September/October 2012

As the seasons turn, I try to keep ahead of what my 3-year-old needs so that she can enjoy being outdoors. But she grew 4 inches in the past year, so the winter boots we bought big last spring were already too small when we tried them on this fall. Time to go shopping again!…

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Hurricane Sandy is lashing the Northeast as I write this. Heavy winds and powerful gusts are hitting the region from Boston to North Carolina, with maximum gusts in many areas expected to reach well above 50 miles per hour. Here’s a quick refresher on how to estimate wind speed at your location. The following information…

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Part 21 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Wild Things makes bomb-proof technical clothing and packs right here in the Northeast, including products worn regularly by mountaineers on the world’s most challenging peaks, sled dog racers on the Iditarod Trail, and polar explorers facing some of the most extreme weather imaginable. (Check out…

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The vast majority of outdoor equipment is made overseas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find options that are made right here in America—you just need to know where to look. Online Retailers A few online outdoor retailers, notably REI, have begun consistently identifying which products are made in the United States. REI currently lists…

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Scavenger hunts turn a simple hike into an adventure. For reluctant kids, especially, they can transform what would otherwise be a long gloomy slog into a fun game. Give scavenger hunts a new twist, and you have hiking bingo. Using ready-made cards or creating your own, you can head out to the woods or fields…

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I want my hiking boots and other outdoor footwear to last a long time, even with regular use and abuse. So one of the most important features I look for (after a good fit, of course) is a durable sole that won’t wear down before the rest of the shoe. It’s not an easy thing…

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A lot. According to a recent study from the Outdoor Industry Association, each year Americans spend $120 billion on products for outdoor recreation. That’s more than twice as much as Americans spend each year for internet access ($54 billion) or airplane tickets ($51 billion). And that’s just one nugget from the 2012 study, The Outdoor…

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We’re in the middle of birds’ fall migration, a great season for bird watching and for teaching kids about how birds live and travel. Among the many types of birds that migrate to warmer climes each fall are raptors, birds of prey that hunt for food while in flight (the term “raptor” comes from the…

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The recent arrival of winter in the Presidential Range has me thinking cold-weather adventure. And when it comes to sleeping in the winter backcountry, few things are as important for overall trip enjoyment as a sufficiently warm sleeping bag. If you’re looking for a go-anywhere, anytime option, here are three of the best deals on…

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Can you explain the changing colors of autumn leaves to a child? I admit it sometimes takes me a minute to remember the basics about chlorophyll and hidden pigments. But I just found a quick refresher on the science and some fun hands-on activities to help the lessons stick, thanks to Yankee magazine’s foliage website…

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