July/August 2011

My current Equipped column in AMC Outdoors—Pack Heat, Not Weight—focuses on alcohol stoves. I did a lot of research for this piece and wanted to share a few of the best resources I found online for learning about, building, buying, and using an alcohol stove. Zen and the Art of the Alcohol Stove This is…

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My first climbing shoes squished my feet and crunched my toes in throbbing misery. I quickly learned that crushing toe pain isn’t exactly compatible with fun or motivation—and climbed a lot less as a result. My mistake? I went shopping with the misguided belief that climbing shoes should fit as tightly as possible for maximum…

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In 2006, shortly after the publication of Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell launched a statewide “No Child Left Inside” initiative to reconnect children and families to the natural world. A key part of the initiative was an eight-week contest for families called “The Great Park Pursuit” that…

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When Stuart K. Harris began fielding questions about the plants around Lakes of the Clouds Hut, there were no dedicated naturalists at the huts. There was no Mountain Watch program by which hikers could help AMC researchers. Indeed, there weren’t yet any AMC researchers. “Because of the interest shown by mountain climbers in the plants…

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Interested in a stove that weighs less than 3 ounces, burns in blissful silence, features no complicated moving parts, and uses a low-cost and widely available fuel? Plus is inexpensive, durable, and ultra-simple to use? Meet the alcohol stove, a featherweight cooker that can instantly shave a pound or more off your packweight. Its unique…

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