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November 2012 Table of Contents

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FEATURES

THE HIGH LIFE

Your dream trip: big views, a light pack, and a soft bed. Find it on one of the world’s best hut treks, from New Hampshire’s White Mountains to New Zealand’s Fiordlands. By Michael Lanza

Editors’ Choice Snow Awards

Water-repellent down. A light-yet-spacious all-season tent. A hyper-breathable shell you can pack year-round. And more. After months of testing, we found 14 innovative products guaranteed to upgrade your winter.

GREAT SMOKIES ADVENTURE GUIDE

Hike the Southeast’s biggest park in its best season, when the colors come out, the bugs fade away, and summer crowds are long gone. Our scouts deliver step-by-step directions for the best week, weekend, and dayhikes. By Peter Rives and Andrew Matranga
HEROES

Ken John – Helping Homeless by Distributing Used Outdoor Gear

 

TRIPS

Life List: Source of the Amazon

Our scout ventures deep into the Andes to see the birth of the world’s greatest river.

Mountain Map: San Gabriels

Find solitude high above Los Angeles.

Top 3 Ghostly Hikes

Trek to these backcountry burial grounds—if you dare.

Local Hikes

West Make a late-season hike to an aspen-dense Colorado mesa, spot bears in the Beartooths, explore gypsum dunes, and discover more fall must-hikes.

Central Camp lake-side in Arkansas, summit 800-foot Nebraska bluffs, see Wisconsin’s best foliage (alone), and dayhike near Dallas. Plus: 8 more autumn hikes.

East Wander Kentucky’s Land Between The Lakes, see a South Carolina swamp (without the bugs), hike through four states in one huge day, and more.

SKILLS

Master Class: Read Nature

Sharpen your wilderness-watching techniques to hike safer and smarter.

Instant Upgrades: Expert Tips

Reduce knee pain, stop headaches, stay dry, and find great campsites.

Test Kitchen: Eggs

Get field-proven tips and advice for carrying and cooking this protein-packed food.

 

SURVIVAL

 

Out Alive: Deadly Widowmakers

Learn from a reader’s life-threatening sprint through a forest of falling trees.

Troubleshoot This: Damp Wood

Maximize your spark’s potential with a tinder bundle that will burn anywhere.

Survival Lab: Build a bivy

Our man in the field tests three shelter-building techniques. Plus: reviews of the best emergency bivies.

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