May/June 2015

Add this to your list of camping hacks. Sure, there are a zillion different solutions for backcountry plates and bowls. You can choose from a massive selection made from plastic, titanium, stainless steel, or even collapsible silicone. Or perhaps you prefer a lightweight plastic food container. Or maybe you just eat straight out of the…

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The black bear population is exploding in New England, particularly in Vermont and Massachusetts. As a recent article in the Boston Globe recounts, the number of bears in Vermont has doubled over the past two decades, to an estimated 6,000. In Massachusetts, the population is nine times larger today than 30 years ago (an estimated…

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Tucked away in a little-visited high mountain valley on the Maine-New Hampshire border, Evans Notch is an outdoor paradise, with many great options for families with kids. From high peaks above treeline, to backcountry swimming holes, to multiple secluded campgrounds and even an AMC family camp, this area is ripe for exploration and adventure. The…

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Unstuff your sleeping bag well before bedtime, letting it fully regain its loft and warmth. If it’s chilly out, place a chemical heat warmer or hot water bottle in your sleeping bag about an hour before bedtime to kickstart warmth. Eating a dinner high in fat on cold nights generates longer-lasting heat than a carb-heavy…

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The beginning of my working relationship with the Appalachian Mountain Club began a few years ago when I was hired to write the Outdoors with Kids Boston book. Now, writing a book of any kind is a lot of work, and writing a hiking book has its own special set of challenges. The only way to…

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If you’ve ever packed an inflatable sleeping pad, you’ve almost certainly discovered how challenging it can be to fully deflate it. Even a small amount of residual air increases the pad’s size when it’s rolled up, which can result in an intense wrestling match between you, your still-slightly-puffy sleeping pad, and the pad’s stuff sack….

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Let’s face it. For kids, the success of a camping trip rarely hinges on what waterfalls you see, what birds you hear, or how great the hike was. Kids likely will remember two things: the weather and the food. You can’t control the weather, but you can make food a highlight of every excursion, whether…

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Yuck. One bad ingredient can ruin the mix. Something happens to high-calorie trail snacks when you mix them all together. More often than not, the result is far less appetizing than the sum of its flavors. “Trail mix” is a description given to a broad collection of hiking snack mixtures. They typically include some combination…

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If you’re hiking in a steady downpour, you will eventually get soaked, no matter what you’re wearing. But you can stay drier longer with these simple tips: Push up your sleeves. If you’re wearing long sleeves under your rain jacket, push them up your forearms or above the elbow to prevent cuff-leaking water from wicking…

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It wasn’t the first hut with flush toilets. (That was Greenleaf.) Nor was it the first hut to boast fine views. (Take your pick on that score.) But AMC’s Mizpah Spring Hut, which opened 50 years ago in June at a former shelter site of the same name, was the first AMC hut to see…

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