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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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Sometimes, warm is worse when hiking on ice. Greg Maino won’t forget one mild winter day, when melting ice made for a treacherous hike up Hunger Mountain in Vermont’s Worcester Range north of Montpelier. Maino, an experienced Vermont hiker and skiier, and his friends, all of whom were new to the area, struggled over slippery…

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Ripped tent? Don’t trash it! Give your old tent a second life with our step-by-step instructions. Repurposing gear is a fun and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and to show off your upcycling skills. So dig out those busted tents, grab your sewing kit, and learn how to make a stuff sack! MATERIALS:…

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Whether you’re in your own backyard or in the backcountry, encountering an injured bird is enough to stop an outdoor lover in her tracks. But what’s the proper course of action to take—if any? We checked in with an expert on how to proceed. 1. DETERMINE IF IT’S A WINDOW-STRIKE  “The first thing you need…

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David Haskell compares nature observations to breathing.  “With the lungs, you have to both inhale and exhale in order to be healthy. The same is true for the mind,” the Sewanee professor of biology and environmental studies instructs his college students—including me. “We need a process of opening our senses and then of closing….We need…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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Protecting your brain should seem like a no-brainer. According to the Federal Highway Administration, bike helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective at preventing head and brain injuries. But “helmets are very similar to seatbelts,” says Erik daSilva, the education and outreach coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. A helmet won’t help you in…

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Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in popularity, and for good reason: It develops balance, strength, and endurance, without overtaxing a particular muscle or part of the body. According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, participation has swelled by nearly 24 percent in the United States in the past five years. “SUP can be a…

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Thanks to the efforts of conservation groups and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local clean-water policies, many of New England’s most iconic rivers—including the Connecticut, Housatonic, and Merrimack—are cleaner today than they were in decades past, says Kristen Sykes, AMC’s director of conservation strategies. Despite the improvements, there is no guarantee better conditions will…

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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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