2010

Part 8 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Darn Tough Socks have been making socks in Northfield, Vt., for 30 years. Family owned and operated, the company produces a full line of heavy-duty, and yes, darn tough socks for the full range of outdoor activities. The company touts its credibility by proclaiming Vermont…

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According to the new 2011 Appalachian Trail Data Book, the AT is now 1.9 miles longer than it used to be. The new official trail length: 2,181.0 miles. Produced by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Data Book is updated annually to reflect current trail distances as measured by its legions of volunteers. The Data…

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Part 2 of 2 on the best and latest online state park features. Today we look at the six New England state park systems. (You can read Part 1: New York and the Mid-Atlantic here.) Rhode Island State Parks The only state park system that offers its own iPhone app: The Official Rhode Island State…

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I spent some time this morning browsing the various state park websites for the Northeast. Here are my picks for the best, most useful, and most interesting features, starting with New York and the Mid-Atlantic states. Look for the New England states in my next post! New York State ParksVirtual Tours are now available online…

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I bike year-round, including the sub-freezing days of winter. Before I head out for a ride, I always check the outdoor thermometer—and then dress accordingly for conditions. Here is my clothing system for several common winter temperature ranges. First of all, I always wear certain items once temperatures drop below 40º Fahrenheit—my base system, if…

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Ever fantasize about wearing your sleeping bag like a giant puff suit of warmth? Turns out you can with the Selk’bag 3G, a full-body sleep system complete with arms, legs, and hood. The Selk’bag is essentially a big, puffy, head-to-toe body suit. Filled with polyester insulation, the Selk’bag is rated to 35 degrees and features…

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This weekend I bought a replacement pair of Black Diamond Midweight Gloves, the best pair of liner gloves I’ve ever owned. Made from Polartec Power Stretch, they have proved to be the most durable pair of liner gloves I’ve yet encountered. My current pair has survived two winters of regular use, including multiple winter camping…

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Happy December everybody! Today’s post is a triple hit of gear nuggets for your edification and amusement. Let’s start with the “Are you serious?” part of the line-up. Pole-Climbing Bike StorageWith this system, would-be bike snatchers need to be 20 feet tall to swipe your precious wheels. All you need is a lot of heavy…

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With a 43 kilometer trail system and assortment of winter activities offered, Great Glen Trails at the base of Mount Washington’s historic Auto Road affords any winter enthusiast the potential for adventure. These rolling routes also provide opportunities for skiers accustomed to backcountry powder or parallel tracks to break into a sprint and try some…

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Cold braces, cold bites, cold is your enemy on long winter nights. When late-night temperatures plummet and warmth is precious for sleep, a good winter sleeping system cocoons you in comfy dreamland no matter what the conditions. It’s in the BagFor winter camping adventures, you need a winter sleeping bag. Choose a model rated to…

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