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While packing up for a dayhike this morning, I casually tossed in my gear repair bag. This small mesh sack contains all my various fix-it supplies but I noticed today that it has become somewhat unwieldy of late. Let’s investigate what I’ve got: A full roll of nylon repair tape This is great stuff for…

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Back from Katmai National Park in southwest Alaska, where I spent four days on a very gritty backpacking adventure in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. It’s quite the desolate lunarscape, site of the largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. And it’s full of ash. Ash that blows around like a dust storm, or…

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Speaking of national parks, I just learned that the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees this coming weekend, July 18 and 19, at all national sites that charge an entrance fee. The “fee-free” sites include Acadia, New England’s only national park; the Cape Cod National Seashore; and in New Hampshire, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic…

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Like everything in the world of electronics, GPS units are evolving at a breakneck pace. Here’s a quick look at some of the latest geo-gadgetry from Garmin: At the end of 2008, Garmin rolled out its Oregon line of GPS units. These are Garmin’s first handheld/backcountry units (as opposed to street-navigation/driving units) that feature a…

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If you read The New York Times on Sunday, you might have seen Timothy Egan’s opinion piece, “Michelle’s Next Mission.” That’s Michelle as in Michelle Obama, our first lady. Egan points out the ripple effects of her every action: When she put in a kitchen garden at the White House, vegetables — growing them, eating…

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Industry folks call it by its correct technical name: silicone-impregnated nylon. Marketers and consumers, on the other hand, have an aversion to “impregnated” gear; they use more benign names like siliconized nylon, or silnylon for short. Whatever you call it, this slick fabric is arguably the biggest new material to hit the outdoor market in…

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I’ve been busy this week preparing for a 9-day trip into Alaska’s Katmai National Park. As part of the process, I’ve been prepping one of my longest-serving tents for what may be some particularly harsh elements. I expect wind, rain, and quite possibly some blowing volcanic ash as we head into the Valley of Ten…

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There’s a new contender in the ever-escalating battle to create the greenest/hippiest/most politically correct energy bar on the market: Raw Revolution. Their line of Organic Live Food Bars ($1.99) are 100 percent organic, kosher, vegan, and free of preservatives, refined sugars, gluten, soy, wheat, GMOs, and all animal products. Plus all of the ingredients are…

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We returned late last night from an eight-day camping trip in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is not in New England, I realize, but it was nonetheless a Great Time in the Great Outdoors with Great Kids. This was our second trip in as many years to the park of granite cliffs and glacier-polished domes, waterfalls,…

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This past weekend I spent a wonderful night at AMC’s Ponkapoag Camp, which is located just a few miles south of Boston in the Blue Hills Reservation. The camp consists of a lodge and series of small cabins nestled along the eastern edge of Ponkapoag Pond, a large shallow kettle pond in the lesser-visited southern…

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