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“This was not in the plan.” Those words begin a winter’s tale of parents and children in the outdoors that had me laughing out loud by the end of the first paragraph. Writer and father Nathaniel Reade was trying to get himself and his 7-year-old son, Charley, on skis and out of a parking lot…

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Part 10 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Bacteria causes stinky foot funk. Pure silver is one of nature’s most powerful anti-bacterial agents. Noble Biomaterials produces silver-coated X-STATIC fibers, which are incorporated into socks (and other apparel) to kill the bacteria and fight the funk. In my experience—and I’ve got some potent testing…

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School here was canceled yet again on Monday – not because of snow, but because of rain and sleet that built up ice on power lines, parked cars, and roadways. You can tell that winter has gone on long enough when yet another snow day is met with groans instead of grins. One reason: The…

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Walk into any outdoor shop and you’re immediately awash in a sea of synthetic materials. Nylon and polyester are everywhere, their virtues—Lightweight! Durable! Fast drying!—extolled in everything from tents to fleece to rain jackets. But when it comes to insulation, one natural material radically outperforms the best synthetic alternatives: goose down. This is its story…This…

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Friends visited us during their winter break last weekend. Their two daughters, Sarah and Rita, are close in age to Ursula, and, also like Ursula, generally enjoy being outdoors. But the plans the adults made, for long snowshoes and cross-country skiing, met with unexpected resistance from the girls. Maybe it was because Ursula and Rita…

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It may not be spring yet, but it’s not too soon for parents to look ahead to summer, and to outdoor programs for their kids. Choosing the right program or experience—and making the most of it—often begins with asking the right questions. Andrea Muller, AMC’s North Country youth education director, offers the following list, along…

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I went surfing this weekend at a beach along the Massachusetts coast, catching remnant swells from the storm that blew through New England last Friday. At this point in the season, water temperatures are right around the annual low (~37 degrees). I stayed warm bundled head-to-toe in thick neoprene and had a great session, but…

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If you’re like me, you’ve somehow managed to accumulate an inexplicable number of AAA batteries in your gear chest, almost all of them for headlamp use. Some are fresh. Some are dead and awaiting proper disposal—and infused with the nagging guilt that you really should get your act together and find a rechargeable, reusable solution…

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The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article called “A Workout Ate My Marriage,” about a husband and father of three young children who devoted 20 hours a week to his endurance training. His wife staged an intervention last summer: Her parents and his joined her in asking him to exercise less and spend more…

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Over the coming weeks, days will get warmer, the sun will rise higher in the sky, and backcountry enthusiasts will be out romping in blissful, snowy spring conditions. But consider this: Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV radiation, which means that your UV dose is close to double what it would be otherwise….

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