September/October 2011

Like most of New England, I spent the morning shoveling snow. Wet, heavy, sloppy snow. My muscles, joints, and lower back weren’t too happy about it. So I wanted to share a quick refresher on ways you (and I!) can minimize the chances for a snow-shoveling injury this winter season. First of all, invest in…

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Face it. No matter how much you love outdoor adventure, you spend many of your days, if not most of them, in a much more civilized setting. At home, at work, around town, whatever. Life calls. And for most of it, you wear casual clothes. My world is the same. So now that the first…

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We are once again in the thick of the tick. Late October and early November are the most active period of the year for adult deer ticks, the species primarily responsible for the spread of Lyme disease. If you spend time in the woods and fields of the Northeast, here are some useful tips for…

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Jetboil was the first company I profiled in my ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies (see the complete list below). It’s still one of my favorites. Here’s the latest on this great company, plus a personal rave experience with their customer service folks. Nearly a decade ago, Jetboil pioneered a hyper-efficient integrated stove and cooking…

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The ground is your cold, hard nemesis. You need a good sleeping pad to protect against it. With the right one beneath you, you’ll keep heat loss at bay and sleep in dreamy comfort ’til the sun rises again. The trick is to figure out how much padding and warmth you really need… This column…

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In the near future, you’ll be able to point your smartphone camera at just about anything outdoors—birds, plants, mountains, tracks, flowers—and an app will instantly use visual recognition software to identify the species, background, and other relevant information. No more fumbling through arcane identification keys. No more “I wonder what that is.” Everybody will be…

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Part 15 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. You’re smart enough to wear a helmet while you ski, bike, or otherwise risk your noggin. But are you brave enough to wear a crazeeHead? CrazeeHeads are helmet covers stitched to look like plush animals. Eleven different creatures are available from this small New York…

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Canister stoves are easy, lightweight, and convenient to use in the backcountry. Simply attach your stove to a canister of fuel, turn the knob, light it, and you’re done. But have you ever wondered what exactly is in those canisters? And why they start to burn with less intensity as their contents dwindle? Backpacking fuel…

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My ankles are my nemeses. I’ve sprained them many times. Weak and overly flexible, they are a constant concern on my backcountry adventures. This is what I carry to deal with my evil ankles, along with the recommended ways to tape an ankle in the backcountry, courtesy of my recent Wilderness First Aid course from…

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Watches for outdoor adventure don’t just tell time anymore. These days they can identify your elevation, determine your precise location, monitor your heart rate, tell you which way is north, and even track the tides. So which of these tricked-out, wrist-top computers is right for you? Elevate YourselfWhen it comes to backcountry adventure, few pieces…

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