September/October 2012

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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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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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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Roughly 4 inches of snow fell Sunday night on top of Mount Washington at the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO). As of 6 a.m. Monday morning, temperatures hovered around 23 degrees, with a brisk 31 mile per hour wind blowing in from the northwest. Other high peaks in the Presidential Range also got pasted with snow…

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Drop it on a rock. Throw it in the river. Give it to your kids. It won’t break. A whole genre of compact, ultra-durable cameras is built for the abusive conditions of the backcountry and everyday life. Here’s the latest on choosing a rugged, pocket-sized camera tough enough for virtually any adventure… This column originally…

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The sugar maple is the iconic full-colors-blazin’ rock star of New England foliage. To find more of them on your next big foliage adventure, just take a look at this one simple map. (A few extra tips included as well.) This basic map shows the major geologic provinces of New England. Simply put, sugar maples…

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Pelican produces virtually indestructible cases to protect anything and everything from hard-core abuse. Now the company has introduced a line of urban backpacks designed to keep your laptop or tablet safe from the worst the world can throw at it. Pelican makes well over 100 different styles of cases, and has long been the standard…

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