November/December 2015

This could be the perfect beginner cross-country ski or snowshoe trail for kids and families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area,…

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As I highlighted in the current issue of AMC Outdoors, there really is a product called Cat Crap. It’s been my go-to anti-fogging treatment for goggles for many years. That’s not to say there aren’t other options, many of which perform adequately. Regardless of which anti-fogging product you choose, however, it’s important to understand one thing: There is…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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Another year full of gear. Here’s my annual round-up of the top posts from the past year, both by traffic and by personal favorites. Most popular posts from 2015 6. The Blizzard is Here! Don’t Just Shovel It—Build a Quinzee! A quinzee is a giant pile of snow that you then hollow out to create…

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There’s something magical about frozen waterfalls. Streams that fed swimming holes only months before have become icy fortresses, with intricate layers paused midcascade, sharp spikes dangling from rocks and sparkling like chandeliers. In a word, mesmerizing. These six snowshoe and ski routes showcase some of the region’s finest frozen formations. 1. Jewell Falls | Portland,…

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Don’t let the heat coursing through your neck and head escape into the cold clutches of winter. Keep it close instead with the help of an ultralight, ultra-compact, and inexpensive clothing accessory that should be in every cold-weather adventurer’s wardrobe: A liner balaclava. Your carotid arteries and jugular veins lie close to the surface on…

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We all know good gear can make your life easier in the outdoors. It can also set you back hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Crafting your own homemade, or “do it yourself” (DIY), outdoor gear with your kids can be a fun solution. Options range from simple projects using household or campsite items you…

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Spoiler alert. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes does not give you the power to skim magically across the surface of the snow like you’re walking on frozen water. Snowshoes just reduce how deep you sink, a feature known (somewhat misleadingly) as “flotation.” The exact equation for how much you sink—er, float—depends on three basic…

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The shortest day of the year, signaling the beginning of winter, has been celebrated throughout the world in any number of ways: with music, prayer, bonfires, and other festivities. In 2015, the solstice falls on December 22. Since the solstice is on a Tuesday, which may not be ideal for kids, many places are celebrating…

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Most people have no idea how to properly size and fit gloves, but finding the perfect pair can have a huge effect on how warm and toasty your fingers are (or aren’t) in winter’s chill. Here’s what to look for. Glove fit basics First and most importantly, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch…

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