January/February 2011

SPOT Connect is a GPS-enabled, satellite-communication device that wirelessly links to your smart phone via a Bluetooth connection. Once connected, you can use your smart phones to send short text messages via satellite from virtually anywhere on Earth, including backcountry areas that are far, far beyond the range of cell coverage. Created by the same…

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“Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum,” trumpeted the headline on an article in The New York Times last week. I started reading the article, I’ll admit, with some professional skepticism — and some parental smugness, too. Here were statistics that I’d found shocking when I’d first heard them: Children ages 8 to 18 spend…

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Rick Silverberg has led winter excursion workshops for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter for more than 30 years, but he may have spent even more time traveling winter trails with his daughters’ Girl Scout troops. Silverberg and his wife, Judy, co-led troops for each of their two daughters over 10 New Hampshire winters, starting when the…

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School has started up again this week. That’s meant a return to our regular, and slightly chaotic, morning routine: children who want “just one more minute” in warm beds; who linger too long at breakfast; and who then rush about looking for the homework / book / thermos / hat / mittens that we, their…

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In an industry first, the Recon-Zeal Transcend Goggles incorporate an integrated GPS unit that displays real-time data right in front of your face using a heads-up display. Downhillers can now see a range of real-time information that appears to hover five to six feet in front of their eyes, including speed, altitude, distance traveled, vertical…

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For the fourth year, AMC is holding a free snowshoe program at Crawford Notch for area schoolchildren. Children in four local schools come to the Highland Center once a week for up to six weeks during the winter months, strap on snowshoes, and take to the trails. Donna McCusker teaches fifth grade at participating Whitefield…

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AMC Woodlot

December 20, 2010

In the winter of 1917-1918, as the demands of World War I led to the near exhaustion of Boston’s coal supplies, AMC members did their part by cutting wood to sell, first on a lot in Lincoln, Mass., and then in West Roxbury, Mass. By spring they had formed the Cut-a-Cord Committee, which in turn…

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Your body strives to keep your brain operating, no matter what the conditions. It will sacrifice toes, feet, and fingers to winter’s bite but continue pumping warm blood to your head until the bitter end. And your neck is the conduit for all that brain-bathing warmth. In cold conditions, retain this precious body heat with…

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