November/December 2012

Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers and staff assist with dozens of search and rescue operations in the White Mountains every year. See what’s involved in providing this valuable service. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.  

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I detailed the important features you should evaluate when selecting snowshoes in my November AMC Outdoors article, Winter Walkers: How to Choose the Right Snowshoes. Now I wanted to highlight some specific favorite models of snowshoes I recommend. But first, some quick background on my personal preferences. One of the most important features I look…

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Last summer, my daughter and I spotted a flock of wild turkeys at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Mass. The Mass Audubon property includes exhibits of rescued wild animals, such as owls and foxes, in addition to farm animals like chickens and pigs. So when we noticed the big brown birds in a fenced…

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Datrex—a marine emergency and survival equipment supplier—has packed 3,600 calories into a compact, vacuum-sealed 24-ounce blue brick of sustenance. The Datrex Blue Ration 3600 consists of 18 individually-wrapped, 38-gram (1.3-ounce), 200-calorie bars that are Coast Guard-approved for lifeboat use and survival situations. At 150 calories per ounce, the Datrex bar offers greater energy density by…

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Man, woman, child… it doesn’t matter. Beardo offers a full range of beard hats for all. When winter temperatures really plummet—as they do in Canada, where this small home-grown company is based—you’re going to want to add some warmth to your face. And without doubt a Beardo beanie is one of the most creative ways…

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Are you trying to get your kids outdoors and active in the winter? Here are a dozen fun ideas to keep them moving and connect them with the natural world, recommended by AMC experts. All these activities can be done in the backyard or around the neighborhood. 1. Make snow angels and snowmen. If snow…

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Ever dream of sleeping on a huge cushy bed in a giant spherical tent suspended from the trees? Of course you have. And soon you’ll be able to check that crucial item off your bucket list. As any hammock camper will tell you, swinging from the trees can be a blissful experience. And as I…

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  Maybe I was hallucinating. But as I skied the tunnel-like passageways of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, I felt as if I was sliding down railroad tracks,kicking and gliding to the rhythm of the rails. Poetic fancy, I rationalized, and returned my attention to the task before me: skiing across the Pemi in a day. This…

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The Northeast can be magical in winter. Scenes of snow-draped evergreens set against bluebird skies, rushing mountain streams dotted with cobblestones topped with fresh powder, and village greens under a blanket of white all provide inspiration for taking pictures. Itching to get out and capture some outstanding winter images? Here are seven tips to make…

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Every four years, residents of Dixville Notch, N.H., gather at The Balsams resort in the middle of the night to cast their presidential votes. In 2008, just past midnight on Election Day, town officials reported a tally of 21 ballots. It’s a tradition that began with the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy election, and for a few hours…

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