September/October 2016

Aerogel is made almost entirely of air encapsulated in an ultra-light silica matrix and is the lowest-density solid material that exists. This man-made substance also has superb insulating abilities and has been used extensively by NASA in spacesuits, space shuttles, satellites, and other applications. Aerogel’s ultralight, ultra-warm qualities would seem to make it an ideal…

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Several inches of snow dusted the mountains of northern New England over the weekend. Killington Ski Resort opens tomorrow for the season. And chilly weather is in the forecast all week, with widespread frost expected throughout the region. Winter is coming! If you love winter, it’s time to celebrate. If not, well, enjoy these snapshots…

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Over the past eight years I’ve written somewhere around 600 blog posts for Equipped. By now you’d think it would be hard to find new topics to write about each week. Surprisingly, it’s not. While ideas continue to arrive from a variety of sources—personal experience, friends and family, gear catalogs and magazines, and more—I also…

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This summer I introduced my two boys, age 4 and 6, to the fun and excitement of backpacking. After several long and squiggly nights over the course of two trips, here is one of the most important things I learned. Based on my highly unscientific sample size of two, it’s clear that young sleepers move…

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In October, a lot of attention goes to pumpkins, whether picking them, carving them, or eating them, but there’s another fall crop, especially in Massachusetts that deserves our attention: the cranberry! There are several places and ways to learn about the little red berry, including museum exhibits, farm tours, and even wading out in a…

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As much as the sun worshipers hate to accept it, fall is here! But for those who love a crisp fall day, the best time of year has just arrived. Fall in New England is a special time, with colorful foliage displays, cider pressing, pumpkins galore, and the best hiking of the year. Families with young…

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When you think of Northeastern landscapes, you might picture Acadia’s iconic coastline or the Appalachian Mountains’ namesake trail. But come fall, pretty much every view takes a backseat to the explosion of fiery foliage that defines the region. Whether you’re hiking above treeline or pedaling beneath the canopy, visit these 18 places to appreciate autumn’s…

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Cold weather arrived over the weekend in the Northeast. The season’s first frost crisped many an area in northern and interior New England. On the high peaks of the White Mountains, temperatures on Sunday didn’t even crack 30 degrees. If you’re out camping or backpacking in this shoulder season, you need to prepare for some…

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Editor’s note: What follows is an exclusive excerpt from Chasing Summits: In Pursuit of High Places and an Unconventional Life, available now from AMC Books. By sheer coincidence, January 1, 2000—the first day of the new millennium—was the day my life changed forever. My second wife, Debbie, sat on the couch looking at photo albums…

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To paraphrase the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the canoe trip of 410 miles begins with a single paddle stroke. Why 410? That’s the length of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, which now hosts two new campsites built by volunteers from AMC’s Berkshire Chapter and members of AMC’s Roving Conservation Crew. With so many miles of…

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