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AMC Outdoors, March 2001 By Michael Lanza When Cliff Jacobson talks about expedition canoeing, he’s not talking about places like Maine’s Allagash or Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Those “are beautiful places,” he readily acknowledges, “but you can be out [to civilization] in a day and often have cell phone communication. That’s not expedition canoeing.” Jacobson’s definition?…

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by Jeff Moag GETTING STARTED in whitewater paddling is surprisingly easy, and the Northeast has fabulous rivers for beginners as well as expert creekboaters. An introductory course will equip you with the skills you need to tackle Class II whitewater, including all the basic strokes and the Eskimo roll. Classes are also an excellent place…

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AMC Outdoors, December 2005 I hate being cold. I mean, really, what is there to like about wooden toes, body-racking shivers, and freezing fingers? But I love being in the cold. The air snaps like a tonic, infinite views stretch through a transparent atmosphere, and snow-covered woods whisper the quiet of solitude. Warmth becomes a…

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Learning to See: Clare Walker Leslie AMC Outdoors, July/August 2003 Clare Walker Leslie sees the divine in squirrels and pigeons. In our conversation, she describes talking with two little boys seated next to her on a recent plane trip. “They asked about my religion. I said, ‘It’s all around me. It’s birds, trees, plants.’ They…

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AMC Outdoors, October 2005 The trails of the Northeast punish your knees. Unyielding rock slabs, plummeting descents, and thudding drops over refrigerator-sized boulders combine to induce Richter-scale compression on this precious joint. Aftershocks of soreness, stiffness, and downright pain can linger for days. Over time, this abuse can wear down your knees, paving the way…

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AMC Outdoors, September 2005 We’re being buried in a digital avalanche. In the past, we received a wallet portrait of our newest family members once a year at Christmas. These days, we receive approximately one billion digital images in our email inboxes twice a week. Take little nephew Jimmy. His loving parents have documented his…

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AMC Outdoors, April 2004 By Michael Lanza You love hiking and want to find an exercise activity that builds fitness and gets you outdoors, but provides more of a workout. You’ve been hitting the gym for years (or it seems that long) and are getting a little tired of the rat-on-a-treadmill monotony. You’re a dedicated…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2003 Michael Saletnik, 32, is a software engineer from Burlington, Mass. A self-described “newbie” to winter hiking, he’s immersed himself in the sport, with dozens of overnights under his belt in the past two years. Q. What was your first winter hiking experience?A. In the late fall of 2000, a friend of…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2003 Eric Jackel, 30, is an account executive for a design and marketing firm. He lives in Medford, Mass., and, even at his tender age, has been hiking for more than 20 years. Q. What was your first winter hiking experience?A. I was very young — I’m the last of six kids,…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2003 Anne Gwynne, 62, is a hike leader for the New Hampshire chapter and a veterinary technician in Concord, N.H. She was the 12th person to climb New England’s 100-highest peaks in winter. Q. What was your first winter hiking experience?A. I started with a series of New Hampshire Chapter winter hikes…

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