September/October 2015

There are few items of gear as simple, inexpensive, and effective at increasing your warmth and comfort in the cold. What’s more, it weighs only a few ounces and fits easily in most jacket pockets. What is this magic piece of cold-weather gear? A neck gaiter. A neck gaiter is essentially just a short tube…

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In 2004, ultra-marathoner Xy Weiss produced a pair of custom-made leopard print gaiters to jibe with her leopard print jog bra. And Dirty Girls Gaiters were born. Weighing less than 2 ounces, the low-cut, made-in-the-USA gaiters are constructed from stretchy spandex. They secure to the back of the shoe with a self-adhesive Velcro strip (instead…

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Adults and kids often have different ideas about what autumn outings should entail. Maybe the adults in the family want to see the changing colors of the leaves, while the kids just want to jump in big piles of them. When it comes to fall foliage, there are several strategies you can try for meeting…

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There is a secret gem located in central New Hampshire: the Ossipee Mountains. The area is full of short hikes to granite ledges and open peaks, waterfalls galore, and no crowds except on a handful of locally popular hikes. A visitor to the Ossipee Mountains will wonder why they have never heard of this magical…

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National Geographic Adventure recently published a round-up of the world’s best hikes, based on the recommendations of 20 accomplished outdoor adventurers. The globe-spanning collection includes trails in Iceland, Uganda, Newfoundland, and New Zealand, among other places—as well as a classic adventure right here in New Hampshire. Which trail made the cut? The ascent of Mount…

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If you’re able to recognize only one plant, it better be poison ivy. Memorize these helpful hints to identify it in any season.  “Leaves of three, leave them be.” Poison ivy leaves always occur in clusters of three. “Longer middle stem, don’t touch them.” The middle leaflet of the trio will have a longer stem…

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Just over the Massachusetts border, Nipmuck State Forest and the adjoining Bigelow Hollow State Park in Connecticut offer plenty of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking and camping to fishing and geocaching. It’s also a great place to look for wildlife, like beavers and eagles. On a recent guided hike led by Chief Ranger Bill Reid,…

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We all know that many kids spend more time with their smartphones and tablets than they do outside. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this may have something to do with why you are reading this blog. As a parent, you’re looking for ways to pull the plug and connect your children to the smell…

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Do you know a kid who’s out of shape, overweight, or more likely to hang around the house than run around outside? There’s a prescription for that. Thanks to AMC and a growing number of partners, Boston-area families are spending more time outside together exploring, exercising, and having fun—doctors’ orders. In an effort to help…

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If you judge a hike by its name, you’re bound to be scared away from some unforgettable places. Why not embrace our region’s inner demons and explore the dozens of devil-themed trails, parks, and natural features scattered across New England and the Mid-Atlantic? Many of these spots earned their names by way of old legends…

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