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May/June 2015

The Boston Harbor Islands are one of Boston’s hidden gems, despite being just a short ferry ride away from downtown. Activities include everything from exploring old forts to swimming to hiking. You can camp overnight on four of the islands, visit the nation’s oldest continually used light station, and enjoy clambakes, live musical performances and…

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The full NanoGrid system in action. The most amazing thing about the NanoGrid is its weight. Or, more specifically, the lack thereof. This highly praised multi-purpose gadget tips the scales at a mere 7 ounces, a remarkably lightweight solution for your device-powering, camp-lighting needs. The NanoGrid is a combination LED lantern, flashlight, and power source…

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Access is key to enjoying the outdoors. For a mountain, that can mean clearing a trailhead; for a river, installing a boat launch. Accessibility also has a very literal definition: The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) uses detailed criteria to design trails accessible to people with disabilities. An increasing number of trails meet these specifications, creating…

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Four years ago, two innovative gear pioneers created a backpack unlike any other. It is without doubt the most mesmerizing and creative backpack I have ever seen. But is it the Whipsnake 37 Trillion for you? No other pack in the world is as intimidating as the Whipsnake 37 Trillion. Consider these key questions: Do…

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Think you know which foods give you the most calories per ounce? So did I. Turns out I was wrong. Sort of. I’m talking about nuts, which provide an exceptional number of calories per ounce. As I’ve written about before, pecans and macadamia nuts contain the most energy per ounce (200 calories), followed by Brazil…

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Coffee is good. Brain-splitting headaches are bad. If you’re a backpacking caffeine addict like me—or you simply enjoy the occasional backcountry brew—you’ll need the tools to produce a cup or three of this headache-staving, performance-enhancing, deliciously stimulating beverage. Here are your options, rated for weight, quality of brew, and convenience. Instant opportunities  It’s hard to beat…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW We’ve got a winner, winner: Turkey dinner is officially the favorite meal of AMC’s 2015 hut croo to cook—and to eat. What other secrets lurk behind the scenes? Who can go the longest between loads of laundry? And what’s the deal with cumin oatmeal? Get the answers to…

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Here is a challenge for you parents of kids age 8 or older: The next time you are out on errands, stop by the local park and let your kids run around and play. Then leave them there. No, not forever. But give it 15 minutes. Go get your groceries and come back. Your kids…

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After a day of rain-soaked hiking or water-logged paddling, few things are as satisfying as a set of dry clothes and a cozy sleeping bag. And few things are as unpleasant—and potentially dangerous—as soaking wet gear. To avoid the latter, solutions range from the simple and inexpensive to the high-tech and fancy. Here is a…

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If you’re cold at night, life is rough. Your sleep suffers, your mood blackens, and the fun factor of camping plummets. The good news? It’s easy to avoid this dark and chilly fate. All you need is the right sleeping bag. THE IDEAL WARMTH People vary significantly in their midnight metabolisms. Do you sometimes wake…

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