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Hiking through a dense, trail-less section, of Alaska’s Denali National Park several years ago, my backpacking partner and I wanted to pinpoint our location before we settled in one night. We got out a map and two compasses and each of us figured out our whereabouts. Unfortunately these were two very different points about a…

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Hello and welcome to the brand new AMC Equipped blog! Over the coming months, I look forward to sharing all of the latest and greatest tidbits on outdoor gear, from the coolest products to the silliest, from ground-breaking gizmos to the tried and true stalwarts of the outdoor industry. I also plan on covering the…

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Remember the lucky fellow who caught a crampon and flipped over while glissading in the Gulf of Slides a decade ago? He landed squarely on his ice axe, impaling himself in the abdomen. Miraculously, he managed to hike out with the axe still firmly embedded; it had missed all his organs. The take-home lesson? An…

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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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