March/April 2015

Since 2007, AMC Trail Crew members have built new backpacking shelters in the White Mountain National Forest at Kinsman Pond, Eliza Brook, and Garfield Ridge. This spring, with assistance from members of the Cohos Trail Association, they added another shelter to that list—not in the forest but in central New Hampshire. Indoors. You can venture…

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For ounce-counting fanatics, a range of ultralight sleeping bags are available that tip the scales at barely more than a pound. Here are four of the best. Before we get there, though, it’s worth reviewing a few key points. First, sleeping bags in this weight range are designed only for mild to moderate overnight temperatures…

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It’s that time again. Ticks are back, ready to creepy-crawly their way to a blood meal from your succulent flesh. If you’re like me, however, you probably prefer to keep your blood to yourself — and to avoid potential exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. And there’s one sure-fire way to kill any…

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The price of goose down has soared over the past few years, a trend clearly evident in the world of sleeping bags and puffy jackets. And, while exact numbers are hard to come by, I’ve noticed that many gear manufacturers have begun to use duck down instead of goose down in some of their sleeping…

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Bear Brook State Park is New Hampshire’s largest developed park at over 10,000 acres, and is home to miles of quiet back roads perfect for biking trips with even the youngest kids. Length 5.7 miles out and back (paved road, mostly flat) 6.5 mile loop (paved and dirt roads with steeper sections) Map View a…

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You can spend a lot of money on a tent these days, with many styles—especially ultralight models—running well north of $300. But plenty of less expensive tents are available that sacrifice none of the functionality of pricier models. Here are three excellent models to consider. For this round-up, I’ve narrowed the criteria to two-person tents…

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America’s National Parks are getting a lot of welcome attention right now, due to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. A slew of centennial events and celebrations are being planned and two new campaigns, “Find Your Park” and “Every Kid in a Park,” will kick off later in 2015. Both are aimed at…

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Kids are naturally curious, as any parent knows, and one great way to encourage their curiosity, while also having a lot of fun, is to participate in a citizen science project. Citizen science is usually defined as the practice of public participation in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. This can be anything from counting…

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Around about now, it’s time to pull out your hiking boots and get ready for the approaching season of hiking adventure. Do your boots look rough? Give them some TLC now before you abuse them over the coming months. It’s simple. Rain gear should keep you dry. The best rain gear keeps water out while…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. Hub Powderworks of Boston is now offering the only high-visibility product I’ve ever truly coveted: An ultra-reflective, ultra-durable coating for your entire bike frame. Specifically, the coating is retro-reflective, which means that it reflects light directly back at its source regardless of the angle of the…

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