May/June 2014

Most bike tires feature a bead, the raised element around the inside edge that locks the rubber against the rim. Wider tires are measured in inches according to their bead-to-bead diameter and width, for example 26 x 2.0. Most adult-sized bikes use 26-inch tires, though 29- inch tires can be found on an increasing number…

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Do you and your kids like to dream up new backyard games? Or are you stuck in a rut and need some fresh ideas? In either case, the CLIF Backyard Game of the Year contest has something for you. If you’re a kid who has invented a game, you can submit it by July 3 for…

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Summertime, skin damage time. If you spend any significant time outdoors in the blazing sun, you should be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from skin damage and increased skin cancer risk. These days, a range of sunscreens are available touting SPF protection levels of 50 or more, with some options going as high as 100-plus….

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When I get to a bridge while hiking, I like to stop and gaze at the water. My daughter, not so much. At 4, she is more interested in action. That’s why I was delighted to be reminded of the game “Pooh sticks” when talking with Susan Brown, the youth and family outdoor community coordinator…

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The Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) perches atop its namesake 6,288-foot peak, the highest summit in the Northeast, and offers a trove of useful information for White Mountains-bound hikers. Online offerings include a series of free and constantly updated web cams of the Presidential Range, a dashboard of current summit conditions, and a daily weather forecast…

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Earlier this spring, AMC released the 2nd edition of my guidebook, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England. The revised edition features 37 trips across the region, each one of which was researched in the field to ensure the most up-to-date information and accuracy. Here are the crucial items I carry specifically for researching while in…

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Shake out your tents: It’s time for the 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout. On June 28, thousands of people will be pitching tents in yards and parks across the country as part of this nationwide family camping adventure. Whether you camp with a community group, head to your backyard, or hike to a remote…

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This spring, my 4-year-old learned to ride a pedal bicycle in two days. The first day, she asked my husband or me to run alongside, perhaps holding the handlebars or steadying her back. The next day, she was riding on her own. Why was she so quick to learn? And how did she skip the…

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Wearable technology is all the buzz in the tech world at the moment. Wrist devices like the Nike Fuel Band are currently making the deepest run into the mass market, but there’s a nascent and potentially much greater development underway: smart fabrics. Simply put, smart fabrics contain tiny flexible sensors and conductive yarns that can…

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