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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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Got a bike? What about the right tires for your ride? Understanding the basics of tire sizing, tread selection, and a few other common features will help you choose wisely when it comes time to shop for replacement tires. Measure Twice Bike tire dimensions are indicated by two numbers, such as 26 x 2.0 or…

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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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It’s that time again. Ticks are back, ready to creepy-crawly their way to a blood meal from your succulent flesh. If you’re like me, however, you probably prefer to keep your blood to yourself — and to avoid potential exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. And there’s one sure-fire way to kill any…

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Can you dig it? Photo: Chewonki Semester School; Flickr A quinzee is a giant pile of snow that you then hollow out to create a shelter—essentially it’s a build-it-yourself snow cave. Knowing how to construct one is a useful winter survival skill, a fun activity to do with kids, and a potential use for the…

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To experience foliage in its full kaleidoscopic splendor, you need to know when and where color is reaching its peak. As the brilliance of fall marches south from northern New England to the shores of the Mid-Atlantic, keeping tabs on a few key resources can help you go out in a blaze of leaf-peeping glory….

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In between goggles and a ski helmet is a little strip of forehead that needs to be adequately protected from the elements. If it’s left exposed, you may find yourself walking around with a sunburned, wind-chapped, or frost-nipped stripe across your forehead that silently and prominently proclaims you a self-inflicted victim of the so-called “Goggle…

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Tent. Dark. Thirsty. Water. Water…. Water!!! Fumbling fingers and mumbling cursings ensue as you search desperately for your water bottle, which has apparently gone all Houdini on you in the dark of the night. Next time consider carrying a glow-in-the-dark water bottle to help you quickly slake your thirst. Nalgene makes a 32-ounce wide-mouth glow-in-the…

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Man, woman, child… it doesn’t matter. Beardo offers a full range of beard hats for all. When winter temperatures really plummet—as they do in Canada, where this small home-grown company is based—you’re going to want to add some warmth to your face. And without doubt a Beardo beanie is one of the most creative ways…

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