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A round-up of everything you wear, from head to toe, with some commentary on my personal preferences. Head, Face, and Neck You likely won’t need every square inch of your head and face covered while winter camping, but if you plan on heading above treeline in cold, very windy conditions, definitely have the four essentials—liner…

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February is a great month to enjoy invigorating exercise amidst winter’s stark beauty. It is also Black History Month. At Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring, Md., you can admire winter scenery and learn something about 19th-century history on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. This 2-mile out-and-back history hike emulates a route that escaping…

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It was as a young adult that Yemaya Maurer, coauthor of AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, became aware of the pleasures of traveling through a winter landscape and mourned a childhood that hadn’t included it. As she wrote in the guide’s introduction, she wished she had known as a child “what it was like…

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I wrote about four critical head- and neck-specific items in the January-February issue of AMC Outdoors—liner balaclava, hat, face mask, and goggles—but there’s one more layer of protection worth highlighting: a good, properly-fitting jacket hood. Here’s what to look for. First, it should be completely wind-proof to offer total protection even in extreme conditions. Any…

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Frigid temperatures and serious winds blast the Northeast’s highest peaks in winter. Frostbite can happen quickly on any exposed skin. For a winter summit attempt, you must be able to protect every square inch of your face, neck, and head. To accomplish this, you need four essential components: a liner balaclava, hat, face mask, and…

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As the days shorten and Halloween approaches, you might think the dark hour after a family dinner is best for staying inside, or for going out only on one special night full of costumes and candy with lots of neighbors and friends in the street. But recently our family has been enjoying an experiment with…

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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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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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Watch a time-lapse video shot on Franconia Ridge and from AMC’s nearby Greenleaf Hut on the shoulder of Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains. You can find more of the Time-Lapse series and browse all AMC videos on YouTube.

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Getting your kids to carry a pack while hiking teaches them important skills, like thinking about what’s essential gear. And toddlers who carry their own snack or water bottle take great pride in their growing self-sufficiency. But how much weight should children carry in their packs? Medical experts say a child’s backpack should weigh no more…

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