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2010

Cold braces, cold bites, cold is your enemy on long winter nights. When late-night temperatures plummet and warmth is precious for sleep, a good winter sleeping system cocoons you in comfy dreamland no matter what the conditions. It’s in the BagFor winter camping adventures, you need a winter sleeping bag. Choose a model rated to…

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I vastly prefer to give gifts that people will use, rather than deep six into a closet or place on a shelf never to be touched again. So year after year, I give these same three items to at least some people on my list. They are: Fleece PantsThe ultimate loungewear for around the house,…

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As an avid skate skier, I have been closely following the imminent arrival of winter, snow, and miles of beautifully groomed cross-country ski trails. Here are a few of the online resources I use to keep tabs on cross-country, or Nordic, ski centers across the region. Cross Country Ski Areas AssociationNational organization that provides overviews,…

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Cycling apparel is nice for long rides, providing visibility, comfort on the saddle, and flexibility for unencumbered pedaling. But it’s not exactly stylish for wearing around town (unless bright form-fitting tights and tops are the look you’re going for). Enter Pedaler Clothing, a small company that produces apparel designed both for cycling and looking good…

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This month Polartec introduced NeoShell, the latest salvo for the most waterproof-breathable fabric on the market. NeoShell’s particular claim to the title? It allows air movement across the waterproof-breathable (WP/B) membrane, increasing the amount of moisture vapor that passes through the fabric. According to the company press release, “NeoShell allows actual air permeability (0.5 CFM…

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If you’re warm and comfortable, the winter outdoors is glorious. If you’re cold and miserable, it bites. Icy feet and wooden toes are particularly aggravating, even potentially dangerous, when temperatures really plummet. Better to invest in the right pair of winter boots and let your feet bask in warm, comfortable glory all season long… This…

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Over the weekend, we took our two wizards-in-training to see the newest Harry Potter film, which as you probably know covers the first half of the series’ final book. What does this have to do with kids and the outdoors, you might ask. Good question, given that we call the summer before Ursula started fourth…

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Marmot has set a new standard for ultralight puff. Their new Plasma sleeping bags are stuffed with certified 900-fill goose down, the highest fill power rating for any sleeping bag on the market. The Marmot Plasma 15-degree bag weighs in at a mere 30 ounces for the regular length ($469), 31 ounces for long ($489)….

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Lately Ursula’s been asking for more Malcolm and Willard stories. Every year since Ursula was in pre-school, and Jim invented two “dumb ducks” to ease the long drive to school, the mallard brothers have squabbled their way through one migration misadventure after another. Telling the stories has become a ritual here, and not just in…

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The bald eagles that we think nested in the wetlands down below the pond last summer are gone. From spring into fall, they’d glide the length of the pond, thirty feet up, with nary a wing flap. Their presence would invariably be announced with full-throated warnings from the loons, who’d quickly swim over to their…

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