September/October 2013

Photographs courtesy of the Kallin family. On August 31, the Kallin family—parents Dave and Emily and children Nathan and Maddy—reached the summit of Katahdin. The clouds that cloaked the peak’s long shoulders let them see only a few feet in front of them; there would be none of the spectacular views they might expect from…

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Bike pogies are like super-sized mitts that attach over the ends of your handlebars, including brake levers and shifting mechanisms. They provide substantial warmth and wind protection for your hands, and allow even the most cold-fingered rider to keep pedaling during the frosty months of the year. Most bike pogies are designed to fit over…

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A cold wind can steal body heat fast, so it’s important to have a layer at hand to block wind’s chilling effect. But what’s the difference between a wind-proof and wind-resistant fabric? And what are the relative pros and cons of each? Photo: Flickr Commons; Aidan Whitely The first half of this is easy. Wind-proof…

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Marty the cat tackles Mount Washington in his specially-designed cat jacket from EMS, which appearsto have been upgraded from his previous outfit. On October 19-20, a half inch of snow fell atop Mount Washington. Vermont’s Killington Ski Resort opened for the season on October 25, the first Eastern ski resort to do so this year….

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The idea is simple. Swap out your back tire with a new one that integrates a battery and motor into the hub, which can then power or assist you as you ride. The battery automatically recharges as you pedal. Add in some slick electronics that wirelessly connect with a smart phone, and you’ve got power…

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Which weighs more: 10 tablespoons of water or this ultralight down jacket? Answer: jacket. How do they shave the grams down to such a ridiculous sub-5-ounce weight? Let’s take a look. The 4.8-ounce MontBell Plasma 1000 The new Plasma 1000 Jacket features (you guessed it) 1000-fill goose down, which you rarely see. As I understand…

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I’ve hiked extensively throughout the U.S., and I’m always annoyed when people unfamiliar with Eastern hiking disrespect the Appalachian Mountains simply because they lack the elevation of higher ranges elsewhere, and then leap to the conclusion that the hiking must be easier because of it. Nothing could be farther from the truth, of course, so…

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Last week I received a strange sign from the universe, which led me to research this important question. Over the past few years, I’ve commuted thousands of miles by bicycle. During that time, I’ve had a few near-collisions with small animals—mostly squirrels and rabbits—but overall they’ve amounted to fewer incidents than I can count on…

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As an admitted hard-core caffeine addict, I’ve tried just about every way there is to make coffee in the backcountry. From detailing the nitty (and very gritty) technique for making cowboy coffee to writing this more comprehensive round-up of the options, I’ve sampled the liquid drug from a full range of coffee-making devices. So what…

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I have acquired a lot of packs over the years, so it takes something pretty special to interest me in adding to my collection. After nearly three years of coveting the Osprey Exos 34, I finally pulled the trigger earlier this month—and then put it to the test on a series of challenging hikes. Initial…

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