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If you’re planning on backpacking with young kids, you really want them to enjoy the experience so they’ll keep coming back for more. After multiple trips taking my two young backpackers into the woods over the past two years (when they were between the ages of 4 and 8), here are a few key tips…

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We had quite the deep freeze earlier this winter in the Northeast, which provided me with ample opportunities to play outside in the Arctic chill with my two boys, ages 6 and 7.  Here’s my advice for keeping kids warm and comfortable in frigid temperatures—because if they’re not, it’s game over for the fun. In my…

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I went backpacking in New Hampshire’s Sandwich Range Wilderness over Memorial Day weekend. Together with my two young boys (ages 5 and 7), we camped for two nights in the backcountry, climbed 3,500-foot Mount Chocorua, and reveled in the lush woods of summer. The trip marked the third of our two-night backpacking trips to date, following…

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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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Tips and Tricks for Hiking with Kids Ask if they want to go on an “adventure” not a “hike.” Let them set the pace. No death marches! Take breaks based on kids’ needs and wants, not yours. Carry an arsenal of distractions: lots of games, lots of enticing snacks. Have a destination at hike’s end….

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How do you fit a kids sleeping bag? What sizes of kids sleeping bags are available? Here’s a quick primer on choosing the right sleeping bag for young campers. Ideally, a kid-sized sleeping bag should fit like an adult’s sleeping bag: as snug as is comfortable, not too long, and not too short. This presents…

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Those dang kids. They’re small. They’re tall. They’re everything in between. And tomorrow they’re completely different all over again. You can spend a lot of money trying to outfit a fleeting size range with outdoor gear. So what do you realistically need to equip your kids for outdoor adventure? Not as much as you might…

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A colleague recently asked me where she could find a zero-degree (or warmer) sleeping bag for her two youngsters (ages 2 & 5). I was stumped. There are lots of 15- through 40-degree versions of kids’ bags, but none that I knew of that are warmer than that. So I spent some time researching the…

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When you’re out in the winter cold, one of the fastest ways to lose body heat is to come into contact with a cold surface. Physics being physics, heat will begin flowing from the warmer object (you) to the colder object, a process known as conduction. And more often than not, your rear end is the chilly recipient of…

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Eye-popping colors have already arrived in far northern New England, a blaze of spectacular foliage that will steadily progress southward over the coming weeks. To help you get your quality leaf-peeping fix, here’s a round-up of some of the best resources and recommendations for getting out and enjoying the autumn show. Where and when does peak foliage occur? As…

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