November/December 2013

Yesterday I rounded up the top 7 most viewed posts from 2013. Useful and interesting? Sure. But they weren’t my personal favorites from the past year. These were. Why? In researching each of these posts, I discovered something unexpected, something fun, and/or something particularly useful for my personal outdoor pursuits. I hope you do too!…

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In these final days of 2013, here’s a look back at the top Equipped posts from the past year as measured by the number of page views they have received. #7: Three Myths (and Facts) About Poison Ivy Rash Does scratching a poison ivy rash cause it to spread?  Is a poison ivy rash contagious? …

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Did you get gloves, hiking boots, or a backpack this holiday season? Now’s the time to closely evaluate whether it fits correctly. To help you with this important task, here’s a quick review of fit basics for these three items. If you do find that the fit falls short (or long, or wide, or narrow),…

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The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is a hand-held portable recharging system that combines hydrogen with oxygen to create electricity and emits only water as a byproduct. To operate it, you plug a battery-esque Hydrogen Core into the base unit and attach your desired device via a standard USB outlet. At full capacity, the whole system weighs…

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What are the best resources for keeping tabs on wind speeds throughout the region? Here are the online resources I use. The Global PictureThis brand new global wind map depicts wind conditions for the entire planet. Just like in Google Earth, you can spin the planet and zoom in on whichever area interests you the…

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It’s easy and boils to down to one simple technique. When you’re not wearing your hat or gloves, always keep them in designated pockets where you can quickly find them—and just as quickly notice if they’re not there. Here’s my system. Whatever cold-weather gear I’m wearing—Gore-Tex or down jacket, say, or just a toasty fleece—I…

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The snowy bounty of winter has arrived! To check current conditions at New England cross-country ski areas, here’s a quick round-up of the available online resources to help you find the perfect slip-sliding, glorious gliding experience this winter season. Photo: Flickr Commons; Take it the Manx Cross Country Ski Areas AssociationNot sure where to start?…

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A Beardski integrates a neoprene face mask, fleecy neck, and a flowing faux-beard into a wild amalgamation of transfixing weirdness.  So are you ready to tap into the powers of a mighty beard? Or continue living the hirsute dream of the 2013 Boston Red Sox? Or just look ridiculously cool? (Or just ridiculous, depending on…

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Smartphones and tablets—and the powerful apps they support—have the potential to enhance the convenience and enjoyment of spending time outdoors. But let’s be clear about one thing: They should never, ever replace carrying an actual physical map of your destination. Never forget that mobile devices can run out of battery power, are vulnerable to moisture,…

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Do you need a specific type of footwear for snowshoeing? Yes and no. The reality is that you can strap in virtually any pair of shoes or boots and hit the snowy trails. But to ensure a warm, dry, and enjoyable snowshoe experience, it’s best to don footwear with the following five features. A Sturdy,…

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