2014

When it comes to my go-to base layer, I’m getting close to becoming a merino wool fanatic. During these cold days of winter, the first item I grab for casual comfort—around the house and in the local dog-walking woods—has become a merino wool long underwear top. It’s soft, warm, and the static factor is low,…

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You want to spend time with your children outdoors. But except for some big vacations and the occasional hike, it doesn’t seem to be happening. If you hope to get your family outdoors more regularly in the coming year, here are six tips to help make it happen. Relax. Research has found that most children…

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The guy lives at the North Pole, where there’s no shortage of snow. Plus he’s got a team of flying reindeer to get him wherever he wants to go during the off-season. As the holiday season approaches its exhausting crescendo, you’ve got to wonder: What does the big man do to unwind post-Christmas? As the…

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Yes, by an average of nearly three degrees Fahrenheit, according to widely cited 1998 study by Dr. Han Kim of the University of Utah School of Medicine—Cold Hands, Warm Hearts (paywall). The researchers used infrared radiation to measure the temperatures of 219 people varying in age from infants to 84 years old (78 male, 141…

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Here’s my round-up of useful, informative, engaging, and gripping reads and resources for the outdoor adventurer on your list this season. Many represent the most influential, and well-thumbed, titles on my personal bookshelf, while others highlight new and notable offerings that have come on my radar in recent months. Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom…

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It’s hard to sleep well when you’re cold. A few simple techniques can make all the difference. You need fuel to keep your furnace burning all night. In case you wake up chilled, have a quick energy, high-calorie snack at the ready for a middle-of-the-night refuel.  Use a thick, full-length sleeping pad; what works in…

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For kids who like nature, science, treasure hunts, and maybe even a little friendly competition, a BioBlitz is an ideal activity, one in which a whole family or even a school can participate. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a BioBlitz is essentially a 24-hour program to find and identify as many species of plants,…

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The deep chill has arrived early this season. A good base layer (a.k.a. long underwear) helps combat it and provides the foundation for any good winter layering system. A veritable blizzard of options, styles, and materials are available, however, which can make it difficult to select one that’s right for you. Focus instead on these…

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It’s no fun to expose your phone-swiping digits to the cold. Sure, you can avoid chilled fingertips by investing in a pair of touchscreen friendly gloves, which have proliferated alongside the never-ending explosion of mobile devices. But if you’re like me, you probably have a collection of perfectly serviceable gloves—and no desire to add to…

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As I write this, it’s 23.8 degrees atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington—a balmy morning compared to Saturday, when the summit clocked in with a high of 6 degrees and a low of minus-2. Month to date, the Mount Washington Observatory has received just over 20 inches of snowfall, with more coming down today. As of last…

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