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Jan/Feb 2018 Contents

Earning your turns, a new YOP gear room, 8 snowy treks, and more.

We’re from Here

Find out how the outdoors shaped these 16 Winter Olympians.

Second Runs

Find out which lost ski areas provide epic backcountry skiing.

23rd AMC Photo Contest

Did the best photo win? Browse the top finishers in all categories.

Networking N.Y. Trails

Learn how a trail system aims to link towns and boost economies.

Flying in Circles

Uncover a surprise connection between light pollution and migration.

Location, Location

Take a peek at YOP’s new public-transit-friendly gear room in Boston.

Snowy Hikes, Silver Year

Celebrate the National Trails System’s 50th with 8 wintry treks.

Toe Picks

Keep your feet warm with the right winter boots and socks.

Chop, Chop

Follow these 6 steps to chop wood safely and efficiently.

Winter Games

Get your kids outside with Winter Olympic-inspired activities.

The Science of Snow

Learn how atmospheric conditions create different types of powder.

An AMC Family Tree

Meet five generations of Barkers at Three Mile Island Camp.

Hiking While Pregnant

A mom-to-be wonders where an epic hike will take her.

All in the Name

In 25 years as AMC Outdoors, we’ve had lots of covers. See them all.



AMC Outdoors, the magazine of the Appalachian Mountain Club, inspires readers to get outside and get engaged by providing high-quality, compelling coverage of outdoor recreation, education, and conservation throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.


Archives by department


Long-form narratives and inspiring adventures

Web Exclusives

Interactive videos, photos, and more

View from AMC

Thoughts from AMC's president, John Judge


News and trends in conservation and recreation

Field Notes

The latest news from across AMC

Get Out

Trip ideas by activity in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic


Tips and advice from our trusted gear guru

Learn How

Skills for the great outdoors

Great Kids, Great Outdoors

On raising the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts

Wild Wisdom

Your field guide to the natural world


Profiles of AMC members, volunteers, and staff


Personal essays on the outdoors


A behind-the-scenes peek into the AMC archives