September/October 2013

I have acquired a lot of packs over the years, so it takes something pretty special to interest me in adding to my collection. After nearly three years of coveting the Osprey Exos 34, I finally pulled the trigger earlier this month—and then put it to the test on a series of challenging hikes. Initial…

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Here are the myths: 1) Over time, long-distance running increases the likelihood of knee arthritis. 2) Walking and running the same distance burns the same amount of calories. Does long-distance running increase the likelihood of knee arthritis?  No. Like many people, I have long believed that running is seriously bad for your knees over time…

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Fall colors have begun their annual migration from northern New England to points south—and so here’s my annual updated list of resources and tips for finding foliage nirvana this autumn season. This year I’ve organized them in a rough timeline to help you identify the best places to find peak foliage depending on when you…

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Here’s the video, which should help clarify things I wouldn’t have bruised and blackened my toenails last week if I had taken the time to employ one of my favorite hiking boot lacing techniques: the heel lock. It’s best illustrated visually (the video below does a good job of demonstrating the technique), but here’s essentially…

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You don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to enjoy breathtaking views from the Northeast’s mountains, as they come in all sizes. In the shadow of famous peaks such as Washington, Katahdin, and Greylock are lower summits with outstanding views of their better-known neighbors. These little mountains offer relatively short and less-traveled trails that are…

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Last week I successfully honed the highly undesirable techniques necessary to severely bruise my toenails while hiking—and now have blackened souvenirs from the trip at the ends of my feet. Though obviously it’s much better never to do so, here’s what you too can do to accomplish this outcome. 1) Choose a long arduous hike…

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Any survival kit should have the tools to start an emergency fire. A firestarter (waterproof matches, flint, etc.) is the crucial item, but a close second is quick-to-light emergency tinder to get the fire going, especially in wet conditions where dry natural tinder is hard (or impossible) to find. You can buy a range of pre-packaged…

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Great white sharks have been appearing with greater frequency along the Northeast seaboard, particularly near Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where they are drawn to a thriving seal population. Photo: Ocearch Last month, the crew of the M/V Ocearch—a specially designed shark research vessel operated by Ocearch Ocean Research—successfully tagged several great whites just offshore from…

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Treasure and discovery await. All you need is an “X-marks-the-spot” set of coordinates, a GPS receiver, a map to find it, and a love of exploring new places. Geocaching marries 21st-century technology with outdoor adventure in a fun, goal-oriented activity that offers an excellent opportunity to engage today’s über-connected, teched-out youth in the outdoors…This column…

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Planning a trip outdoors with your kids involves more than just packing the 10 essentials. In this video, you’ll learn ways to inspire your kids by tapping into their sense of fun and exploration on a hiking adventure. For more resources about getting kids outdoors, visit AMC’s page of outdoor tips for families.

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