May/June 2012

The hut season has begun, and AMC’s hut staff (known as the “croo”) is ready to welcome you to the White Mountains for another summer of delicious meals, silly skits, and informative natural history talks. Meet a few of the 2012 hut croo in the following video (edited by Anders Nordblom, former croo member at…

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Part 18 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. What is an electric bike? It’s a bicycle that uses battery power to either 1) provide a small amount of additional power to normal pedaling (sometimes called “pedal assist” or “electric assist”) or 2) provide enough power to enable pedal-free riding. The Evelo Aries. The…

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Adirondack Park in New York State offers vast wilderness, beautiful lakes and ponds, and 46 mountain peaks over 4,000 feet. At about 6 million acres, it is the largest park in the contiguous United States, larger than the entire state of New Hampshire. Where should a visitor start? I asked Peter Kick, author of the…

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Pivothead Aurora, $349 Notice the small video camera in the center of the lens. The battery and electronics are contained within the frame. Pivothead integrates a video camera directly into a pair of sunglasses. The camera lens is placed right between your eyes, while the microphone, battery, and electronics are contained within the frame. The…

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How do you fit a kids sleeping bag? What sizes of kids sleeping bags are available? Here’s a quick primer on choosing the right sleeping bag for young campers. Ideally, a kid-sized sleeping bag should fit like an adult’s sleeping bag: as snug as is comfortable, not too long, and not too short. This presents…

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Are you geared up for the first-ever National Bike to School Day? Or do your kids bike to school every day? Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9, schoolchildren across the country will be pedaling to class as part of an effort promoted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. The event promotes healthy physical activity,…

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Teaching children how to ride a bike can be a stressful yet exhilarating experience. They wibble, they wobble, they weave. You anxiously watch, coach, and encourage. Then they master the two-wheel roll—and everybody smiles with glee. Understanding the equipment options for the entire learning process, from beginning cyclist to expert speedster, can help foster a…

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How to Pitch Your Tent for Convenience and Strength Most tent manufacturers offer accessory footprints, which exactly match the floor dimensions and protect the underside from moisture and abrasion. If you are using one, attach it to the poles above the tent body grommets. This keeps it neatly in place when you pick up or…

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Getting outdoors is good for kids’ growing bodies and minds. Parents know that. But it still can seem hard to do. Computer screens call. Schedules fill. Adults worry about safety, or don’t know where to go. How can families move beyond such obstacles? Here are some tips from the authors of AMC’s new Outdoors with…

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Last month I wrote about the advent of high-tech trailheads that feature QR codes—and predicted that they would become increasingly common in the future. Seems the future is already arriving along the New England National Scenic Trail in Connecticut. This spring the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) started posting QR codes at what have…

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