September/October 2011

An occupational hazard of writing this blog is that no matter where I go, I think about kids in the outdoors. This past weekend, for example, we attended a wedding in Waitsfield, Vermont. Before we left home, I was mostly concerned that we’d packed our wedding best and knew where we were going. Our first…

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In the near future, you’ll be able to point your smartphone camera at just about anything outdoors—birds, plants, mountains, tracks, flowers—and an app will instantly use visual recognition software to identify the species, background, and other relevant information. No more fumbling through arcane identification keys. No more “I wonder what that is.” Everybody will be…

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A few months ago, Emilie Colby attended an Outdoor Nation Youth Summit in Minneapolis. Outdoor Nation is a youth outreach effort started a year ago by the Outdoor Foundation, a nonprofit established by the Outdoor Industry Association. The 20-year-old college student had heard that the organization was looking for ideas to fund, and she had…

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Part 15 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. You’re smart enough to wear a helmet while you ski, bike, or otherwise risk your noggin. But are you brave enough to wear a crazeeHead? CrazeeHeads are helmet covers stitched to look like plush animals. Eleven different creatures are available from this small New York…

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In August 2011, David T. Queeley joined AMC as Vice President for Outdoor Engagement. In the newly created position, he will oversee AMC’s current and future outdoor engagement programs, including its Youth Opportunities Program for urban and at-risk youth; its “A Mountain Classroom” school program; guided backcountry Teen Wilderness Adventures; and youth and family programming…

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Canister stoves are easy, lightweight, and convenient to use in the backcountry. Simply attach your stove to a canister of fuel, turn the knob, light it, and you’re done. But have you ever wondered what exactly is in those canisters? And why they start to burn with less intensity as their contents dwindle? Backpacking fuel…

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If the phrase “parenting memoir” brings to mind tiger mothers and hipster fathers or over-the-top over-sharing on bringing up baby, then you might be misled by a new title in that genre. Luckily, the subtitle of Wild Play, “Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors,” helps put both “Wild” and “Play” in context. The parent behind…

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My ankles are my nemeses. I’ve sprained them many times. Weak and overly flexible, they are a constant concern on my backcountry adventures. This is what I carry to deal with my evil ankles, along with the recommended ways to tape an ankle in the backcountry, courtesy of my recent Wilderness First Aid course from…

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Three members of the first class of 50 in the FoodCorps national service program were assigned to work in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Erin Taylor had studied environmental issues and public health at Tufts and helped found Boston Truck Farm, a mobile community farm and education project. Sarah Rubin became interested in issues of food access while…

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Watches for outdoor adventure don’t just tell time anymore. These days they can identify your elevation, determine your precise location, monitor your heart rate, tell you which way is north, and even track the tides. So which of these tricked-out, wrist-top computers is right for you? Elevate YourselfWhen it comes to backcountry adventure, few pieces…

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