below. Update: Athletes with an asterisk (*) next to their names had been named to Team USA as of January 31. To watch the games, check this live-update schedule for event days and times then consult…

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Want to know if an upcoming storm will dump heavy, wet snow or soft powder perfect for skiing? You’ll probably need to check a meteorologist’s forecast. But to understand why the white stuff falls, and which atmospheric conditions create different kinds of snow, you can learn the basics yourself. Here’s a primer from Mike Carmon,…

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For millennia, birds have migrated lengthy distances, guided by the moon and stars. But as dark skies dwindle around the globe, scientists wonder how light pollution affects this natural phenomenon. One unlikely light source provided a unique research opportunity. For one night a year—September 11, in the midst of warblers’ and small passerines’ migration—two beams…

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I’ve always loved snowstorms. Beyond the simple beauty of a thick blanket of snow, all that powder transforms the world into a moldable landscape. As a kid, that usually meant building forts, tunnels, and sled jumps. The smallest spark of an idea could turn into a daylong project. We rounded up some advice—and some Winter…

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Like paddling a canoe or pedaling a bike, splitting wood is a rhythmic outdoor activity that can feel downright meditative when done correctly.  Swinging an ax, however, is a little more difficult (and dangerous) than biking or boating, so it takes time and practice to become a master of this useful art form. To get…

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Forget Appalachian Mountain Club. For the Barker family of Lancaster, N.H., it’s more like Appalachian Island Club. Since 1903, five generations of Barkers have held practically every volunteer and paid position at AMC’s Three Mile Island Camp (TMI) on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesauke. Larry Barker, age 58, first stayed at TMI in 1968, worked on…

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