January/February 2012

Another year gone, a new year starting, a time for reflecting… which makes this a good time to look back on “Great Kids, Great Outdoors” posts from 2011 that touched people or were shared most widely. “Sir, the AT Cat.” I first wrote about Sir and his trail friend, Magic Mix, in a description of…

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If you cross-country ski, friction is your enemy. Minimize its fun-slowing effects and you’ll go faster, farther, and with less effort. Ski wax is a crucial ally in this battle, so it’s worth knowing the basics of how it works. First of all, ski wax comes in two varieties: glide wax and kick wax. For…

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If you ride at night, it’s crucial that motorists see you on the road. You may already wear a bright cycling jacket or jersey, but its effect can be muted if you’re wearing a dark, low-visibility backpack on top of it. The Hump line of high-visibility backpack covers provides an excellent solution. Hump is a…

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Happy New Year to all! Before I move on to another year of great gear, let’s look back one last time. Here are the top 10 most viewed posts from 2011. 1) Avalanches in Tuckerman Ravine: Best VideosA collection of four videos culled from YouTube that highlights the very real risk of avalanches in Tuckerman…

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LEARN MORE Read more about ski wax at outdoors.org/skiwax, and read Matt Heid’s gear blog here. The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to…

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In March 2011, Matt Heid joined 70 racers on the starting line of the annual Ski to the Clouds race. Ten kilometers later he was crossing the finish line, half way up Mount Washington’s Auto Road. Experience the race in this first-person video. Read Heid’s full account of the race in the AMC Outdoors feature…

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Appalachian Mountain Club officials first discussed the creation of a New York branch of the organization in 1904, but not until 1912 did they take formal steps in that direction. New York-based members began organizing early that year. They took their first official outing, a walk on Staten Island, in April, and then met to…

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