AMC Outdoors

AMC Outdoors, December 2003 By Michael Lanza We who love the outdoors have a fickle relationship with technology in the backcountry. We tend to look down our noses at the latest gadgets. Remember when some climbers considered camming devices “cheating” (as only climbers, it seems, can perceive an ethical and aesthetic compromise in being safer)…

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AMC Outdoors, June 2003 By Michael Lanza Whoever made the first pemmican was more than two centuries ahead of the market. Composed of meat paste, fat, berries, and dried fruit, pemmican bars were a staple of the Lewis and Clark expedition and munched by Native Americans for who knows how long before that. But it…

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AMC Outdoors, May 2003 By Michael Lanza The ability to find our way through a natural environment is fundamental to everything we do in the mountains. So it’s curious that many hikers possess only a rudimentary knowledge of backcountry navigation. If you include yourself in that group — or if you just feel that a…

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AMC Outdoors, July/August 2002 By Michael Lanza My buddy Gerry and I were roped together high up in the Tetons, basking in the view and the climbing and thinking the world was our oyster when the first hint of trouble appeared: tentacles of cloud curling around higher summits nearby. Within 20 minutes, the sky transformed…

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AMC Outdoors, April 2002 By Michael Lanza It was my first big trip to the West. Two friends and I mapped out a five-day backpacking trip through Yosemite National Park. Soaring granite cliffs, tremendous waterfalls, real big mountains—I trembled with excitement for weeks before getting on the plane. Looking at a map of Yosemite now,…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2002 By Michael Lanza Though the ground may be deep beneath a layer of snow right now, trail planners are spending the winter hard at work. In our trail-laden region, the notion of cutting a new path is somewhat foreign. But two new ones — the 10-mile Bold Coast Trail through the…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2002 With more than 13,500 acres of forest, the 21-square miles of Pisgah State Park make it the largest property in the New Hampshire State Park system. Pisgah is in Hinsdale in the southwestern corner of the state, not far from Brattleboro, Vt., and the Massachusetts border. Seven ponds, four highland ridges,…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2002 Stroll by a wide, open field with views into the hills of New York and stop to feed horses some hay. Snowshoe by a handsome farm and watch the cattle eating or enter a maple grove and see the taps in the trees for syrup. The Merck Forest and Farmland Center…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2002 By Marty Basch Remember when they said if you could walk you could cross-country ski? Forget about it. But this is true: if you can walk, you can snowshoe. And if you can snowshoe, northern New England is a premier winter playground, whether you want to wander through a fragrant pine…

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AMC Outdoors, January/February 2002 One of the finest snowshoe trips in the White Mountains is a trek to the serene shores of Lonesome Lake in Franconia Notch State Park. The lake sits in a basin under the twin peaks of 4,293-foot North Kinsman and 4,358-foot South Kinsman. But the prize on this jaunt is simply…

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