November/December 2009

The second generation SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker started appearing on retailers’ shelves in October. It was recalled in mid-December and will not be available again for at least a month. If you’ve got one, you may need to return it. If not, you’ll need to wait to buy one. Here are the details. The original…

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People have been nice enough to share other ideas for the alphabet of holiday fun. Here are several ideas for the five letters — E, J, Q, X, and Y — that were missing from my earlier alphabetical list. Trish Epstein shared these suggestions on the AMC Facebook page: • Eat new foods — try…

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One of the best gifts this holiday season came from my brother in Washington State. When Uncle Rik visited here last fall, Ursula begged him to tell her stories from his childhood, especially what she calls “mischievous stories” — tales of pranks and pratfalls. So he told her a story about a funnelator, a contraption…

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I want to highlight New Hampshire-based NEMO Equipment, the next installment in my ongoing series of posts on Northeast-based gear manufacturers. Since its founding in 2002, this young, Nashua-based company has experienced rapid growth, spurred in large part by an extensive series of industry awards for its ground-breaking tent designs. I first profiled this young…

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Now that Christmas has come and gone, are you left with a stack of gift cards and Christmas cash? And are you itching to use it to outfit yourself for some quality winter adventure? Here then is an in-depth round-up of my past Equipped magazine columns that focus on cold-weather gear, all drawn from the…

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Vacation started for our children last Friday. By mid-morning on Monday, Virgil was already using the “B” word, for Bored. A day later, though, he was full of ideas for how to spend his vacation. It’s almost as if his internal gears had to start moving in a new way, or he had to engage…

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So the shortest day came, and the year died,And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white worldCame people singing, dancing,To drive the dark away. — from “The Shortest Day,” Susan Cooper Yesterday marked the winter solstice, the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as its shortest day and longest night. Here…

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Two new products caught my attention this week. The first is an innovative and ultra-light winter tent that weighs less than two pounds. The second is a New England-specific iPhone application from the Audubon series of bird guides. Brooks Range Rocket TentHow do you create a winter tent that weighs in at a mere 1…

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This morning temperatures on top of Mount Washington hovered around zero degrees. A stiff 50 mph wind dropped the wind chill below minus-30. In conditions like these, you cannot be outside for any length of time with any skin exposed. This is a serious concern for any winter peak-bagging attempts, where you may be exposed…

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And I don’t mean the rock band from the ’70s… But before I explain, here’s a dogleg introduction. Yesterday, while I was thinking about wind chill and frostbite, I heard from Susan, who had read the post about snowflakes. Susan passed along a great tip for anyone who wants to feel a little bit like…

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