May/June 2012

These two new items of bicycle safety gear light up your dome with programmable LEDs and show what’s behind you with a handlebar-mounted rearview camera display. Both offer high-tech solutions to make your next ride a safer one. LumaHelmTake a standard bicycle helmet, then cover it evenly with strips of multi-colored LED lights. You’ve now…

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It’s the season for messing about in boats, when cool waters beckon and splashing paddles transform restless kids into adventurers. Here are some tips and suggested trips to inspire you to get your family out on the water. Why not make space in your schedule for a long, lazy day of paddling—or at least a…

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I hate deer ticks. Potential transmitters of Lyme disease, they are the animal bane of my New England outdoor existence. And May through July represents the height of the tick threat. Why? It’s peak time for near-microscopic deer tick nymphs. About the size of a poppy seed (1 to 1.5mm), their miniscule size makes them…

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These five companies don’t appear on the shelves of major outdoor retailers, or on many retail shelves anywhere. No, these are small niche gear makers who sell mostly online and specialize in producing high-quality ultralight shelters, backpacks, and other camping gear. If you’re serious about saving weight, you’ve likely heard of at least a few…

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The purpose of a tent stake is to hold securely, no matter what the terrain. A good stake will be lightweight, strong, durable, and easily penetrate the ground. As a bonus, a good stake is also comfortable to drive with your hand when the ground isn’t too hard. And when the ground is too hard,…

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The Great American Backyard Campout is this weekend. Where will you pitch your tent? This national night dedicated to getting families outdoors, held on June 23 this year, includes community events, where families get together in local parks to share picnics and sleep under the stars. But it isn’t the only way for urban families…

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I almost always hike with a length of 1/8th-inch diameter utility cord. Also known as parachute cord, p-cord, paracord, or 550 cord, it’s an inexpensive, lightweight, useful, and surprisingly strong piece of all-purpose survival gear. Its potential uses are almost limitless. Here are 10 fun, helpful, and useful ways I’ve used it over the years….

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Alert Shirt Class 2 Pocket T-Shirt A brand-name, high-visibility cycling jersey can easily run you $50 or more. High-viz jackets often go for $100 and up. But there are much cheaper options out there for being seen on the road, especially if the only feature you’re really looking for is a bright, eye-catching, high-visibility color…

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A spring bounty of croaking frogs and wild strawberries currently surrounds the pond at AMC’s Cardigan Lodge in New Hampshire, delighting kids and adults alike. When I visited with my family last week, the frogs were so numerous that we could stand in one spot and easily point out six or seven. Most were at…

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The White House kitchen garden got a lot of attention recently because of the First Lady’s new book, but where I live, my daughter’s container garden is the big news. A neighbor with a green thumb helped us get started last month. She and my two-and-a-half-year-old, along with her nanny, walked to a nearby garden…

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