Summer Camping

I spent my morning walking the dog and serving as an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for my local mosquito population. It got me thinking about the little buzzers and prompted several crucial questions in my head. I now have the answers. Death by mosquito draining? For an average person, losing two liters of blood becomes life-threatening….

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Lightweight. Low-impact. Usable almost anywhere trees grow. Hammock camping has a lot of advantages over tents and shelters—but what do you need to know before stashing one in your pack and heading for the backcountry? First, you want to make sure that a hammock is right for you, and that you’re comfortable with each piece…

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Earlier this spring, AMC released the 2nd edition of my guidebook, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England. The revised edition features 37 trips across the region, each one of which was researched in the field to ensure the most up-to-date information and accuracy. Here are the crucial items I carry specifically for researching while in…

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Alcohol stove fuel comes in two principal types: ethanol and methanol. Ethanol (ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol) is what we consume in beer, wine, and liquor. Pure ethanol burns the cleanest of any fuel, but is expensive and hard to find. Denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) is ethanol that has been rendered undrinkable (and thus exempt…

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If you’re looking for the lightest weight shelter possible, a tarp is the way to go—and these days you can find a range of ultralight options that easily weigh under a pound. Here’s a quick review of some of the available options. Before we get there, however, it’s worth noting that such radical weight savings…

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, and despite your best efforts water is leaking into your tent. To keep you and your gear dry, you need to get it out. And the only way to do that is to mop it up. You could use a camp towel, sock, T-shirt, or bandana—and I’ve used them all over…

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Figuring out how to climb Katahdin, the focal point of Baxter State Park and Maine’s highest peak, can be almost as herculean a task as summiting the mountain. Carey Kish, editor of the Maine Mountain Guide, explains how to plan ahead and prepare. Watch more AMC videos on YouTube.

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