Outdoor Skills and Safety

We all remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Put simply, treat others the way you would like to be treated. This proverb extends to our relationships with fellow hikers, climbers, campers, and paddlers and sums up the seventh and final Leave No Trace principle. “Each of…

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When humans leave cities and towns and venture into the backcountry, we are, in a very real way, visitors in someone else’s home. Countless animals, birds, fish, and insects inhabit the natural spaces we love, and our very presence can throw off delicately balanced ecosystems built over millennia.   Protect your food Over time, birds…

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Historically, the campfire was a necessity for warmth and cooking, while today it’s become culturally synonymous with the outdoor experience. But the proliferation of lightweight and high-quality camp stoves, combined with deeper knowledge about the ecological impacts fires have on natural spaces and the environment, mean that fires are no longer a necessity in most…

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  With Americans leery of taking public transit and in need of a way to stay active with gyms closed, many have turned to bicycles as a mode of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google searches for “new bike” nearly doubled between May 2019 and May 2020, and bike shops and online retailers all over…

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  Eileen Yin spent most of her spring online with AMC. A long-time volunteer with the organization’s New York–North Jersey Chapter, Yin has dedicated much of her free time to planning and leading trips for her chapter, providing a space for members to socialize, try new activities, or just be outdoors. “AMC made a big…

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  The first night is restless. I can’t stop thinking about how each person passing by the windows of my Navy blue minivan is thinking to themselves, something is off about this car, and will press their face against the tinted glass. Peering in, they will find me lying there, quilt pulled up to my…

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The following is an excerpt from AMC’s Real Trail Meals by Ethan and Sarah Hipple. Double Chocolate Granola Bars Makes: 12 bars Weight: 1.85 lbs. vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, make at home Ingredients 1½ cups rolled oats 1 cup slivered almonds 2 cups pitted dates ¾ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup…

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AMC has partnered with Avenza Maps to make some of our maps available to download on your Android or Apple mobile device. Simply download Avenza’s free app and you’ll find AMC’s maps available for purchase. Even if you don’t have internet access or cell reception, you’ll still be able to access these maps and see…

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AMC’s Shelters Department loves that so many people want to experience the wilderness, recreate outdoors, and embrace travel by foot. Last year, we recorded more than 18,000 campers who visited one of nine staffed AMC campsites in the White Mountain National Forest over a five-month period alone. However, we can’t ignore the negative effects of…

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Three months after many Americans began physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, most states are beginning the slow process of reopening their economies and public spaces. For outdoor enthusiasts, this means a return to some natural recreational areas that haven’t been accessible for the last several months. But despite the urge to get…

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