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When I was a kid, my family camped with a monster. Its name was Big Blue. A sail-sized swath of azure fabric, this beast of a tent demanded serious attention. Upon arriving at camp, we meticulously assembled dozens of separate pole sections that had to be attached in a very particular (and never remembered) order….

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Crowbars, hacksaws, bolt cutters, and Bic pens…life can be tough for a bike lock. As the spiraling price of oil entices more and more people to trade gas pedals for bike pedals, the pickings are getting rich for savvy bike thieves, especially if new riders aren’t taking proper precautions against theft. So lock and load…

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It’s ironic that outdoor enthusiasts—a generally eco-conscious bunch—clothe and outfit themselves extensively with petroleum-based products like polyester and nylon. The reason is simple. Compared to natural alternatives, the advantages of synthetic materials—lightweight, fast-drying, durable—are usually more desirable, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. So how can you reduce your gear’s carbon footprint without…

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A knife is considered one of the 10 essentials, a critical piece of outdoor gear for safety, convenience, and whittling your marshmallow stick. There is a vast universe of knife styles and models out there, however, ranging in price from $25 to $100 and beyond. So how do you hone in on the right edge?…

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Maple syrup has always been a staple in our house. It was brought out on Sundays when Mom made pancakes or waffles. Every once in a while we would buy a small container of real maple syrup while on vacation. My brother would then slowly ration the precious liquid and could make a seemingly small…

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Once your socks get soaking wet, your boots start churning up an unpleasant cocktail of squishy feet, cold toes, and mushy blisters. A good pair of gaiters helps protect you from this soggy fate by keeping snow, muck, and wet from getting into your boots in the first place. They can also save your feet…

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Winter is winding down here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There are still areas of deep snow, but with the increasingly variable temperatures, sometimes frigid, sometimes creeping towards balmy, spring is definitely on its way. Rising temperatures will eventually lead to snowmelt; while hiking on trails around the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, you…

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We live in 21st-century Gadgetopia. GPS units, digital cameras, iPods, cell phones, laptops— all light and portable enough to carry to off-the-grid locations. So why not bring the grid along as well? An array of lightweight, compact solar chargers are available that can recharge your electronics anywhere you hike or travel. Well, sort of. Eventually….

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Our glacial history began about 2 million years ago during the Late Pliocene. The earth entered into a cyclical period of warming and cooling periods. The cooling events resulted in ice ages while the warming periods experienced a Greenhouse Effect. The climate cooled, glaciers formed high in the mountains and then flowed into the valleys…

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SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus) Any one who has come across snowshoe hare tracks deep in the woods in late winter can appreciate the expression, “Mad as a March Hare.” The expression usually refers to one who is completely insane. And if you are trying to figure out what these snowshoe hares are up to, you…

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