November/December 2010

GoLite is an industry leader when it comes to producing ultralight backpacking and camping equipment. Turns out they also have a great program for going light on the Earth as well: The GoLite Product Take-Back Program, which launched earlier this year in February. The company will accept any GoLite product from any year (with the…

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If you and a taller friend walk the same distance at the same speed, who will use more energy? According to a just-published study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, you will, at least on a per pound basis. Shorter people expend more calories on a per weight basis than their more gangly walking companions….

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Today’s post is an eclectic collection of info and links that have caught my attention this past week. First is a round-up of Android apps for the outdoors, compliments of Trailblazer Hub. (Here’s an earlier round-up of iPhone apps for the outdoors.) I was particularly intrigued by the Peak.ar app, which identifies surrounding mountains visible…

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The last member of our resident loon family has been practicing flying for the past several weeks, preparing for its migratory flight to the coast. We’ve watched it churn through the water with its wide webbed feet, its wings flapping noisily, working hard to get airborne. Lately, the big bird has started taking aerial laps…

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AMC Regional Trail Coordinator Matt Moore sifts through more than 100 applications each year to fill four Ridgerunner positions on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. You can’t get much more outdoors than the jobs he hires for: Ridgerunners live on the trail all summer, working 10-day shifts, hiking about a dozen miles…

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The days are getting shorter and colder. But for high school and college students, now is the time to be thinking of summer — not the warm memories of last summer, but the possibilities of next. This is when employers around the Northeast begin shaping their summer work force for the coming year. Even if…

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In recent years, AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter has hosted a family gathering at Cardigan Lodge at the end of the fall, open to all AMC families from all chapters. The group takes over the entire lodge for the weekend. There are always plenty of hikes and workshops, and a traditional hike to Welton Falls, but…

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In AMC’s early years, as the organization was just beginning its efforts to protect New Hampshire’s White Mountains, members were also exploring Maine’s remote 100-Mile Wilderness. The Penobscot had bestowed the name “Katahdin,” meaning “greatest mountain,” on the region’s most spectacular peak, but Maine’s highest summit (5,267 feet) remained largely ignored well into the 19th…

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If you’re warm and comfortable, the winter outdoors is glorious. If you’re cold and miserable, it bites. Icy feet and wooden toes are particularly aggravating, even potentially dangerous, when temperatures really plummet. Better to invest in the right pair of winter boots and let your feet bask in warm, comfortable glory all season long. DID…

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The days are getting shorter and colder. But for high school and college students, now is the time to be thinking of summer—not the warm memories of last summer, but the possibilities of next. This is when employers around the Northeast begin shaping their summer work force for the coming year. Even if the current…

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