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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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I had my first bout with Lyme disease about a decade ago. This summer I went another round with the unpleasant tick-borne illness. The two experiences highlight several important things everybody should understand about Lyme. How you get Lyme disease First a quick backgrounder. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is…

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Darn Tough makes some serious socks for lovers of the outdoors at its mill in Northfield, Vermont. And they guarantee them for life, no questions asked. As a serial sock abuser, I’m intrigued. Over the years, I’ve trashed many a sock on the trails. Most have fallen victim to my big toes, gargantuan phalanges of…

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