Getting home safely while winter hiking means knowing when to call it quits. The mountain, the trail, the journey: They’ll all still be there another day. A responsible hiker sets a turnaround time before hitting the trail, especially in winter, when daylight fades much earlier than other times of the year. But there are also…

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Logan Maestri wears a huge grin. Seated on a couch in AMC’s Highland Center, the 30-year-old ex-Marine is recounting the day’s exploits of skiing at nearby Bretton Woods, in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. “I never skied before, but I kicked ass,” he says. “I had an instructor with me, and he asked, ‘You’ve…

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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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