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Congelatio is not an Italian ice cream, but it can feel as cold as one. The medical term for frostbite, the phenomenon occurs when frigid temperatures restrict blood flow and cause tissue damage. Extremities farthest from the heart—feet, noses, and ears—are the most susceptible. Hands aren’t immune either as many with frozen fingers have learned….

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My husband and I have come up with private nicknames for our children when we hike. We’ve dubbed our ten-year-old daughter “nature girl.” She seems to have been born to hike. Not so our six-year-old son, Virgil. When he is forced to walk uphill on a narrow path, he can instantly transform himself from boy…

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Seven black-fly seasons have passed since I moved away from the Northeast. This time of year, when I am missing the Red Sox and the swimmable ocean, I find comfort in thinking about the black flies. Though black flies’ thick swarming, painful chomping, and blood-sucking have ruined many a Memorial Day outing in the North…

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Nothing ruins a great hike like losing your way. One minute you’re off in search of stunning scenery and solitude, and the next you’re trying to find your way back to familiar territory (or even worse, hoping for rescue). It can happen to the best of us. Fortunately, a little preparation and mindfulness go a…

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s time to get a pair of binoculars! Super-power your vision and you can zoom in to identify that mysterious flying object, get a closer look at the region’s wildlife, or survey a distant landscape. To find the perfect pair, focus on the interconnected elements of size, weight,…

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From signage at the trailhead to cairns guiding the way or bog bridges leading through wetlands: Each piece of a trail is critical, and each takes time and effort to build and maintain. Without the work of volunteer trail crews, many of your favorite routes would likely fall into disrepair. So if you’ve ever marveled…

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Welcome to “Equipped,” a new blog from AMC Outdoors. Beginning in June, columnist Matt Heid will be writing bi-weekly posts about all things gear-related. Please check back soon for his first piece, and frequently thereafter as this blog develops. You can stay up-to-date by signing up for an RSS feed, and feedback is welcomed so…

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People were lying on the snow, howling in agony. Legs were fractured, and victims were unconscious. The scenario was staged, but the surge of adrenaline I felt was real enough. So was that initial feeling of helplessness. “What do I do?” Years of experience hiking couldn’t help me, but basic first aid could. BEYOND THE…

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Photograph by iStock. Family tents see some serious traffic. Big feet, little feet, even dog paws routinely traipse through. Endless rummaging for items of fun occurs. Moisture invades. To keep your tent neat and organized, try the following: Bring a small whisk broom and dustpan for clearing out leaves and dirt. Place an old towel,…

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Before the logging roads were built, the in­land waterways of the Northeast were like the highways of today—main arteries of human transport. And the ca­noe may well have been the original SUV, says Tim Smith, who runs Jack Mountain Bushcraft in Wolfeboro Falls, N.H. “You’d load it up, put the family in, and hit the…

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